I suffered for years from this and thought I was going mad. Media had a big influence on the episodes. Mine revolved around aliens. I watch allot of scifi! Many alien abduction stories are from Sleep Paralysis sufferers. They just don't know it. They stopped for me when I watched a TV show about. Never had one since. I even participated in a study. Strange stuff!!!
There is a lot of talk regarding Sleep Paralysis on this thread and I have some stories to share about that as well. I was a long-term sufferer of Sleep Paralysis; from the time I was very little until I met the woman who is now my spouse and started sharing a bed with her. I don't know what it is about sleeping with her beside me but I have not had a single episode in all the years we have been together: the last episodes I remember occurred during University and they were particularly strong. That does make sense however. Apparently excessive alcohol consumption, sleep deprivation and stress all add to the likelihood of one having an episode of Sleep Paralysis, and I'm sure I don't need to tell you all that my University experience packed with all of those things
The only thing you can guess about a broken down old man is that he is a survivor - Joe Sarno