Currently I am wide awake in the early hours of the morning, so what better to do then check the sleep disorders forum which I haven't visited before! I am in my forties, female, and a nearly lifelong sufferer of sleep paralysis. So many times I have tried to research the problem online, and the general ignorance, lack of interest and false conceptions of this actually quite common condition is disturbing. What annoys me most is when it is connected to anxiety, mental states, youth, etc. I have endured this problem for decades, and it is worsening as I get older. I have a range of gradually increasing other neurological problems, and for the first time in many years am being assessed properly by a neurologist. Regarding my sleep, I am being referred on to have my brain monitored overnight, but given the lack of knowledge of this condition, am skeptical as to any potential findings. Why is this so poorly understood amongst medical scientists? For sufferers the experience can range from the terrifying to even life threatening on rare ocassions. People wonder if they are insane, posessed by spirits, abducted by aliens, imagining the whole thing. Sudden Adult Death Syndrome has I believe been connected on ocassion to sleep paralysis, maybe from the sheer panic involved and the partial or even complete paralysis of the muscles involved in breathing. I have struggled secretly with this all my adult life, and only recently as it got so much worse brought it to the attention of my doctors. I do believe had I told them about it years ago they would have dismissed me as neurotic or something. WHY is this condition so poorly researched? Any doctor who reads this, maybe you have an answer. I will certainly have these questions to ask when I am sent for my sleep study. I just wonder, had I brought these symptoms to the attention of a doctor years ago, and they understood them, whether a much earlier understanding of my now relatively severe other neurological problems could have been predicted, and I would not be in the state I am in now. Who knows? It just seems to me an important symptom which medics time and again overlook. Any thoughts?