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Photographer Visually Depicts His Struggle with Frightening Sleep Paralysis

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Nicolas Bruno

Have you ever found yourself caught in limbo between being asleep and being awake, where you're quite literally paralyzed, and unable to move a muscle? This is called sleep paralysis, and many who experience it also have nightmarish visions that accompany the inability to move, things like frightening approaching figures that they're unable to move away from. Nightmares that are a whole lot more real than the typical ones, to say the least.

As we spotted over on io9, photographer Nicolas Bruno knows the phenomenon all too well, having suffered with terrifying bouts of sleep paralysis since the age of 15. Like many artists, Bruno has found a whole lot of therapy in his talent, and he recently set out to take a series of photographs that would visually depict the total helplessness and sheer terror that he feels during these waking nightmares, using his dream journal notes as inspiration for the shots.

Bruno says that not only have the photographs been therapeutic to him, but they've also helped others, many of whom have reached out to him after seeing and relating to his work. Sometimes, just knowing that you're not alone can be a really empowering thing.

Check out some of the incredible photographs below, which are being shared with the permission of Nicolas Bruno. You can see more of his work over on his website and Facebook page.

Nicolas Bruno

Nicolas Bruno

Nicolas Bruno

Nicolas Bruno

Nicolas Bruno

Looking to delve more into the dream world? Check out the book Dreamland, which looks at the science behind our nightmares!

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