Jennifer Hassan, a writer for The Washington Post, describes in detail her experience and knowledge of sleep paralysis.

The first time sleep paralysis struck me was in the winter of 2012.

My grandfather had recently died, and I was spending time at my grandmother’s house. After 60 years of marriage, she wasn’t used to being alone or to the sadness an empty home can bring.

Determined to help her in any way I could, I moved into her spare bedroom for a few days. As night came, I tucked her into bed and turned out the light — a task she had done for me on countless occasions growing up.

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