What is the history of sleep paralysis? From ancient Mesopotamia (c. 2000 BCE) to the Roman Empire, a demon known as the incubus was responsible for your bad dreams. Originating from the Latin ‘to sit on’, the incubus sat on top of your chest inducing horrifying dreams and physical immobility, making it the first documented explanation of sleep paralysis.
Who came up with sleep paralysis? The original definition of sleep paralysis was codified by Samuel Johnson in his A Dictionary of the English Language as nightmare, a term that evolved into our modern definition. The term was first used and dubbed by British neurologist, S.A.K. Wilson in his 1928 dissertation, The Narcolepsies.
What was the first case of sleep paralysis? The first clinical description of sleep paralysis was published in 1664 in a Dutch physician’s case histories, where it was referred to as, ‘Incubus or the Night-Mare [sic]‘.
Which are the 3 main sleep paralysis hallucinations?
- Intruder hallucinations, which involve the perception of a dangerous person or presence in the room.
- Chest pressure hallucinations, also called incubus hallucinations, that can incite a feeling of suffocation.