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I Thought My Boyfriend's House Was Haunted But I Was Just Hallucinating From Sleep Paralysis!

by Bonni
(Austin TX)

This sleep paralysis phenomenon was happening to me frequently over the past few months and I was convinced it was my boyfriend's place that had a ghost.

Every morning after he left for work I'd get an extra hour of sleep and upon wakening I would be taunted by what I now realize is a stress-induced chemical reaction in my brain. My mind would wake up but my body would not. I would get frustrated sometimes and terrified other times.

One time I saw our laundry basket floating high up by the ceiling. I would try to tell whoever was doing this to stop and leave me alone.

The most terrifying episode was one morning as my mind awoke, my body wouldn't move but I heard a girl behind me talking to our dog "Nancy" that was sleeping next to me. She said "get up Nancy.... It's time to get up."

I had a sense that she was evil and I tried to turn around, scream, hide, do anything--but I was stuck. I was looking at my dog and the dog was just staring back at me. I started panicking and then I felt the girl's cold hand touch my head! All of a sudden I snapped out of it and yelled furiously and this "ghost".

After I googled my problem I felt silly and had to tell my boyfriend "ok, your place isn't haunted, this entire 6 months I've been hallucinating" ugh.

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