From the article: Understanding the Terrors of Sleep Paralysis
In what is a fairly common condition, sleep paralysis experiences tend to be similar. Share your experiences so that others may find comfort or marvel at the phenomenon. Share Your Experiences
Not exactly sure
- Last night i believe i experienced sleep paralysis for the first time though I'm not sure how it happened. I was having an uneasy sleep and suddenly I partially woke-up, it felt like my vision started pulsing like it was about to have a flashback(me being a wimp started doing EVERYTHING to not because I did not want to deal with that) and when I tried to make sounds all that happened was air escaping and nothing coming out so I kept trying and trying and I eventuallly made a little gasping noise but when that happened my blanket started constricting around me and pressing in really tightly. Tbh, this scared the shit out of me and if I hadn't known what sleep paralysis is I would've been flipping out. And after this happened I kept thinking about wanting to go upstairs and I'd like, dream that I was walking up but then when I woke up i'd still be in bed this happened a few more times before I finally fell asleep where I proceeded to have a dream/nightmare
- —Guest Hello
Nested sleep Paralysis
- Does anyone else experience nested sleep paralysis? I'm asleep and then wake up paralyzed with my eyes frozen shut. I can't breathe and I know there is something evil nearby moving towards me. I also know that if I can open my eyes, it'll go away and I'll wake and be able to breathe again. I'm panicing and making a collosal effort to open my eyes and eventually succeed. For a second I feel intense relief, then i realise I'm only dreaming I opened them. The threat is still there and I have to force my eyes open all over again. I might have to repeat this 4 or 5 times before I actually open them for real and wake up, but even then, it takes a minute or two for me to realise I am now actually awake and not dreaming I'm awake. It is always terrifying and leaves me totally drained.
- —Guest Samantha
Can'y lift My Head !
- I have this recurring dream (although it feels like I'm awake ) that I'm sitting up and my head has fallen down on my chest. This some how cuts off my breathing and I begin to suffocate. I try desperately to lift my head but it's so heavy I feel I'm going to die ! Finally I manage to lift it and this is when I wake up gasping for air! Soo scared I don't want to go to sleep again!!! Is this sleep paralysis or sleep apnea, or something else...HELP!!!
- —Guest Rae
Scared Te Crap Out Of Me
- I don't really know if this is SP but I have a relative. That has it but that's a possibility. One night I had this dream that I had been given death penalty (God Knows Why) but the person that was giving me death penalty was my father! And he kept trying to suffacate me. And then i woke up scared to death. And I thought about it the rest of the day. And about a month later I had a dream that my mother had been electrocuted to death by a faulty computer circuit board. And that my dad was looking for a kidney ( that part I have no idea about) and that she died and I had to go live with my aunt. And at that point I woke up crying and unable to think of anything else.
- —Guest John
- I was home alone and I wake up from a nap only to find out that I can't move up off the couch. I begin to hear the sound of concrete scraping, like someone was outside. I try to get up again to check but I still can't move.
- —Guest Kitty
- Wow I thought I was crazy until til I just read this some of the same stuff has happened to me ever since around 13 years old I was always terrified to go to sleep I am 34 now and it doesn't happen so much it did I happen the other night though and I just woke up I can remember when I was 25 years old I was having the same experience and I actually saw the shadowy figured some had talked about I personally believe that it's is something evil cause I know what I saw and where I grew up they call it "the witch or devil is riding your back" I don't know but it scares the fuck out of me and I never want it to happen again
- —Guest liz Truesdale
Don't let this stress you out!
- I am 28 and I have experienced sleep paralysis since I was around 15. Usually my paralysis is very similar to those stated here, where I feel a numbness, and I shake, usually to awaken and move myself. I have had some scary versions where a grim reaper/demon is molesting me. Absolutely terrifying. I had read about this in my youth a while back and this relates to incubuses/succubuses as well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incubus read the paragraph about scientific explanations. I've read, some people who have had these types of visions in their dreams have been blocking their airflow while they sleep. So it might be some sort of defense. I wouldn't let it worry you to the point of praying or stressing out about it. I used to be like that but now I know that these things are normal, even though they are scary when you wake up from them. I just thought I would put that out there for those of you who are having a hard time with it.
- —Guest it_is_okay!
- im asleep lying on my back I open my eyes and see my body but I'm still asleep I can't move and can't breath I try to move and finally when I feel like I'm seconds away of dying from not breathing I awake and can breath and move. What is this
- —Guest warren
- i have had this problem also. the first time I was 12 it was not very fun i had seven in a row. i had the paralized, strangled, someone in the room trying to kill me, suddenly was unable to move and fell on the floor and strangled because of landingon the floor and being unable to open my mouth. i want to tell the people here to be careful i also use to have dreams that i was being thrown down a flight of stairs (or simular dreams) i felt like i was shaking but i thought i was dreaming i found out that i was having Seizure and i thought it was just my SP. so its not the case for everyone but you should still tell a doctor or someone because i had them for at least 5 years and found out something was wrong the not so great way. also it is important to get help before it gets really bad i did not and now i have a phobia of sleep.
- —Guest brooke
5-6 days a week.
- Im a 15 year old girl. I seem to get sleep paralysis almost everyday since few months ago.(I first had them at 13? but not everyday. just occasionally) Maybe from the lack of sleep, stress, or anxiety. The scary thing is, is that I see people's faces everywhere after waking up from it. Sometimes a women's face sometimes little girls. I don't sleep on my back.. just on my side or facing down. Yet I still get them. Because of them, I have trouble sleeping. sometimes my body jerks to one side without me trying to or I feel a heavy object on me, when clearly Theres nothing. In my opinion even though I get them almost everyday, I Will never get used to it.
- —Guest Michelle
- I have had sleep paralasis since I was 6. I didn't know a thing about it then but I always thought it was a gohst or some sort of evil. I had countless dealings with it night after night, which made me a scared child. I remember one where I was sitting in the hallway by the stairs and the sound of a hoover came on, everything was dark around me then I screamed for my Mom but no sound came out my mouth I screamed and screamed but nothing. I remember once I was flat on my back on the floor and I was unable to move amd everything around me was pitch black, some sort of presence was there and it wouldn't let me move my body at all. The only way I could get out of these things was to go into a sort of fit and shake my head from side to side franticly and unwillingly sometimes I did this until I could open my eyes and move again, and I would never ever know if I was shaking my head in my dream and real life or just my dream. I hate how I had it from such a young age , it has truely trau
- —Guest Jas
- Ok this has happened to me every once in a great while, since i was maybe 18, only happening every few years. Now, me being 30 and the past 2 months since me and my girlfriend have been living together, its become way more frequent, happening once or twice a week. And each of these nights, theres been anywhere from 3 to 5 times. With tonight being an example, it just happened to me 3 times. I am (what feels like) coherent, and completely aware of where i am and my surroundings. I just start to fall into a light sleep and then i feel/hear it, the gradual deafening vibration/buzzing noise, and i know its coming. I automatically get scared as hell and attempt to scream as loud as i can with nothing coming out and im completely paralyzed. No matter how many times it happens, it never gets easier . It still scares the living hell out of me. Its becoming such an often occurrence that i cant really hide it any more. With me being a veteran i didnt want to tell my gf about it and her thinking
- —Guest Joshua
sp love it!
- I get sp all the time since I was a teen I'm now 42. I love it I play with it I have fun with it I know when it's going to happen cause I know y it's going to happen. I sometimes make it last for 30 min. Playing with it. Yes even after all this time it's still a little to get your self out of it but been doing it for so long I can.
- —Guest Ralph
- This happens to me a lot, I fall asleep but in the middle of my "Dream"' I get tickled in my side and it is sooo unpleasant it scares me to death literally! It happened to me the other night and I decided to do more research on it and it turned out that it was some sort of sleep paralysis!!
- —Guest Mia
can't scream for help
- I was asleep and a dreaming of a messed up nightmare I was in a car or walking by this school there were ppl on benches and I look upstairs and the doors fly open with this lady screaming & than I awoke and I could not scream for help I tried so hard to yell for Steve but was unable to move or anything I felt like I was under attack in the most fucked up way and now I can't sleep I felt like I was going to get up and walk put the front door
- —Guest brendon
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