Night frights

Sleep paralysis (© Flickr/Gerard van der Leun)

It’s the middle of the night. You wake up with a start. There’s a presence in the room watching you. You sense that it is evil. But you are paralysed and powerless. It’s your worst nightmare. Or is it? Michele Ernsting explores the strange and surprisingly common condition of sleep paralysis with Dr. Al Cheyne, a leading expert on the subject and several victims of “night frights”.

Producer: Michele Ernsting

Broadcast: October 24, 2005