Sleep Paralysis – Old Hag Syndrome, Shadow People and Demons in the Dark – Sleep Paralysis Treatment

"Last night it happened again, but this time it was different, this time I embraced it, this time instead of the unseen threat clamping onto me and attempting to drain my life-force away, this time I clamped on hard to it, I couldn’t see it, not in any real sense, but I had it in my grip, and I wasn’t about to let it go, I had it beat, and it knew it, this time it was me that was laughing..."

Sleep paralysis is a strange thing, as I understand it the scientific explanation of it is that essentially; it’s the exact opposite of sleep walking. Whilst you sleep the brain releases certain enzymes that paralyze the body, this is to prevent the sleeper from moving around and harming themselves whilst they sleep, in sleep walkers the body does not produce enough of these enzymes, and as such the sleeper is able to act out their dreams. In the case of sleep paralysis the brain at times produces too many of these body paralysing enzymes and as such the mind sometimes wakes whilst the body remains asleep.
That’s as I understand it (in short), and it’s a good explanation, and on many levels I can buy it. If only I hadn’t experienced it myself.
I remember waking (sort of) and being gripped by terror from the get go, not by something I saw or by something I heard, but from the minute I opened my eyes (if indeed I did) I was enveloped, entirely, by all encompassing fear. I had no idea what I was scared of, but I had the strangest sensation of being invaded, somehow, and the unnerving suspicion that somewhere, something lurked in the darkness, and that I wasn’t alone.
And that was my first experience with sleep paralysis, but it wasn’t to be my last. For awhile I believed that my sleep paralysis was linked with a specific place I worked, I did sleep-ins every other week and my first three episodes of sleep paralysis all occurred within that building, within a space of six weeks.
As a man I’m not ashamed to tell you that I was terrified, I’ve seen far bigger guys than me recounting their sleep paralysis experiences (on YouTube),shaking and almost holding back tears as they do so. Sleep paralysis is a very scary thing, but as you’re here reading this, perhaps you know that already.
In Vietnam it is known as 'Ma De - held down by a ghost', in China it is known as 'Pinyin - body pressured by a ghost', in Iceland it is known as 'Mara - Devil sitting on your chest trying to suffocate you', the first few times I’d been so gripped by terror that I’d been unaware of anything except that terror, I had been literally paralysed by my own overwhelming fear, but during subsequent episodes of sleep paralysis that’s exactly what it felt like, being held down by a ghost, or something else.
Sleep Paralysis, Old Hag Sydrome.
Sleep Paralysis, Old Hag Sydrome.
The Old Hag, Shadow People and Demons
Sleep paralysis is also often referred to as ‘Old Hag Syndrome’ or the ‘Night Hag’ which is one name given to the creature that sufferers of sleep paralysis sometimes feel to have been visited by. Shadow people is another name given to the being often associated with attacks of sleep paralysis, due to the fact that this entity rarely makes its appearance clear, invisible but not invisible, it has no mass but it has form, and lurks at the corner of your eye. And demons, well because they’re demons, and attacks of sleep paralysis can feel very demonic in nature.
Sleep paralysis is actually very common, it is believed that 25-30% of the general population will experience sleep paralysis in some form at some point, and that 95% of those that experience it will perceive it to be a horrifying event.
But why do all suffers of sleep paralysis visualise approximately the same entity, it isn’t like having seen a horror movie and then going to sleep and having a nightmare that the creature in the movie was now after you. Because most sufferers of sleep paralysis have never heard of it before they’d experienced it.
25-30% of the population experiences sleep paralysis, but like most people who experience attacks of sleep paralysis, I’d never heard of it. It seemed that people just weren’t talking about it (except for on the internet), and I had to ask myself why, perhaps the fear of being thought crazy; or the fear that your sleep paralysis might be an underlying symptom of something much worse.
But why the old hag, the shadow people and the demons, some people associate sleep paralysis as being a waking dream, the body is still asleep but the mind has woken, although still in a semi-dream state (known as REM sleep). Why don’t I have nice dreams whilst in sleep paralysis, you might ask, why always nightmares? Why this shared hallucination with millions of people I’ve never met and never will? One explanation could be this:
The fear and terror, the nightmares experienced during attacks of sleep paralysis are caused by the very condition in which you wake. You awake paralysed, immobilized, you feel as if you’re being pinned down by something you can’t see, and you may well be suffering hallucinations. The brains natural reaction under these circumstances is to panic, to go into fight or flight mode, only there is no flight option. Waking in this terrifying condition leaves little room for pleasant dreams, and the mind still hallucinating conjures up the perceived threat, of something evil attacking us.
This video doesn’t do a bad job of demonstrating the sensations experienced during an attack of sleep paralysis, although personally I’ve never felt like I was up and moving around, and it does get a little crazy towards the end.

Sleep Paralysis Video

Sleep Paralysis - Demons
Sleep Paralysis - Demons
What causes sleep paralysis and can it be treated?
Well, it’s hard to say for sure, although it is thought by some to be associated with stress. Stress it has been known for a long time can be a cause of lack of sleep or altered sleep patterns, both of which can inevitably lead to attacks of sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis can then in turn lead to more stress and may lead the sleep paralysis sufferer to avoid sleeping, through fear of experiencing more episodes, which may in turn lead to increased episodes of sleep paralysis when sleep finally comes. Essentially meaning that trying to avoid attacks of sleep paralysis by not sleeping, increases your chances of an attack, so it's believed that obtaining a good nights sleep as frequently as possible can reduce attacks of sleep paralysis.
Another point of note is that sufferers of sleep paralysis are often those who sleep on their backs (this is the case for me), and that through changing the position in which you sleep, attacks of sleep paralysis can be reduced or eliminated.

The Science of Sleep Paralysis






Sleep paralysis experiences as told by fellow sleep paralysis sufferers:


'I hate not being able to move and seeing those figures, and you try to scream, but the only sound I can only manage is a low moan erupting from my chest, but I'm starting to think that is in my head too, because my parents said they never heard me. It’s such an uneasy feeling. I hate it.'
'I have it, and it is an entity that tries to discourage me from continuing on. Tries to scare me into making it stop faster. They never do anything but I feel like they're evil and trying to guide me into a dimension I'm not welcome to. It's very odd feeling. And scary. But so far, I come out of it before I have an O.B.E.'
'I have sleep paralysis & I always feel the sensation of someone sitting on my stomach trying to suffocate me & many many times I've seen a dark figure at the end of my bed, and everything sounds weird. best way I can explain it, is the sound of an industrial fan on full speed blowing next to your ear....it's very scary & demonic though so I have sympathy for those who have it too!!! '
'I’ve been a sufferer for about 20 years and have it severely!! im not a believer in ghosts but it's very unexplained to me iv had it so many times that their is not enough room to write-down all of my experiences all i no is that im scared to sleep i have to breath heavy to wake my partner !!! And sometimes iv looked at the back of her head and eyes appear and stare at me!!! I’m very interested to no more as it's far from nice!!!'
'You know I’ve seen some scary shit while in this sleep paralysis or out of body experience, cuz there's a time when I’m afraid, and times when I’m not afraid, like almost two years ago, I had sleep paralysis right, and then I looked at my door and i noticed a dark figure standing in front of my door, and he was just staring at me, and then i finally woke up closing my eyes and that was it, I was afraid to go back to sleep, i had no idea who he was but it looked to disturbing'
Sleep Paralysis Praying
Sleep Paralysis Praying
Sleep Paralysis, Religion and Prayer.
I’ve never been a religious man, I went to Church school on a Sunday as a child, and my sister was married in a church, but that's about as religious as my life has been. I don’t believe that I’d given my thought to a ‘God’ in a long time, but strangely during episodes of sleep paralysis I felt compelled to pray. It was instinctive, odd, unexpected, but what was even more unexpected than that; was the fact that it seemed to work.
I hadn’t even known that I knew any prayers, and I’m not even sure that what I was saying (or thinking) was actually a real prayer, as such, but I do remember reaching out for help from ‘God’, and weirder still was the fact that as I sought this help, I had the utmost faith that I would receive it, and all I’d ever had to do was ask.
I’ve heard that sleep paralysis has caused people to become extremely religious, believing that they have been visited by some kind of higher being, or touched by God, this hasn’t happened to me, but I will say that it has left me more than a little confused, and a little more open to certain thoughts and ideas.
Here’s what some others have to say about their experiences with sleep paralysis and prayer:
‘When the paralysis came on, I said out loud "Satan, I rebuke you in the name of Jesus Christ." The paralysis and associated symptoms immediately disappeared.’
What helps me while having the sleep paralysis is praying to Jesus. It seems to let off quickly when I pray.
I have found it helps to say Jesus, Jesus,Jesus and it stops immediately (on 2 occasions, it took several tries) My grandfather told me when I was a child that if I ever felt scared to say his name three times and it would go s=away. Works for me.
I have had it too and before I knew what sleep paralysis was it scared me half to death…I couldn’t move or talk and felt like I was being held down…I also would hear a steady growling that would get louder…I would just pray and it would go away...

Sleeper - Sleep Paralysis Video

Sleep Paralysis - Alien Abduction
Sleep Paralysis - Alien Abduction
Sleep Paralysis and Alien Abductions
Many scientists and Doctors these days believe that sleep paralysis is responsible for so called alien abductions, the effects of sleep paralysis and its related hallucinations are thought to be the cause of the experiences that some sufferers of sleep paralysis attribute to alien abductions.
The shadowy entities associated with attacks of sleep paralysis may become alien creatures instead of the Old Hag or shadow people in the mind of the sufferer depending upon what the sufferer personally perceives to be a more threatening enemy to them. Those with a strong belief in aliens and U.F.O’s are more likely to visualize these as the threat.
Sleep Paralysis - Good Sleep
Sleep Paralysis - Good Sleep
sleep Paralysis Treatment – Can Sleep Paralysis be cured?
There are many ways through which people are able to reduce their attacks of sleep paralysis or eliminate them altogether, as mentioned above sleep paralysis is often linked to episodes of stress and lack of sleep. By ensuring that they receive a minimum of eight hours sleep per night many sufferers of sleep paralysis have reduced their attacks or put a stop to them completely. In others simply changing sleeping position from sleeping on their backs was all that was needed.
Others claim that simply praying each evening before sleep works, and that they have never suffered an episode of sleep paralysis since they started this nightly prayer.
Medications such as Sodium Oxybate (Xyrem) may be prescribed as a cure for sleep paralysis in severe cases, but the best treatment for sleep paralysis is to reduce stress and get the proper amount of sleep. Sodium Oxybate is a central nervous system depressant. It is used to treat cataplexy (sudden loss of muscle strength) and reduce daytime sleepiness in patients with narcolepsy, amongst other things.

Sleep Paralysis: Not So Bad?


102 comments:

  1. wow. wow. wow. What a great post!! I have had nightmares, sleep terrors, and sleep paralysis, I have also had occasions of sleepwalking.. and as a result...insomnia since I was a small child. I think people relate whats causing the terror to whatever is more accepted in thier culture. Like aliens or demons. maybe. I do know...I was raised in a religion that toatlly believed in demons, and the reality of being possesed, every time Ive had a sleep paralysis event, Ive felt as thought demons were present and although Ive been out of my religion for 15 years, every time it happens I try to scream out to God before I am even awake....and it works....I dont know if its becasue I was so conditioned as a child to believe all that, so my incoherent mind automatically reaches out to the idea of God, but its crazy to find out so many other people feel the same way!!!

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  2. I didnt know sleep paralysis was like that for everybody!! I HATE IT!!!Thanks for sharing all this info.

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  3. I suffer from sleep paralysis and here lately I have been having quite a few bouts of sleep walking. The sleep paralysis is something I absolutely hate but at least I am used to it and I know I am safe. The sleep walking on the other hand is something that is driving me and my husband up the wall.

    We discovered that I was sleep walking after all of my pictures and paintings started disappearing off the walls and then I found them under the sofa and under dressers. It wasn't until several nights later that I awoke in the kitchen with food in my hand not knowing where I was or how I got there, that I felt awful for blaming my husband on playing some trick on me. A few nights later he woke me up in the middle of sleep walking and we discovered that I had been up and about for quite some time and while asleep I had made the best batch of sweet tea I have ever made before...(which stinks because I'm usually awful at making sweet tea and I finally made great sweet tea and I was asleep while making it so I have no knowledge of what I did to make it turn out so good). Unfortunately...what caused my husband to be awaken while I was sleep walking is, I had walked outside. That scares me to death. I thought "Oh dear GOD, what if I walk out into the street or try to drive! After all I DID just make TEA while I was ASLEEP!"

    With sleep paralysis I hate the feeling of being awaken by a whisper and then not being able to move one inch. I'll try as hard as i can to move my hand and all that happens is MAYBE my pinky finger will twitch just a tad. It's terrifying, BUT...at least I have learned that I am safe and it's just a bad sleeping disorder, whereas with sleep walking...I'm seriously terified that I might actually accidentally injure myself.

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  4. As a child and teenager I experienced paralysis sometimes at the same time as a loud humming noise and other times I heard this sound but was not paralysed just mystified.

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  5. I've had sleep paralysis a number of times, as well as OBEs. It's not a great experience, being desparate to move, and totally unable to do so. It had occurred to me (since I also often sleep on my back) that it might be caused by snoring, as this could momentarily deprive us of oxygen, and set up a panic reaction. Luckily it hasn't happened too often, and I'll be quite pleased if it never does again!

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  6. excellent hub on sleep paralysis, I especially like the attention paid to prayer and beliefs. I just want to add that it is possible to transform sleep paralysis from a nightmare into a healing experience. the "stranger" is not always evil, especially if we can learn how to let go of our fear and accept the unknown. I write about this and lucid dreaming on my website.

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  7. I've had these episodes for a long time but the "demon" business only once. The first few times I thought I had died in my sleep and somehow managed to come back because I had the kind of headache you get when holding your breath too long, as well as being numb and feeling my heart try to start again. For me, everything was physical, there was terror all right, but only because I thought I would be dead when my kids came in. Being paralyzed was horrifying, I could hear my son in the living room but couldn't call out.

    Then one time, I felt this horror like someone evil was in my room, it was bizarre and I thought I was dreaming. As soon as I recognized it was just the whole sleep paralysis thing, I knew I was awake but couldn't figure out the whole "feeling overwhelming evil" business. Then it intensified, terrified me so badly, I prayed "Jesus" several times in my mind and it stopped immediately. Sounds like some primitive mythical leftover but why did it work?

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  8. When i laid myself to go to sleep i saw a electric blue small face that talked and said something scary to me. I have no idea what it said but it looked like a ghostly image in a pic i have. It seemed like a night terror; but I don't know what it was... yesturday i felt like i was being pinned down. i never had these probelms before untill recently. i hope i am not developing a sleep problem.

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  9. I've experienced this a few times, though I've never actually seen any entities. I've always "felt" them lurking in the corner and thought I heard voices discussing me, but haven't seen anything odd.

    What works for me is forcing myself to move one part of my body, even just a finger, and then I'd wake up and be able to move. Though the last time this happened, I thought to myself, "OK, this must be sleep paralysis," and I woke up! I guess it was kind of like when you tell yourself it's just a dream.

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  10. This is interesting. I've been experiencing this for the last 20 years and thought I was the only person who was seeing a dark thing. It looks like a very dark person/demon, very tall about 8 feet because it seems taller than my window, it's rather large. It just stands there, at the side of my bed, I can't see it's face. I never did. At times I hear noise sometimes nothing. Sometimes I just have the sleep paralysis. I have to say it's the most terrifying thing, but amazingly I've gotten used to it. I don't try to kick out of the paralysis anymore, it just tires me out.

    I don't know what to make of all this. I have never spoken to anyone about this and this is the first time hearing about other people experiencing the exact thing. There is something really spooky about this. I would never in a million years get that image from anywhere.

    I have to say that I never experience the hallucinations or the paralysis when I awake on my side or stomach. someone blogged about sewing pockets in their PJs and putting tennis balls in them. This way if you turn on your back it will be uncomfortable. Not sure how anyone could get a good nights rest with that, but it's worth a try.

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  11. Hi, I have been reading your hub with great interest as I have had the most terrifying sleep paralysis for years. It always started with a buzzing that gets louder and louder, your head always feels like an echoeing hall, and then your body starts to feel heavy. That is what happens when you begin to go to sleep and cannot stop it. If I woke up with it I also saw things in the bedroom. People and noises as if they were talking very loudly, all this was at the same time as seeing everybody else asleep as normal. Then I did one thing that I think you should all do. I had a blood test. I found out that I had a very bad overactive and underactive thyroid. Please check it out because, touch wood since I have had medication, I have'nt had one night of sleep paralysis. Good Luck, and great post. luv nell

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  12. I'm so glad that so many people are talking about this online now. I've had this since I was 15. There is another hub page like this one I found a few months ago it has alot of good info on it too. I love that we can share our stories with each other and feel normal about it. Most people I've mentioned it too outside of the internet have never heard of it. There is one weird thing that I never knew I had a problem with though until my husband started trucking and I was sleeping alone. When I lay down at night and start to relax, I feel vibrations and sometimes feel impressions on the bed before I ever get to sleep. I guess I thought it was my husband moving around before. I'm completely awake though,not even sleepy, just relaxed. Is this a physical thing my body feels when it starts to relax???? Anyone else???? I've never had a response on this one before. I started having my dog sleep in my room so I can have something to put a little blame on. Plus I just feel safer. Somehow when your alone in a quiet dark room and you feel things that aren't there you get spooked. I can't even blame it on the SP! But I thought maybe it could have some kind of relation if I found someone who experiences something similar.

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  13. ive had the experiences of this sence i was a little girl and worsend as a teenager i am in my thirties now,i believe people this will happen to are spirtually gifted in other areas of life,i have tried everything to figure out why this happens. sometimes i would luckely feel it coming on jus before i fell in to the state of comatised sleep, i keep holy water near my bed when i used it the presence of the paralysis vanishes, i have had expierences where i have bien pinned down and molested by what i could feel as many hands all over my body, havin lived with these expierences in diffrent forms most my life, my best advice is to rember where there is evil there is good, during the paralysis, it feeds on your fear thats what it feels like and thats what it is,your intuition already tells u this during the attack, belief in good if u cant believe in god, it will proctect you honestly it prays on good people who are soft hearted, only when u think u have it under control you will realise u dont, dont trust it..

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  14. I have had it a few times but never seen or heard anything in the room with me. I just chalk it up to the Lucid dreaming thing just before you really fall asleep.

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  15. I to am a victim of sleep paralysis and i hate it!!! I just had another experience the other night but it was different than it had been before. This time the thing holding me down was holding my ankles and my upper body. That was one of the worst experiences. My all time worst experience was actually looking in the mirrored door that was across from the bed and seeing someone on me. I was sleeping on my tummy and looked in the mirror while I was being held down and saw a dark shadow person on my back. These things happen to me all the time and I feel better knowing I am not the only one. My boyfriend doesnt believe me if only he knew!

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  16. My experience in dream paralysis have been scary for the most part. I've seen cloaked men walk from one end of my room to the other. I've seen my mother come into the room and not say a word, just back facing me staring at the wall. I've heard people chanting to me from a round spear on my ceiling trying to yank my spirit from my body, at least that's what I believe at that moment. Feels like being forced away from the physical world into another without choice. One time I wasn't even paralizes, when I sat up I began to float slowly toward the ceiling. I could see everything clear as I see it now, no destortion. The last dream paralysis I have I was paralizes for longer then usual. I remained calm but that didn't stop it. I could hear my mother shouting my name, but I was the only person hear. I tryed to leap through my body, but nothing. When I awoke I made myself stay awake. I've seen the cloaked man while being fully awake, thinking I was halucinating I just stared at him from the end of the room and he back at me.

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  17. Hello. I Have also had alot of experiences with sleep paralysis and yes it's very frightning!!! I've seen shadow people, a demon and felt a hand press down on my side!

    Pressure on my chest and face, felt like my nose was gonna brake. I also worte a hub on Sleep Paralysis, but I think I may write about my experiences later.. they are so freaky!

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  18. This is real creepy. Glad I don't suffer from sleep paralysis and I have trouble understanding those people in the video who seem to enjoy or appreciate it.

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  19. I suffered from it some times, and it was very scaring, but after having known that it's a matter of switches working bad it almost disappeared. And even if it happens again around once a year I'm honestly much less scared as I know there is nothing supernatural involved. But I still don't feel comfortable when it happens. :)

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  20. this is an admirable post on an often misunderstood condition. I appreciate your approach to the topic, with such meticulous and thorough analysis. You have obviously done your research, and I commend you.

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  21. HI, im 38 and have had sleep paralysis since i was 17 years of age. ive learnt to come to terms with the condition now, i dont know if anyone else experience's this, but i get a vibrating in my inner ear hours before i go to sleep, which allows me to prepare before hand ready for the event. The condition as also allowed me to control my dreams. If i choose to, i can recall dreams from the past and change them, has stressfull as it has been it as also been a great experience.

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  22. It happened to me last nite and a few nights ago aswell i woke up and i cudnt breathe it was like sumtin sitting on my chest and it was really heavy i saw flashes of light and a weird buzzing sound i was crying and trying to call for help but i cudnt talk no 1 cud hear me it lasted bou 30 seconds. it felt like sumtin evil in my room beside my bed.its freaky !!!!!

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  23. So I divorced a couple of months ago and I've only had one episode since. Hmmmmmmm......I think that it may be mostly stress induced since now most of my stress is gone. Well, let's hope that's the case. Now watch, I'll be on here next week telling you how I've had the worst episodes ever and when my life is so stress free....lol. I guess I'll just have to update occassionally! If anyone want's to drop me a line and discuss anything feel free to do so. :)

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  24. I was 18, working and going to school and exhausted. I turned the TV on and crawled in bed, watch a bit of TV until I fell asleep. Suddenly I woke up and noticed the audio was gone on the TV. I cursed myself for leaving the TV on too many nights and I had obviously had burned something up. Then I started to crawl out of bed to turn the TV off but I was totally unable to move. Instant panic. Had I had a stroke? I lived alone and how long would I lay there until someone found my body. I tried to throw myself to the floor. I could feel my heart beating rapidly and I obviously could open my eyes but I couldn't raise a hand to beat on the wall. I could simply lay, facing the TV, hearing nothing. Then with great effort I tried again to throw myself out of the bed. It felt like being sucked through a straw. I was suddenly against the ceiling, staring at myself in the bed. I figured the "stroke" or whatever had happened to me had killed me....now I was dead and my center of consciousness was separate from my body. I still existed despite my frozen body in the bed. My "awake" body could move up and down, around the room, anywhere. I no longer felt my heart pounding, I realized that my body and my spirit or whatever it is were separate. My physical body was little more than "clothing" and the real me was still alive. This state of separation seemed to last a long time and then suddenly I had the "sucked through a straw feeling" and was reunited with my body which was fully functional and the TV audio was normal also. I had never even heard of sleep paralysis, out of body experiences or astral projection (it was 1960). The one thing I know for certain, I was awake and this was not a dream.

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  25. i have suffered from this disorder since i was a baby, it gradually got worse. The 1st time i remember it happened while i was awake and my nan in the same room, i could feel it creep up from my toes until i was unable to move but see everything going on around me, the people on the tv started to move real slow and talk real slow and i felt absolutely terrified, without knowing why, as soon as it came it went. This carried on throughout my childhood then when i was 15 i was fast asleep and woke to something heavy sitting upon my chest i opened my eyes but nothing was there, i could not move or scream for help but felt something really evil was with me, when it released me i ran into my mums room an she told me it had happened to her all her life and even the present. the same thing happened once more a few months later. But the last time reached a higher level, it was about 3 years later i had friends over wiv our boyfriends i was on the top bunk wiv my boyfriend my friend and her boyfriend on the bottom bunk. There was music playing and i was kissing my boyfriend when i felt the feeling creeping up my toes i tried to fight it as i didnt want to look weird in front of my friends then i felt different lips kissing me and hands on my lower back when my boyfriends was at the top, i shot of the bed terrified i ran down the stairs my mum said she had never seen someone look so terrified. Afterwards my boyfriend and friends said they felt really cold that night. This has not happened for about 6 years now and i hope it never does!!

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  26. Wow, what a great post. What a comfort it is to know that other people have had similar experiences like I have. It feel as though I can't move and is quite frightening. I realized years ago that I was, I must be dreaming. When this happens now I tell myself in my sleep that I am sleeping and I will be okay...

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  27. The solution is to pray when you experience this. It works every time. Trust me.

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  28. i started with Sleep Paralysis almost 45 yrs ago., after a slight brain seizure. Since then, I get it every now and then. Sometimes a year will go by with none, then all of a sudden, they start up again. When they first started, I was about 20 yrs old. I would try to wake up, but was paralyzed. I could hardly breathe, until I could move limb or try to open my eyes. It was the worst feeling in the world as I didn't know what the heck it was. Thought I was going to die. As the years went by, the attacks started to change and now, this past week, I've had 2 episodes. First it seems as though I've just awaken, and I see a dark figure at the bottom of my bed. It then comes after me, and I can feel it grab my legs, stomach and somtimes my breasts. I try to scream, but can't and can't move a muscle. Last night I had an attack, but this time, I heard a "swishing" noise first, then this black thing came after me. It grabbed my legs and then on up to my waist. I tried to scream and then it left. I've been going through all kinds of episodes and was raped once by one dark figure when I was in my 40's. I couldn't move unti it was done. I couldn't tell anyone, as they would think I completely lost my mind. I'm still afraid, after all of these years, to tell anyone, even a Dr. for fear they will think I've lost it. I guess since I've had it for about 45 years, it's not going to let up. I don't know what to do and am afraid every night to go to sleep. It's the most frightening thing in the world as far as I'm concerned. I'm relieved to know that their are others that know what I'm talking about. It helps me know that I'm not crazy...

    Thanks for letting me tell about it.

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  29. hi. great post... just wana add something. i used to have "sleep paralysis". wake up i horror, start praying. or even tell it to go in Jesus name and it would stop immediatly. then one night i decided not to be afraid of it. that night it came and instead of being afraid, i was confident that Christ was in me so i smiled... it stoped immediatly and never happened agian... this "sleep paralysis" is a demon.it feeds of your fear. and its terrified of Jesus. :)

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  30. I have had sleep paralysis since i was fifteen so do my three brothers i was so happy to find so many others do also.

    It is scary but because i have had it happen so many times i now get really angry with what ever it is because i know it feeds of my fear and i have also found that pray helps.

    I have had so many experiences the pushing on my stomach and it walking on my bed up to my head and holding my arms down shadows and evil eyes staring at me. I can usually move my feet and sometimes i think i am screaming out for help but realize theres no noise coming out.

    I am so grateful for the internet and been able to read about so many other experiences.

    I know there is no scientific explanation it is something supernatural.

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  31. I get sleep paralysis about once or twice a month maybe more. Everytime it happens i can feel something watching me. Last night was the most recent one, I couldn't move or speak, i tried to scream, but it doesnt happen, i moved my eyes over and there was this man in a black coat standing on my bed by my feet. By far the weirdest thing that has happened.

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  32. Ive been having these off and on since i was 16 years old, 25 now, great to finally know what the hell was happening.

    also, its a good feeling knowing that im not the only one having this happen, out of all the people i ever talked to about this, no one ever seemed to relate.

    but to all those who do, i feel your pain and fears

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  33. I remembered a few years ago my sister telling me about this freaky experience she had, where she was sleeping and felt as though someone was holding her down. I don't think she's had any experiences since because she hasn't mentioned anything to me. But i started having these experiences as of a few months ago. I had only a couple experiences, then they stopped, but i did have an epidsode last night. I had been so exhausted because of a busy weekend. It felt as soon as I had fallen asleep something pressed on my shoulders and whispered in my ear. Its a man's voice. I can't understand what he's saying but I literally have to force my eyes open. Once i do, it stops. I remember changing my position and it didn't happen for the rest of the night. Whether it had been from a lack of sleep, stress of planning a wedding, "demons" or what not I do not have a clue. But i'll try praying prior to bed, getting more sleep, and relax in hopes it goes away.

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  34. I had this experience once, in a house that may or may not have been the location for a terrible attack. (it was my ex-girl's house, although we were together at the time...she told me of abuse that she suffered at the hands of her father, although I dont remember wether it happened at that house)

    anyways, the event was one that remains as clear now as it did then.

    (I RARELY remember dreams and they are, even more rarely in any clarity..I also stopped having-or remembering, nightmares of any form for many years prior to this and to this day)

    I was asleep in the spare room, rectangular. with two beds parrallel at the back of the room and a door on the facing wall in front of the left bed. it was slightly ajar, with a hallway behind it. i was asleep in the right bed (that was next to a wall radiator, with a window above it. this was the exact conditions)

    I saw myself in bed, from overhead. i realised i couldn't move, soon i noticed something at the far end of the corridoor through the ajar door. it had the seeming shape of a cloaked head and shouldres, and most of the body, but the base seemed to spread out to nothingness. it seemed to be black/devoid of colour...perhaps a better assessment was that this FELT "dark", "terrible" and (for lack of a better word) "evil". It was slowly moving, gliding, towards me. I THOUGHT I MUST WAKE UP. (knowing i was asleep/dreaming...which I have NEVER -to my recollection, experienced)

    i soon felt an immense dread/fear like feeling. soon another feeling (very similar) entered me, very close to fear, but i saw my right hand shake)..i suppressed it at first, but as the "being" drew closer, i relised i should let this feeling fill me, and my hand shook uncontrollably. as the "being" got to the door, my hand shook so violently it hit the radiator, and i woke myself up. (having actually slightly, cut my hand on the metal radiator) with the feeling of narrowly escaping something truly awful.

    I researched this a bit at the time (as i was well into researching phenomena..or more "conspiracies" at that time)..but it wasnt untill today, some 5-6 years later, that i came across a couple of pages so "spot-on" in their illustrations and descriptions it made my eyes water. (not tears, they watered. with a feeling similar to that of the initial experience)

    So i thought i should post something here (another site i have since found) to see if this rings any bells for anyone else.

    Given the subject matter I was looking up at the time i thought it may be some sort of astral attack. however, i still dont know what it was. all i know is that it has happened to more than a few people.

    other than that experience, I also (a year or so later) had another "CLEAR" experience, where i was in the town centre of my home town, and saw what looked like a nuclear shockwave wall come from my left, across the town disintegrating everything in its path. as it hit me, it passed me, and for a few seconds i was still there, with nothingness around me...seeminly untouched..then i woke up...although this could be more of a dream..or psychologiclly explainable, it is the only other time i can clearly remember a "dream-like" experience..besides the night terrors i experienced as a kid, that generally took the form of freddy kreuger coming to me ina variety of scenarios and me being stood up, or sat down and paralysed, trying to scream but only air scaping from my mouth with no sound....nothing ever happeed beyond that , but the last fo these happened almost 20 years ago and i haven't really remembered or had a nightmare since.

    I just thought i'd add that as nothing is certain, perhaps it could be more or less...maybe a primal dream liek the falling "off a cliff/into water" dream many peopl have and is said to be a primal fragment...i just want to present a rounded account.

    still, any thoughts are more than welcome.

    thanks for your time.

    Peace, love and light.

    Ed

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  35. I had this happen when I was around 14 years old.I Heard the footsteps I looked beside me and there she was laying beside me I could not move. An old hag with long white hair and white gown But how can so many people see the same thing that is the question?

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  36. My take on sleep paralysis is this, Sleep Paralysis is Sleep Paralysis, what type of Sleep Paralysis differs with many. I think and believe youre in a weak state of mind that when people have Demonic Episodes of Sleep Paralysis they try to take advantage of your Fragile Mind. I never heard of such thing, i too suffered a terrible episode and till this day i believe it wasnt a bad dream. I believe its real. I dont think so many people all across the world can share just about the same dream. I dont believe its scientific, maybe the sleeping paralysis is but the rest? not at all. I believe the person who has suffered some type of sleep paralysis like be, who was held down unable to scream, move or speak was visited by an evil entity. I truly truly believe that. I believe my case and no Scientist can make me think different. Im a believer in God but not religious and the only thing that i could think of doing was closing my eyes (while i was crying my eyes out!) and pray until i finally opened my eyes to see that shadowy form floating on my ceiling trying to come towards and in me was gone, i prayed the rest of my sleep. So, for many to have similar stories and have demonic and pray, its not coincedental i believe we have all been visited by this demonic entity and many of us have come together to share our experiences.

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  37. Ephesians 6:12-13

    For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of Gods armor duo you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.

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  38. Had to write a quick note, ive had 2 episodes of this, i thought the first time was a fluke (was lying on my back) had all the usual was pushed on the floor with a weight pressing down on me etc and the 2nd time the other night which was more scary (was lying on my tummy) i woke up (or so i thought) and saw a dark figure enter my room the next min i was lying down and it was hitting me with a fist in the spine ( have recently found out that is where a chakra is) i could feel it as real as anything and my body was moving up and down with the force, then it climbed on my back and could feel it touching my head and neck, i thought i was screaming out it felt like sound coming out but i don't think it was and i could not move. I tried to move and was screaming and it to get off but it made it worse and it only stopped when i started saying hail mary's for the 2nd time, then after what felt like ages i jolted back into my body.

    Now im torn between the scientific reason and something else, ive had a strict catholic upbringing and im finding it harder and harder to believe the theories, even tho i would prefer to. What does disturb me more is the fact b4 both these attacks i saw a dark shadow of a man before i went to bed and was very aware of being watched and a strong male prescence and i saw the same one both times in diff houses, my dad has also had this experience and they it did actually get a lot worse when i started praying and b4 i went to bed id had my tarot cards out (they have since been binned)

    Glad to know im not going insane and im not alone, i often hear voices like a radio just as im nodding off and ive felt pressure on me at night since i was a little girl............will be reading my bible later just in case.

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  39. Had my one and only experience about 30 years ago. I'd been reading about astral projection and trying it, but with no results. Then one evening I go to bed early and drift off to sleep, within minutes I'm awake but cannot move - freaked me out. But then I think "hey, maybe this is the first step to astral projection." At this point I'm laying on my side and had read that I needed to be on my back to project … so with all my might I strained to flip over onto my back. After several attempts, I finally made it, and the next thing I know, I’m up near the ceiling in the corner of the room looking down on myself lying on the bed. I elated and scared at the same time, even though it was what I was trying to do. Then I slammed back into my body, my eyes flew open and I saw a person with long wild white hair straddling my legs bent over inspecting my belly-button. I couldn’t see the face, just the top of their head. My instincts made me bring up my right knee fast and hard. I could move! Poof! It was gone. But then I heard a very load buzzing noise coming from the closet. I sat up in bed and out from the closet came an object about the size of a pack of cigarettes, dark colored with cylindrical attachments on all four corners. It was about 3-4 feet off the floor. It came out, flew to the edge of my bed, made a 45 degree left turn and flew right by my head and into the wall….gone. The buzzing stopped. I reached up and felt my eyes to see if they were really open, I then felt where it went into the wall. I turned on the bedside lamp and sat there in disbelief. I looked at my alarm clock and it was 30 minutes after I went to bed. What the heck just happened?

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  40. I myself have had several sleep paralysis episodes, where one night i can hear wheel of fortune in the next room where lights where flashing red, green ,blue. On a entertainment center where my ex wife would have her dolls,was a demon like object with alien face, teeth like the venom from spiderman, small body that looks as it starved its self for several days, and a tail that whipped around him. this object i seen clearly. it jumped on my chest and it looked dead in the face and hissed. I could not move or scream but all i could do is pray to god to make it go away. I woke up and found to realize my ex wife had been dreaming she was on wheel of fortune and that her chest hurt.I also had one where it was dark and i was shown a slide show and a man saying you cant get rid of me. during this slide show was death metal like music and the slides where about a war then i woke up finding out about 9/11. before these happen my ears ring like as if you can hear the humming sound of a T.V. and you hear a shut of a wooden door real load. sometimes i wonder how real can dreams get these scare me real bad but they do not repeat themselves

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  41. This happened to me.. but I saw a huge puff of black when I got up and I walked into it.. and it felt weird.

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  42. I think the reason this happens while we are sleep, is because these entities are fully aware that are senses are down and that we are vulnerble. That's why they never come after us when we are wide awake.

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  43. I always wonder what it was and what caused it, I've gotten to the point where I can make enough noise to wake my husband so he can pull me out of it. Nice to know what it is though. Thanks!

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  44. souns wierd but i started having sleep paralsis after i watched the film paranoid activity about a woman who was being visited by a demon in the night, after having it once each night i was concious i would have it again, i go through stages of having like 2-3 times a week then weeks of nothing!

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  45. This (seeing the dark figure) happened about 25 years ago to my daughter-in-laws mother. They were living in a haunted house at the time. She has had episodes of mental illness ever since.

    It has happened to all four of my children. Prayer and white-lighting seems to help. They are all lucid dreamers. They all cope with it with varying success. Two are scientists, one is a lawyer, and one is a social worker. Though they do not want to admit it, they now believe in demons. However, where there are devils, there are angels. They have found their guardians. People experiencing this attack, and that is what it seems to be, must find their own heavenly protection. If they know others with the same infestation, join together in prayer for each other. White-light friends and loved ones. Protect. You are experiencing evil. Never doubt it. Rational answers will escape you.

    It seems this is a human phenomenon, shared by all nationalities and peoples. It stands outside our Western mentality,but even doubters have to ask what reality is being accessed. Other people worldwide do not. The question is "Why?'

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  46. I am a 29 year old male & I have experienced this stuff since I was a kid and many times over the years the most frightening I can remember was when a shadow figure came into the room and slapped my belly and stormed out of the room thats when I was 7 when I was around 9 I experienced being strangled,The most recent ones I have encountered was being dragged from my bed trailed across the hallway floor and swung around in circles and thrown back into my bed,Then last night I experienced my girlfriend turn around to me and say your ex girlfriend is going to visit you next thing I was being choked and tried to scream but couldn't,I was slapping my gf and she woke up I said I was being choked and explained what was happening she also freaked out and said she was experiencing the same sort of experience she was awake but was in a dream like state which was very scary and people where walking in and out of my room..Demons or sleep paralysis? I believe in demonic forces somethings got to explain the connection

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  47. Hi, Thanks to everyone thats posted cos I thought I was the only one that this had happened to. About 10 years ago I was practising white light meditation after reading Edge of Reality. One nightin bed I went a lot deeper and felt myself leave my body and rise. I didnt think Id be scared but I started to freak out a litte but then out of the corner of my eye I saw an outline of a person leaning over me - I was so sure that it was there cos I saw yellowy green light framing its body - like when you sense someone in the dark. I thought I was just paralysed in my sleep and that there was an intruder in the house going to murder me in my bed. After a while struggling to move and scared out of my wits, I woke my husband and made him search the house. It was only later that I realised it was something else. When I told my sister at a later date with tears in my eyes as it was so vivid that she told me it had regularly happended to her when she was quite young - age 6 or 7 where she was also paralysed and a group of women would try to lift her up out of her body and try to take her, at first they would be wuite friendly then they would become evil.

    Anyway what I would like to know is WHY? Why are they trying to strangle, suffocate, lift us away = can they hurt us even though they seem to be in a spirit form? What are they??

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  48. The trick to overcoming sleep paralysis for me is to realize that I have a higher power on my side and I cannot be haunted by these things for that reason. That and keep a light switch or remote control in your hand that turns on the light easily. I am only 15 and I sleepwalk constantly and dream nonsense and terrible things. I power through it and the paralysis with sheer will power and strength that I am stronger than whatever wishes to harm me. Hopefully this helps,

    Matthew Kling

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  49. This happens to me every other week, sometimes after waking i can see what ever holds me down in the corner of my eye :( haha but i dont fear it

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  50. it has happened to me once, at first i felt pins and needles coming down my body and when it reached my knees, i woke consioudly, but still felt the pins creeping toward my face, i then tried to move but couldnt, then became frightened, then as it reached my chest, i felt hands around my neck squeezing, i then panicked and tried hard to move but couldnt, i felt it was a male presence and trying to kill me, but i also felt it was evil and laughing at me, i then said, in my head, because i could not speak, get the fuck of me now, and then called onto god for help, it then left me, i sat up, completely shaken and got up, turned the light on and went about the house, i have a feeling it was because i had left my veranda door opened and i suspect it was an evil spirit, who just saw my open door and walked right on in, i have not had another experience, but i can trell you, i recall every second, and totally beleive that it was evil. i dont tell alot of people because they would think me insane, but i know what happened and if it happens again, i will call on god for help again. i dont really believe that it can be caused by the position you sleep in, or if you are over tired, i just think its an opportunistic spirit that plays games. think what you like about it, it happenes often enough to random people all the time, so it must be true, and soooo many people call on gods help to rid it, and it works for them. it is so frightening and does change how you feel about spirits etc...

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  51. Fighting & False awakening.

    It was the early hours of the morning, maybe about 4 or 5 a.m. and I was sleeping alone. As I turned over in bed I noticed a tall slim figure in white wearing a white brimless hat with a darkish complexion.

    The figure all of a sudden lunged toward me pulling at my ankles, I ended wrestling with this thing and managed to thrown it to the bedroom floor and then I woke up.

    All of a sudden It was back in my room and I was wrestling with this thing again, this felt quite real and not at all like a dream. As I lay there in bed I slapped my forehead just to make sure that I was awake and remember thinking “thank god I`m awake now”. All of a sudden it was back, AGAIN ! When this round was over I was shaking my head thinking jesus, “I`ve gotta be awake now ! Then I felt its present again, I shouted out aloud and I was awake a last.

    I got up thinking “what the f**k was that”. Needless to say I did not go back to bed.

    I`ve had over experiences like this many times before, but never quite as bad .

    If any one can help stop these experiences it would be much appreciated.

    Thankyou.

    PuggyUK.

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  52. I've had this for years, the first time it happens to you it is the most scariest thing in the world. Mine's starts with a very loud buzzing in my ears then it is like pots and pans being smashed together and the noises get louder and louder and my head feels like it's going to blow off, then the hallucinations come and they are horrific, evil faces looking down at me, shadowy figures, I can hear someone entering the house and coming towards my bedroom door and it isn't someone nice coming to say hello. I see people crying, screaming, fire, death, violence, everything is obscured and fast like watching a video on fast forward. During all this I am trying with all my might to move myself, I feel I can't shout and scream any more as I am exhausted trying to get someone to help me. Then as quickly as it comes on it stops and I am left sweating, terrified and a heart beat through the roof.

    I get it less often now I am older but there is something going on when everyone is experiencing the same thing.

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  53. I had never heard of sleep paralysis before my experience. I woke one morning at about 9 am. As I rose to get out of bed ( I got as far as raising my right shoulder off the pillow) I saw a man sitting next to me on the left side of the bed just in front of the pillow. Afterwards I described him as 'a man in shadow' as it seemed the most apt description. He was not at all blurred, his outline was clear but he was dark. I could see his features and rememmber them still. He was tall and slim. His eyes seemed friendly and he was smiling at me. His knees were bent and his arms were clasped around them. He looked completely non-threatening. I remember feeling total confusion but not fear. It was daylight. I could see everything in my room around me as usual. I stared at him for what seemed like long minutes. I dared not move. I blinked several times and looked away but when I looked back he was still there; smiling at me. Suddenly I felt a frisson of fear; this was no illusion and started to get out of bed. I turned sharply then fell onto my back. I could move no further. Every muscle was paralysed. In an instant I saw this thing leap on top of me. It's body was perfectly aligned with mine. It's face was directly in front of mine. I felt the weight of it pinning me to the bed and it became heavier and heavier. I felt as though it was gradually crushing my chest and I couldn't breathe. It was as though it was forcing itself down into me almost to my backbone. I remember I wasnt frightened until it was on top of me, also that I wasnt aware of any paralysis until I actually tried to get out of bed. I thought I was going to pass out and remember struggling to remain conscious. I thought if I passed out I would die. At the same time I was struggling to move but could not. After what felt like a significant battle I managed to raise my arms as if in slow motion. When I got them up as far as my chest( they had been pinned by my sides) I pushed at the thing and saw a vague shadow fall to the right and disappear. I was immediately ok and so jumped out of bed and ran downstairs. I spoke to people about it afterwards but nobody had any ideas or had heard of anything similar. It was by chance that I happened to see an article re. sleep paralysis in the newspaper many months later.

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  54. i know the feeling>>im sleeping but i can see with my corner eyejust staring at me>>>>but i cN MOVED FOR NOTHING. SO WHAT I DO IS CURSE THIS MOTHER FLOWER OUT >>>HE GOES AWAY BUT IT IS THE SCARIEST SHITT.I FEEL U PEOPLE OUT THERE...DNT GET SCARE FIGHT THIS PIECE OF SHITT

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  55. I get this a lot, before I fall asleep I start to hallucinate either seeing giant spiders crawling towards me or hearing voices outside my window trying to break in or people already in my room talking about whether to kill me or leave me to sleep. When I was younger it would be someone under my bed breathing heavily. I don't get the feeling of being pushed down just paralised by fear. My sister also has similer experiances but she sees demons. I think that because I don't believe in god, ghosts, demons or paranormal entities but am very scared of spiders my brain imagines this. In the same way people on here that are religious imagine demons something they are probably most scared of. My advice is to try and get into a regular sleep pattern avoid stress as much as possible don't drink before going to sleep and try to not let the possibility of it happening again play on your mind before sleeping you should be fine!

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  56. Sleep paralysis in my culture im pagan or native American we believe in the land and nature of things, sleep paralysis to us is a Spirit of some sort coming to look at you, kind of like taking a a deeper glance as they gaze into your spirit, i had this happen to me, but i notice if i concentrate, on trying to move my fingers or toes move something small at fist i can work it up enough to move say my arm or leg, which will initially wake me, upon the movement of my limb, the fear thing is not common in mine, nor is it an annoyance, probably cause i my self know how to escape such things, there was one time where a man with a grey T shirt on and he had no head come to look at me, i fell into 3 levels of sleep paralysis, first was i couldn't speak but make a small groaning noise, i moved my arm and escaped, then i fell back asleep thinking nothing of it, i fell into a second level, where my chest has been pushed on and like my arms were being clenched to my sides, i wiggled my toes and have gotten out of it as well, on the third try of me sleeping it got worse, i heard like noisy traffic, people arguing and screaming, my anger and aggression went through the roof, and i was sitting up when i awoke, i often have dreams as well of a woman with a tail, a woman with a mouth on her stomach, and a woman who skins is made of water.

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  57. HE MYTH

    It is not hard to see why demons, devils, and other beasties of the night have been blamed for these nocturnal 'attacks'. Virtually all cultures with a written or oral history has some kind of form of SP they have reported, and with that a usually very colorful explanation as to why these things happen. But if you're of an occult mind, or just an open one, it's also not hard to see why scary folk of the night would take advantage of us while in such a vulnerable position. Either way, legend and lore abounds. SP is more commonly known as Old Hag, and the origin for this title may have roots as far back as the Sumerians. Ardat lili or Lilitu, an evil hag-demon, was said to have the power of flight, which she preferred to do at night when she would attack men in their sleep. This seems a very obvious reference to the original Lilith, who refused to lay on her back when laying with Adam, and was therefore thrown out of Eden for a more suitable mate for Adam. After she was thrown out of Eden a myriad of things happened, depending on who you hear tell it, but a few things remain constant, Lilith flew away and is now the eater of children, hers and others alike. She is a disgusting old hag, who now flies over the land at night seeking revenge for being thrown out of Eden.

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  58. yea i had one this morning and was scared half to death. and i just started praying, i had no idea this could happen to a person, never heard of sleep paralysis before. so i was thinking demons now with this, i know what it is and so i have nothing to fear.

    thanks alot for this.

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  59. there is an amino acid supplement called 5HTP which boosts serotonin levels to the brain. one or two capsules before sleep at night will cause you to experience extreme episodes of sleep paralysis. i have experienced S/P since my early teens and have never related it to anything supernatural or extraterrestrial.

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  60. Has anybody experienced after waking finding crumbs of the ceiling on your bed, knees and elbows?

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  61. Iv had this a few times over the years but the first time it happened was the scariest. I woke in the early hours of the morning and turned my head to look at the alarm clock beside my bed and as i did i saw a young guy standing by my bed ( lucky some mite think) i turned to my parter to shout n scream and as i did this guy was hovering inches above my face level with mine. I was trying to scream n couldnt , i could move either. This thing had the most awful smile id ever seen it was like the jokers, and the more he smiled i started having pains in my chest. I was still trying to scream and move but couldnt, the bigger this things smile got the worse my pains were geting .i actualy thought to myself ig his smile reaches his ears im going to die , i really believed this . Just wen i thort i couldnt stand the pain any longer i was able to scream and push myself onto my side and wake my partner. I was so glad wen i found out this thing had a name and i wasnt going crazy.

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  62. I've been having sleep paralysis nearly my entire life, never knowing what is was until this morning,when I finally decided to do some research. This morning around 4:15am I went the restroom,and lately I been dealing with a lot of stress, which causes me to not sleep,sometimes once I wake up I can't go right back to sleep, so I'll turn on the tv, about 30 minutes later I started drifting off, and there's that weird sound like a fan or something, it a very scary sound, then my body goes into the paralysis, the tv on, but I'm seeing a shadow like figure, by my closet, and I could move, then I feel this heavy pressure on my stomach, the more I tried to move the more pressure. I've learned how to drive it away by saying I rebuke you in the name of Jesus, I demand you to flee this house house now in the blood of Jesus, I'm a spiritual person, it helps for me, but in the same token,I wish I could make it stop all together, the things I can tell about my experiences with this, I can write a book, it real, it does exist, my heart goes out to those that encounter this scary event.

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  63. i remember one time i had this experience.a red guy(demon)came into my roon and tried to kill me.he was terrifying and violent,full of hatred.i had many experiences but i just want to say these two.2-3 years after the experience i first described,my father screamed at his bed.at the same time i was having a sleep paralysis and the same red demon that attacked me 2-3 years ago said to me''My name...and something about my father...''.I don't remember well.What exactly he said i mean.

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  64. I had an experience once. im 19 now, 2 years back @ 7.15am i was partially awaken and having flashes and views of my body being half soul(transparent) and half my body beding saffocated(cant breath). i tried to scream but nothing came out.. i tried to inhale air but i couldent at all. then i saw a black solid figure with a head and soulder like being beside me. like a human with a black cloth over him, and transparent at the outer side.. suddenly when i felt like i was going to a blank vision, i woke up with a really shocked feeling. and everything was normal. the black figure was gone.

    wonder what was that?

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  65. I had my first experience around the age of 15, I am 31 now. I read about it, and the most repeated way to stop it was to not lay on your back. To this day, I lay on my side, and if I end up in my back, I wake up in panic and am usually up for the rest of the night. I believe it is an evil source. It felt as if I could not breathe and I was screaming for help, but no one would come to my aid. I do not ever want to experience it again. The best advice to those who have or still experience this, would be to change your sleeping position. You are more vulnerable laying flat on your back. The lore about being on your back and sleep paralysis is uncanny.

    B

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  66. With me I was not unable to move, I awoke wide awake on my back looked above my head as I just knew it was there. I got up, shut the door in it's face, locked it and pulled the covers over me and somehow whent back to sleep. I did not recall it at all till the next morning untill my mom asked why I locked the door. Hope this helps.

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  67. Haven't had sleep paralysis since high school until recently. I always wake up in my room, scared, and then I feel something or somethings creep onto my bed, usually towards my feet. They then grab my ankles and sometimes my wrists, sitting on me while I struggle to wrest away from them. I never see them, and the only sounds they make are when they shuffle around on the bedding.

    I'm usually good about getting my fingers wiggling quickly and thereby regain my motor functions, I struggle like a champ, but then as soon as I do, I'm alone in the room. Usually, once it starts I won't get any sleep the rest of the night no matter what I do; it just keeps happening again and again.

    Hoping to try lucid dreaming next time it happens, but I have to say, I'm usually so focused on the things creeping onto my bed, I immediately go into freaked-out mode.

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  68. My experiences with sleep paralysis are becoming worse and worse over time.Two nights ago I was laying next to my husband and I had something happen that was new.As I was laying there (I felt awake ) an image would come into my head and when it did my eyes would close really hard then my head would shake ,this repeated itself until I was suddenly laying there paralyzed . This next experience is always the same.When I become this way my first reaction is fear because Iv been through this so many times.I begin to struggle and try to push my husband .I kept trying to tap him,push him,scratch,scream , whatever would make him roll over and see me struggling so he could wake me..The odd part is I can always see everything around me as if my eyes were wide open.That night I could see the whole room ,see my husband laying there , hear the infomercials on the tv,etc ..but I couldn't move.Now here comes the terrifying part for me. Every time I have this feeling, that if I don't wake up I'm going to die.I can feel myself being sucked out of myself with a force like no other.I am literary fighting and shaking and trying to wake up any way I can.Sometimes when I wake up I am not really awake .I just wake into another horror /Like a dream within a dream.I guess I'm fighting so hard that when I wake up It feels as though I was in a car wreck or something.Its been two days since the last episode and the back of neck on my spine and my left arm still hurt .I'm talking serious pain.I dont see people or shadows.One time I went through this sitting on the chair and I was pregnant.I woke up too someone pulling my hand .I felt like it was coming closer to me.I was desperately trying to wake up before I slipped into whatever I'm slipping too(In my mind it's sure death),and a hand grabbed mine ,pulled and I was awake.That was the only one where I felt any touch.I have one other very scary one relating to that religion article above but I'm not ready to talk about that one I guess .

    When I tell people this I feel like they think I'm crazy.I can relate to not wanting to sleep in fear of it happening because that night(2 nights ago)I did not go back to sleep which in turn ,last night I was so exhausted and when I tried to fall asleep I felt that head shacking thing and sat up right away.Thankfully I went to sleep and I was okay.The part about this happens on your back more,I can not relate to.I have had it in ever position of sleep.

    I guess what I would like is to hear someone else that goes through this exactly the way I do.I hear the stories and they sound very frighting and I'm sorry for anyone who has to experience the helplessness and fear of this.I just haven't found anyone who feels that if they don't fight for there life they will be sucked out into death .I just reread what I wrote and I know I sound insane ,but I'm really not.Scared yes.

    Thanks for reading and I hope to hear there is someone with the exact experience soon.

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  69. iv had these alot! so much once that it did stop me from sleeping for a good two months! iv had the experiences of being held down and to stop it id have to try and breathe really fast and loud to get my ex partner to wake me propely it is very scary! the worst experince i have had like this i was so sure it was a spirit it scared me very much ! i was getting into bed one night my friends daughter was in the bed next me she is 8yrs old and my friend was in the room next door sleeping on the sofa, i pulled the covers up and closed my eyes im prety sure i was awake id just got into bed this was a horrible feeling of not being able to move then suddenly something strangling my neck for about 30-60 seconds i cant be sure of time exactly but im not sure if something was shaking me or i was shaking it to get it off of me i opened my eyes as my head is moving (shaking) and i could see like a grey smokey thing right in my face ( the 'thing' looked like if you light a lighter and look above itit looks like moving waves from the heat it was like that , like looking above a toaster at the heat rising ) as it stopped i sat straight up my chest and neck hurting trying to realise or even make sense of what had just happened two mins of sitting up my friends daughter sat up and burst out crying i calmed her down and said whats the matter she replied that a blue ghost was in my passage calling her she did not remember this the next day! iv also a few months ago been sleeping and been woken up by a hand sliding underneath my belly while i was lying on my side, the next day i thought nothing of it! the next night it happened again it feels as if someone is cuddling your side and belly or sliding there hand under to carry you, this time when i woke up i grabbed the hand and turnt my head back to see what was there i saw bright white line up to the ceiling it dissaperead, two days later i sadly had a miscarriage! im not sure what these expereinces are, i beleive it could be ghosts or simply my conciuos of being worried of being held down in my sleep that made me go to sleep with scared of weird things happening being on my mind! it scared me alot only some people belive me! i do not take drugs and was not drinking alcohol when these happened!

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  70. I was amazed at reading this. I am one who leaves my body sometimes while I sleep and sometimes I suffer from the paralysis part. I was a sleep walker when I was a child but would have night-terrors and just became harder to sleep because I was afraid of the shadow hand. For me when I am in paralysis there is a dark hand with long fingers and I can make it out as a shadowy hand and shadowy arm, sometimes I can see the body but other times I panic and just find myself finding to move to get away from the hand. I have been told that during these spells my eyes are wide open and I do sometimes stop breathing for a few seconds then I come out of it but it leaves me with a fear of going back to sleep.

    Now I have 3 boys and my oldest son started experiencing the same things. He also leaves his body and says he floats above it sometimes but other times he just screams out in fear and when I finally get him calm he says he just couldn't move his body. He is also a sleepwalker some nights and has night-terrors often. He has spoke of the shadowy figure.

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  71. I'm 13 years old and have experienced sleep paralysis about 7 times.

    My worst ever episode was last year December.

    A few minutes after I feel asleep, I found myself in a cellar with a man that resembled the Joker and two albino girls. (very weird I know). The man was holding my hands in each of his hands, and I was screaming. The girls were laughing at me and I looked into the man's eyes. He got incredibly angry and began to use his very long nail to cut my veins on my left wrist. That's when I kind of woke up in my dream and I tried to scream, I then tried to scream Jesus but all that came out was "Jebluiushsosji" and I couldn't move. It felt like an hour.

    I finally woke up and I cried and cried.

    Since that day, I am still afraid to sleep in my room alone, I regularly sleep in my brother's room for fear of it happening again.

    That is the only hallucination type of paralysis I have had. The others are only not being able to move or speak.

    It is a terrifying experience and I hope for people to never have it.

    I am scared to sleep every night.

    It constantly haunts me.

    Sounds like a horror film :P

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  72. I have night terrors, which seems to be like sleep paralysis without the physical paralysis. The bad part of this is that I can scream and scare other people around me. One time 7 years ago, I grabbed my 4 and 6 year and carried them both outside, because I was so terrified of a person I saw in the corner of my room. I felt HORRIBLE and swore I would suffer this illness/affliction/whatever in silence.

    I see things 5-18 times a month. It started when I was pregnant with my first child 15 years ago, and it seems to be related to stress and hormones. It is usually not scary. I usually see pretty innocuous things (insects, funnels in the wall, glowing balls, odd writing on my daughters skin, etc). Now I see it in my half-asleep state, assume it's not real and go back to sleep.

    It all scares me though. I would much prefer it didn't happen. My mother thinks I see spirits. I don't know if it's misfiring in the brain, spirits, or a combination. Maybe there is something different about my body that allows me to see into another dimension when I'm most relaxed... I don't think I'll ever have the answer.

    I've had a sleep study and found out I have very, very mild sleep apnea, and the insurance company won't pay for cpap or mouthpiece.

    I would really like to meet other people who have this problem, because I feel like a FREAK. The first time I told my Doctor, he looked at me like I was insane.

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  73. I'm not sure where to start. I'm nineteen now, but recently I've been reflecting on the past and while my life wasn't so bad, my sleeping habits weren't so great. I missed most of my high school days because of it. I was a bit of a night owl, I just loved night, it didn't seem like a time for sleep. (Wasn't a party animal though lol I was shy.) At any rate, when I finally did settle in for bed it was usually around 3 a.m to 4 a.m. I had to kinda force it upon me, seeing as I had to get up for school and all. I'd sleep for awhile, peacefully, but then I wake up in dreamland. Every thing was a hellish strange nightmare to me. My dreams usually have a deep red sky in them. It didn't bother me so much, a dream is a dream. It's not real, but mine were really repetitive. Moving past that. Some nights, I would experience terrible night terrors. Ones even I was afraid to speak of. All were out of body terrors. I would watch myself as I was sleeping! And then the dreams kicked in, and this... shadow figure would come into my room, (or I'd leave my room sometimes) and I would be tortured and hurt, cuts, almost missing a limb, just...horrible gory stuff that even I couldn't imagine! The worst part was when I 'woke' up in the middle of the night with this paralysis. I'd see the figure standing, rather looming over me a bit like Nancy described. Very tall, humanoid-like (Which REALLY sucks because I have a deep fear of humanoid things and masks.) It wouldn't really move, it would just look as though it was either expanding or moving in on me slowly. I'd black out from the fear, I never could moved right. I kinda wriggled like a worm sadly, wounding my pride a bit. I wake up every morning in pain, my body sore from where I was hurt or injured in the dream. My legs would be shaky, I'd feel really weak as if I got no sleep at all. Eventually, it got to be too much and I ended up staying up all night and sleeping at any chance I got in school. Even there though, I'd jump a little in my sleep, not really sleep, but I'd shut my eyes to rest them and try not to sleep, just rest.

    It stopped though. For some odd reason, my night terrors and experiences were not continuous. They happened periods at a time. The more I thought about it, the more I remembered as if I was trying so hard to forget. I used to get them when I was eleven too! I'm not sure why... They suddenly stopped back then too just when I thought I was going mad. And now that I think of them again, I fear they may start again. I was searching for answers how to prevent this from happening again, and I stumbled here. I didn't quite get the answers I wanted, but it's so nice to know there are others like me who understand how scary it is. Perhaps it's our human nature to fear not having control over somethings, or the unknown. I'm not sure but I'm reaching out for help this once. Any response or sharing would be greatly appreciated.

    Email~ Remembrancexyz@yahoo.com

    Thank you to whomever took the time to read this as well as letting me post. I feel as though I got a lot off of my chest.

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  74. Hello all. I suffer from sleep paralysis about once a week. I understand the science of it and i know it's not harmful but it's terrifying none the less. I was so scared every time it happened that I began to question whether life was worth living if I had to endure that torture. I was afraid to go to sleep. For some people sleep paralysis only lasts a few seconds but for me it would last minutes, literally if the lights were on and I was in view of the clock i could watch the time pass. I would lay there screaming inside unable to move but fully aware. THEN I FOUND A SOLUTION TO END SLEEP PARALYSIS!!!! I began to sleep with my yellow lab in bed with me. We are very close and he is very in-tune with me. He sleeps right next to me and when I get sleep paralysis I start breathing heavy and I try to whisper his name "Jack". He hears my heavy breathing and wakes up and paws me and I snap out of it. Since I can open my eyes and if the lights are on I can see the look of concern on his face, it's so cute, and then all he has to do is lightly tap me and I'm able to wake up and move. Dogs are amazing! He has given me back my peace of mind.

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  75. Enlighten us all, because my sleep Doctor hadn't a clue what causes night terrors. Science is about determining the cause and effect relationship (correlation) between variables. What in the brain causes it? How do you know?

    We know the detail as to why smoking kills you on a molecular level. We do not know what causes night terrors and sleep paralysis.

    That's fantastic you've found a livable solution, but i would not call that science.

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  76. hello all, ive had sleep paralasis many times, im 42 and have had this for as long as i can remember. It is really terrifying and i do sympathise with those of you that experience it on a regular basis.I cant say that i have seen dark shaddows etc, but i deffinately feel aware that there is something present in the room which frightenes me. On more than one occasion i have heared a sound that I can only describe as a low pitched howl, and hallucintions are reaally frightening, many involve serpent type demons. Having said all of this i must say that my experiences have seemed to occur during high levels of stress and anxiety and i do believe that this is the cause, I

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  77. I only have these attacks when I reach out to God out of desperation! It also happens when ever I want to learn more about God, or do research about demons;Demons hate that! Its not just sleep paralysis, its an attack to instill fear inside you! I've been having these attacks off and on for years now. I am a believer in Christ and admit to not reading my bible like I should, and when I find the time to reach out to God this is when attacks comes my way. It happens the most if I'd go online and listen to testimonial videos regarding anything from faith, prophetic or anything pertaining to God. The devil knows the Bible is a powerful weapon, and so are the people who are anointed giving their testimonies! Each attack feels like a different of an attack. My only suggestion is be prayed up before you go to sleep at night.

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  78. It's likely that during sleep the 'astral spirit' detaches from the lower 'animal self' and that upon waking the two merge into one consciousness again in a somewhat cataclysmic process. It's possible that the hippocampus becomes active too soon and start generating short term memories of this process, resulting in these hallucinations.

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  79. Sleep paralysis sucks. I've had it for as long as I can remember. Its not a nightly occurence but when it does happen it is intense. Overwhelming fear consumes you and theres an intense feeling of hopelessness. I have seen black masses appear then slowly manifesting somewhat of a face. I believe and I have all my life that it is something malevolent.

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  80. i remeber I actually found myself shaking after that sleep experiment its been bothering me for years ever since i was five it always ends up with me being around family members in that dream and then they began to act violently and draw me into the darkness where all the feelings of not being able to move or breath takes place but its more neutral than bad cause i would yell and a voice would say stop

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  81. I have has sleep paralysis for at least ten years, as long as I don't go to sleep on my back I don't have them. I have tried to embrace it but the terror only gets stronger, not sure how people say prayers because I can't even speak or think I. Real time. I have also fallen into sleep paralysis while in a dream and I have seen a dark figure growling just a person that broke into my house and just the feeling if being stalked. I have seen some scary things in my life but sleep paralysis is the absolute meaning of dread and it sucks. I usually get out of them by screaming help, but that takes a while as I have to use all my strength to even move my mouth I have scare my wife on multiple occasions it definitely sucks, and would not wish it on anyone

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  82. Waking into another dream happens a lot when I would sleep alone

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  83. This is real interesting. I have had many experiences where I would be completely awake and feel the end of my bed moving as if someone was sitting there. The mattress would appear to move up and down but I couldn't see it move. How strange is this?????

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  84. I did not know that this was an actual disorder, its wierd because I had this happen to me only once, and it was after I removed an object from a tomb in a known haunted location. This has thankfully never happened since, so its Wierd to me that this has only happened after that incident and people have it happen to them regularly....

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  85. Wow. I can't believe I never thought to look into this online. I read this and was blown away. It was as if I wrote it myself. Love the term Old Hags Syndrome. Seems like I have wrestled with that witch on more occasions than I can count. I just got a chill while writing about her. I have a lot of mixed feelings about these experiences. Most of them are terrifying, a few have been uneventful, some are just depressing, and every once in a while I get one that is absolutely joyful. Seems like my hormones get the better of me more often than not and my desire to turn the occurrence into a sexual encounter often takes me out of the state of the paralysis mind. Often during the more terrifying encounters, the ones where you not only want to run, but HAVE to run away, yet cannot, I find myself doing what I have come to think of as brain swimming. Its as if I get these impulses at the base of my brain that act as flippers if you will. They seem to pulse back and forth from left to right and act as my legs and help me push back into a fully awake state. Usually this part of my head is very sore after this "escape" and often the top of my head feels as if it is on fire. The more terrifying occurrences often involve the old hag or various other demons. Sometimes I don't realize she is present for quite sometime, of course I dont often realize I am in the state of sleep paralysis sometimes for several minutes. I could go on and on about this. I will check back with this page again and perhaps leave some better examples next time.

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  86. Stunning to read this. Even though I haven't had nightmares or anything of the sort for 15 years now, I remember them from my teens. I never knew that sleep paralysis was the cause until now haha! I specifically remember being held down by a demon EXACTLY like in that painting of Henry Fuseli, and the sheer terror of some presence lurking around in the room, without shape or form, many many times.

    My 2 cents on the matter: if you have this, you've got some subconscious issues that need dealing with. I was scared of death, loneliness, insecurity and many other things. I've managed to sort that out thoroughly by myself, not religiously, but logically. Its doable but you need to be patient. I highly recommend the same for others. Every dream I've had since then is just a lot of fun, and even potentially scary ones do not phase me, they just fascinate me. I was paralysed two days ago and I was never scared, it is an awesome feeling because the infinite realm of conscious dreaming is just around the corner.

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  87. I have a a lot of sleep paralylis, firstly when I woke up early hours of the morning, I could not move I thought I was having a stroke, I tryed to call my sons name I could speak. I was petrified. Then it started before I was going to sleep omg I didnt see anything, but there was something behind me touching me, I froze. I did not like this one bit. Then I was just about settling in bed, then I froze again, and who ever it was it messing my hair and caressing me. I shouted my son. He came in and sat with me. I dont like this at all. What I do each night know I have a statue of our dear lord at the side of my bed, I pray each night for whatever was there to keep it away. Im so afraid. Please Advice me.

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  88. Stunned to see so many having the same experience..n sort of comforting too...knowng i am not crazy...but then I have been strangled even when I woke up from my sleep..

    I could see my Mom in front of me..but could not call out to her...lost my voice at that time.

    And I heard a laugh..definitely male..and the pressure slowly shifted off..and I could breathe again.

    I have even been pinched and not able to breathe or move.It was only in one room that I felt all this.But once I started daily prayers in that room and had a Bible next to me...this has never happened again :)..

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  89. AW- SP for many if not most of us has nothing to do with "issues that need dealing with." In my case it's genetic. My father, brother and son all have/had (my father died at 42) it, too. We're all very well adjusted people. I have no fear of death-nor am I lonely or insecure but a very happy, fulfilled person when I'm awake and not dealing with the horrors of SP. It is not the same as dreaming- not even close. In a dream, we can tell ourselves, "Ah, no big deal- it's just a dream," but in SP, at least in my case, the episodes are completely real, happening in real time and it's not even remotely like dreaming.

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  90. hi i am in to lucid dreams an OBE's and i have started to try and use sleep paralysis as a gateway.about half an hour ago i was trying this in my room lying still and sleep breathing and then i felt the heavy feeling starting from my feet and making its way up my body eas this the real thing or could it have been my imagination.plus it was my first real try

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  91. I am 23 years old and a christian. I started having experiences when I was about 19 years old. Ever since then, my experiences have become much worst. I now have to wear a blind-fold every night over my eyes while I sleep or at least sleep in a room with dim lighting or aleast open up a window to where the street light shines through the room. I see very dark, smokey figures in the night...sometimes on top of me or in the corner..or at my side...or even above me. Sometimes I feel as if they are pinning me down to the bed...I try to yell out Jesus' name and they usually vanish but sometimes are can't move or say anything. I feel like my heart is going to explode; its beating too fast and I'm cold and my hair rises in their demonic presences. My fiance awakes to my screaming and has asked many questions. My family asked questions too. I know everyone who has responded believes this may be something called "sleep paralysis" but I'm not quite convinced. Maybe it is maybe it isnt. People have been putting names and tags on every unusual experience just to cope with it better. I sure the chemical reasoning in our brains is probably true and that now this condition is tagged with a medical name but maybe during "SP"..we are at our weakest most vulnerable state and this is why we fear and see figures in the night. Not because we are having a pyschological malfunction, but because evil can access us easier at this most vulnerable stage we have.

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  92. Wow, recently Ive been having many nightmares and feeling very angry. I crrently have pneumonia and when Ive woken up I am trenched in sweat. Last night something happened that really scared me. I started to go to sleep and all of a sudden I dream about a blackness, an entitty a black shadow waking me up, touching my body so I can wake up... As I opened my eyes I felt an eerie feeling..like a black shadow was still in my room and I felt it leaving my room through my bedroom window. I felt so scared. I was afraid to go back to sleep. I felt the shadow would get me in my dreams. That it would kill me.. I turned on the light and turned on the TV... I finally closed my eyes and had a nightmare of my ex boyfriend, confronting him.. becasue of how he used to abuse me in a domestic violence relationship of seven years. It seemd that recently Ive been feeling very angry of all the trauma I've experienced as a child and adult.

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  93. I've had it once before, about five years ago, but I just had it again two nights ago and it is still just as frightening. This time it was even more frightening in the fact that I dreamt my daughter was lying beside me in bed and that this invisible entity had picked her up out of my bed and was shaking her uncontrollably...trying to hurt her and I couldn't do anything but lay there. I couldn't move, couldn't pray out loud, or scream or grab her. Very scary indeed...I had another one last night, but it was quite as frightening as I was able to get rid of the thing by praying in my head for it to go away. Today is a full moon and I did a cleansing ritual this morning throughout my entire house. I used white sage to smudge the entire house and prayed while I did so. I felt much better in the house after that. I don't know if it's a negative spirit or force or if it's due to science, but it feels very spiritual to me. Great hub. Thank you.

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  94. My daughter is now 17 and just started experiencing SPover the last couple of months. However, she has been treated for severed depression and auditory hallucinations. She used to hear demonic voices. She currently takes medication that has made that go away, however the SP thing is happening nightly. She now feels like this "thing" is following her around. She has seen a "shadow" person before during the day only once, but is feeling its presence all the time. She gets so scared. I can't stand to see her go through this. Has anyone else ever had this SP thing get you so worked up that you became paranoid? Any suggestions? Any ideas? She is seeing a therapist, taking her meds, but it doesn't seem to be enough. We need some help.

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  95. A sound in my ears I can only describe as being a whooshing noise repetitively, senses seem to be greatly heightened, fear just rushing through my body heart racing a 100 miles per hour feel cold down the spine and sweating even though... start to feel heavy on the chest, Ill try to scream but nothing will come out. will last about half hour after trying to move around and shake and scream... Very scary one while this was happening I saw a dark man in the corner of my room crouched and crossed legged. seems to be very similar to OBE ( out of body experience) as well. It is true something bout calling on good energy does rid this at the time its happening.

    I have embraced it now and as stupid as it sounds I actually try to make it happen by lying still and focusing on the sensations, for some reason when I do this It no longer occurs strange and I think because its linked to fear. whatever it feeds of it.

    I now live a very spiritual life and its experiences like this that lead me to believe there is another force of energy out there. I now have been practising Wicca since the age of 12. I am just glad that I'm not the only one to have experienced this. the true way to decrease it is to work with it believe it or not cos when your not scared of it it wont happen..

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  96. @kittythedreamer: you are absolutely right, it is a very spiritual experience. Even though science explains this phenomenon as simply a neuronal release to paralyze the body (so we wont act out the dreams), it is more than just that!

    Right before you felt paralyzed, i'm sure you felt buzzing or felt like electricity or something of that nature. Don't feel afraid. Just let this happen and you will feel as if your spirit is leaving your physical body.

    I know this sounds weird (or crazy) but our spirits leave our bodies when we are resting. This is referred to as "out of body experiences". When we die we are simply having a permanent out of body experience. There is nothing scary about it, its just we have a tendency to have these experiences and aren't conscious we are doing so. This explains many other phenomena such as the phantom limb, deja vu and many other things that science can't explain.

    I was "afflicted" with night terrors when I was young, and later suffered with night paralysis when I was in high school. I suffered from insomnia as long as I can remember much to my parents dismay. It was very severe. My parents thought I was crazy until I finally went to med school and picked on my teacher's brains what this was all about.

    I urge to try to OBEs ! Read as many books about Astral Projection or OBE's. Once you realize whats going on it won't be a scary experience. Whats hard is keeping your brain awake when this is occurring to you, but seeing that you get sleep paralysis the learning curve might be very quick! Hope this helps guys :)

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  97. I've had many experiences however, only one was the traditional paralysis. Saying Jesus worked. I said his name 3 times and came out of it. I was awake, I never went to sleep so REM doesn't seem to be my answer. Thankfully, my mother was on the couch awake when I came home and knew I was in my room for only 15 minutes, I was 16 yrs old.

    My main experiences began when I was per-kindergarten age and vividly remember the witch who would torment me at night by tickling me until I thought I would die. That continued only while living in that house.

    I moved then came back as a teenager and it picked back up. It stopped again when I moved and to many other places with much stress, though no experience has occurred for years. Now I'm in this apartment and 43 yrs old now.

    I was recently tickled in my rib cage until I was shaking rapidly. It woke me up out of a sound sleep this was just about 1 mth ago which also happened to my ex who lived here 2 yrs ago but he just shook (he didn't attribute it to tickling)but was mad that I didn't wake him (I tried to).

    I've periodically seen ghosts on all the same locations as the experiences except one. I have too much to write all I can say is--I've had so many things happen that point to paranormal. Nothing bad has happened to me, even after waking up swearing at the thing. I thank God for protection and his angels. You don't have to be religious to call on Jesus, God....

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  98. Wow.....Thank you for the article very helpfull. I really dont go through the phase of shadow people or feel that someone is on top of me rather my eyes are just opened I cant move and whats scary is I am very very confused don't know where I'm at then start to get major anxiety while paralized that sucks ! Eventually I snap out of it and fall back asleep. I'm working on my stress with meditation exercise good food and just not taking life so serious . Thanks for article !!!!!

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  99. It is very simple. When man lost dominion to satan, satan torments those who are not born again or those who are born again who lack knowledge. We have power over satan because Jesus defeated satan at the cross and took back the keys of life and death. If you are a Christian, just try saying the Lord's Prayer over and over or if you have faith, kick the lying spirit between the eyes with the Word of God as Jesus did with scripture. I have experienced the no power side where I had the night terrors, the paraylsis, feeling like something holding my mouth and my body down etc. I don't any more, but as I learned who I was in Christ, I just took authority in Jesus name and they have to leave you. Need knowledge to get rid of the place you gave the devil because of your lack of knowledge. Need to repent for all Quiji board, seance, palm or card reading, etc and renounce all of the works of satan and that closes the door. For a minister who is like the PHD on deliverance get the teaching from expectedendministries com For those who want to see the enemy be kicked out in dramatic ways visit boblarson org The devil is nothing compared to God. The war is won, you just have to know it is won. Until you have Christ you have blinders on your eyes so it takes faith to receive Christ. Proof of God is everywhere, but you can't see it because of satan's master deceptions. Jesus is the way, truth and the life.

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  100. I suffered for years under the old hag. Then one day I did not shudder from fear. I followed and flowed with the dream and it became lucid. I floated up and out into that blissful state of zen. I explored and almost lost myself to that fantasy. Then I knew I had to quit. I did and for the most part I sleep soundly. Last night a visitor came to my lucid dream, and warned me that someone else was in my head. This was pertinent information because as of late, certain vices have gotten the better of me. These are vices that I have kept at bay and indulged in moderation but that were escalating. That visitor saved me. I revealed the traitor, pretending to be those closest to me, as she kept me in her caged paradise of the mind and ended the possession through sheer will power. Today I woke up and the desire to indulge that vice is gone. I can't explain it, except for the dream. I warn anyone who suffers this and explores within their lucid dreams that they may be susceptible to invasion. For me, it happened long ago when I was just a child and only grew stronger as I grew up. God, I sound like a loon, but trust me there is more to this than brain chemistry. Think of yourself like a computer that's plugged in all the time, open to the world wide web of a shared spiritual consciousness. The viruses will find a way in. You must resist the urge to open yourself to them. The waking world needs you much more than the slumbering one. Remember that.

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  101. I did not know that this was the name for it, but I was happy to find out that I wasn't alone with these kind of experiences.. It's been so long ago this happened to me, but I still remember this horror very well and I will for sure never forget it. I couldn't have been more than like 7 or 8 years old when it first happened. In the middle of the night I woke up by a sound, like a slam or something hitting the wall/floor. When I opened my eyes I saw a red demon/devil-like figure standing in the door way, it was glowing in red and this sight made my whole body freeze, I couldn't move, couldn't say a word, was in total shock and fear. Cold-sweating I closed my eyes and tried very hard to not open them again. I couldn't sleep at all anymore that night, still layed completely still with eyes closed until the morning. I just couldn't understand what I had witnessed in the morning.. everyone I talked to ofcourse assumed it must have been a dream, but for me I was sure it wasn't any dream. I was fully awake, this terror I felt was very much real and not a dream. Then time went on and I still felt fear of witnessing the same thing every night. And after some time it happened again, in the middle of the night I awoke by this red demon staring at me once again. Same story again, in all I think I had these things happening to me 2 or 3 times in total over a time. After that I have luckly never seen this thing again.. What a relief. And ofcourse I've been thinking a lot about what it could have been throughout the years, so it was really great to find out that it seems to be the same thing called "Sleep Paralysis".

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  102. The first time i had this is when i was with my first boyfreind. He had alot of bad energy at his house and i could see alot of dark shadows in his room. We broke up in 2007 from 2002 on and off relationship.
    Since 2007 i have been followed.
    I use to see the hat man alot. He never did anything so i ignored him. But something always did. It feed off being scared and negativity. That is when it all happens.
    Til one day i seen a big shadow and it had so much energy of evil and it was the first time i have seen this one. Me and my boyfreind had a big argument that night and i slept at the end of the bed. I seen the shadow at the window and i just wanted to sleep so i thought il look away. I thought il ignore it and sleep. So i layed on my back and it attack me by pushing dwn my chest. It whispered in my ears saying ppppp. This happend in 2011. Today i found this site 30/12/14 http://www.dreambible.com/dreamdictionary/s3.html it describes what p is and it is negativity.

    I have not had it since the end of 2012 as i pray each night also when this happend i would pray psalms 100 or 23 or say Jesus. I realise saying Jesus ends it quick.

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