Sleep paralysis is a phenomenon in which someone awakens from sleep and finds himself unable to move, speak or react in any way. It may also occur while falling asleep. Sometimes it is accompanied by hallucinations that can be terrifying, such as that there is an intruder in the room. Sleep paralysis has often been associated with experiences described as shadow people, who have been associated with djinn. I have experienced sleep paralysis often, although less often now than when I was younger. When I was a child, it was often associated with sensation that I can only describe as being something of a taste and a color, combined. Usually it would occur as I was falling asleep, most often when I was very tired. Before I reached the point of paralysis, I would get a sensation as if I were being sucked into a whirlpool of sorts, only without the water. All around me were people whose faces I could recognize but not identify. They would all be speaking as if attempting to tell me something important but, since I was going around and around, I wasn't in proximity with anyone person long enough to understand what any of them were trying to say to me. I would get the strong feeling that something potentially dangerous was about the occur, but nevertheless tempting. I would be very afraid but tempted to go with it to see what it was all about. At this point, I could sometimes avoid it by tensing myself up, as if fighting against some unseen force, and make a sudden move, such as pressing my arms against the bed, or sitting up. But it was hard to do, and I couldn't always accomplish it. If I was able to wake myself up, I was in for a long night because every time I began to fall asleep, the whirlpool would be back, and I would sometimes be up all night, afraid to sleep. If I wasn't able to wake myself up, I would lose something in my awareness. There would be the whirlpool and the fear that was associated with it, but there was no conclusion. However, I would later find myself awake but unable to move. I did not see the shadow people that some people describe in similar situations but I would be aware that someone or something was in the room with me, and have the feeling that it was watching me. But it would seem as if this was separated by the whirlpool effect by a length of time, yet somehow connected. Other times, I would wake up very early in the morning with the feeling that someone was in the room with me. At first, I wouldn't realize that I was unable to move until I tried to look around the room to see who or what it was that was in the room with me, only to find that I couldn't move. I might try to talk, but be aware that my lips weren't even moving. Otherwise, if there was a radio on in the house, cars going by, or anything else, I would hear these things as if I were awake. Strangely, one morning while I was living in Long Beach, my son was spending the weekend at a friend's house in Anaheim, so I was home alone in the house. I didn't generally lock my doors. My bedroom was at the end of a long hall that led to the kitchen. I awoke very early in the morning, before daylight, to see someone standing in the kitchen looking down the hall toward my bedroom. At first I thought it was my son, then realized that he was in Anaheim. Of course, then I was scared. I tried to speak but was unable to. I tried to move but was unable to. There was someone in my house, and I couldn't move. A more helpless feeling I have never had. Then I woke up. It was several hours later, and the sun was up. Of course, I remembered the episode of sleep paralysis earlier, but this was the first time that I had ever seen any of the people (or things) that I frequently thought were in the room with me. After getting up, I went into the kitchen and found that someone had gone through my wallet, which I had left on the table. I probably didn't have more than twenty dollars in it, but it was gone. The front door was wide open. In the past fifteen years, I have experienced only a few episodes of anything like this. One morning, I woke up early and found that I was unable to move, but I didn't feel as if anyone were in the room with me. I was lying there in bed for quite a while before I was able to slide myself off the bed onto the floor, also with a great deal of effort. I don't know if this was even related to my other experiences though, because it was considerably different. There were a couple of other times that I have had to stay up because of the whirlpool thing. When this occurs while falling asleep, I get the taste-color sensation, but that is not associated with the sleep paralysis that occurs when I awake after having been asleep.