Sleep Paralysis: Awake But Still Asleep

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Sleep Paralysis: Awake But Still Asleep

Hiro Takahashi

A person may wake up and find himself unable to move or speak as if he is frozen. He also may hear footsteps, see a ghost-like creature, or feel someone sitting on his chest. Throughout the history, people considered this phenomenon as work done by evil spirits. However, the modern science can explain the terrifying event as a Sleep Paralysis.

A Sleep Paralysis is possibly a hereditary disorder in which one experiences very frightening seconds or minutes of total body paralysis with little respiration and eye movements (1). A victim in this state feels awake, but he cannot move or speak (2). In addition to the immobility, the common symptoms include feeling choked or suffocated, hearing strange noises like footsteps and voices, seeing beings or dark shadows, and feeling an existance of someone in the room (1). Although these symptoms often direct the victims to believe in ghosts, mistransmission of neural signals in the brain causes Sleep Paralysis. When a person sleeps, his brain sends signals to inhibit any muscle contraction (3). If he comes into consciousness before the brain sends signals to activate muscle contraction, he cannot move his body, and consequently, become "paralyzed"(2).

In order to understand how a body becomes paralyzed while the person is awake, it is necessary to understand sleep cycles. In a mammalian sleep, the brain activity undergoes two different states called non-REM (NREM) sleep and REM sleep, which differ very much from wakefulness (3). NREM and REM sleep alternate cyclically through the night; in human, about 80 minutes of NREM sleep starts a night of sleep, about 10 minutes of REM sleep follows, and this 90 minute cycle is repeated about 3 to 6 times during the night (3). During NREM sleep, a body produces few movement, but the body has capability of tossing about in bed and producing some other motor events, such as sleepwalking and sleeptalking (3). The cardiac-muscle contraction and breathing occur at a uniform rate, and the eyes move slowly (2). During REM sleep, on the other hand, heart rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure vary (3). The eyes move rapidly because most dreaming takes place in this period, and the sleeper probably "look" at the moving objects in a dream (2).

The brain's control over muscles during REM sleep points out that in this period, a body is normally in the state of total paralysis, called a "nonreciprocal flaccid paralysis" (3). Probably to prevent a person from "acting out" a dream, the brain sends signals to inhibit any muscle contractions (2). Although some peripheral muscles, such as the muscles of the fingers and face, still twitch, the large skeletal muscles become relaxed, or "paralyzed" as a result (3). Some evidence supports that the motor paralysis of REM sleep protect against the acting out of one's dreams. A patient who suffers from rare syndrome called REM Sleep Behavior Disorder lacks the normal nonreciprocal flaccid paralysis, and he acts out violent dreams during REM sleep, often with injurious consequences (4). For example, a 60-year-old surgeon dreamt that he was attacked "by criminals, terrorists, and monsters who always tried to kill [him]" and fighting against them in the nightmare, he was actually punching and kicking his wife who slept in the same bed (4).

A nonreciprocal flaccid paralysis during REM sleep is accomplished actively by postsynaptic inhibition of motorneurons (3). Although the exact process of motor inhibition is not clear, some neurotransmitters and hormones are known to generate the many components of REM sleep. Aministering physostigmine, an inhibitor of the catabolic enzyme, increases the concentration of acetylcholine within the neurons in the pons, making it possible to artificially generate and start REM sleep in the middle of NREM sleep (3). Carbachol, the cholinergic agonist, produces a period of REM sleep in cat when directly injected into the pontine tegmentum (3). The hormone melatonin, a "master hormone" (5) that mainly controls circadian rhythms, also seems to play an important role in enhancing the REM state; the level of melatonin secretion by the pineal gland reaches its lowest during REM sleep (5). Such neurotransmitters and hormones probably activate or inhibit the activity of second messengers, which then activate or inhibit the third messengers, and so on till the last messenger inhibit the synaptic transmission or cause hyperpolarization of the motorneurons. And if, for some reason, the nervous or endocrine system continues to release the neural inhibitors, a person may experience Sleep Paralysis as he enters awakefully into or awakens directly from REM period (2).

While the modern neuroscience can describe the state of Sleep Paralysis as some errors of the neural transmission in the brain during REM sleep, a person who has seen or heard ghost-like figures/voices may easily believe that eveil spirits fully controlled his entire body. However, the images or noises, which the victim believes that he has seen or heard, are most likely hallucinations; and hallucinations, too, can result from the brain activity. In the 1960's, the Canadian neurologist W. Penfield introduced that electrical stimulation of the temporal lobe can cause the auditory hallucinations in the wake state (5). The buzzing or ringing sounds in the ears and other auditory hallucinations are closely associated with the activity of the auditory cortex and involves the temporal lobe (5). During the early period of sleep paralysis, the activity of the temporal lobe increases significantly, sometimes inducing hallucinatory sense (5). Similarly, the visual cortex generates internal visual stimuli, causing the victim to "see" terrifying figures during the paralysis (5).

How an episode of Sleep Paralysis induces visual or auditory hallucinations is still not clear, but it seems to have a significant relationship with anxiety (5). For anxiety is a neurocognitive event closely related to both psychological and physical processes, the extreme anxiety or panic may cause the release of several different signal molecules that trigger all kinds of physical events (5). A person experiencing Sleep Paralysis feels mortal fear or extreme panic, and hence, the brain generates and releases internal visual or auditory stimuli, producing hallucinations.

Also, hallucinations during Sleep Paralysis may happen, for one keeps dreaming even after some parts of his brain wakes up directly from REM sleep. Since the nervous and endocrine systems continue to release the neural inhibitors which sustain the paralysis, it may be possible that those systems keep releasing the neural activators that stimulate dreaming. Thus, a person continues to "see" the images and "hear" the noises produced in the dream that he has just had in REM sleep from which he has awaken.

Understanding more neural concepts of Sleep Paralysis, some researchers now hypothesize that a very rare condition called Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome (SUNDS) may closely relate to Sleep Paralysis (1). Upon the death, a SUNDS victim produces no body movement even though he experiences a myocardial infarction and strong breathing difficulties and should straggle in agony (5). The death may be caused by the extreme muscle atonia during Sleep Paralysis, which is so severe that even the cardiac muscles and the diaghragm paralyze (5).

Until I started researching on this subject, I have believed that the total paralysis of a body is due to an evil taking absolute control over the body. However, the interactions between neurons in the brain can explain this seemingly mysterious phenomenon in a scientific way. Although the explanation is not complete yet, for there are many unclear processes about Sleep Paralysis, the current hypothesis appears to reject the possibility of ghosts on this matter. Of course, it is impossible to completely disprove the existence of "spirits", "minds", or "God" affecting one's behavior. Nevertheless, like Sleep Paralysis and SUNDS, many or the mysterious conditions and behaviors which are only explained in supernatural terms probably result from brain.

WWW Sources

1)The Evil's of Sleep Paralysis

2)The Body During Sleep

3)Basics of Sleep Behavior

4)REM Sleep Behavior Disorder: A Neurologic Dissociative Sleep Disorder

5)Recurrent Isolated Sleep Paralysis

 

 

Comments made prior to 2007

I have been trying to figure out what was going on in my sleep untill i read this.Now i am happy to know what my body was expeiencing. It's quite scary your first couple experiences of sleep paralysis but now i'm gonna stay calm when it is happening to me and try to get my own understanding of the experience ... Jeremy, 21 March 2006

 


I have had sleep paralyisis at least once per month for the last 8 years. I am 29 as of this writing. I just had the experience about 1 hour ago and thus has caused me to do reasearch about it on the net. I noticed that many Dr.'s contribute this to anxiety, stress and other factors. My question is ... why is there always an evil presence in that concious yet body is still asleep phase? Today I heard a loud static sound, and opened my eyes to a spider crawling all over my arm. When I prayed to God, or said His name (Jehovah) the spider would start to disappear. I finally went thru my mental prayer when I awoke. This leads me to believe that it is more of a spiritual occurence, because I never have positive images while in this paralized state. I know there are many things in which our ancestors thought it was demonic rather than scientific, only to find there was a scientific explanation. However, I think this is different and cannot be simply written off as "scientific". There is not enough proof to show that it is scientific.

About a month ago I had another episode of sleep paralysis and I saw a small presence in the room with me. It was dark, and I could not see it's face (I am getting chills typing about it right now). My question is, why is there always an evil presence not only associated with my episodes, but so many others I have read about? ... Abel, 24 August 2006 

 

i was thinking it is evil who do that during night but now i find out why. I am suffering from sleep paralyze possibly every nigh spicily when i have dinar ... Salah Nasser, 28 January 2007

 

I used to have this sleeping disorder when I was a child.  It has come back once or twice with adulthood, but otherwise, it is in the past.  I used to, with great effort, move my hand to my face and pull an eye open, which would wake me up, but sometimes the struggle was too much and I would go on into a deeper sleep. 

Since the brain can do this to me, can it also cause me to get migraines just as I am about to wake up?

It seems, as I have discovered, if I get less than 4 hours sleep a night, I do not get migraines.  If I get 6 hours or more, it's about a 90% chance I will wake with a migraine.  Later in the day, I get an hour or two nap and that is the routine as it works.  Doctors just sort of treat the migraine and don't get into the sleep thing I have.  I take MaxAult for the migraines when they do get me.

I woke one time, and just as I woke, I felt this white-hot needle going into my head... bingo.  A migraine in 5 seconds.  That is how they can occur.  I wake with them otherwise.  I figure it my brain doing things it shouldn't.  I have a clean bill of health otherwise.

Thanks for your time.  Have a good day ... Jay, 11 February 2007

 

I have a question, and hope someone out there has an answer, it has been months and I have thus far failed to find one.  Has there ever been a record of anyone receiving the effects of sleep paralysis without having been asleep?  The reason I ask this, is a while ago, having not slept in a few hours, I was sitting at my computer, and it seemed to have happened to me. Within seconds I was too tired to hold up my own head, and my breathing got very difficult. Then I began to feel a sort of dizziness as my limbs lost feeling, and dropped to my side. after this, the dizziness turned to near blindness. I could see, but nothing would focus, and everything I tried to look at seemed to dart around like a mosquito. By this time I had no feeling in my entire body, could move nothing without quite a bit of concentration, and I could barely breath.  My mother heard me try and make out some kind of cry for help, and found me there spilled into my computer chair. She rolled me to my bed, and poured me into it. Within about 10-15 minutes I had regained everything I once had, but my sea legs did not ware off for another ten or so minutes.  I went to the emergency soon after. I had an E.K.G. and a C.A.T. scan, with no results, and I piss less in a week then the amount of blood they took that night. After basically telling me I was lying, the doctor told me that my symptoms did not fit anything at all.  What I do know, is I have been researching the issue ever since, and can only base my problem on Sleep Paralysis. All the symptoms match. And again, my question....Has there ever been a record of someone under the effects of sleep paralysis without ever having gone to sleep?  I hope you can shed some sort of light on this subject, as it,...well, it freaked me the hell out, and no one has been able to answer me!  Thank you for your time ... Mitchel Henderson, 7 December 2007

 

I used get this "evil paralysed me" feeling when i was paralysed and usually saw a ghost. i tried to shout or move but no sound escaped my mouth and couldn't move at all. it happened again yesterday and was almost convinced that ghosts/evil spirits were getting the better of me. But, me being a practical and logical guy, erjected this theory and started researching on this phenomenon. I came across this research paper on Sleep Paralysis. This greatly helped me in alleviating my fears. And next time i "see" a ghost during sleep paralyses, ill just laugh at it ;-)  Thanks for the research ... Siddarth, 10 December 2007 

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Saravanan's picture

Happening too often

I'm 19 year old. I used to learn and work at night time. I will hardly sleep for 2 hours then again I'll wake and work for few mins ,Whenever i try to sleep for the second time ,i feel like i'm awake but i can't move my body and can't shout.
After few sec i'll get normal . Is this serious issue?

Dayna's picture

Whoever wrote this doesn't know what he's talking about

Sleep paralysis? Lol. NO! Depends on who the person is around when it happens and or what the person is going through in life. I remember laying down next to my EX boyfriend and that experience made him an EX boyfriend for a reason after finding out more of his secrets. Anyways, as he was sleeping. Next to me I felt electricity through my body which I couldn't scream, move or do anything... All of the sudden, I was floating over my body looking down at me and my ex. I saw myself as I was stressed out and couldn't move but after a while it stopped and I took a deep breath and turned over and just tried to get some sleep. This is not a "sleep paralysis" this our signs from who? I don't know but it's definitely not just a sleep paralysis. Some people are sensitive and pick up on negative energy ect.

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It is sleep paralysis for me

It is sleep paralysis for me I been through all this they talking about it just happened twice n a row to me now I'm up watching mickey mouse cause this shit scary n I'm not goin back to sleep

Don's picture

sleep paralysis

I am 51 years old now,but when I was 17 I had 4 boughts of sleep paralysis in about a 2 month period.My conscious mind would wake up in the morning,but my body was totally asleep.I remember the first time it happened I was scared to death because I couldn't move,I couldn't even control my breathing.Somehow I knew if I could get just one muscle to move my body would wake up.I tried in vain to move so I tried to go back to sleep which I did but woke up again a few minutes later in the same state.My mother was out in the kitchen making breakfast and at that time believe it or not we had a pet goose that slept in a pen in the kitchen.I could hear my mother talking to the goose as she often did and I remember thinking,"Mom,please come in and wake me up?" but she didn't.Finally I concentrated very hard to get my thumb to move,as soon as it did my whole body woke up.I didn't see evil demons or anything like that as I have read that many people do,I just couldn't move.It happened 3 more times in the next 2 months and I did the same thing,worked hard to move my thumb and finally I would wake up,only I didn't have any real fear of this condition anymore since I had been through it before and came out ok.At the time I thought maybe it was from hormones or something as I was growing up at the time,but I've never really had an exact answer for it having occurred?

Roberto's picture

Going straight into Paralysis

The first time I experienced Sleep Paralysis was when I was around 11. It was pretty standard. I was not conscious during my dreams, but I did feel I woke up except I could not move. Of course I was very scared but that was nothing compared to the some of the recent experiences. I have never experienced it again after sleep. Rather, somehow I go straight into the dreamstate. The first time was actually pleasant. I felt like I was flying and I thought it was cool I went straight to that from being awake. The next time it happened instead of feeling like I'm going up, it felt like I was being pulled down. I heard a dark voice saying things I couldn't understand. I was scared and tried to wake up but found myself experiencing paralysis. Now it's starting to happen more often. I haven't felt the flying feeling. I've felt like I'm being dragged down or like I'm staying still. Another time, I heard a girl whisper "What are you doing here?" And I didn't sleep last night because of yet another "Dream State Experience" (that's what I refer to them as.) This time I went straight into the dreamy state, yet I could hear the TV and I could see. I also was hearing like an old movie reel playing and I also heard voices I recognize from friends saying things they might have said before. I heard the same phrases over and over, like some sort of DJ mix. The one quote that stuck out the most was the voice of my bestfriend saying "We can change shape". Unlike others I don't have trouble breathing or opening my eyelids. I felt though, like I was slightly out of my body, as if I was viewing myself from behind. Just as I had fell asleep, I was on my back except I was slightly leaned forward and looking to the left. I also felt a presence, and then a Skull appeared right in front of me and screamed. I somehow stayed calm, but tried to wake up. I couldn't move, I attempted to yell, nothing. One thing that suprisingly worked is I simply took a deep breath, and when I exhaled I awoke. Unlike other times when I awoke, my heart beat wasn't beating too fast and I wasn't breathing very heavily and terrified. I just sat there and thought about what I just experienced. I'm not sure about organized religion but I am a big believer in God and Jesus and keep a Rosary under my pillow ever since this started happening more frequently. I'm not quite sure if it's scientifically explainable or something spiritual, as it does seem like another dimension when I am in the dreamstate, and instead of sleeping I instantly go into it, always fully conscious.

Serendip Visitor's picture

Scary Sleep Paralysis

Sleep Paralysis is soooooo scary I remember that in my dream I jump from one dream to another then I try to wake up but IT FEELS like I cant wake up I feel my eyes trying to open but they close and I try and try over and over again to open it but I fall right back to sleep have one last scary dream and then i wake up Today for example I remember jumping from dream to dream then I felt myself trying to wake up but couldn't I felt my eyes opening and closing then felt myself fall back and fall straight into sleep after that I woke up but in my dream! I was hugging a woman who appeared to be my mom (but wasn't my mom) I looked around and saw spray painted words all over the cement it said help kidnap hes watching me(but wasn't me) then I hugged her tighter and told her that i was being kidnapped and that I needed help but she wouldnt listen or pay attention she just kept hugging me closer then a little boy who I'm guessing was supposed to be my brother was running around and found himself going to the back entrance to this kidnappers house and an older girl following him to stop him. I got scared and let go of the woman I was hugging then and followed them back around once I was around the house I saw a coat and and saw the girl I was in the dream and the mom go into the house. Then I woke up.

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This happens to me all the time I love it

Hi when this happens to me I love it ..because I see my uncle who pass away from old age and I also see everything that is going on..I may not be able to move but I can hear fine see fine and I actually talk to my uncle I love him and i know he is watching over me...the only bad thing in my eyes are that It does become hard to breath I have shortness of breath...but other then that im good with it ...I feel like there are angels are watching over me I see other spirits but I see light color blue spirits never can tell there face an cant talk to them but I see my uncle and he always smiles at me and tells me everything is going to be ok an he waves good bye after we talk and I wake up by movin apart of my body or going bk to sleep an if I go back to sleep I hit my head against the wall or ground an I wake right up its weird how I can wake myself up but I keep my faith and I believe everything is going to be good thank you for hearing me hope this helps someone out there

miggz559's picture

first time today

Happend to me today couldn't move or speak when I tried to speak I felt an evil spirit saw his shadow as well felt like he was injecting something in me scared me for a bit.

Christian visitor's picture

Stuck in my body

For me this started before I was in elementary school I remember sleeping atop the back rest of my couch.. I was a tiny thing, one who would like to get into tight spots, nooks and cranies. While resting I felt paralysis throughout my body and I could remember trying to wake up only to fall off of the couch and the impact of the floor was the reason for me waking up. Since then... I am 23 now I have sleep paralysis approximately 1-2 times each month, I've learned to use different remedies to help wake me when it sets in I.e. sleeping with a hand hanging of the side of the bed, not sleeping on my stomach, not sleeping with a pillow or cover over my face. I sleep with my one hand dangling off the side of the bed because when it sets in the only thing I can move are the tips of my fingers so by tapping the side of the bed I wake myself up. I've been up for most of the night because tonight the same thing happened to me i was able to wake myself up, and I was hallucinating about being in my old house in miami with my father laying next to me, I drifted into sleep and began to feel the paralysis(in my dream) I tried screaming to my dad and even tried heavy breathing so he can feel worry some and wake me up. Unfortunately I wasn't aware I was hallucinating I thought he was actually there with me. I started to almost whine then I told myself you know what this is just relax and try to wake yourself up... for the first time the only way I was able to wake up was to forcefully try to stick my tongue out of my mouth, I woke up immediately after struggling to get my tongue to move for about 30 seconds. I've built an understanding that this usually happens to me when I'm lacking sleep or if I've been drinking alot before bed. I'm very religious and spiritual and like some of the comments I too thought it was evil spirits trying to enter my body. I do hear perceived demons speaking to me through speakers or radios and I too feel the room get completely cold almost freezing but I pray that it is just scientific, I believe I'm close to GOD that I solely put my love and trust into him, even as a believer PS scares me constantly.

Chen's picture

For some strange reason, and

For some strange reason, and i don't know why but, it feels right.even better than the gutt feeling...After reading I too..for me started when i was in elementary school. I'm 30 now..and between elementary - 30. Sleep Paralysis is what be everyone calls it.. I cant open my eyes but i can hear everyone in the room.getting off from work/tired i'm sleeping on the couch and it HAPPENS..i hear my Dad,Mom,and my oldest brother in the room quietly chatting, i know there in the room so i start breathing louldy so they can wake me up. i'm calm hart rate is normal i'm just exhaling loudly so they could wake me up.. My family is aware that this is happening to me...it's not the first time because this happens so many times i'm kinda use to it, just want to wake up because it's HAPPENING.. lol if this is happening to you..you noe what im saying .. just want to wake up... o.k back on topic well i able to wake myself up by moving my head left and right from ear to ear with great effort and Will Power, and moving my teeth for (example) as if Cold/Fregit biting of the teeth sound .. im able to wake myself up, other time I will just fight it and telling myself eyes open and wakeup... and this work for me.. as a child I lost the Battle alot, because the force was to strong,and the SOUND gets really really loud... i summit...i'm scared.. But now i just break it by force, i sence it and tell my self ok its going to happen or if its already happening.. break it by force/willpower/courage, and it take alot out me. i dont hear the rise Sounds anymore it just stop.. when im awake and up.. i get up on my feet get get very angry. this is how i feel,angry and upset clinching my fist i raise up my ENERGY force. so it can feel mines. Vice-Versa right.. i dont know, But i'm not scare anymore. I get it. i apologize move to different couch.

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Here we go again

First time in 3 years. I am 36 now. Each one is different. At first, I use to think it was sleep paralysis. Not any more. The first time it happened was when I was 13. My mother and I brought in a stray cat. I was on my side and flipped over, looked up, felt the fear, and saw a demonic head that started laughing and spinning around the room. When I forced myself to awake, The cat was staring at the ceiling and softly meowing like there was a bug on the ceiling it couldn't get to. The other times were 3 years later. Head pushed into the pillow every time. Then I started having them again years later. Funny thing is, when I was young, I thought they were bad dreams. Never paid attention to the fact that the chills I felt, or the coldness in the room, might be something else. When I moved to my apartment, it happened again. Our cats going nuts, waking up my wife, her asking why it is so cold in here, and so forth. I decided to take it upon myself to get some white sage, walked around the homestead, saying prayers (some of my own) and it all stopped. I felt at peace to sleep again. This last time just happened an hour ago. After 3 years. This is the first time someone spoke to me in a whispering voice. He asked me why I killed him. I said I didn't. He then said you lie! In a long drawn out whisper, and my head started vibrating. Thru my ears, I felt a strange sensation, and broke out of it, like I use to, and before I opened my eyes, I saw a man, bald, no facial hair, with an oval face. I was calm, but freaked out at the same time. I turned the light on, started saying prayers, and boom! The chills, instantaneous coldness in the room. In my case, I think its more. So I say, yep, got another one to guide off. In my case, i believe that wherever you travel has a lot to do with it. In my case, I think I have an innate ability to attract them. Like they can find me better than others. Something I cannot explain. I will be speaking with some individuals about this in the future. No doubt, sleep paralysis is real. Not in my case. One time it happened to me, I rolled over and put my arm around my wife. She didn't like that because I woke her up, and she had to get to work early. I told her it happened again. First time in years. She was convinced it was sleep paralysis, we had a slight argument, then I saw a green orb fly from left to right, and thru my wall to the outside of the house. (first time I experienced that) I will keep you all posted on my further research. For now, I have a cleansing to do.

Michael's picture

I can move during sleep paralysis

This happens to me often but I'm learning how to control motion while under this. I've been able to sit up and move my body while still under this. It's like my conscious side of my brain sleeps but then my sub continua mind awakens but does operate movement. But I have started to control it under this state. Anyone been able to conquer this yet?

aldeon's picture

me too

I can move after I wake and find myself under sleep paralysis (spell) :) . when I awake it's like a sound of rushing blood in my head and I hate it and I can't move when I try. I never tried to speak but I think I can't do that neither. when I first encountered to this situation I tried to move and after 2 or 3 times I did it with a sudden and fast move in my body,(oh god I hate it when it happens) after that I tried to sleep again and after 1 min or less I found myself in sleep paralysis again and I moved again and didn't sleep.
In fact it does happen in afternoon asleep(about 4p.m.), I usually don't sleep afternoons and I think that's the cause of it for me. I didn't try to stay in the sleep paralysis state for a while, I was afraid that I couldn't move my body at all or it causes me a brain damage or something like that. I don't believe in any kind of supernatural beings or things and I never find any strange voice or DEMON lurking around me. and just now for the 4th time it happened to me (in 45 minutes) when I tried and could move my hand but my head wouldn't and pulled my hair up to move my head but it was no good and then I tried and moved my head and didn't sleep and tried to find the cause of it and here I am.

Serendip Visitor's picture

I've fealt the effects of

I've fealt the effects of sleep paralysis maybe a few times and and It makes me mad so many people try to say it has something to do with evil entities . Its easy to experience fear when u can't move of course I mean its a crazy experience but I've only recalled going through it as Alcohol was leaving my system after binge drinking for a couple nights and maybe exausting energy substantialy like fighting running yelling. But Its as simple as excepting your body does not want you to wake up yet and drifting back into sleep to overcome the feeling idk what in your brain does it but should not be pinned oon evil. my dad had a seizure before and it was from trauma caused in his brain from his childhood not possession i feel like its in the same ballpark. we don't like in the 1800's anymore yanno?

Mikey's picture

I have dealt with this all my life

A few comments made were IDENTICAL to what this is, others sound like a bad dream. When I am dozing, I can feel them coming on, it starts in my ears, like a ringing/roaring/static sound that increasingly gets stronger. Like a permanent wave crashing. At this point I am imediately fighting to bring myself out. Then a sensation comes over my body like I am moving very fast... Like g-forces. My eyes are always open, and fear.... Terror takes hold. It is a battle to wake myself up. Sometimes I try to just ride it out, see how far I can take it. I don't recommend this. I always somehow muster up the strength to pull myself out of it. Only to fall back in as soon as I doze again. These are sleepless nights. I have never seen a ghost or figure, but I do feel like something very scary is lurking around me, and I am vulnerable and frozen in my own body, which scares the hell out of me. I get these episodes several times a month, and I do not suffer from any kind of anxiety . Why me?

Simon's picture

Wondering if anyones tried

Wondering if anyones tried Ayahuasca or the like? I've never tried any variety of drugs but it occurs to me from what Ive read of that one and research around it that it may provide answers. Primarily its supposed to enable you to deal with any fears and induces a dreamlike state while awake. May clear up any issues.

Serendip Visitor's picture

this used to happen to me as a little kid

This used to happen to me all the time as a little kid I would sleep on my stomach all the time. I use to always have dreams that if I flap my arms hard enough I could fly and my dreams felt so real but when I would try and wake up I couldnt and I would feel like I was sufforcating in my pillow right when I felt like I was gonna die id wake up but id try so hard to make myself get up but couldnt. Last one I had was about 2years ago I was ob my back could breath ok but I felt as if I had to pee really bad and the light on the ceiling was spinning so wierd . I heard the peneal gland is our third eye tho and u can buy meletonin drops just from doung some sovereign research. They say were all kings. I think its something the government not telling us though

Simon's picture

Corrections

To correct one of the previous postings "That's why you are more vulnerable to this because you don't believe in Jesus Christ" I believe this to be FAR from accurate. There appear to be vast numbers of people on here who are deeply religious, many of whom are Christian.

The other felt misleading - I maintain the "evil" sensation was misleading and once you feel you understand the true nature of all things, there's really no cause for concern. Indeed, as those thoughts fleet through your mind, the veil is lifted and what you will perceive is something very different indeed.

There really is no such thing as "evil" as a force or a nature. There are acts man sees as evil, or intents that are seen that way. You would label killing an animal as evil, yet any animal trying to survive may do just that. Men do so far more often. Some label other religions as evil for failing to follow rules they don't comprehend themselves. They label their values as evil despite never stopping to question those they have been raised to follow themselves. Unless man can understand his own nature though, this species has little hope. Thankfully there are some that surprise us even now and do see past the deception, even grasping its purpose.

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Can someone help?

Recently, in the past 5 I have had 5 of these episodes. I am not sure why I get these, I get regular sleep, sleep
on my side, get 9 hours each night, eat healthy and get plenty of exercise. I usually only get these a couple times a month, usually after I get a migraine. I am confused why this happens. If anyone can help, that'd be great!

Serendip Visitor's picture

I had this experience once

I had this experience once when I was 16 years old and was sleeping on my back with my arms across my chest and the experience was scary and frightening. I never heard a voice or saw anything however when I woke up and was frozen not able to speak or move I prayed in the name of Jesus Christ and was able to move and talk. This makes me wonder if this is just more than paralysis. Not dismissing people don't experience having paralysis however I think some of people experiences are more than just paralysis just for the fact people hear things and see dark shadows.

Kathy's picture

Being paralyzed/seeing scary figures n bed

I have had these episodes for a long time..these are VERY frightening ..I woke up..could not speak or move..only see and hear..my heart was racin bad..I could feel pressure on my right side of shoulder..I was scared to open my eyes and look I just knew something was right beside me but I did I opened my eyes slowly looked to my right and there was a skeleton like face not even a foot away from me ! I closed my eyes quickly then opened them again..my room was dark no light at all..between my bathroom and my closet which closet door was half open I seen a big black figure goin toward then closet was darker then my room..it just disappeared..I still could not speak or move..my husband laid beside me and never knew the horror I was going through..it took all I had to get myself to turn turn his way..finally I could yell and was able to wake him..told him what happen and cried all night! I did not want to go back to sleep! Every time I have these..I always feel as if something is gonna happen or am gonna c something..only that one time did I actually c something but it has truly scarred me for life! Never want it to happen again..seein that others r havin the same things happen should make me feel better but it doesn't BC I know the hell of the effects of it happenin at all..wish this on no one!!

Kenny Ka Kin Chan's picture

Experiences of sleep paralysis

I've experienced this around 7 or 8 times in this past year. Most recently half an hour ago, as I took a power nap. All of a sudden I could open my eyes but could not move at all. I looked to my right and my dad was napping right next to me, I tried to nudge him to no avail. I did everything I could to awake myself, tried shouting, used my might to move any parts of my body. And then for some strange reason I could move but obviously in the sub conscious, I went to move a red cap of mine to a different location in my bedroom, as if to say is this really happening to me. Then obviously when I awake I could check whether it moved or not. I do this a lot when I have sleep paralysis, moving objects when subconsciously awake. Then to dismiss it once I originally wake. I don't seem to react negatively to these experiences, as it's quite frequent, I'm used to it. I think about it for up to an hour then get on with day to day tasks.

Not sure whether to believe these happenings are influenced by a death of one of my relatives, not entirely sure whether I believe in ghosts and spirits. Although my mother and other family members do.

Serendip Visitor's picture

sleep paralysis

When it happens to me I can hear my husband, he gets up for a drink or restroom and I want him to shake me to wake my body up, I can make some pretty horrible sounds but not speak clearly, it's slurred and I know I sound horrible but I feel like I can't get enough air to breathe, usually he will shake me, sometimes not and I suffer through it and am mad at him because he did hear me he said. I've done this all my life, once I managed to sit up and when I twisted around saw I was still lying there asleep, was afraid if I got up I wouldn't be able to get back in my body so I layed back down and kept trying until my body came with me. I've listened to the whole Price is Right show and couldn't move, finally managed to roll off the sofa, it hurt but at least I could move then!

Beth Serendip Visitor's picture

saw yourself still lying there

I just read an article that also mentions sleep paralysis as part of Astral Projection. When you are getting up, which I have done several times myself, your spirit self is projecting out of the physical body. From what Ive read, you have no need to fear getting back in your body. We all have whats referred to in many spiritual texts as a silver cord that keeps us tethered to your body when we leave it. I may decide to write quite a lot about what I believe is going on after I read many more of these. I personally do not believe this article as being the explanation, exception that on the biochemical level, all that may be happening only because that's how the body responds to spiritual events.

Serendip Visitor's picture

believe what you like

Believe what you like. You already do. When you arrived here you did.

Do whatever works for you. If you believe a name is somehow magic shout it. For me a name is just a word. It has no power. If there is a spirit attacking me then I have a spirit for it to attack. I simply believe no spirit is strong enough to restrain me. Then? Then I dont fight back. I dont need to. I understand. I support. I heal. I teach.

Serendip Visitor's picture

Demonic Attacks vs. Sleep Paralysis

Last night I was under attack by a demonic spirit...fool yourself all you like by saying it's a case of sleep paralysis. This particular Demonic fiend snatch my arm and folding my body (not physically) in half and begin to apply his evil spiritual weight on top of my body and begin to suffocate me. As I struggle to fight the demon off me, he continue to hold me down...but once you call out the mighty name of JESUS...there no demon or sleep paralysis that's able to hold me down! This state of not being able to move in your sleep has nothing to do with REM, demons sometimes attack us during our my vulnerable state as a lion attacks it's prey...but having Jesus in your life will ensure you never will be a prey.

You have authority over all the works of the devil through the name of Jesus. Devils are subject to you through the name of Jesus. At the call of the name of Jesus evil spirits flee. That includes the spirit of fear. Fear is a spirit. And at the name of Jesus that spirit bows (submits). So take the name of Jesus and put the devil on the run. You should be commanding the works of the devil to cease. Understand your authority over the devil and use it. The devil obeys your commands in the name of Jesus.

Reference Scriptures:
John 14:13,14
Acts 16:16-18
Hebrews 13:8

Matthew 17:20
Acts 3:16
Acts 4:29,30
Philipians 2:9,10

Luke 10:17,19
2Timothy 1:7

Serendip Visitor's picture

Amen!!! I called for Jesus

Amen!!! I called for Jesus help and my experienced stopped and I haven't experienced anything since then.

Tierra's picture

sleep paralysis

i remember when i had a episode of sleep paralysis, i was in staying at my uncle house one night .. and out of no where i felt like i couldnt move .. then i saw a black figure coming towards me, so i tried to scream for my uncle to hear but no noise was coming out of my mouth & after that i jumped up out of my sleep & realized i was still asleep & not awake.

James's picture

Creepy but not evil

Have had sleep paralysis very occasionally before in my life, Im 39, just had one episode 1/2 hour ago where I was dreaming and this girl said she wanted to marry me, I hadnt met her before but she looked quite nice and it felt like a fairly realistic dream. Then someone around her said I didnt have long to go and we can be together...ok that was a bit weird for starters I was thinking to myself, so I must have been starting to wake up at that point a little freaked out...was I about to die or something I was thinking as I began to wake up. I felt myself in my bed waking up then I felt someone crawl onto my bed and lie on top of me, I could feel the extra weight and I felt I was awake but couldnt move. It did feel more like a female presence (luckily) and didnt feel evil at all, in fact strangely calming, however it was so weird that I wanted to get it/her off my back but I couldnt move. Finally after much energy I completely woke up but was so freaked out I jumped out of bed and flicked the lights on.
My other experiences have been more evil in the past though, at least theyve felt more evil as a presence in the room or have felt in a very real dream as I wake up but with evil type entities around me or poking me etc. sometimes in a sexual way.
My take on it is that it is a spiritual event happening when still enough asleep to experience the spiritual world but in the lower vibrations of the spirit world where more evil spirits dwell together. I think this dimension of the spirit world is either easier to tap into while half awake half asleep or at least we are more open to evil influences in this state of sleep awakeness. It is always a bit creepy but sometimes not as evil as other times, however there is often some kind of evil involved from my experience.
Lucid dreaming is very similar (and still spiritual but you are more in control of the dream in a good way), however you feel like you are so comfortable controlling your dream and where you want to go that you dont want to completely wake up. All these events usually take place early morning around 6am onwards in my experience.

Old One's picture

No Fear

There is no cause for fear. Fear of the unknown we have all fallen for at some point but all things share the same roots. They are no different to us deep down. What you think youre afraid of is just an illusion as so much is. You dont move because you dont believe you can move. The pressure is little more than air. I could move freely. The illusion is just what they do here. For me, real or not, there was response. Some logical. Some unpredicted. It suggests intelligence at work but one that expected a dog like unintelligent response from me. Anger is pointless and animalistic. As is cowering in fear.

Youre not going anywhere so take a second to think. Show reason and there will be no point trying to alarm you. Change the game. Friendship. Curiosity. Understanding.

I sleep well these days.

Serendip Visitor's picture

i just had an episode

i was half awake.. i couldnt move my body i had a really scary dream, i saw a women all in balck dress and a man. once, i heard if we can move our toes, we can get out of it, i could move my toes but still cant move any other parts of my body.. after a while i could move but i was just too sleepy i closed my eyes and again i was sleep paralysed... i tried to speak call mom but nothing came out, after a few minutes i could move again.. still wanted to sleep i changed my position trying to sleep with no bad dreams but i failed they always come back.. i had an episode a couple of times.. and here i am.. i ended searching in the internet trying to find reasons for this... the weirdest part.. i could break through,move and change my position and yet when i tried to sleep again i always end up in that bad dream...

Ny Universe's picture

i am still scared...

i first and only time i experienced this Sleep Paralysis was when i was 13 y/o and it still fckin scares me today (im 14 now). i saw a shadow in the hall and heard footsteps and it actually felt like i was about to die! i forgot to breathe and my fingers were just twitching by itself (giving me the feeling of possesion ahhh). But the shit tht rlly scared me the most was when i had no control over my eyelids. I was in the paralysis for about 6-7 seconds and my eyelids were just slowly closely by itself and then i heard a ringing in my ear (like a heart monitor sound). I was in tears when i woke in the morning cuz (1) I thought i was never gonna wake up after that.(2) I was glad all tht was over. (3) It was probably the most scariest thing ive experienced. I asked my mom if she knew wat were the scenarios and she was like "oh you were just dreaming" so yea bye.

nathalia's picture

terrible

Im so scared this has happened to me twice in a row. Its happeneded ramdomly before but these last two times its completly horrible i feel like somebodys holding me down by my back and i cant do anything about it the wort part was when it blowed in my ear im so fucking scared i really want to belive the REM expalintion but i just cant and im not religious so i cant call out jesus to save me and i dont whatto do i want it to stop. Btw im 14

Beth Serendip Visitor's picture

you dont have to be religious to call his name

I'm not religious either. Try saying this before you go to sleep. "Jesus, weather you are real or not I dont know, but if you are, surround me in your protective white light and keep me safe from all entities that have a low vibration. I believe I am inside of a bubble of loving white light that is protecting my body and soul" There are many ascended masters like Buddha and Jesus. My belief is that Jesus is the highest one, but not because of christian dogma, but for other readings Ive done that have nothing to do with the bible. Use your imagination to visualize this bubble around you. Im sending love to you Nathalia. Let me know how things go.

Serendip Visitor's picture

That's why you are more

That's why you are more vulnerable to this because you don't believe in Jesus Christ.. We all live in spiritual battle with good and evil. Evil lurks with those that are week in spiritual beliefs. I guarantee once you call out for Jesus Christ for help this will stop and not occur anymore. I had similar experiences and was scared as hell but once I called out for Jesus everything stopped and haven't had any experiences since then. Only you can decide on your beliefs and how you choose to handle your experiences. I hope and pray in Jesus name you will be protected and not experience this again.

Serendip Visitor's picture

So glad I found this site,

So glad I found this site, cuz when you explain SP to people who never had it, they don't understand. I've had this since I was about 16 (I'm 40 now) and at the time I thought it was demons. I usually felt like I was sinking into the bed, and I heard a noise like a motor, it was like an elevator taking me down to hell.Then one time I felt like I rose up to the ceiling, and saw a devil face laughing really loud and evil, and everything was red and smoky, like how you'd imagine hell. It was very disturbing and I was convinced it was real. I'm agnostic, I don't know if I believe in ghosts or spirits, I'm actually very logical minded.
BUT I've had a lot of precognitive dreams, things that happened down to the tiniest detail, that I couldn't possibly have known. I dreamed that my son's best friend's father died on the morning that he actually died, and he wasn't sick at all, and I could go on with about 5 more experiences like this. Also, My son and I dreamed the same exact dream, details and all, within an hour of each other.
So I've become convinced that there's something more to the dreamworld than we can logically explain. It feels like another dimension.
The last SP I had a few nights ago, our whole family was camping out in tents. I woke up with a female voice whispering in my ear, then I felt like someone's hand was on my throat pressing down harder and harder, trying to choke me. Very scary. I kept seeing trees in blue colors, even though you couldn't see through the tent. I felt like my senses were very sharp and aware.
I was wondering if anyone else has had these precognitive dreams though, or shared dreams with someone else? I used to think people were just making it up, until it happened to me.

Serendip Visitor's picture

Now, I got to know what it is exactly..!!!

I'm experiencing this sleep paralysis since last few years. I always thought that it is something related to myth that your body is controlled by someone else.

In fact, I had one today evening when I had a nap. I live in a basement and I felt that somebody is coming downstairs and entered my room and sat beside me on the bed. I was trying to move my body and asked "who's there?" but, actually, I was unable to move and it was only a whisper. Then, I called name of my spiritual Guru and after a few seconds, I came out of this SP. Then, I thought to google it and now I find the answer that It is actually related to REM sleep and called Sleep Paralysis.

This has happened to me many times and every time it is scaring, freighting. You feel somebody's presence in your own room. Once, I called up my husband for help but he didn't listen because basically I'm not able to speak.

But, now the question is how to overcome this or how to prevent this occurrence? Its really scary...!!!

Nikhil Garg's picture

frightened!

Hi..
I'm Nikhil,I am 16 years old..
I am experiencing this sleep paralysis,I after a bad dream I wake up but I'm not able to move my body for few seconds and then I feel like someone is starring at me...
pls give me a solution for this,because of this im not able to concentrate on my studies....

Charles 's picture

Same thing

I recently just experienced-whatever you wanna call it and I was in my bed and I seemed to have my left eye kinda open but I couldn't move and I felt my body like I was awake bit I head someone open my door and then I knew that whatever this was wasn't any of my family members dice they were all asleep and my door was locked, so whatever it was got into my bed behind me and I don't how but I came to my senses and got up looked around but it was too dark to see so I turned on the light and nothing, so I looked up this phenomenon and now I'm here.

Serendip Visitor's picture

sp

I believe that the dream world is a different dimension totally.i have woke up twice and I was completely parilized and there were what felt like 3 beins on each side of me and they were pressing there big hands down on my chest and stomach. I felt as though I was goin to die and I was suffocating and it felt like eveil precence was there trying to either kill me or posses me. I still wonder to this day what it could have been since science cannot explain everything.

Rob F.'s picture

I have been having SP since I

I have been having SP since I was a teenager in high school and still get it occasionally to this present day in my late 20's. It was and still is very frightening. I have had SP both with and without hallucinations. Since I have had this happen so often I can usually recognize the state I'm in and usually try to struggle to rock myself awake or knock on the headboard of my bed to make a noise that can wake me up or my wife who will then wake me up. Sometimes those techniques work but its inconsistent. My shallow breathing during SP is extremely disturbing to me as it feels as though I will eventually suffocate but eventually awaken gasping for air. I've noticed that SP will almost always happen to me if I sleep on my stomach and although it happens significantly less, will also happen if I sleep on my back. I'm a little bit bigger of a guy so I wonder if the weight of my body pressing down on my lungs during sleep has something to do with triggering SP. Also, it only started happening in high school when i began putting on more muscle and weight on my upper body.Noticing this trend of when I got SP whenever I slept.on my stomach, I remembered that the recovery position taught in CPR class is intended to open up the lungs. I tried falling asleep in this position laying on my side with the arm of the side that I am laying on going vertically above my head with a pillow between that arm and my head and I have never had SP while in that position. I grew up as a stomach sleeper but as an older heavier adult I think sleeping on my stomach triggers my SP and after having a recent episode of SP, I'll be making sure that no matter how comfortable I feel on my stomach, I instead sleep on my side in the way I described above. I don't know if this will help anyone else but it won't hurt to try.

Simon's picture

Something doesn't add up

I'm not interested in religious theories, just logic and reasoning.

Now from a scientific point of view, I've seen theories that attempt to rationalize experience of sleep paralysis. In my case, I wasn't paralysed. Interestingly though, I have experienced the shadow figures with the red eyes. Looking around recently I came across forums, which seem to suggest there are thousands upon thousands of people who have had experience of shadow figures. A colleague I mentioned it to recently admitted he's had the same thing. This seems to be a rapidly growing trend over the last generation or so.

Now many of these "scientific theories" appear to be the same manner of speculation as anyone else, and none convincingly target the commonalities and reasons for their presence. From my perspective, I see better than average in the dark, and don't find dark scary. The static sensation I reasoned against, realizing there's no such thing as an "evil feeling". The image in some ways seemed to be a typical stereotype. I reasoned this during my encounter, but I was also curious.

It seems to me that a massive number of people are experiencing these figures and I'm curious why that might be. Some theories suggest that we naturally look for human shapes, and will be inclined to create them in our minds where there is none to be found. Yet with that logic, why would we then create red eyes, in contrast with our expected norms? Why not have shadow spiders or monsters? Why not big gaping fangs and the like? When you consider the scope of human imagination, such a narrow stereotype appearing in such a wide scale seems slightly improbable.

Now if people were in a mindset where they created a "monster" to torment them, surely your imagination would be inclined to play the dream out in that manner. Yet a vast number report behavior consistent with curiosity. Many report toys being looked at curiously and put down, or study and watching. Rarely is there menacing behavior reported.

Frequently the "evil sense" thing comes into play, and the sense of "intimidation", all which one would associate with this strong static like tingle.

It crosses my mind perhaps there is a commonality. I prefer to retain an open mind, but I do entertain the possibility there is some form of study or contact going on.

sgroclkc's picture

As Germany’s well-known

As Germany’s well-known psychologist William Wundt’s view of “ the most common causes of the dream are indigestion, heart pulsation(palpitations or flustered),difficulity in breathing, as well as such symptoms.” For instance, students dreaming the examination before the pre-examination, is caused by the things about examination. The sense of urgent urination would give rise to the dream of looking for the toilet. In a cold night, thin quilt would cause one to dream the clothes are socked by water and thus make him/her feel cold. When palpitations occurs, people will have two most common feelings: one is tachycardia cause a feeling of seeming to be chasing ; the other is bradycardia or premature beat cause the feeling of heart suspension or heart sinking. Therefore, people in sleep accordingly will have the two most common nightmares : one is dream of being chased (occasionally hunting other people) ; the other is dream of flying in the air or dream of falling down. Persons who palpitation is easy to occur are easy to have nightmare, drugs can cause nightmare because drugs can cause palpitation. Females are easier to have nightmare than males, because palpitation is easier occur to females than to males. Women have a huge amount of nightmares during pregnancy because women experience more palpitations in pregnancy. Physical factors that contribute to bad dreams include fever as also sleep because fever causes an increase in the heart rate. If transient cerebral ischemia or fainting occuring during the day may result in some very terrible dizziness, palpitations, feelings of chest pressure, dim vision, tinnitus and a variety of neurological symptoms. As a result, all the people who are prone to cerebral ischemia or fainting frail corporeity, excessive fear, taking the quinidine which may lead to low blood pressure, as well as a excessive high pillow ors, error in sleeping style which may lead to the aggrieved neck, pressed blood stream. when they sleep in deep night, they will have the extraordinary corresponding horrible dreams, in the dreams, they do some kind of terrible Belial pressuring them or being hunted down, but they can not cry out or escape, which is known as sleep paralysis. .For a long time, due to the ignorance of physiological knowledge of syncope , ischemie cerebrale , slow beat, fast beat and so on, psychological illusion in people’s sleep generated by such physical symptoms i.e. the nightmare really has puzzled the psychologists, therefore they put forward a wide range of wrong even absurd views onthe nightmares, which both have no scientific basis, and could not be confirmed, even more were not self-consistent. For example, a medical expert Debacke drew the correct conclusion that the anxiety-dream resulted from ischemie cerebrale according to the physiological symptoms of the anxiety-dream of a boy of thirteen. Freud called such view was a ” medical mythology” in the book of Dream Psychology. Most important,the experiment confirmed the idea. For example, a place in country , there is a “haunted” bed which makes people have sleep paralysis or syncope every night, and it is this fact that the pillow in the bed is too high will reduce cerebral blood flow. Another example, sleeping pills are the treatment of nightmare of being chased of neurasthenia, due to the nightmare of being chased of such patients is caused by tachycardia, and sleeping pills can lead to slower heartbeat, moreover slower heartbeat sometimes leads to sleep paralysis or fainting for people of low blood pressure. Therefore, treating a nightmare with sleeping pills at times is not only invalid, but also it will instead increase the patient’s state of the disease.

Serendip Visitor's picture

Dream To Reality

Hi i'm 24 years old and I have had these lucid dreams since I was about 17.
Every time this type of dreams happen to me its always in my bedroom and I feel like if someone is there but can't see anything. I always try and move my arms, but all I can do is move my eyes freely while everything else is frozen. Interesting thing is that I have a digital cock on the far left where I sleep, and in the dream state, the clock seems to mall function and displays gibberish. When I am able to get "wake" I feel this breeze and suddenly I can move again like i just went from a dream to reality without closing my eyes. I really hope there is a type of cure or a way to not have these type of "wake dreams"

Serendip Visitor's picture

Hi there, I'm 24 and I've had

Hi there, I'm 24 and I've had this happen to me many many times. First was when I was 5 years old then it started to happen again when I was 19 and its been very regular since then. I had an episode of sleep paralisis last night and it seemed like I was completely awake but couldn't move or talk/scream. During the SP I was laying on my side looking right at my husband and it looked like his eyes were vibrating or bouncing. I could hear voices and tried to reach for him but couldn't. It felt so real and when I finally woke from it I let out a scream and woke my husband.

Realist's picture

Real?

Well it seems real but so do illusions. So does TV sometimes.

There is no evidence for ANY religious significance to it. Certainly thee seems to be a fair distribution of those ecperiencing it being of a number of faiths and the more scientific minded not being. Those of different religious inclinations each demonstrate a tendancy to claim the event is of a religious nature, and mumbling certain magic words or names resolves the problem.

Unlikely to find resolve in such postings unless looking outside the box and disregarding specific groups.

Is it real? Well the short static ones "felt" like lost children. Looking back theres no logical reason I should be able to perceive their emotional state or needs as none was communicated. The dark rasping one felt weak and like an old man but slightly angry. Again none of this was communicated. Thus elaboration must have been imagined or proffered from each source.

Other reports dont include any reference to communicating emotional states. In some cases they do also suggest the ability to move freely however which is in common. The likely conclusion in regards to emotional state and personal details is that this was supplied as furnishing by my own imagination.

there is no logical reason to believe in any form of psychic activity on my own part as this is not something I demonstrate in normal daily life. Conclusion. Despite many commonalities ie waking, figures and awareness of a presence, the rest appears to be furnishing we supply ourselves. Including the manner in which we combat it within our minds.

Ally's picture

I am terrified of going back

I am terrified of going back to sleep right now but I am SO tired. It happened to me three times last night. Everytime I thought I would be awake and then I slowly realize Im having one of these damn dreams. I can almost always feel another presence and I get scared so I start screaming and hitting myself(or so I think that's what I'm doing) & it usually works. But I ask my boyfriend if he heard me scream and cry for help and sure enough, he didn't. This occurred again this morning. I've experienced it off and on at the most random times in my life for the past 5 years id say. It's unpredictable and terrifying. Is there ANY thing that I can do to at least try and make it stop?? People think I am crazy

Jax's picture

Possible explanation why we have hallucinations.

Hi iam 38 years old, and i do have sleep paralysis too. I find it very interesting, now that i know why it is happening. I had two episode last night. Yes its very scary and you feel helpless. But last night when it a cured i calmed down and closed my eyes and went back to sleep. I cant wait for it to happen again so that i can explore more in this state.

I believe now that when it happens to you your brain goes into flight mode and your biggest fears come into the form of hallucinations. When it happens to you at first. You panic straight way, because at first you don't know what is happening and we humans always wants to be in-control of our own body. So you panic coz you can not move or scream for help, you start hyperventilating and your hart rate goes up. You going into a panic state and this triggers the brain to believe you are near death. Thus all the symptoms a curs of fear and not understanding whats happening to you at this point.

For example how the brain works: (this actually did happen to me, but now it makes sense) When we have a near death experience our brains goes into overdrive and its trying to find a way into getting itself out of that situation as quick and safely as possible. Your brain goes into survival mode. That's why you see flash backs of yourself when you get yourself in a near death situation. Your brain is trying to find a way to get out by going back through your experiences in live. Trying to find some information of a similar invent .So that it can use that in order to get away. This is why people report (for example) before drowning or having a weapon held to your head, flash backs of there lives flash before them. Its just away your brain is trying to find a way out of that situation.

JZ's picture

Scary , Happend to me twice

I read this , and i dont know about evil or not , but i had a family member my uncles wife who was into voodoo , she stole everything from the house, cursed us and disappeared , my uncle died before she did that . After a while i slept and saw a Black Shadow Choking a Girl , i was trying to move but i couldn't , i wanted to save the girl . When i tried again to move the shadow disapeared and i started to move . But the thing is it happened the second time . I was sleeping and the shadow was sitting next to my bed and sterring at me , i saw it but i couldnt move , when it disparead i got calm . i Just want to find out whats going on with me .

Lori's picture

Sleep paralyze

This has happened to me quit frequently lately n it's scary as hell.. I get no notices or hallucinations just can't move I try to force myself to move one night I tried to say help n couldn't I tried to say my bf name n nothing just as I think this is it I'm dying rite now I'll snap out of it. I've suffered with insomnia for about. 3 years now only sleeping 3-4 hours if that a night but the last 6 months I've been having these very scary episodes now I'm terrified for bedtime.. Help!

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