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Why am I being paralyzed and electrocuted while I'm sleeping?

by Wade Holler
(Salem, Ma.)

I get paralyzed but I am conscious of my surroundings while I'm asleep. This is followed by a very real and painful sense of electrocution, which typically lasts until it seems like I pass out, and it concludes with terror, shear terror.


I often try to scream and flail about but even if someone is sleeping right next to me they never even notice. The only living thing that has seemed to notice was a friend of mine's dog who was growling at me when I woke up once.

These episodes have been happening for about 18 years now and I can't seem to figure out what they are, or if anyone else has had them. It is important to note here that I don't drink or use drugs and it has been over 4 years since I have.

I have been to doctors and done sleep tests but the results have been nil. Lasts night's 6/19/11 episodes were the worst by far cause normally there would only be one but this time there were several.

The electrocution is painful to say the least and the one component that only a few people describe but the most dominant in my experiences, and I can liken the experience only to what I imagine it would feel like if you were conscious of a seizure while it was happening.

I am desperate for insight or understanding from a qualified respondent as the web is too full of demonic and or alien interpretations that I can't subscribe to at this point. This is real and I know that I am not crazy but I am at a loss for understanding, and at times think crazy would be better if it explained it.

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Sep 12, 2015
Sleep Paralysis
by: Kevin

Hi Wade, The paralysis with consciousness definitely sounds like trademark sleep paralysis, but you likely already know that as you're posting your story on the sleep paralysis page. The feeling of electrocution is something I don't really know about. I know quite a few people report feeling tingling or hearing electrical buzzing during their sleep paralysis episodes, but I'm not sure how many others feel it as painful as much as you describe. Please let us know if you find out anything else, or maybe someone on here can add some insight.

Oct 28, 2015
I also feel electrocuted. NEW
by: Anonymous

I've has SP for over 30 years and every time I also feel this sensation and it's not comfortable at all. I always get SP as I go to sleep, not waking up, and as I go deeper into the paralysis, the feeling of every nerve vibrating gets stronger and stronger. It's like an electrical force field around my body and the dial keeps going up and up and up until I either snap myself out of it or I eventually fall asleep. The buzzing sound also gets louder with the intensity and they 'feel' related.

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