1 2 3 4 6 artJohann Heinrich Füssli “Nachtmahr” What do Billy Eilish and this picture have in common? Sleeping paralysis. ⠀ It is a condition between sleep and wakefulness, when the brain is already awake and even the eyes can open, but the body is still unresponsive and the person cannot move. According to American studies, almost 8% of people have experienced it at least once in their lives. People who have experienced sleep paralysis say they have felt it hard to breathe, as if something very heavy was pressing on their chest, and they have also often seen hallucinations, felt the presence of someone in the room and generally described the experience as very creepy. Billy Eilish has said in several interviews that she often enough experiences sleeping problems and such strange experiences, so she put her thoughts and feelings into the song “Bury a Friend”. “Nightmare” is a series of paintings by the Swiss and English artist Henry Fuseli (1741-1825) that depicts sleep paralysis. A girl sleeps, bent over under the weight of a demon that presses on her chest. And in the back of the room hides a blind horse, an image on the edge of this world and the otherworld.