Samantha Gross’s images are excellent portrayals of sleep paralysis.

Interview: Artist Finds Relief From Sleep Paralysis Through Fantastical Photography

From nightmares to waking dreams, photographer Samantha Goss uses her acute sleep paralysis as inspiration for a growing portfolio of surreal images. The creative endeavor is her way of coping with the terrifying episodes that are characterized by an inability to speak or move and are frequently accompanied by hallucinations; sleep paralysis is often described as a dark weight on the chest between awake and dreaming.