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Readers Respond: Discover How Others May Experience the Phenomenon of Sleep Paralysis

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Updated August 27, 2009

Last night was so scary!

I stay alone at home as my wife has gone to her mom place. Yestday night I was lying on my right side, facing the wall. I had blanket on me. Suddenly I had a feeling of being wrapped throughout the body. I felt like someone was holding me tightly from backside of my entire body. My left hand was resting on my right hand. As that strange feeling started to appear, I was slowly getting awake. I tried to move left hand and try to hit in anger but unable to. I tried to scream but unable to. For about two minutes I was helpless. Slowly my body started relaxing and I was having the feeling that the strange wrapping is now releasing slowly. Then I was able to move and saw nothing in the room. I slept on my back covering the blanket over my head. After an hour, I felt like someone is trying to pull my blanket to uncover my face. This time it was so scary. I tried to scream but no words coming out at all. After some time I force opened the blanket and saw nobody. I didnt dare to sleep aftr that
—mallikarjun.melagiri

Held Down while screamed at

About a year ago, I remember waking up in my slightly lit room, and I tried moving my wrists to turn off my alarm clock before it blasted my ears. I couldn't move... and then I tried my head, it was fixed to view over my bed. Then a shadowy blob with a head started to form and scream a shrill sound at me without taking breaths until I was able to suddenly move my left wrist, swing at the air and heard something fall off my bed, make a mess out of my drawings and crawl on some weird crab crawl out of my room, into the light. Then yesterday a similar felling occurred after my name was called and I woke up with shadows all over the walls, shaped like people, hearing laughter. My ps3 turned on by itself, despite me having nothing that could turn it on as my controllers are being borrowed, alerting me further. After dealing with that noise for what felt like 10 mins, I was able to get up and stagger to the lightswitch. The ps3 turned off, the noise gone, the shadows gone. sounds fun eh?
—Guest Jon

Afraid to Sleep

Since the early age of five I have experienced what I believed to be 'just a bad dream'. The dreams frightened me, I felt a large had cover my mouth and I couldn't move, my heart pounded hard and fast with fear and then I would wake up ,I was dreaming. One dream in particular I am running away from someone in a car-park and as they get closer I try to run again but cant move my legs my arms stretched out trying to pull away. As a teenager I would stay awake and read instead of sleep or do homework till my eyes hurt. I also stayed up late and watched TV. I was afraid to fall asleep. I shared a room with my younger sister and sometimes would lie in my bed and watch as she slept, waiting to nod off myself, morning arrives and I'm still awake, only now I feel tired and need to stop myself from falling asleep. This pattern of not sleeping got worse with time. My nights literally turned to days and my days to nights. I am 50yrs old now, and sleep is still a problem.
—Guest Genevieve

Uncomfortable

Last night while I was asleep, I dreamt of something dark and it started grunting words I couldn't understand. The first thing I did was to say the Father's prayers, and it went away.
—Guest Nani

My "waking up" nightmare

About 4 times a week I have a dream that I'm in bed, asleep and realise I'm dreaming. I can't move, can't call for help, can't nudge my fiance - there's nothing I can do. Then I wake up and am relieved until I realise I'm dreaming. I can't move, can't call for help. This continues for 4-6 cycles and it's a horrifyingly powerless experience. Recently, (as if this in itself isn't scary enough) other things have been adding to these dreams: I'm asleep and my tv turns itself on and I know I'm asleep but the tv is getting louder and louder but my eyes are closed so I can't see who is doing it. Then I "wake up" and the tv is not on but I see a man in my doorway and realise I'm still sleeping. He gets closer and closer and I can't wake up. Then I "wake up"... it's awful! I found that while I cannot call for help or move in any way that would alert my fiance I can control my breathing. So when this sequence starts I pant as fast and as loudly as I can and my fiance wakes me up.
—Guest Michael F.

scared

Two weeks after I moved to a new place I was asleep in bed laying on my stomach. Then I felt someone sit down on my bed so I tried to turn to my back to see who it was when a large hand forced me back onto my stomach. At this point I got very scared and struggled hard to get on my back . then whoever was there was on top of me and I tried to gauge its eyes out while it began chocking me. Then my daughter began crying from her room and it stopped. I sat wide awake in my bed with the lights on for the rest of the night.
—Guest carly

Sleep parlysis

Last night my partner and I went tobed as normal ...what happened next terrified me I actually thought I was dying I couldnt move and it felt like my heart was being crushed I can actually say in all my years on this planet I have never experienced anything like it before .but whats even more spooky is my partner experienced it two I did actually think that we had been abducted by aliens we both laughed it off untill I saw the square marks on my partners back !,I am to scared to go to bed. I have to say that I have never been so terrified as I was last night I wouldnt want anyone to experience that it was profound
—Guest Maggie

I think Iv'e just experienced SP

I was lying on my bed just relaxing and started to just drift off. I had a short dream that I was playing a video game. And then it felt like I opened my eyes/ awoken and I felt someone hit me in the side of my face. I could not move and opened my eyes again and felt the same whack on my face. I heard the voice say "Im just standing around", then I heard this extremely loud buzzing noise inside my head and my face and hand muslces contracted. I tried opening my hands and couldn't. Then my eyes opened again and I was fine. Was this SP?
—Guest Ryan

It Whispered In My Ear

I honestly don't know what this means or why it is happening to me or is it just another case of a "Bad Dream". Anyway , last night I was asleep on my left side facing the wall but it was like I was looking in a mirror while lying down everything was fine until I saw something black I couldn't make out what or who it was , I paniced but I couldn't move AT ALL it whispered in my ear like a person I could feel it in my ear I couldn't make out what it was saying I was scared it whispered for a good min I tired my best to move couldn't be finally it went away I woke up but it felt so REAL then I turned on the light for a bit and the TV on and didn't go back to sleep. really scarey to me.
—Guest Autumn

What is going on

Last night i was sleeping and it felt like someone started to climb on me. They started from my feet and started moving up ward towards me. I tried to call out and I couldn't, it was like my mouth was muffled and I couldn't open my eyes. This is the second night this has happened The first night the cover had been taking off of me,and there was no one there
—Guest confused

scared out of my mind

i have had two cases of this one was were i woke up in the complete silence of my room but only i wasnt awake i had trouble moving and i couldnt yell because i tried screaming for my parents and it didnt work i tried toi turn on lights also didnt work but after my last yell i woke up but i was in another dream state but shortly after i fully woke up and sat with my light on just thinking. the second occurance was the same as the first..... in a way i couldnt speak or move like in the first one but the thing is i was in a house unknown to me and i saw people i know dieing right in front of me i live in a one story house but thiss one looked almost mid evil and it was two stories because i made my way downstairs to were i fell to the floor and awoke from this dream
—Guest guest chandler

scared out of my mind

i have had two cases of this one was were i woke up in the complete silence of my room but only i wasnt awake i had trouble moving and i couldnt yell because i tried screaming for my parents and it didnt work i tried toi turn on lights also didnt work but after my last yell i woke up but i was in another dream state but shortly after i fully woke up and sat with my light on just thinking. the second occurance was the same as the first..... in a way i couldnt speak or move like in the first one but the thing is i was in a house unknown to me and i saw people i know dieing right in front of me i live in a one story house but thiss one looked almost mid evil and it was two stories because i made my way downstairs to were i fell to the floor and awoke from this dream
—Guest c. lamere

Sleep Paralysis Is Spiritual Attack

My 1st episode with sp happened when I was 21 and still living with my parents. I was up late 1 nite watching tv when I heard scratching on the wall. This went on for a while so I got up to see what was making the noise. Nothing was there, so I went back to the couch, feeling uneasy, and fell asleep. I had a nightmare and it frightened me because I sensed that something wasn't right because the same scratching I heard b4 I went to sleep was now in my dream. Then I heard footsteps running around the coffee table. At this point my heart was racing and I couldn't move or scream! I was terrified! But while all this was happening, I could see my body lying on the couch, from the ceiling.(OBE) I could see everything in the room. The presence that was in the room felt evil. The best way to describe the fear is to imagine u r about to be murdered, then multiply that x 100. When the entity got to my body I felt it's hands around my neck choking me. I thought I was gonna die but my dad came in.
—Guest Bettina

scariest thing ever

I'm 17 but I've been battling sleep paralysis for a good 5 or 6 years already and I hate it. Anyway, I think the scariest time was when I was in my own bed, lying on my side facing my door. For some reason my bedroom door was open, but anyway. During the sleep paralysis my mom (well I thought it was her, I couldn't see her face) came into my room and grabbed my arm, pulling me and telling me we had to go right now in a very frightening manner. I desperately tried to wake up, but even in the SP state I couldn't move. I was trying to tell her go away, I can't move, but she turned to look at me and her face was so freaking creepy and she had this panicked and desperate look on her face. I finally was able to wake up and I cried bc it was so bad.
—Guest benc

Sleep paralysis

I was sleeping then suddenly i can't move and I was like shaking I tried my best to move I even scream but I can't then I feel like there's someone who is pushing my tummy and it hurts so much and then I see a man lying beside me I see him face to face then I already can move after that I can't sleep already Ive been with SP since grade 7.
—Guest Tara

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