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Scared to Sleep

by Andrea
(Detroit)

I consider myself a normal 42 yr. old female, other than my lack of healthy and restful sleep. I have suffered from Sleep Paralysis since I was 15 yrs. old. The "episodes" have always been terrifying. But in the last 4 or so years the hallucinations are becoming worse. I can be lying in any position when it happens nowadays.

Here's an example of an "episode" of my SP: I wake up paralyzed and cannot breathe, but can see. I hear something in my bedroom doorway and see to my horror a short, dark demon (for lack of a better word) watching me and knowing that I cannot move. He then floats to the side of my bed and paces back and forth rubbing his hands together. I can hear his thoughts of "She's mine now! She can't move". He hoists himself up onto my bed using his knuckles. It paces alongside of me on the mattress and then will straddle my thighs.

All the time I SWEAR I can FEEL the footsteps sinking in the mattress. I can FEEL its breath. I can FEEL it straddle my thighs. I become able to move a finger or some body part, and the creature will move in reverse. He'll float backward on the ceiling in a corner until I've fully broken the paralysis, when he then goes backward in hyperspeed to the doorway of my room and then gets completely "sucked" out of the doorway.

I'll get out of bed. Do the water-on-the-face thing. And pray that it will be the only "episode" of the night.

I am a bartender with bad work shifts. I may drink alcohol--approx. 4 beers once a month or less. I smoke cigarettes, but nothing else. I am not a druggie. Used to body build, but got injured. I have experienced waking panic attacks at times for about 20 years.

I've tried the good sleep hygiene routine to the best of my ability due to my work schedule. Basically, I'm tired of being so tired. HELP!

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Jul 16, 2010
TOO SCARED TO SLEEP
by: Kath

Hi Andrea. I posted something similar a while ago (http://www.end-your-sleep-deprivation.com/is-sleep-paralysis-linked-to-sleep-apnoea.html). The question I asked was whether it could be linked to sleep apnea (sleep paralysis), as I now know I have sleep apnea and since I've been treated for this (CPAP) I've not had any of those past awful incidents. I used to wake up with weird sensations and it was like someone (evil) was pressing on my chest trying to kill me, or at least squeeze all of the breath out of me. I've also experienced what I thought was someone's arm around me squeezing me until I couldn't breathe. Tell your doctor + see if you can be referred to a sleep specialist as it could be sleep apnea (as like I said, I've not had anymore of these frightening experiences since being diagnosed) or it could be another sleep 'conditon.' Maybe someone might reply to you with info, even though they didn't to me!! Good luck! It's awful when you're scared to go to bed, as I was for many years :(

Sep 05, 2010
Hallucinations
by: Anonymous

I too have sleep paralysis that is really scary. I sometimes think that i hear someone breaking into my house, or hear my family talking. I always think they will see me with my eyes open and think I am awake. I swear too that I CAN FEEL during these episodes!!!!

Nov 30, 2010
me too
by: Barney

Thanks for posting this. I have had vivid episodes like this too. I have had sp since 1996 when I was 16 and there have been 5 year gaps between episodes which have been very frequent this year.

For this reason, I am skeptical when someone says they're cured because it could just be a long gap between occurrences. Also, there are no hard or concrete medical tests (i.e. blood test, mri ect...) that can diagnose sp much less confirm confirm its cured.

I have been studying sp for years and have realized that each persons explaination is an opinion whether or not they present it as fact. So I have formed my own take on what sp is; you can see my video at you tube, channel name is barnabusdonn

P.S.
Kevin, thanks for the website but with all due respect, you warn commentors against superstitions when they talk about God, demons and prayer and talk about "science" but recommend a book that recommends "spirit guides" and astral projection, I'm not understanding this double standard. None of us can proof any of our views so why not let people see all the explainations of sp and let them decide for themselves-that would be true diversity. There is no hard scientific evidence in your explaination so why do you paint it as "the" true explaination of sp.
I know its hard to judge tone on written text so I don't want you to think I'm being belligerent, I'm actually really laid back and really enjoy civil, intellectual debate and would like the chance to discuss sp with you further. My email is barnabusdonn at yahoo dot com.

Nov 30, 2010
To Barney
by: Kevin Morton

Thanks for your feedback Barney. My cautions in responding to some who write about demons and being possessed is cautionary only in regards to the explanation side of things. It's indisputable that we see demon images and feel the presence of evil-feeling forces often during episodes. But making the jump from sensing those things to using actual demons and spiritual forces as causally linked explanations for the episode is where I advocate wariness and a keener eye. There are biological factors at play here, which I address further below.

If you are referring to my recommendation of Ryan Hurd's book, I see no double standard here. Ryan talks about OBEs, lucid dreaming, and mental techniques to control SP, but his writing in approaching these experiences are all soundly based. Furthermore, he is a reputable source--dream and consciousness research is his profession--and the premise of his book is about turning a potentially terrifying experience into an enlightening one. I see nothing wrong with this. Have you read it in full?

I'll address a couple more of your points below:

"None of us can proof any of our views so why not let people see all the explainations of sp and let them decide for themselves-that would be true diversity."

Thus is the nature of this discussion section. There is no censorship in the posts when it comes to varied opinions, only debate.

"There is no hard scientific evidence in your explaination so why do you paint it as "the" true explaination of sp."

If you talk to the vast majority of sleep scientists, they will disagree with this I think. REM atonia is a verifiable process of REM sleep, and the link between sleep paralysis and REM sleep is no coincidence. Polysomnographic recordings have provided scientific, evidence-based support for this explanation. Are you familiar in detail with the mechanism REM atonia?

Dec 14, 2010
RE: Kevin
by: Barney

I apologize for my rant, I have had sp a dozen times this year and I was probably unfairly venting my frustrations steaming from dozens of online discussions, the state of modern medicine and educational system. I withdraw my comment about the book :) I shouldn't have knocked it without first reading it, I was basing my criticism on the outline that mentioned spirit guides and turning sp into a positive experience.

This site is the first time I've read the term, REM atonia, although I have understood the concept for years. Let me clarify that as I state in my video, I agree with the hypothesis about sp that is on this website. I just don't agree that "everything" seen during sp are hallucinations. It's obvious many are but I'm convinced some aren't.

Thanks for the discourse, hope to talk again. Barney

Dec 14, 2010
Sleep Paralysis Video
by: Kevin Morton

For those interested in seeing Barney's video and reading some more of his writing, you can find both here: http://www.end-your-sleep-deprivation.com/shadow-people-and-dark-demonic-entities-during-sleep-paralysis.html

Feb 28, 2011
Sleep Paralysis
by: Anonymous

I don't know if this is weird or not but I experienced sleep paralysis since I was 7. Only about a year ago the hallucianations came up. They aren't HORRIBLE but they are scary. I can't scream or anything. Sometimes I try to move and I seem to be able to move sometimes but when I wake up, nothing happened. I've gone through sleep paralysis FACE DOWN on my pillow.

Mar 04, 2011
I never knew.....
by: SA-HLZ

All I can say to all of you who have posted here is Thank you. I am 44 years old, and last week was my first ever episode of SP. I didn'y know this existed, so you can just imagine the horror I was going through, I didn't know where to go. Yesterday I decided to do a littl emore research before I went to go see a doctor and typed ina vague description of what I was going through, and low and behold, I found an answer to my scary question, "What is going on with me?" I don't know what to expect in the future, it has happened three time this week, nothing has change din my life, so not idea where this is coming from.
Thanks again all for this information and your stories. they ahve made me feel more at ease knowing I am not alone.


Mar 12, 2011
Maybe what you see is real
by: AnonymousGirl

Listen people I know you all are gonna call me crazy for saying this but what if what u see/experience while ur in ur sleep paralysis is real. . . I've experienced stuff like this and I swear I wasn't hallucinating because I swear I would hear things in my room and as I heard them I can feel my body slowly becoming paralyzed like some creeping darkness was slowly coming over me. Luckily I was able to break that in time and run out of my room. Another time the left part of my body couldn't move and I could feel this dark thing which I believe was a demon remove the covers off me but fortunately with my right hand I made the Sign of the Cross like 100 times and the thing left and I could move again. Now I don't want people thinking they're hallucinating this because I believe that in this world there are Good things and Dark things out in this world. Just because we've experienced these things DOES NOT MEAN WE ARE ALWAYS CRAZY.
note: I don't take drugs, smoke, and I'm not schizo or anything like that- I'm normal

May 18, 2011
Re: Anonymousgirl
by: Coco

I totally agree with you. I'm normal..no medical problems...dnt drink nor smoke...I've had similar episodes but worse. I tried to wake up and couldn't move, heard footsteps on my carpet, couldn't open my eyes nor scream for help. I've h3ard heavy breathing, seen dark figures, I've had cover pulled off of me, and seen something in a black hood faceless but a mouth like a wolf. I thought I was going.crazy..can anyone explain this????

May 29, 2011
Afflicted with ASP
by: Anonymous

I first heard about this phenomenon on a night time show like Dateline or 60 Minutes, not sure which. But it was a couple of years ago or so. That was when i realized that what i thought i was imagining or dreaming was actually something i was experiencing while i was awake (i really thought i was awake, but i felt i must have been dreaming). I rarely have these spells, maybe once a year. It happened again last night, so i finally decided to research online.

I couldn't believe how classic my symptoms are. I typically wake up paralyzed and unable to breathe. I feel like the sheet/covers had accidentally been trapped over my face and that i'm choking to death because i can't move my arms to get them off of my face. I'll even try to move my head with force to get the sheets off, but to no avail. I've come to the point where i can tell myself that i will eventually come out of this as i always have.

Just as frightening is that there is often a man standing at the foot of my bed. I can see the jacket he is wearing, and he usually has on dark-rimmed eyeglasses. I sense he is coming to rape me (i've never been raped in this scenario or real life). But i can't move to get away from him.

Last night was different in that a man kept coming up behind me in bed, as if to "spoon," and he put his arm around me. I knew i was awake and thought it was my husband (even though i knew he was nowhere in the vicinity). I thought i fell back to sleep, but it happened again. After the third "hug," i was finally able to roll over and see that there was no one behind me. Then i woke up.

I'm glad to finally know that i'm not alone here.

Jun 21, 2011
im so scared of it
by: Kate

I'm a 15 year old female and ive had these experiences too. I've had the demon in the corner of my room and thats the closest hes gotten. I'm too scared to sleep now because i hate the feeling. I feel as if im never gonna wake up and im never gonna be able to move again. So, i close my eyes try to fall asleep and when I wake back up I can move again. Im too scared to go to sleep anymore. I understand its not harmful its just so scary that whenever I think about it I feel as if i'll hyperventilate. I just want it to go away.

Jul 19, 2011
I thought I was the only one
by: Lisa

I dont remember at what age my sleep paralysis started, I know I was young, pre-teen maybe. The SP seems to have happened more so when I was younger, and that I am glad. It was/is frightening especially to a young girl. I thought I was some sort of freak and never spoke of it. My parents grew up Catholic and what I experienced felt evil. I felt that if I spoke of SP they might take it as being possesed.
I am in my mid 40's now and still on occasion experience SP and it still scares me.
Its always the same experience. I get into bed and start to fall asleep and the next thing I know, I cant move. There is a annoying noise ringing in my ears, similarto many years and years ago when there were no informercials and at the end of the night the tv station would shut down and that awful staticy noise is all you could hear. I feel like my eyes are open and I can see my surroundings. I feel like there is something maybe evil close by but I dont see anything, just what is in my room. I can sense that my boyfriend is laying next to me. I cant move a muscle and I try to make a noise in hopes that my boyfriend can hear or feel me and wake me from the experience.
The only way I seem to be able to awaken is to start wiggling my fingers and toes and then very slowly I can wiggle my arms and legs and then the rest of my body. When I do finally awaken, I am exhausted, mentally and physically. I know that if I fall back to sleep I will go thru another SP experience. I have to try my hardest to stay awake for a while as to not fall back asleep. Now I know that after a SP expereince I get up and walk around. I have noticed that this usually happens when I fall asleep on my back. I do not recall what position I fell asleep in when I was younger.
Now that my son is older (22) he has told me that he experiences the thing as well.

Sep 06, 2011
STRESS
by: J

I've suffered sleep paralysis since my teens and have found that (for me) it was worse when I was living in a noisy at night city centre flat. After I moved away from that the episodes stopped. However, recently I've just completed a very stressful postgraduate university course and am in the process of moving house. These stressors seem to have brought SP back with a vengeance.

I didn't used to have really bad hallucinations with SP, but two weeks ago, I woke in a paralysed state and lay like that for ages. I tried all the tricks, moving my eyes, wriggling my toes, they didn't work. Into the room came a huge creature with really mutated legs, it looked half insect half human. It moved like a spider, nearer the bed. When it reached the end of the bed, it looked at me for ages, stretching its grotesquely long limbs, then in one quick movement it scuttled under the covers, up my body, put its forelimbs around my neck and began to strangle me. Then I woke up. Two nights ago I've had another SP episode, I'm not used to having them this close together. I really do think they are linked to stress or not falling into a proper deep sleep. What does everyone else think?

Sep 06, 2011
STRESS
by: J

I've suffered sleep paralysis since my teens and have found that (for me) it was worse when I was living in a noisy at night city centre flat. After I moved away from that the episodes stopped. However, recently I've just completed a very stressful postgraduate university course and am in the process of moving house. These stressors seem to have brought SP back with a vengeance.

I didn't used to have really bad hallucinations with SP, but two weeks ago, I woke in a paralysed state and lay like that for ages. I tried all the tricks, moving my eyes, wriggling my toes, they didn't work. Into the room came a huge creature with really mutated legs, it looked half insect half human. It moved like a spider, nearer the bed. When it reached the end of the bed, it looked at me for ages, stretching its grotesquely long limbs, then in one quick movement it scuttled under the covers, up my body, put its forelimbs around my neck and began to strangle me. Then I woke up. Two nights ago I've had another SP episode, I'm not used to having them this close together. I really do think they are linked to stress or not falling into a proper deep sleep. What does everyone else think?

Sep 07, 2011
just had my first hopefully last sp
by: Q

I was really tired trying to read things on the internet that claim to be dangerous information. i dose off for a short while and i wake up and think everything is fine. Very quickly a Loudly audible and increasingly rapid "clicking" noise happens and as far as i recall doesn't stop until i can move again. Thank GOD i had no hallucinations. As soon as a woke up and heard the clicking noise, it was ominous and i felt as if something bad was going to happen.. i was like here we go again.. cuz ive been in several situations far more terrifying than this in which the onset of a tortuous event takes place and i feel it coming but forget i have the power to control what happens. I never have quite been paralyzed or had paralysis related to sleep. Another thing- as soon as i started to hear the clicking noise take off out of control i was certain this was a conscious psychological attack targeted on me. Ive had other episodes of different natures in which i thought this was the case too. anyone else? Yeah i beleive in things and have had direct experiences that many people would think im crazy for-- but some advice that absolutely works for anyone in this situation that has actually saved me before is to call for help to someone like mother mary magdalane or Babaji. Any enlightened being you feel comfortble to earnestly ask for help. In my Mother Mary Magdalene experience, i had never thought of or neccesarily believed in the existance or reality that she could help or anything,, but i was absolutely indescribably taken care of by her with such love and left with such unconditional gratitude for her. Try it out yall! it works! i wish i could have remembered this time-- so remember to ask the beautiful many for help! it is important to clarify that only those who are of your true best interest (Loving Christ/Krishna..etc beings) are welcome in your consciousness. It really truly works and can change your life. still we need to support eachother. if you dont believe in prayer-- please send out the intention for you and everyone else having these problems to be helped. it works! i have scientific references as some evidence if you want. so let's help eachother out- and the more specific - the better. blessings to everyone. also, does anyone have any other helpful insights or techniques to share?

Sep 07, 2011
RE J and everyone else with attackers
by: Q

what i think is they are some sort of astral entities. When we dream, who we are (our conscious spirit) is partly or wholly in the astral world. this sleep paralysis phenomena with hallucinations seems to be having some of that spill over into our waking lives. Notice that none of you have been seriously/fatally harmed or raped like you think you might be? ive had scenarios like that too not related to sleep paralysis. It doesnt happen because you have mandate astrally and also physically and causally over what happens to you only if you believe you do. i think yall are so hopeful to not be harmed by these things that the higher self that you are is powerfully acting upon your own free will to not allow these things to mess with you. They are delusional fragments of distorted vibrations of the all that is who need help to return to a truly desired state of being. dont hate or fear them. it is the cliche: love is the answer. there are countless "light workers" here to assist you- it requires your conscious free will for intervention to take place. Whether you believe it or not- who you really are is infinitely powerful and has the power to live the way you desire. So remember this and send out the intention to help yourself and help eachother

Sep 12, 2011
scared to sleep
by: chele

i too have had all of these things, what no one has talked about is the pain? when i cant more and the feeling starts to come back i feel nothing but pain everywhere. it almost makes you cry. im scared what if theres a fire and i cant get the kids out. then pain is insane. and yes i have seen your dark being i have named him darkman because he is truley darker then the dark in my room and scary he will make noises just so you wake up knowing you cant move. although he never talks only walks past or around or simply dissapears into the wall. i told my oldest son about it and he went into the room and there it was a dark smudge on the wall where he dissapeared. i moved out of that house, not knowing what he or it was. thanks for all your posts its amazing huh? i know what i see and i know what i can and cant feel. for i am awake. so people what the heck is our problem? i saw a dr she said alien abduction lol never saw her again haha. sleep good as i hope i will.

Sep 22, 2011
Wow
by: Anonymous

What a huge relief I feel after reading these. I've had this for some time. when this happens to me I am only faced with overwhelming fear because I am unable to move speak or even scream. I try so hard to get up and feel as if I am being forced to stay down. This always happens shortly after I have fallen asleep. At first I would chalk it up to a bad dream but recently I've just been very bothered by it. Googled and here you all are. My hope is that nothing adds in over time. I hav never seen a person or anything in the room. And I often fall asleep in my daughters room across the hall
From my room. Can't say I remember a time it's happened in my own room. Just glad it's common and i am satisfied with the explanation given scientifically. Thanks you

Sep 30, 2011
Make it all go away
by: Anonymous

I have had night terrors/sleep paralysis since I was 13 years old. I am 35 years old now. I had a hag or a demon old woman tell me that she had killed my son, and I would never get him back.
I now take 5mg valium at night, and almost never have terrors anymore. I have taken it for a year now, and I sleep great. I say go see your doctor now.

Oct 15, 2011
Hmm
by: Lanani

Ya I was reading all of this and holy cow some of you guys If I saw what you saw I'd never sleep again. Although, I've seen my share of things. I always have some sort of hallucination but for some reason After I snap out of it or the next day I realize that it actually did happen and it just blows my mind. I mean you can believe me or not believe me whatever. 5 years ago I was cohabiting with my friend and his uncle. This sleep paralysis kicked in and while I was still laying in the bed my 'self' got out of me and drudged heavily down the hall calling the uncle because I could hear demons in his room. The next day I asked him what was in his room he said they sound like demons but they're his allies. I dont know what that was about... Another time.. Mmm 4 years ago it happened and a little girl came in my room and started pushing me off the bed telling me I needed to leave and knocked all the books off the top of my bookshelf. When I got up i had red marks and the books were on the floor. Umm, in march of this year.. I was pregnant and had a SP episode. My 3 year old son demonized came into the room with my unborn babys father. The father was yelling at me crazy angry yelling and my son jumped on my and wrapped his legs around my stomach until i hurt all over. I had a miscarriage then for real. I dont know how to explain any of this

Nov 09, 2011
SLEEP IN THE CLOSET
by: Anonymous

Just read what you said about scared to sleep.You might want to cut down on the drinking and smoking atleast 3 hours before bedtime. Also you might want to read pslam in the bible.Their is a verse that says my sleep will be sweet. It only happens to be when i wake up at 2 or 3 in the morning and i cant get back to sleep.Try watching tv out of the bed.OR read a book out of the bed.When you feel yourself getting sleepy,get a blanket and sleep on the floor.That has never happen when i lay on the floor of my closet and fall sleep.

Jan 08, 2012
I had sleep paralysis NEW
by: Valerie

I started having sleep paralysis since I was 15 I'm 19 now,, & its been a year since It stopped.. but one time I was asleep are my friends house and a little girl was slowly singing in my ear ( la la la la la) & turning me to see her but i say the (Our Father) on my mind untill everything goes away.. and I told my friend what happened and be said that a little girl had died there many years ago,, it was very scary. I understand you all.

Jan 09, 2012
Listen. NEW
by: D

I think a lot of you are crazy. Not crazy because you're hallucinating - that's totally normal, and I have SP with severe, terrifying hallucinations myself. No, you're crazy because you're pretending that the things you see are real - spirits, demons, supernatural beings, whatever you might think. You aren't doing yourself any favours by entertaining the notion that the things you are seeing are anything more than projections within your own mind. Of course they seem totally real - they are created by your own mind, and your mind is the only tool you have to interpret the world around you. The best defense against these things is learning more about how your brain works, so I don't want to read any more garbage about "light workers" "spirit guides" "mary magdalene" or "astral beings". I'm sorry if this sounds harsh, but we don't live in the Middle Ages anymore, so we don't have to be terrified that evil spirits are actually sitting on our chests at night. Okay?

Jan 22, 2012
Agree NEW
by: Carolina B

I agree with the last comment. I had SP since litthe chilg. Seen wiches and gobblins, but most of the time I just feel sufocated or imagine that i'm arguing with my mother, or boyfriend. And when i wake up, my boyfriend is sleeps, my mother is in her house, i hadn't died smothered. So, obviously, as the other things where not real, the witches and spirits were also not real.

That dosn't mean i don't belive in ghosts, or god or supernatural things. I just know i had experienced a dream, that felt real, but was really, just a dream.

Feb 20, 2012
I'm afraid of my own bedroom NEW
by: Anonymous

I started having hallucinations (HSP) and what I can only describe as a lower-grade sleep paralysis (for some reason the terror wasn't quite as palpable and paralyzing back then) since I was 11 years old. I even remember my very first episode. I'm 27 now and living alone and almost at my wits' end from the sickening fear I feel about trying to sleep at night. Lately, for the first timen I've been having more than one attack per night. I've gotten good at the tiny muscle movement trick to bring myself out of the physical paralysis and I can rationally remind myself of the perfectly explanable physiological causes of SP. But last night, I had 3 attacks in a row and for. The first time in my life, the dark, menacing intruder-watcher presence actually got into my bed with me and I could feel his hands cradling/stroking my head. While his touch wasn't painful or violent, I sensed/knew his intention was t kill me and I couldn't move or make any sound at all. My heart was hammering in my chest, a mile a minute, and my entire body felt flushed with panic and stress hormones. I've been crying today because of the residual feelings of fear and hopelessness the incident caused. I can see how regular SP attacks over a prolonged period could drive someone to desperate measures but I'm hanging on to find a way to cure myself (since all my prescribed sleeping pills don't help.) to the person who suggested calling on Babaji for help- I do believe in Babaji's divine and instantaneous protection and even cures but when you suggestedcalling to Mary Magdalene for help, I suddenly felt tears of relief and recognition. Maybe she is the sweet mother presence to bring me out of these terrors. I'm going to try her and I don't care what anyone else thinks bc at this point I'll do anything to get free of these horrible attacks and their lingering feelings of isolation, fear and hopelessness. God bless.

Mar 07, 2012
don't fight it? NEW
by: spotter

I'm 42 also. I've had similar SP experiences in the past, starting at age 18, involving some sort of demon like creature coming into my room, crawling into bed behind me, then holding me and whispering stuff in my ear. I would furiously attempt to wake up and confront this thing - maybe claw its eyes out or bite it - but this led to hypnagogic hallucinations. Eventually I learned to stop fighting this thing - just fall back to sleep in its arms. I know that it's not real, and I can feel it evaporate as I fall back into unconsciousness. The last time I had this visitor was, I don't know, maybe five years ago, and the last time it really bothered me was maybe fifteen or more years ago.

Mar 07, 2012
Sleep Paralysis NEW
by: Rebekah

I'm 17 years old and I got these sleep paralysis episodes when I was 14.
Your episode sound so similar to all the episodes I had!
I can't breathe or move. It feels like someone is forcing my eyes shut and someone is strangling me.
I see demons all the time.
One of my episode was when this women was carrying a baby and she was crying, and I'm guessing the baby died. And than all of a sudden the babys' face came right at my face and smiled and I saw these demon eyes, it scared the crap out of me.

Mar 08, 2012
Too scared to sleep NEW
by: Kathy in South Africa

I have been experiencing SP since I was a teenager (am now 41). The episodes are definitely increasing as I get older. Having read some of your experiences I thank God that I have never had hallucinations, the rest of it is scary enough! One interesting thing I noticed is that no one has mentioned body temperature. All my experiences have been when I get too hot (I have never had an episode in winter). It usually happens when I lie on my back but last night I was on my side. I feel as if I'm being suffocated, can't open my eyes, can't make any sound and can't breathe. The only way I can snap out of it is if I jerk my body really hard which takes a good few minutes and really hard concentration. The next morning I feel really weepy, shaky and naseous and a feeling of disorientation, probably form the stress of the experience. Has anyone had success with seeing a doctor? I don't think I can take much more of this.

Mar 15, 2012
SP NEW
by: Michael

I can't believe how crazy some of the stories are about sleep paralysis. I've always had that same feeling of someone standing on my chest making me unable to move. For the longest times I thought it was demons and I was scared to sleep most nights. I would hear strange noises like something speaking in some crazy language and some nights I would see what looked like red eyes watching over me. I even tried to scream out once but all I could get out was like a low moan. I guess this was because I was pretty stressed and had a pretty bad sleeping schedule. I haven't had one for a couple of months now, but now that I know what it is I find sleeping much easier. I'm glad it has never gotten as bad as some of these stories here. I hope all you people can find help or something to make sleeping easier.

Mar 19, 2012
my sp experiences NEW
by: Anonymous

I have experienced sp too, 5-6 times since 16.I am now 20. I was able to see only once, but didn't saw any "thing" in my room. However i couldn't move, i was coming out of the dream i had that moment in a strong hum, like i was in the middle of a hurricane, and something was pressing my chest. Every single time i tried to cross my self, my hand wasn't moving so i just prayed in my mind. I repeated the pray again and again and in a few minutes everything calmed down, it was peacefully and i could move.

Mar 29, 2012
hi NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Adrea. I am jenny and i am 19 year old. I experience sleep paralysis like several times every week and it always leaves me shaken. I have had the same sort of hallucination sometime back where a dark man was trying to make love to me and i couldn't move. It is indeed horrifying and i feel like crying. I am scared and completely lost!

Apr 10, 2012
make it work for you!!! NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi all i have had narcolepsy for over a year now n i have learnt ways of dealing with each symptom and wen it comes to sleep paralasis n hallicinations u.must think positive thoughts trust me you can get this condition to work for ur benefit just think of someone hugging u and it usually works i have thoughts i need a massage n keep thinkin something in my room will give me one n i works the only time.it doesnt . tryis wen u panic n think bad thoughts n get scared then something evil will come...try thinking about touching a sexy guy or girl or kissing them. i have even managed to get some great orgasins seriously like someone had sex with me n gave me oral n it was really good i stopped freaking out n actually went along with it. try this::: wen ur about to have a nap lie or.ur stomach and imagine your infront or behind someone n visualize touchin them over and over again and suddenly within minutes u start to feel ur head sink into the pillow n then u start to feel infront of you this person now try kissing them? Try it guys its great wen it works !!!!

Apr 13, 2012
The same halluciantions....... NEW
by: Anonymous

I've had sleep paralysis since I was 13.........reading everyone's stories for couple of years now......doesn't it seem rather weird we all have the same hallucination. I am not a religious person...I don't believe in religion but I do believe in God and the devil. Why is it that everyone has the same hallucination. the old ugly woman called the hag? The shadow man.....whom whenever see his face but always stand to the foot our bed? Or better yet the constant laughing and evil presence that we feel at times but we can't see? maybe science can't really explain Sleep Paralysis, maybe it has something to do with hell? I mean I know it sounds crazy but science always tries to find an explanation for this. I just don't understand how people all over the world that have never met or heard of sleep paralysis tend to see the same exact hallucinations. Is it weird or not?

May 03, 2012
1st and hopefully last episode of sp NEW
by: sara

im 37 years old and last night had an episode of sp, to say i was was terrified is a complete understatement, i couldnt see anybody but could feel a presence in my room, i couldnt breathe as something was on my chest and my body wouldnt move for me, i kept thinking if i could only get to my childs bedroom i,d be ok, 2nite im scared to sleep incase this happens again, i thought maybe it was a panic attack but have never suffered anything like this before and found this page when i typed in what happened to me, so i now know it has a name and would love to know if theres a way of controlling attacks. very scary and i feel for you people who have suffered this for a long time. heres hoping this was an isolated incident. sweet dreams 2 u all.

May 03, 2012
A way to control sleep paralysis NEW
by: Anonymous

There is not scientific way to control sleep paralysis. I been expericng it all my life it comes and it goes. My sleep apralysis ahs gotten a lot better int he case that the hallucinations are not as bad. Remember everything you are hallucination is being activated by an arae of your brain called the Pons. The more into panic you go the worse the hallucination will get! Try to block out the hallucinations, think of something else. block out the voices and sing if you have to. I know ti is hard to do but in time it will get better, sadly there is no treatment for sleep paralysis it's still consider an ongoing investigation i guess you can say. Stress can trigger sleep paralysis, a change in your sleeping schedule even bottling up your feelings can cause it! Try to find out what is causing your sleep paralysis and write down how often you have it! My last episode was April 1, 2012 from 3:00 am-3:32 am.

Jul 26, 2012
scared to tell people NEW
by: Tara

Ive had these episodes for quite some time. I feel this surge at times come over me n I know whats about to happen n I cant stop it. I see everything around me n i cant move, scream, or breath. I feel like this is it this time. Ive had this thing put its weight on my body, its touched my shoulders its even circled my bed as I lay hopeless. One time it lasted for 3 hours i would get up move to other rooms n it would keep happening. I wake my 13 year old son up or my boyfriend n im drenched in sweat n having panic attacts. I'm scared to tell my doctor for he may think im crazy. I dont know what to do?? .

Jul 27, 2012
cure for everything NEW
by: Anonymous

marijuana helped me.Just smoke a joint, take a shower and go bed. i could sometimes sleep with remembering my dreams or have a good dream

Jul 30, 2012
cure maybe? NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi all. I have had 1 expireince before as does 50% of the population but I wanna answer some questions. Ok first off, why are all expieriences closely similar. OK so the brain is still in its dreaming state and when we are concious of our dreams like in SP we control them or influence them, so the first thing we think of when we find ourself paralyised is fear aond dread so our brain cthreats a hallucination to match that often becoming a demon or rapist, e expierence of SP is what you want it to be if you dont fear it and instead make your first emotion something of overpowering joy your expierience will not be that of demons. But for this to work yoy must truley believe in joy not dread.

Oct 22, 2012
Haha NEW
by: Anonymous

Haha can anyone please describe what a demon actually looks like? Or differentiate the 'evil' feeling from fear? It's all the same thing. As human beings, we fear what we do not understand,which causes the brain to go wild, due to the propaganda of the churches of course. Imagine a child brought up without he knowledge of religion? How would the child describe their ordeal? Would it say it was an 'evil' demon or would it be satisfied with scientific explanation? I hate Christianity and religion for one thing only. They claim to know what happens after we have died, and I would like to know what gives them the right to claim that they know, when the pastor or whoever has not yet died himself and come back to life to tell the tale? No one knows and if you claim you do them shame on you for putting images of 'demons' in the minds of innocent human beings, shame on you who claims to be righteous when you do nothing but spread horror and fear in the world to market your 'loving' God. I have just woken up from an sp experience and I just laughed to myself when I saw this because demons and dark men only exists in your minds. The brain is a truly remarkable thing, do not let yours be subject to manipulation. We are powerful beyond measure, and it is not our darkness, but our light that most frightens us, liberate yourself from fear and you automatically give others the permission to do the same, and ultimately we are all enlightened about who we really are and why we are on this earth.... To be kings and queens....conquerers...

Oct 29, 2012
about to die NEW
by: Rose

This is the most frightening thing I've ever experienced, I get it at least every 6 months but when i do it seems to last for hours. I'm just drifting of, then suddenly my whole body and mind goes hyper alert, my eyes are wide open and i can see around my room, i sense something evel but I'm paralysed. Sometimes I see an extremely tall hooded dark figure in the corner of the room. But always it starts with me feeling like something is crawling on my bed pressing up agains tmy body creeping nearer and nearer my face . I struggle with all my strength to move, and to scream but I can't as it crawls up to my face. Its bloody terrifying. In the worst episodes my whole body convulses rapidly and I swear that if someone measured my heart I am bordering on having a heart attack. When i finally break free and can move...the whole things starts again within 30 seconds. It is never just one attack, it can go on over and over continuously - being paralysed, sensing or seeing this evil presence, unable to scream for help, feeling it crawl like a cat up my body, convusions - does anyone else get wild convulsions like this? The I somehow break out of it. I'm 36 but scared witless I end up in my Mum's bed. But I also had an attack last week whilst staying in my sister's house. It is so helpful to read other people feel and see this awful evil sinister 'thing'.

Nov 02, 2012
scared NEW
by: Anonymous

i had an attack similar to some of these i had just took my little girl to the toilet at 3:30 in the morn on halloween spooky i no,i was just nodding off when i got the feelings of pins and needles through my body i couldnt move or shout it lasted bout 5-10 mins but when i was able to move i got a sudden headache sweating and feeling sick i never want to experience that again

Mar 06, 2013
Gasheero NEW
by: Anonymous

You're absolutely right, Gasheero !
I know that saying the Lord's Prayer helps.In mind,of course, because I can not move or speak. Oh yes, you'll be distracted while you say the Lord's Prayer. At times you will look like someone who has a speech impediment. But stand in order to pronounce. Not to fear. You just need to make room for faith. You are not alone and you have a powerful weapon for the defense, the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of the Lord.
As Gasheero says, some things do not ask our permission to exist. Neither our belief or non belief in their existence. But if you want to sleep peacefully, use the most powerful defense, the Word of the Lord, in your mind or on the lips, it depends of what you are capable of that moment.
God's blessings to you all, calm night, and pleasant dreams.

Mar 29, 2013
NEW
by: Mally

I actually think that the episodes are real! I treat each one as a battle between good (me) and evil ( the demon). I believe i'm being attacked because of my close relationship with God. I put my episodes into writing. It helps. Here's one. . Evil paid a visit again, as i was sleeping in my bed! Satan sent his demons, to climb up in my head! I felt my body shaking! Caught between dreams and wake! I shouted, " get behind me ", as my sanity he tried to take! And then my lips did tighten. I screamed out the Lords Prayer!! You cowered at my father! So come back if you dare!

Mar 30, 2013
Dead head NEW
by: Meh

Alright, I'll add my experience, hah. 1st time, I thought it was a haunting or just an extremely vivid dream. Didn't know, just moved on. I was 16?17? Anyway I come home just a tiny bit tipsy, make some jam and cracker concoction, go downstairs and lay on the couch. Sometime later, after being asleep for a couple hours, I hear my little dog come down the stairs, across the room, pause, jump on the couch, feel it walk up my body and lie on my chest. "Wait a minute." I think to myself, remembering that we don't have a dog. I open my eyes. Nothing there but pressure. I am absolutely paralyzed for about 10 seconds. Not scared, but very confused, I go back to sleep and do not experience it again. Barely even think about it.
Three years later, I live on my own, in a very old house I've purchased to renovate. I have been reading extensively about lucid dreaming as a way of living a second life whilst asleep and being able to do anything while fully remembering and controlling the experience. Most literature states, under no circumstances is anyone to try this until they go through this "preparation" stage, as results can be traumatic. Garbage, I say to myself and decide to try it that night. The premise is to essentially, through various techniques, recognize when you are dreaming, then TELL yourself that you are in fact dreaming. At this point you become consious within your dream and can fly around, go to different countries, concerts.. Anything you can imagine, and still wake up fully rested. So that night I go to sleep, and low and behold, recognize that I am, in fact, dreaming!!! "Kirtus, you're dreaming." I tell myself. And then I awake. 100% paralyzed, in my bed. No cries for help. No one else in the house. Except for a 7 foot tall dark shadow at the end of my bed, staring at me. I am horrified. Absolutely horrified. A pressure builds up on my chest and the shadow figure begins to pull me toward it. I am freaking out, and wake and get pulled back into it. Over, and over and over. It never moves. I'm 27 now. Lucid dream infatuation over.

When I began dating my now lovely wife, i was asleep in bed with her, face to face, embraced. She awoke, paralyzed, looking into my closed eyes, and a disembodied head began coming up, under the sheets and between us, allllll the way up her body, between her breasts and materialized into a severely disfigured and decomposed face when it emerged. Directly in front of her face. She eventually woke me. We left the house that night, left the farm entirely, and stayed in a motel in town. After we returned, there was 3 rocks, arranged perfectly in a triangle at the main door, as though hand picked and set there, fist sized. We live 40 miles from town, and ours were the only tracks in the snow leaving and entering the yard that night. We moved. Nothing so far............

Jul 22, 2013
Desturbing NEW
by: Anonymous

All I these are so familiar, exept for one thing, I can't see anything. I'm being thrashed arround and pulled b my hands and feet out of bed and I try to scream to wake up my husband but the most I can get out is a typical groan or grunt. I try to scream and overtake whatever is hindering me but I'm useless. Sure it's terrifying to see what's harming you but to not see is far more desturbing. And it seems so real...the same music I fell asleep to will still be playing and such but I can not move. I used to have these episodes every night sometimes one right after the other a couple times a night. Then I gat pregnant and the went to once every 2-3 months. Now they are starting to come back. The only last about 5-10 minutes but it feels like hours. I occasionally hear voices but normally I just concentrate in being aggressive back to whatever is torturing me. And when I wake up my body is so beat i shake and experience muscle soreness. I just don't know how to handle it. Although the one I just had changed a little. Instead of not being able to see the empty room the back of my eyelids I was able to fight my eyes open enough to see a shadow...I wasn't quite sure what to think. Sigh I need to fix the problem. I can't have these dreams with a baby.

Dec 02, 2013
terrifying 90% explainable NEW
by: neil c

sleep paralysis also known as "OLD HAG SYNDROME" i am very scientific and through psychology, i found that i would enter the dream state (rem sleep) but wake intermittenly while still dreaming. i read that i couldnt move because the brain paralyizes the large muscles to stop u acting out your dream. what stunned me was why i dreamt of this old which who would sit on me or hover towards me and even jam open my mouth. ive read that S.P is linked to sleep apnea and night terrors. night terrors are in rem sleep but still move. i have very lucid sexual dreams sometimes ( succubus) apparently the fear part of the brain is very close to the sexual part, so misfiring synapsis may explain dual dreaming. what nobody can explain is the old witch, the black shadow and sitting on your chest. the "NIGHT MARE" ill try add some pics

Dec 26, 2013
NINE, TEN, NEVER SLEEP AGAIN! NEW
by: Anonymous

I have suffered from SP my entire life. It started from the age of 8 yrs to the present. Many people want to act like they have all the answers on these forums, yet if they had all the answers, we would have ours… yet here we are. I can understand the part of waking up while a cerebral function is still on bypass mode explaining this phenomena which is similar to everyone who experiences SP, but the illusions being similar as well? That is a little more than just coincidence don'e you think. How can so many people expanding generations all be seeing almost identical illusions? I have been fighting this thing my entire life and it never gets easier. The suffocating, the struggling to wake up… the terrifying shadows that come from the darkest corners and hover by you, studying you. Science may have some answers and maybe even all the answers, but one things is for sure…… YOU WILL NEVER KNOW THOSE ANSWERS!

Feb 08, 2014
I'm scared to fall asleep NEW
by: Anonymous

This is like the second time I had one of these but I'm not sure if it is sp , last night I had one and it was like I couldn't move at all not even talk but it was dark in my room and it was a thunder storm outside and I was filled with goosebumps and everything lightening would hit I would see these dark shadows in my room I trying yelling to see if anyone was awake but I couldn't talk . The was this one shadow that was a lady and she was standing next to my bed and she was trying to enter my body and than I felt like a hole in one of my k9 teeth and than the lady tried to attack me and than I woke up someone please tell me what I should do Im scared to fall asleep

Feb 08, 2014
I'm scared to fall asleep NEW
by: Anonymous

This is like the second time I had one of these but I'm not sure if it is sp , last night I had one and it was like I couldn't move at all not even talk but it was dark in my room and it was a thunder storm outside and I was filled with goosebumps and everything lightening would hit I would see these dark shadows in my room I trying yelling to see if anyone was awake but I couldn't talk . The was this one shadow that was a lady and she was standing next to my bed and she was trying to enter my body and than I felt like a hole in one of my k9 teeth and than the lady tried to attack me and than I woke up someone please tell me what I should do Im scared to fall asleep

Apr 09, 2014
Out of Body/Hungry Ghosts? NEW
by: Marilyn

Have you ever awoken from a sleep with a sudden jolt? I've read that this is due to astral-projection. In other words, our soul leaving the body while we sleep, and then returning to it suddenly. Also, have you ever heard of the term "hungry ghosts?" Some people have explained that there are these souls who haven't been able to pass on after death (maybe due to addictions?), and are looking to inhabit our physical bodies to once again experience those pleasures they crave.
I have also experienced quite a few of these experiences. Mine always begin shortly after I fall asleep, and it starts with a strange sound- almost like a a door has opened in the room to let this "apparition" in, and the noise is a combination of a loud wind or deep vibrational hum that is deafening. Because the sound is not anything I've ever heard in my non-dream like state, I can't even describe it. I just know that it feels extremely uncomfortable. In fact, it feels evil, and I know I must fight it or it will consume me. Sometimes I can hear strange chanting in the background too. I am paralyzed (and this is where my dream is the same as everyone else's...I try to move or scream, but I can't.) Last night, I forced myself to look up at the ceiling, and there was an indistinguishable swirling mass above me. I always tell myself that I WILL fight this, even in my dream state, and have used several methods mentioned above. Being Jewish, I have tried to say the Shema (which is a very holy prayer) or use my own personal power. Last night I tried to somehow communicate to my sleeping husband to awake and help me. I also kept repeating, "Get out! Get out! Get out!" My voice was mute at first, but eventually it seemed that a sound came out, although my voice sounded very low and gutteral- nothing like my daytime voice, which also scared me, but I guess that it was needed to fight this thing off. When the "noise and presence" leaves (almost of being "sucked back in from whence it came"), I am left with intense rapid heartbeat and sweats. Interestingly enough last night, I awoke my husband right away, and he told me that he felt something pull on his foot right before I fully awoke. I said, "That was me trying to awaken you so you could help me!!!" We just came back last month from a visit to the ashram of Ramana Maharshi, an Enlightened Being who lived in India, and my husband suggested that I enlist His help, also. I can't help but wonder if we are at the mercy of these "hungry ghosts" who want to take over our bodies, and we can't move because we are not in them during that phase of sleep??? Whatever it is, I am going to look at this as a way to fight off my "personal demons" and become stronger than them!

Apr 09, 2014
Out of Body/Hungry Ghosts? NEW
by: Marilyn

Have you ever awoken from a sleep with a sudden jolt? I've read that this is due to astral-projection. In other words, our soul leaving the body while we sleep, and then returning to it suddenly. Also, have you ever heard of the term "hungry ghosts?" Some people have explained that there are these souls who haven't been able to pass on after death (maybe due to addictions?), and are looking to inhabit our physical bodies to once again experience those pleasures they crave.
I have also experienced quite a few of these experiences. Mine always begin shortly after I fall asleep, and it starts with a strange sound- almost like a a door has opened in the room to let this "apparition" in, and the noise is a combination of a loud wind or deep vibrational hum that is deafening. Because the sound is not anything I've ever heard in my non-dream like state, I can't even describe it. I just know that it feels extremely uncomfortable. In fact, it feels evil, and I know I must fight it or it will consume me. Sometimes I can hear strange chanting in the background too. I am paralyzed (and this is where my dream is the same as everyone else's...I try to move or scream, but I can't.) Last night, I forced myself to look up at the ceiling, and there was an indistinguishable swirling mass above me. I always tell myself that I WILL fight this, even in my dream state, and have used several methods mentioned above. Being Jewish, I have tried to say the Shema (which is a very holy prayer) or use my own personal power. Last night I tried to somehow communicate to my sleeping husband to awake and help me. I also kept repeating, "Get out! Get out! Get out!" My voice was mute at first, but eventually it seemed that a sound came out, although my voice sounded very low and gutteral- nothing like my daytime voice, which also scared me, but I guess that it was needed to fight this thing off. When the "noise and presence" leaves (almost of being "sucked back in from whence it came"), I am left with intense rapid heartbeat and sweats. Interestingly enough last night, I awoke my husband right away, and he told me that he felt something pull on his foot right before I fully awoke. I said, "That was me trying to awaken you so you could help me!!!" We just came back last month from a visit to the ashram of Ramana Maharshi, an Enlightened Being who lived in India, and my husband suggested that I enlist His help, also. I can't help but wonder if we are at the mercy of these "hungry ghosts" who want to take over our bodies, and we can't move because we are not in them during that phase of sleep??? Whatever it is, I am going to look at this as a way to fight off my "personal demons" and become stronger than them!

Apr 09, 2014
Out of Body/Hungry Ghosts? NEW
by: Marilyn

Have you ever awoken from a sleep with a sudden jolt? I've read that this is due to astral-projection. In other words, our soul leaving the body while we sleep, and then returning to it suddenly. Also, have you ever heard of the term "hungry ghosts?" Some people have explained that there are these souls who haven't been able to pass on after death (maybe due to addictions?), and are looking to inhabit our physical bodies to once again experience those pleasures they crave.
I have also experienced quite a few of these experiences. Mine always begin shortly after I fall asleep, and it starts with a strange sound- almost like a a door has opened in the room to let this "apparition" in, and the noise is a combination of a loud wind or deep vibrational hum that is deafening. Because the sound is not anything I've ever heard in my non-dream like state, I can't even describe it. I just know that it feels extremely uncomfortable. In fact, it feels evil, and I know I must fight it or it will consume me. Sometimes I can hear strange chanting in the background too. I am paralyzed (and this is where my dream is the same as everyone else's...I try to move or scream, but I can't.) Last night, I forced myself to look up at the ceiling, and there was an indistinguishable swirling mass above me. I always tell myself that I WILL fight this, even in my dream state, and have used several methods mentioned above. Being Jewish, I have tried to say the Shema (which is a very holy prayer) or use my own personal power. Last night I tried to somehow communicate to my sleeping husband to awake and help me. I also kept repeating, "Get out! Get out! Get out!" My voice was mute at first, but eventually it seemed that a sound came out, although my voice sounded very low and gutteral- nothing like my daytime voice, which also scared me, but I guess that it was needed to fight this thing off. When the "noise and presence" leaves (almost of being "sucked back in from whence it came"), I am left with intense rapid heartbeat and sweats. Interestingly enough last night, I awoke my husband right away, and he told me that he felt something pull on his foot right before I fully awoke. I said, "That was me trying to awaken you so you could help me!!!" We just came back last month from a visit to the ashram of Ramana Maharshi, an Enlightened Being who lived in India, and my husband suggested that I enlist His help, also. I can't help but wonder if we are at the mercy of these "hungry ghosts" who want to take over our bodies, and we can't move because we are not in them during that phase of sleep??? Whatever it is, I am going to look at this as a way to fight off my "personal demons" and become stronger than them!

Apr 15, 2014
still looking under beds NEW
by: Terri

I too have had SP all of my life. One episode I thought I woke up and walked to my room mates room, and an orange smoke started coming from under her door, and it smelled like peaches. When I have my dreams, and finally am able to move I know when I go back to sleep, I will have at least 2 more episodes that night, I have discovered that it has a lot to do with the position I sleep in. If I fall asleep with my arms crossed on my chest, its a guaranty sp night, I don't I know if its because its the typical vampire position, or what....but yes they are always dark, and what seems to be super natural. I have always looked under beds and in closets all of my life. And sadly to say, that at almost 50 years old, I still get the heebie geebbies

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