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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.

May 08, 2018
Electocuted NEW
by: Anonymous

I have the same episodes. This happens to me almost every night. What can it be right, it happens right before you drift off into sleep, moments before there is this extream drowsiness you feel, then you can feel like your being electrocuted and the harder you fight it the stronger the electric feeling continues, then you can snap out of it. sometimes when you snap out of it you feel like your in a hypnotic trans and you drift off only to be electricuted once again, then you snap out of it and it happens again. there is only one way that stops you from being electrocuted and paralyzed. It's praying before you go to sleep, and I'm not talking about praying with plain old words that mean nothing but praying hard and asking God to protect you. I have come to an acceptance that what is happening to me is purely demonic. I had the same thing happen to me when I had an EEG and the found nothing. So next time you want to have a good night rest, do your prayers hard. There is no scientific explanation for what is happeing, my brother is a doctor and he cant explain it nor any test will explain it its evil the devil bothering you because he can.

Oct 23, 2018
Same NEW
by: Rachelle

I always get sleep paralysis when I'm extremely tired or if I take some sort of sleep aide, cold medicine, or allergy medicine before bed. Sometimes I hallucinate things or hear things but 9 times out of 10 I just lay in bed unable to move feeling like I'm being electrocuted. It always starts in my chest. It's like a pulsing wave of electricity crashing down on me over and over and over getting stronger and stronger, making it hard to breath. Sometimes it causes me to panic which of course makes it worse and other times I am able to relax and drift in and out of consciousness while the buzzing goes on for hours. Sometimes I snap out of it only to sink right back into it and that cycle repeats over and over. It used to really freak me out. I would wake up screaming. But now I just wait it out because even though I feel like I'm suffocating and the pain is intense, I know that I'll be okay. I've always wanted to go up a doctor but of course don't have the money. And I've never seen anyone else describe the same feeling as me so I'm glad I'm not alone. Usually people describe the feeling of someone sitting on their chest but never being electrocuted...

Jan 06, 2019
Dream or reality
by: Jawad

Its like a wave first for me then it gets stronger and stronger the vibrating and zapping.cant move mussle and cant talk but suddenly i see my self in the postion where i was sleeping and nothing happened.but the experience was soo real. It often happens when im tired .but these experiences are very vivid
Once i was sleeping and saw a guy walk past my bedroom door and suddenly he leaned back to me and stared at me .the guy was a shadow. He kept looking at me .then intense pressure and zapping feeling set in and im struggleing to stay awake and keep my eyes open.i fail and close my eyes and open agin and poof nothing happend .WTH is going on

Jan 11, 2019
I thought I was going to die NEW
by: Anonymous

I woke up from a dream this morning, I've been electrocuted by 240v a couple times before and being woken up by the exact same feeling not being able to move and every part of my body felt like it was convulsing.

I've read that it can be your body's way of dealing with anxiety. I don't believe what you felt is sleep paralysis

Sep 12, 2019
Felt like i was going to die aswell.
by: Spooked

i had this almost same experience not some days ago, but i think i was still dreaming... we lost power and i holed up in one corner of the house, in view of a mirror, i sleep and some few minutes later i felt myself get sucked in the mirror then come back to where i was, but then my vision was just flashing lights(i'm not sure if i was still dreaming or just sleep paralysis) with a shade of a face surfacing every flash, this is when i muster all my strength to move, but every time i attempt to my body felt shocks while being weighed down by some unseen force.

i wake up and after 30 seconds the power comes back on and i felt like i probably would have died if i didn't try to move.

disregarding the paranormal nonsense my sleep deprived head made up with the mirror, the paralyzing and the shocks is my 2nd sleep paralysis, as i remember not so fondly enough.

I'm curious about this being linked to anxiety, cause that might explain it, being in a dark room holed up in a corner even though i fell asleep through the heat.. and got a good scare.

Oct 16, 2019
Electric shock, and hallucinations NEW
by: Anonymous

I honestly thought I was the only one that experienced the electric shock. I often have sp when I sleep on my back, or sleep sitting up. Sometimes I feel myself trying to wake up my partner by scratching them with my fingers and toes, and later find out it was just a hallucination. Its seems very real, but they never notice or say anything about it, and I feel myself digging into their skin with my nails...creepy. I had a specifically strange episode one night in 2011, when I felt myself drift into paralysis, and all of a sudden my entire body felt as thought it was being electrocuted. It was extremely painful, and when I awoke I was screaming, and had tears in my eyes. It's never happened before, but it's something I've never forgot. Its relieving to see I'm not alone in this

Jun 09, 2021
by: Anonymous

I went to sleep very tired. I remember becoming aware in my sleep but not really thinking, just being there. I was enjoying this space, it was very quiet and still. I then saw what looked to be an eclipse that was about to occur, a black sun and a white moon or the other way around? not sure. I realized I was in control of them and felt responsible for getting them aligned on top of each other. I remember struggling but as soon as I managed to get them to align I felt a shock of electricity all through my body I remember waking up screaming in pain and unable to move, but I think It may have been a hallucination, I am not sure, but it felt very real. I went back to sleep but I've been so sleepy all day.

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