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I'm Scared To Fall Back Asleep

by Jamil
(United States)

i was just in the drift of falling asleep and like this weird feeling changed the vibe of my room but I was still aware of my surroundings.

I was laying on my back and I had my hands cuffed in front of me. All of a sudden I felt something like a weight holding my head down, and a weight holding my hands down. It was like I couldn't move a bit.

I was so scared but it was like I was calm. I was trying to yell HELPPPPP MEEE but no words made it past my lips. I had Pandora playing music on my phone and I still heard the music playing.

It lasted for a couple of seconds when it ended I sat up and look around and everything seemed normal. I was thinking there's got to be a logical explanation for this because this never happened to me before.

I'm a paranormal fan so I watch a lot of ghost stories because I think the after life is interesting. So after this happened I was thinking maybe it was a ghost and got even more scared. So just when I was trying to shake it off and go back to sleep I pulled out my laptop and searched this (it felt as if something was pinning me to my bed I couldn't move).

So this is one of the many websites that popped up, so after reading about sleep paralysis it made felt a little better. So Ima try to go back to sleep. I hope I related to someone.

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Sep 14, 2015
Learning About Sleep Paralysis For The First Time
by: Kevin

It's pretty crazy when you find out about sleep paralysis for the first time. And yup, it's pretty normal as you can tell from the hundreds of stories on this site describing it. Glad you looked it up.

Sep 26, 2015
Mine was so similar NEW
by: Stephanie

I was no completely asleep, it was like on was just about to be something came right up to me and held my held down and i couldn't move at all. i too could still hear my earphones playing 679 by fetty wap. I thought it was a demon i was about to cry and call my mum. This relives me so much. Thank you for sharing

Oct 12, 2015
My first time NEW
by: Anonymous

I was having a very normal dream,then all of a sudden I came upon a sheet of paper that was advertising the death of a young girl. I think she was raped or something, but the strange thing is tha t the girl is from a local high I've played against in football and wrestling many times. I don't even think I was halfway through reading the paper when it began. I thought her ghost was trying to take my body or my soul was leaving my body. I just turned 18 I hope this doesn't keep happening to me. I quickly asked Google to search up can't mover or scream while awake in a dream and it brought me here . I'm still scared to go to bed.

May 27, 2016
Childhood NEW
by: Anonymous

I have been getting these ever sense I was a little girl, no one in my family understood it and so now I'm 21 aND took matters into my own hands researched it and now I'm fine with it. I can lucid dream and it's awesome. Though sometimes I do get strong episodes that I can't control and I get freaked. Stay in there! You aren't alone in this :)

Jun 22, 2016
It happens to me too NEW
by: Kimberly

I have been experiencing this since I was a young girl, now I am 45, and it just happened last night. It's funny how you say there is a weird vibe in the room, because that describes the feeling perfect. It's just freaking weird, and eerie. It doesn't wake me from my sleep, I usually wake up first, and can feel it getting ready to happen. Im glad im not alone. My doctor told me it was a seizure, but after readying some of these comments, I feel alot better.

Jul 14, 2016
Panic NEW

I fall asleep then stop breathing and become paralyzed. I know I can't breathe and I know I'm paralyzed. I try to get help, try to breathe and can't do any of it. It's terrifying. My boyfriend has woke me up terrified because I'm not breathing. It's horrible. I've been an insomniac all my life. Now I can't breathe and I can't talk or move to get help. HORRIBLE

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