Originally Posted by Bowser
Interesting. I've never heard of Sleep Paralysis before. I'll go do some reading....
All I know for sure is that I haven't experienced anything like that since. It was so VIVID that I can clearly recall it all 30 years later.
Yep, sleep paralysis is typically described as vivid and panicky, almost like a drowning experience.
That and carbon monoxide are responsible for most hauntings IMO. The typical symptoms of feelings of coldness, tingling extremities, chills, lightheadedness, and hallucinations all are typical of CM poisoning. These also tend to occur in old/creepy houses with more primitive heating systems that can leak CM.
EDIT: It also explains why hauntings happen more often in the dead of winter, when heating systems are under the heaviest load. Also, unexplained deaths, where people were thought to 'die of fright' in haunted houses.