Something in the night disturbs your slumber. Maybe it’s a noise. Maybe you feel a presence. Or maybe you open your eyes and immediately spot a large creepy crawling on your ceiling. Regardless of your fight or flight instincts, you can’t move. Your limbs are frozen and you lose your ability to speak despite the fact that your mind is racing with worry. It’s a few minutes of fear, but you awaken, totally in control of your body and the noise/presence/crawler is gone.
If this has ever happened before, then you've experienced sleep paralysis.
In a nutshell, sleep paralysis is a type of sleep disorder that inspires the feeling of not being able to move or speak despite being conscious during the stages of either waking up or falling asleep.