This has been with me ever since I was very young, just wondering if anyone else goes through it too. If I take a nap in the middle of the day, wake up then try to go to sleep at night weird things happen. When I finally do fall asleep at night, I find that I want to wake back up, but can't. It's like I can't breathe and I'm staring blankly at the wall fully aware of what's going on, but am lifeless. It is pretty freaky as you can imagine. The worst was today (and really why I'm posting). I was actually taking the nap and couldn't wake up but desperately wanted to. I think I had a dream about a guy trying to take my pen away from me but I resisted. When I opened my eyes expecting to stare blankly at the wall again I saw the guy kneeling down on the floor, leaning against my bed still trying to take the pen and giving me a weird look. I finally did wake up, but was so tired I tried to get right back to taking my nap. This is really what scared me. I thought faintly of the idea of a spirit trying to keep me asleep, but thought it was nonsense. Just as I fell back to sleep my body shook very violently, felt like I was being electrocuted or had dual SVS's in my chest (hey this is an HT board ). I woke up with a "huuhhhh!!" and didn't even try to go back to sleep this time. I've had bad nightmares before, but never woke up saying something. It was the middle of a sunny day and the hair on the back of my neck was standing on end. Plus my chest hurt (not badly) a good 10 min after I woke up. So what do you think, the result of a not-so-natural sleeping pattern or an innocent man that was sent to the chair trying to contact me? I'm pretty sure it's the first, just wondering if any of you guys go through something similar when taking afternoon naps. NOTE: My username is Scott L, not Scott Hayes.