Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Extracted from the account given on http://www.talkaboutsleep.com/third_tier/patient_stories_narcolepsy_miranda.htm
Once the nightmares started, they never stopped. Then came the sleep hallucinations and sleep paralysis. I would 'wake up' three to four times a night. In my nightmares and hallucinations, someone would enter my room and harass me. I was unable to move. When I eventually managed to wake up, I realized that it was only hallucinations, but this did not make the experience any less frightening or distressing.
I have a cat that sleeps with me on my bed. She is my best friend, tolerates the endless conversations during my sleep, and doesn't tell anyone if I had a nightmare. What she does best is helping me distinguish if my sleep hallucinations are real or not! Somehow I can monitor her reaction during one of my dreaded sleep hallucinations so that when I think I have a stranger in my room and she is not reacting, he's not there!
Telephone calls can be confusing, as it is hard to decide which ones are real and which ones were dreams or hallucinations. ... It's amazing that I've not broken my neck through a spell of uncontrolled cataplexy. God is definitely looking out for me, a challenge to say the least!