Jarred awake by sensation of someone grabbing, shaking, or poking me?
December 29, 2013 1:44 AM Subscribe
I'm sometimes jarred awake by the physical sensation of a hand roughly grabbing, shaking, or poking me. What's going on? NON-WOO EXPLANATIONS ONLY, PLEASE!
posted by Jacqueline to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
When I wake up I find that there is no one and nothing in or near my bed that could have touched me like that.
Even after I'm fully awake, I continue to feel residual soreness where the "fingers" touched me just as I would with a real touch.
It doesn't correspond to any dream I might be having at the time, if I'm even dreaming at all.
I'm familiar with (and have experienced) sleep paralysis and hypnic jerks and it is neither of those.
The affected body part varies -- sometimes I'm poked in my side, armpit, arm, or outer thigh and sometimes my arm or shoulder is grabbed. There's nothing sexual about either the sensations or the locations.
I don't have any past trauma associated with being touched in those places and/or touched in my sleep.
I haven't kept a log but I estimate this happens at least a couple times per year and has been happening for as long as I can remember.
I feel terrified when I wake up, but I'm not sure if the terror is from being understandly disturbed by the feeling of a hand grabbing/poking me when I'm supposedly alone or if the spike in adrenaline precedes the physical sensations that wake me up. Regardless, it is very difficult for me to fall back asleep whenever this happens (hence this 4am AskMe).
In the future, I think it would help a lot if I could just tell myself "oh, that's just such-and-such phenomenon" (as I do with sleep paralysis intruder dreams -- they used to leave me terrified too but now I just think "ugh, sleep paralysis" and go back to sleep) but I don't know the name of what is happening to me or how it works. My Google searches thus far have just lead to crap about demons and spirits and other such stupid shit. :(
Please advise, my science-minded friends! Thanks!