The other night, I went though what I believe to have been a moment of sleep paralysis. It was in the morning when I had woken up too early and tried to get back to sleep for another hour or so. I can't really describe, but I felt like I had a concious control over my dream, like I was aware of what was going on during it. Well, it turned into a nightmare where I was drowning and the next thing I knew I felt as though I was paralyzed. It only lasted for maybe two or three seconds, but it completely freaked me out. It was odd though, because I was telling myself to relax and I don't feel as though I was consciously telling myself that...it happened so quickly.
I may want to mention that I rarely sleep on my back, but that night I did. And, I had a small anxiety attack before I tried to fall back to sleep that morning. I am also currently taking .5 mg of Ativan before I go to sleep and during the day when I need to. I've only been on it for four days after I started to become a hypochondriac about everything (my mother passed away a few weeks ago)
Last night I had no problem sleeping; I was completely exhausted and I even slept more after I woke up in the morning. The only reason I'm freaking out about this now is that those two days I was with my boyfriend and now I'm alone at night. I understand that it's not harmful, I'm just wondering a few things;
Did this happen purely because of stress? and If I were to set and alarm in the morning, would that get me out of the paralysis if it were to happen again? Should I even be worried about it?