Has anyone else ever experienced it? I have since my late teens and had a pretty frightening episode last night. A little info on the condition here. Basically, either while falling asleep or in my case while waking up you experience termporary paralysis. I've experienced it many times through the years, and let me tell ya, it's never not scary. Sometimes there are hallucinations associated with it, other times I can clearly hear what's going on around me, like I'm fully conscious but can't move or even open my eyes. Supposedly it's not really something to be alarmed about, but I had an episode last night when my wife called after her shift ended. I was asleep, the phone woke me up (although I don't think I was really wide awake), and I couldn't move. That got me thinking, what if the smoke detectors are going off, I wake up, and can't move? Sometimes it lasts for several minutes. I'm pretty freaked out about that possibility.