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Sleep Paralysis / Lucid Dreaming in the Same Experience?

by Jacob Daniel
(Nashville, TN)

I'm laying in bed trying to go to sleep so so hard but I just can't, I can't hit the switch of sleep time. Next thing I know I feel like I'm sinking slowly and slowly and slowly into my bed, while not being able to control what was happening and freaking out pretty good at that point.


All of a sudden I feel myself float back up above my bed like I'm in the bottom of a pool just letting my self come back up to the surface completely motionless. Then I start spinning above my bed really fast and absolutely the most terrified I've ever been in my life screaming in my head at the top of lungs.

And next thing I know is I'm standing in my room and feel so awake and veryyy calm. I can see everything in my room but it just had a crazy look to it like everything was revolting and almost just flowing like a water bed moving or something.

As I open my door and start walking down the hallway and it gets way more intensely vivid in my hallway and by the way it was not dark like I could see what I was doing like everything was kinda just like early early sunrise to it and I just remember feeling like I was just floating or something I never remember taking steps I was just slowly drifting through this crazy dream and I was like conscious about that this is a crazy dream that feels like I'm in the driver seat instead of riding shotgun and just going wherever the driver is taking me at that point and I remember trying to turn on a light switch and then BAM wake up in my bed in soaked sheets of sweat absolutely so confused and terrified about what just happened.

I would love to know more about this amazing experience and hopefully control them and not be terrified and spinning uncontrollably but just wayyy more of the second have of this story. If you read all this I'm giving you props for sticking through it and hearing me out. Thanks!

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