My legs don't work!
July 10, 2010 2:58 PM Subscribe
I have an unusual memory from childhood that I have always wondered about. Was it partial sleep paralysis? Circulation cut off? A dream?
posted by batonthefueltank to Science & Nature (15 answers total)
I was about 10 years old or so. I was with my parents, visiting my great aunt, whom I had never met before. We stayed at her house and I had my own room. My parents were out of the house for some reason, and I stayed behind in my room.
I was drowsy. I remember laying on my back, with my legs bent at the knee hanging off the side of the bed. After a while I fell asleep.
I then woke up (at least I think I did). I tried to stand and found that my legs wouldn't hold me and I then found myself like a dead weight on the floor next to the bed. I remember feeling embarrassed and hoped that no one would walk in at that moment and find me incapacitated. I was only slightly panicked wondering why my legs didn't work.
Somehow and with some effort with my arms (and maybe my legs eventually as they came out of their stupor?) I got my self back up onto the bed. And here is where my memory ends. Nothing like that has happened since.
I know no one can answer for certain, but I'd like your conjectures. What do you think happened to me? Just a very real dream? Did the circulation in my legs get cut off and cause me to not be able to use my legs for a moment? Was it some sort of partial sleep paralysis? Something else?
Has anything like this ever happened to you?