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3 Sleep Terror Experiences I've Been Told About

by Zia
(Albury, New South Wales, Australia)



the 1st I know of was in my bed at my parents. I dreamt there were 2 men in my doorway. One of them stepped closer to me. I felt trapped in my covers. My mother heard me screaming and came into my room to see me sitting up in bed trying to unlock the window. I felt it was my only way out. Very scared.

The next time I was in my apartment and had a friend sleep with me. He said I yelled and hit him but he doesn't remember what I said. I felt an adrenalin rush.

The last time I know of, I was staying at a friend's place in his bed. He said I was hitting him with my hands and woke him, then I leaned over to the floor and threw my bag and clothes and things on the bedside table at the wall past the foot of the bed. Then I yelled, I threw them at you. Then I woke up properly. I felt very cold and angry.

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Nov 21, 2010
Sounds familiar
by: Amy

I just posted my own story and read yours. They sound very similar, although I have never been violent. But I always think there is someone in my room or house. Horrible isn't it?!? It is impossible to explain the feeling of fear to somenone who has never experience it! Stress seems to cause mine. I try to remain calm when going to sleep but sometimes life just takes over.

Nov 22, 2010
in reply to Amy
by: Zia

Unless you've had a night horror, you can't understand, yes. I have a couple of ideas of why you feel there is some one/thing in your house with you. Here's my e-mail

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