A episode that occurs when a person is falling asleep or (more commonly) waking up, in which they are unable to either move or speak despite being conscious and aware throughout. Hallucinations may occur, such as a 'presence' in the room or a sense of impending death and suffocation. An episode of sleep paralysis lasts from several seconds to several minutes and can come to an end either gradually or all of a sudden, often terminated by a noise or a touch to the body. It is not dangerous, but can be very frightening.
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