Our expert says:
Zexeon and Kristen are probably right --- this sounds like Sleep Paralysis. And despite is alarming name, its normal and not in an y way dangerous. Usually, during deep sleep, our brai inhibits body movement so we don't injure ourselves during dreams ( and maybe to reduce the risk of sleep-walking, etc. ) and sometimes this slips out of sync., so we wake up consciously just before our body fully recovers movement, and for a brief time there's this odd sensation of being aware but not able to move, and then movement returns.
At one stage it was called "Night Nurse's Paralysis", because early decriptions were of nurses on duty in a ward a night, catching upm on their paper work, who'd nod off to skeep, then wake, hearing the dreaded footsteps of Night Sister approaching to check on them, and briefly being unable to sit up and pretend to have been awake all the time !
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