Sleep Paralysis Stories – The Scariest Sleep Disorder Of All

Sleep paralysis stories typically involve unusual and often extremely frightening or disturbing experiences. Perhaps you have one or two of these tales to tell of your own.

If not, I’ll first share one of mine to give you an understanding of what it can be like. Then we’ll take a closer look at whether sleep paralysis demons really exist, or if science can provide a logical and comforting explanation.

sleeping man seeing a sleep paralysis demonImagine, if you will, the following scenario: you’ve fallen asleep as usual after a long day. You hope you’ll have pleasant dreams and wake up the next morning feeling refreshed.

But instead of waking up peacefully in the morning ready to groggily hit the snooze button, you awaken at an unknown time in the middle of the night.

Two things immediately spring to mind: you can’t move – at all; and you’re not alone.

You feel a weight on your chest, pressing you down and preventing you from sitting up. But it’s worse than that – you can’t move your arms or legs. You can’t even move your lips to call out for help.

You’re not sure who or what is pushing on your chest. It’s too dark to see. But you just know there’s a presence there. Something strange. Something uninvited. Something frightening.

This happened to me last year, and was a very unsettling experience. Fortunately there was no demon, ghost or lost burglar. After a brief period of panic the feeling passed and I was able to stumble to the bathroom to make sure my face wasn’t decorated with demonic symbols.

It was a classic case of sleep paralysis.

Sleep paralysis stories like this one are in fact surprisingly common – A study in 2011 found that 7.6% of people will experience sleep paralysis in their lifetime. And the figure is even higher among people who have narcolepsy (around 40%).

You may well have experienced this phenomenon yourself, but until now not known what it was you were going through. So now we have a name for it we need to know what causes it, and what can be done about it.

Accepting the cause is something which I now know many readers struggle with. Although sleep paralysis has a solid scientific explanation (as you’ll see in a minute), the feeling can be so real that you may find it difficult to accept the scientific explanation.

Cultural, religious, esoteric and personal beliefs all play a key role in how you end up viewing sleep paralysis. And with that, how you go about dealing with it in the future.

So in a moment we’ll take a look at the scientific explanation, and also consider some of the alternative viewpoints.

Polls – what’s your experience of sleep paralysis?

For the last 2 years I’ve run several polls to find out more about readers’ experience of sleep paralysis. With thousands of votes collected, they provide a fascinating insight into the reality of sleep paralysis.

Poll 1

Poll 1 shows how many readers have episodes where they feel that there is a demon or other being in the room with them.

graph showing the results of a poll about reader's experience of sleep paralysis

Poll 2

Poll 2 shows that many readers rate their level of fear during sleep paralysis as 10 out of 10.
graph showing the results of a poll about how scary people find sleep paralysis

Poll 3

Poll 3 shows that many people first experience sleep paralysis before the age of 20.
graph showing the results of a poll about the age readers first get sleep paralysis

Poll 4

Poll 44 shows that most readers don’t experience sleep paralysis on a regular basis.
graph showing the results of a poll about how often readers experience an episode of sleep paralysis

Poll 5

Poll 5 shows some of the ways people manage to stop sleep paralysis.
graph showing the results of a poll about what helps readers stop sleep paralysis

What causes sleep paralysis? – The scientific explanation

The causes of the physical aspect of sleep paralysis are slightly different depending on the stage of sleep in which you experience it:

When falling asleep

Some people experience sleep paralysis at the start of the night. While falling asleep, the body naturally relaxes and you would normally lose consciousness.

However, if you remain aware that you’re falling asleep, your mind can remain alert while the body shuts down.

When waking up

Alternatively, it can happen after you’ve already been asleep. And looking at all the readers’ comments it seems that this is the most common experience.

During the night you cycle through several different stages of sleep. During what’s called the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage you tend to dream more vividly. And so the brain ‘switches off’ your muscles to prevent you from acting out your dreams, which could of course be dangerous.

When you wake up consciously, but take a little longer to regain physical control of your body, it can result in you recognizing that you’re paralyzed. So you could look at sleep paralysis as your body and brain being a little out of sync.

Why do you see, hear or feel strange things?

The explanation for why you feel physically paralyzed but awake is one thing, but how does science explain 3 of the main sleep paralysis stories that people report?

  1. That there’s an intruder or other presence in the room.
  2. That there’s some kind of sleep paralysis demon pushing down on your chest, strangling or doing other unpleasant things to you.
  3. Having an out-of-body experience.

The first two are usually explained by a combination of three occurrences:

  • During the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage of sleep, and the muscle paralysis that comes with it, your breathing is affected. It becomes shallower and when you try to breathe deeply you may feel that you can’t. Your brain might then misinterpret this as a feeling of being strangled or a presence pushing down on your chest.
  • When you’re in a vulnerable and threatened state, the body naturally reacts with its fight or flight defense mechanism. For example, when you suddenly feel that someone wants to attack you and you get that surge of Adrenalin that makes your heart beat much faster. So if you wake up and are unable to move, and are in a hyper-vigilant state where everything you sense seems much more than it is, you may react to the sensation of paralysis and breathing difficulty by thinking that something bad is happening, or about to happen to you.
  • In addition to the above two processes, several brain structures might interact to create a hypnagogic hallucination. For example, the common sleep paralysis stories of an intruder or demonic entity. The hallucination may not initially take on any particular form. But when the threat system comes into play, you might misinterpret the feeling that you’re not alone as being that the additional presence is something bad – thus creating a hallucination which is demonic or malevolent in some way.

The out-of-body experience isn’t explained by the activation of the threat system. It’s explained by the parts of the brain involved in coordinating movement and also working out where the body physically is in space. Researchers generally agree that an out-of-body experience is another form of hallucination caused by a neurological mechanism.

Dreams and nightmares overlapping with reality

In addition to the above, there’s also the confusion which can occur as your dreams or nightmares overlap with reality. If you wake up from a dream, but remain paralyzed, sometimes your dream imagery can appear to map onto the real world.

So you may have your eyes open, but still see, hear or feel some of the weird or frightening things which you were just dreaming about, even if you aren’t aware that you were just dreaming about those things.

So for example, you could be dreaming about some strange creature, then wake up paralyzed and continue to feel that the the same creature is close to you, though it’s now in your bedroom instead of the dream you were just experiencing.

Then you add the physiological elements that come with finding yourself paralyzed, and you have all the ingredients for being very scared.

Sleep paralysis causes – the not so scientific explanation

astral projection - one of the rarer sleep paralysis storiesIf you don’t believe that the scientific explanation is sufficient, then what else remains? Let’s look at each of the 3 main types of sleep paralysis stories in turn:

1. The Intruder

If you wake up in the middle of the night and you have a sudden feeling that there’s a human intruder in the room, then the possible explanation is simple. There really is someone else in the room.

If you weren’t paralyzed, then there would be an obvious way to find way out if this were the case: turn on the light and have a look, or prod your partner and tell them to do something about it. But you’re paralyzed though, so that doesn’t work.

In all seriousness, this does actually happen to some unfortunate people. But rarely, thankfully. And it’s unlikely a common burglar would have been able to paralyze you and somehow choke you whilst helping himself to your jewelry.

So if you wake up paralyzed and struggling to breathe, and then notice a presence on the other side of the room, it’s probably safe to assume there’s no intruder.

Unless you’re incredibly unlucky and experiencing both an episode of sleep paralysis and a burglary at exactly the same time. That does seem particularly unlikely though.

2. The Demon

If you firmly believe in supernatural entities, then there many not be a great deal of science that could convince you otherwise. It’s a personal choice to believe in such things.

What I would like to suggest though is this thought: if you experience sleep paralysis, wouldn’t it be more comforting not to believe that you’re being tormented by demons?

The scientific explanation would make sleep paralysis demon encounters so much easier to shrug off and go back to sleep. And shrug off the experience is what many people do manage to successfully do.

Interestingly though, around the world there are many cultural interpretations of the forces at work in this particular kind of sleep paralysis event.

For example, in Fiji the demon is often seen as a deceased relative coming back for some unfinished business or to tell the person something important. In Chinese folklore it’s also seen as a ghost rather than a demon or intruder.

Some countries such as Iran and Pakistan interpret it as being demons or spirits who have taken over a person’s body, often due to black magic performed by an enemy. In Turkish culture the entity is literally seen as sitting on your chest and stealing away your breath.

Most countries and cultures appear to have their own explanations for the sleep paralysis demon – some very similar, and others quite different.

The common theme being though that the entity is up to no good and something to be feared. I’m yet to find a culture which believes it’s an angel or fairy spending some quality time with you in the night.

I know from readers’ comments that some people do fully believe that demons or other evil entities exist. A few people talk about them in a religious framework, others just in terms that there are some weird and bad things out there which science can’t explain.

Among all of the comments from people who do believe these things there’s one common theme: nothing bad actually happened to them. This then raises another question: if there are evil beings, why is it that they simply pester you in the night, and don’t do anything beyond scaring you?

3. The out-of-body experience

When I was a teenager I once picked up a book in a library which claimed to be a training manual for Astral Projection. The idea being that there’s a separate part of you that’s able to leave the body and venture into other planes of existence.

The manual mostly involved visualization practice which I played around with for a couple of days before deciding it wasn’t for me.

There seems to be some overlap between the concepts of out-of-body experiences, near-death experiences, lucid dreaming and astral projection.

Many people report having experienced one or more of these, and the internet and bookstores abound with writers who claim to have techniques to consciously leave the body and have an amazing adventure in the astral realm.

There’s no dispute that people do experience the sensation of an out-of-body experience during sleep paralysis. The point is whether it’s best explained in biological terms, or whether there really are other realms which a part of you is capable of accessing.

Again it’s a question of belief and I’m not here to tell you either way what you should think. You may even feel that both explanations can co-exist.

There are many websites claiming that Sleep Paralysis has a biological cause, but can then be used as a springboard to try to attempt astral projection. An online search will turn up many, though I won’t reference any in particular.

I also recently came across what’s actually quite a sensible book explaining how to do this. It’s called ‘Sleep Paralysis: A Guide to Hypnagogic Visions and Visitors of the Night’.

It provides a detailed background to sleep paralysis, but also aims to help you find a way to convert sleep paralysis into a lucid dream. The point being that you can then take control of the experience and turn it into something positive.

And if you think that’s a ridiculous and impossible idea (especially if your personal experience has been terrifying!), you’ll find several detailed comments below from readers who report trying to do exactly that.

They have some inspiring stories of viewing sleep paralysis as a positive thing which they enjoy because of the unique and fascinating experiences it brings them.

Choosing to believe in astral worlds that you can access and fly around in doing whatever you please sounds harmless and fun. If I’m honest I’d like to believe it’s possible – even though I’m not convinced.

But choosing to believe you’re having the life sucked out of you by a sleep paralysis demon doesn’t sound like such a healthy belief to hold.

How to stop sleep paralysis

What medical treatment is available?

Fortunately, sleep paralysis is something which most people experience just a few times and so no treatment is required.

However, if it persists and you find it highly disturbing and disruptive to your sleep and daily life, then you may find speaking to a doctor about it helpful. These are the main options they typically consider:

  • They may refer you to a sleep specialist to rule out the possibility of Narcolepsy.
  • They may prescribe an anti-depressant medication for a short period such as Clomipramine which is known to alter your REM sleep, and therefore help with reducing the paralysis and hallucinations.
  • They might consider whether there’s an underlying mental illness if you’re experiencing hallucinations outside of the sleeping environment.
  • They would explain the biological processes involved in sleep paralysis, as outlined above, in the hope that educating you about sleep will help you accept it as a normal occurrence.
  • They might talk to you about having healthy sleep habits, which is known to help reduce many sleep problems. You can find these practical techniques covered extensively in the section here on sleep hygiene.

How to stop sleep paralysis – tips and techniques provided by readers

In the comments below, many readers have explained how they either deal with or stop sleep paralysis. Firstly, I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone for the ideas.

Secondly, you should know that I’m simply going to list the ideas which might help; for many of these there’s no evidence that they work beyond the fact that some people say they do. Remember that what works for one person may not for you.

  • Don’t let yourself become sleep deprived as it often happens more then.
  • Try to keep a regular routine of going to sleep and waking up.
  • Try to reduce stress and anxiety in your life. These are thought to be triggers for sleep paralysis.
  • Stay calm and try not to panic.
  • Try to wiggle just one finger or a toe. Some say this is more achievable than trying to move your whole body. Then you can try to move the hand or foot and slowly wake up the whole body.
  • Tell yourself that you’re actually in control. You can ‘order’ the experience to stop, or whatever you’re seeing to go away.
  • If you feel a weight on your chest, try to imagine there’s something friendly causing it, such as a big happy dog.
  • If it’s happening repeatedly, why not film yourself sleeping? This may be especially useful for people who have experiences where they feel that they have been physically ‘moved’ in their bed by some being, or their furniture has been moved. You would be able to reassure yourself that you weren’t actually dragged out of bed.
  • Try wearing a sleep tracker and see if it records you as being awake or asleep. This can help you work out if it was actually a nightmare or not. It can also help check your heart rate and breathing during the night.
  • Try not to think about what it ‘could’ be that you’re experiencing, seeing, hearing or feeling. Your imagination will probably just go and make up something scary in the darkness.
  • Try to relax and ‘go with it’. Some readers actually enjoy sleep paralysis, and they welcome the opportunity to have out-of-body experiences or see what strange experiences they can have.
  • Don’t sleep on your back. Many people say they only have it in this position.
  • Try to organize your bedroom in a way which makes you feel safe and secure. Look into Feng-Sui to make your bedroom feel peaceful.
  • Don’t hang dressing gowns, coats or hats in places which look like figures in the dark.
  • Don’t read in bed as this can encourage you to fall asleep on your back.
  • Sleep with a night-light on, or with music or the radio so that if you do wake up you aren’t in silent darkness.
  • Remind yourself that nothing bad will happen.
  • Imagine your body rolling from side to side in your mind and count each roll. Eventually you might notice you re-gain control of a body part. Focus on this part and try to grow the capacity for movement from there.
  • Count numbers to focus your mind on something other than the hallucinations.
  • Don’t sleep with a high pillow – some suggest that this effects the supply of blood to the brain.
  • Keep your eyes shut and try to clear your mind instead of focusing on the things you can see.
  • Try squeezing your eyes tightly shut if you’re able to control the muscles around your eyes.
  • Keep well hydrated – drink water before going to bed.
  • Talk about it to family or friends – they may have experienced it too.
  • Write about it here. Some people find it helpful to describe their experience in the comments below.
  • If you have it once, get out of bed for a while to reset the brain. Perhaps also keep a light or music on when you go back to bed.
  • Many people who have a faith say they find prayer can be helpful. Some also say that calling on their religious beliefs and ‘commanding’ what they see to leave helps them.
  • Don’t take recreational drugs.
  • Check if any sleeping pills or herbal remedies you’re taking are causing it – either by discussing it with your doctor, or stopping taking them for a while.
  • Once the episode has passed, it’s good to take a moment to remind yourself that you overcame it again. Tell yourself that you overcame it, are not afraid and will always overcome it.

 How I recently stopped an episode of sleep paralysis

Since writing this article, I hadn’t had a single episode of sleep paralysis, until recently in march 2015. And I’m happy to report that I used two of the techniques in the above list to successfully stop it.

I woke up in the middle of the night to find myself in a strange position with my arms crossed on top of my body, almost like you see with medieval carvings of knights on tombs. And I could literally feel strong hands pinning me down by my wrists.

I have to admit I was immediately scared. The whole event was very blurry, and I think I was having some dream-overlap, but can’t remember exactly what now.

Anyway, luckily two things sprung to mind after a brief moment of panic: ‘stay calm’, I said to myself, and ‘wiggle a finger’.

The calmness I only managed with moderate success, perhaps because this was the first episode in a long time so I was caught out by it. But I did manage to focus my efforts on wiggling a finger. For some reason, despite trying to wiggle just one finger, it seemed like my body wanted to try and wiggle all of them.

In the haze of the night and the moment it felt pretty odd, like my fingers were wiggling in different directions. But I guess that’s possibly due to the disconnect between by body and brain with the paralysis.

Eventually I felt my arms loosen as well, and then pretty soon afterwards I was able to shake the whole sensation away as I regained full control.

What I then did I still think is a little strange. Despite having the overwhelming feeling that something had physically held me down, I decided not to turn a light on to reassure myself.

I spend a lot of my time reading and replying to comments about this article, so I think the scientific explanation is now firmly etched in my mind. Maybe I didn’t feel the need to double-check that there was someone or something in the room with me.

Instead I spent a few minutes doing some breathing exercises to ground myself and calm down, and then fell asleep again.

The mere fact that I knew about the finger wiggling technique was enough for my brain to remember to do it when the sleep paralysis occurred.

So my recommendation, from personal experience, is to plant that thought in your mind too!

Further Reading

During 2013, a British team of film-makers, researchers and academics worked on an interesting project exploring sleep paralysis.

They produced a slightly scary documentary and also have an excellent website with detailed information about sleep paralysis. You can visit the sleep paralysis project website for more information.

You might find some useful ideas in my article discussing how to stop nightmares and night terrors. I think you can definitely put some of those tips into practice and see if they help at all.

For any readers wondering if there’s a genetic factor involved in sleep paralysis, it seems that there could be. A study by researchers at Sheffield University in England in 2015 showed this in their research into twins who experience sleep paralysis.

Finally, in 2016 another UK study looked into the fascinating connection between sleep paralysis and lucid dreaming. They all examined the relationship between sleep paralysis and well-being, poor sleep and stress.

Your views

It’s always fascinating to hear your sleep paralysis stories, and I know that many people find it helpful to have a place to describe what happened to them.

Moreover, other readers find it helpful to know they’re not alone and perhaps find someone who’s had similar experiences.

So feel free to talk about your experience of sleep paralysis, and if you have any tips or techniques for dealing with it, I may add them to the growing list of practical solutions.

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  • I just experienced this about 2 hours ago. I always heard stories but never imagined it would happen to me. Earlier in the day I noticed my hands were shaking, I ended up taking a long nap. I woke up around 7pm, showered, watched some tv and tried going to sleep for the night at 10 pm. I kept waking up every 30 minutes or so I guess because I had taken a long nap. Then I felt and heard my bed tremble as if something had jumped onto it and jumped back off. This is what snapped me out of my sleep. I thought maybe it was my cat but she was way too small to create that much of a tremble. I tried to look over my shoulder (I was asleep on my tummy) but I could not move. I was aware of everything though. I could hear my brother in the kitchen so I attempted to call his name but I could not speak. I immediately knew what I was experiencing due to the stories I’ve heard. I remember someome telling me they saw figures of what seemed to be people standing near their bed. So I opened my eyes already expecting that. I thought I saw a white looking face but I thought maybe it was just my brain wanting to see what I had been told. I did have a white pillow with vines decorating it laying right infront of my face, so maybe it was that. I was thinking about how crazy this experience is. But I was not really afraid. I lifted my middle finger and was able to regain all body movement contol.

    • Hi Alejandra
      Thanks for your comment. It’s good that you were able to recognise what was happening, and then move your middle finger to help it stop. That’s a good technique that works very well.

  • I’ve had sleep paralysis for the last 5 years. The first time I got it I was 16. It was terrifying, I had no idea what I just experienced. Talked to my mom about it and she told me my dad used to get them. But it seemed to stop when he finally got closure. Lately I’ve been getting them everyday and it’s only getting worse. I’ve experienced all 3 events in one night at the same time one after another. It’s reoccurring more and more. I’m scared to fall asleep sometimes. When I was 19 and got back from visiting some friends at school, I had a night terror everyday for a lil over a month. What helped me was praying through the horrifying event. It helps to be faithful. I literally just had one, but from the help I received I was able to break free of it. I don’t know why it’s happening more frequently now more than ever, and why the nightmares feel even worse, almost real. If anyone can help answer my questions please reply and give me more information please.

    • Hi Andrew
      Thanks for your comment. I can understand why you’d be worried if it’s happening more often and more intensely. Has anything changed in your life recently? Have you been under stress, taking new medication, had any major life events happen? Sometimes sleep can be affected by important things happening in our daily lives.
      I’d recommend trying some of the tips in the article, keeping on top of your sleep schedule, staying healthy and keep talking about it. If it continues to disturb you, then you could speak to your doctor about it to see if they can help.

  • Hello,
    I had sleep paralysis when i slept near sunset time, and it was the worst ever. I could see the wall on my right when i slept through my blanket, and when i was in my dream, it had changed. The entire location was different. I confirmed this even when i woke up. There was constantly the sound of a hand bell ringing, but it got more when the “demon” was near me. The sound got intense and then i felt a presence behind me as i heard it breathing, very closely like right on my ear. When i woke up, i had a severe headache. What does the bell mean? And why was there a headache?

    • Hi Teehee
      Thanks for your comment. I think from your description you actually had a nightmare instead of sleep paralysis. It’s impossible to say what the bell means really, though I’m sure there would be theories if you read up on what dreams mean. You may have had a headache for any number of reasons – maybe just something as simple as being a bit dehydrated when you woke up.

  • I had an experience about 10 years ago followed shortly by another, the second wasn’t as scarey! I was sleeping alone in the spare room as I was at the time breast feeding my son at night and didn’t want to wake my husband. We (ie baby and I) were both asleep, suddenly I woke up and saw a green light flash around the room, then there was a scampering noise and something small, scooted around the bed to the left side of the bed from the bottom right end. It was the size of a large dog. We have cats but I’m sure it wasn’t one of our cats it was larger and scampered in a human like way, there was a feeling of doom, absolute terror. I went to sit up and suddenly the dark thing jumped landed on my chest and I was paralyzed, being held down. I strugged and couldn’t move it, I couldn’t call out but was able to hiss “get off me” through my clenched jaw. Suddenly the pressure lifted and I was able to move. Terrifying!

    • Hi Fiona
      Thanks for your comment. I can appreciate that being so terrifying. It’s good it hasn’t happened for so long though – let’s hope it stays like that!

  • Wow thank goodness for this article so I don’t feel so alone I do lean to the Demonic experience more than the scientific or should I say spiritual experience several times this has happened to me while taking pain medication specifically oxycodone for surgery I recently had the same thing that happened many years ago very evil horrific nightmares that haunted me for weeks and I believe my personal belief this is real to me so it was my reality I definitely felt that a doorway or something was opened to a very bad spiritual plane on the other hand I also had a bad experience with narcolepsy so I tend to disagree when it says nothing bad can happen because it can I was under a great deal of stress my family was victimized I’m doing that. I had problems with a form of sleep paralyzation which I later found to be sleep apnea severe sleep apnea and as your article suggests it was more out of impatience and lack of sleep that I decided to just let it happen I became tired of waking myself up constantly I’m falling asleep during the day throughout the day without warning uncontrollably so when the Sinking Feeling came about I just let it happen what happened next was not only mentally spiritually but physically real my mind I went through a tunnel very fast Backwoods it was like rocks spinning out of control very fast and there was an extremely white light so bright so white like staring into the Sun but you didn’t go blind an overwhelming feeling of Peace but the same time that I did not belong there and I knew I had died I called out for Jesus I’m outside did the reverse of fainting occurred instead of seeing spots of light when I open my eyes I saw spots of the room coming back into view I was completely pinned to the bed my heart was not beating it was formulating shaking in my chest my lungs were completely depressed I have no idea how full of air your lungs are naturally when you breathe because when I finally managed to snap myself out of it I felt like I jump-started myself like an adrenaline shot and my heart beat so hard I felt like it was going to come out of my chest and I started to breathe in for approximately 3 minutes straight and felt my lungs depressed like a collapsed lung opening up I’m breathing in air so after that naturally I went to the doctor I discovered that I did have severe sleep apnea and narcolepsy so last night after being up for a considerable length of time over tired in a lot of pain after surgery I taken my oxycodone Percocet 10 325 milligram could I could consciously feel myself falling asleep but I was lucid I’m well aware that alone was not pleasant so I wasn’t enjoying falling asleep and then again I had physical feeling of a presence under physical feeling of being paralyzed like a dog that’s coming over me I don’t think all this can be explained away scientifically even though I love quantum physics science excetera I have a firm faith and belief in God and I prayed very hard for him last night and I felt some comfort from that thank you for this article and I hope what I am sharing helps someone

    • Hi Jane
      Thanks for your comment. Many people have a hard time believing in the scientific explanation for sleep paralysis, and some of the other experiences they have at night. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide what makes most sense to you. I’m glad the article helped you to feel less alone with all of this though. It’s good to know others experience the same.

  • I’m 15 and I just suffered from my first sleep paralysis episode. I had this overwhelming feeling of an intruder being in my room coming for me and when I tried to move to fight back I couldn’t. It was one of the most terrifying experiences I’ve had. I had a very serious back surgery when I was 12 and ever since that day I dream every single night but most of them are nightmares. More recently my dreams have become so vivid I remember so many details. So to move from having to deal with traumatic dreams to this is very scary for me.

    • Hi Belle
      Thanks for your comment. I can understand why it’s so scary considering it was the first time, and what you experienced. Do try to keep in mind the suggestions in the article for dealing with it – they can really help. I’d also talk it through with your family, as these scary experiences seem a little easier to cope with if you discuss them.

  • I get both sleep paralysis and false awakening pretty often… sometimes it feels like they are combined. The sleep paralysis, however, is very frightening… the feeling of waking up and not being able to move or scream for help is a hopelessness you don’t wish on anyone! It happens at very random times… I’ll be fine for a couple of weeks and then get it in clusters. I tend to hallucinate a lot when I have sleep paralysis though. I’ll be in my room and will imagine people walking in or throwing things at me… or will imagine my body getting dragged around. It’s usually not a fun experience. I’m not a religious person but the first time I ever had an episode (at 17 years old, now 21) I swore the devil was taking over me. That first episode actually happened on my side! But most of the time it happens on my back. Anyway, so happy I’ve found a group of support for this problem! Sleep paralysis is starting to bother me very much and I’m going to do my best on working to combat/manage it!

    • Hi Camerin
      Thanks for your comment. I think you’re right in that the feeling of helplessness can be very unpleasant indeed. I hope you have some success with managing it, and that the ideas in the article help out.

  • This was extremely helpful. Iv been stressing out lately and every time I fall asleep I manage to experience this sleep paralysis. It can happen up to 10 times at night. I also noticed iv been waking up at the same time over and over again. 3:00 to 5 am. During my SP experience I often feel a really negative presence… sometimes I’ll just see myself in my room doing strange things. It’s my bedroom but not, and my sleeping self can see myself doing things. I also experienced someone checking up on me, sometimes an evil presence and others times a man. I found that praying puts me at better ease. However, Im so afraid of it, i want it to stop and be able to dream about beautiful things again.

  • Hi. Im 60yrs old and had my first experience last night of what I believe may be sleep paralysis. I was away with my daughter and family on holidays and had been drinking cocktails. Went to bed & woke up a few times to get a drink. Then at 5am I woke up after having a feeling that a presence came into my room. Woke up and had an unbelievable crushing feeling over my chest and body like Ive never had before. It lasted a few seconds. Very terrifying. I opened all the doors & sat up and googled ‘feeling of presence in room and crushing feeling on body’ and found that its actually a common thing to happen. Eeeek!

  • This has happened 3 times in my life, the most recent one being tonight at 4:00 in the morning. Im 16, and the only other times this has happened were when I was 8 or 9 and once just a few months ago. Ive been having trouble falling asleep all night, and Ive been waking up every 30 minutes or so. When I woke up for the 4th or 5th time, I was unable to move, and my main reason for feeling uncomfortable was that I was extremely hot. I felt dehydrated and overheated. This happened last time too, but tonight what really terrified me was I heard someone say my name. It didnt sound evil like other peoples experiences. It sounded like it was warning me. I hope this doesnt become a commo occurance.

    • Hi Ryland
      Thanks for your comment. Many people only experience it once, or very rarely, so try not to worry too much. Have some water before going to bed if you haven’t had a drink in a while, and make sure the bedroom isn’t too hot if you can. Both of those can help you sleep better generally.

  • Is it weird to feel a HUGE gust of wind enough to flip my hair and make me feel like i was about to fall out of my bed during sleep paralysis because i got up to close my window and it wasnt open

    • Hi Kevin
      Thanks for your comment. I do remember other readers saying they’ve felt wind before. I think there’s no real limits to the type of hallucinations that people might have, so it doesn’t surprise me it felt real enough for you to check the window!

  • I’ve had sleep paralysis on and off for the last 5 years or so. One thing that helps me break out of it is trying to meditate. I find the only physical thing I can control is my breathing, so I start breathing deeper and then I regain control of my body!

    • Hi Sarah
      Thanks for your comment. I think breathing is indeed a very good technique. Any act of focusing on one part of the body can work, and I think breathing is good because it can help relax you. Unless, of course, it just makes you feel that you can’t breathe normally, in which case it’s perhaps better to focus on wiggling a finger.

  • I had sleep paralysis a couple times when I was 18. It was around the time I had to present a speech to my class so I think it occurs from stress or anxiety. The first time it happend I fell asleep on my back and I awoke to being paralyzed. I couldn’t move or scream. I was terrified and just kept trying to scream but nothing was coming out. I could move my head and when I looked at my door I saw a dark figure looking at me. The second time the same thing happend except there was the dark figure and a little girl. When they started walking torwards me is when I finally woke up. Both these episodes felt so real to me like I was actually paralyzed. As soon as I did my speech in class I stopped having sleep paralysis. I think when I’m in fear such as scared to present to a lot of people is when my sleep paralysis occurs.

    • Hi Kaylee
      Thanks for your comment. It’s very interesting that you’ve managed to make a connection to the anxiety, and it also makes sense to me. Stress and anxiety are well known to affect people’s sleep, so it’s not unusual to experience something like sleep paralysis more when you have something like your speech on your mind. I guess it’s perhaps a sign that it would be good to do some work on that fear, especially as it’s something that will probably be useful to overcome in the future. I’d have a look online, or in bookstores, for some self-help advice about public speaking, or dealing with anxiety in general. There are lots of great tips and suggestions out there. And the night before you do have speeches, you could also try doing some mindfulness exercises, which can help you stay calm before going to bed.

  • I’ve been experiencing sleep paralysis since I was little my first memory of it being when I was 9 or 10 I am now 26.

    My two older sisters and father experience it as well though less often and not for a long time as far as I know.

    I just moved cities so maybe it’s the new house or the stress of moving or the fact that my fiancés new job has him waking at 4 am and then leaving me on my own in the morning.

    Whatever the reason it has become more frequent. Its always terrifying to feel the weight and I use to feel a pain in my side every time it happened. I became so use to it and also use to my fiancé waking me up from my heavy breathing and twitching toes.

    Yesterday night though was the first time in years that I’ve hallucinated. This is a new level of terror for me. When I was a child I saw dancing figures around the room and cried to my parents, my mother just told me to pray to Jesus and go back to sleep. Back then that was a comfort for me. But as an adult my mother’s religion doesn’t bare any weight or relief.

    A few years ago I saw what I thought was my then boyfriend sitting on the foot of the bed, then I woke to him laying next to me. That was the last time I hallucinated until yesterday night.

    My brother in law was due to visit. He has a key to the house. During my sleep paralysis I could clearly hear his car pull into the driveway. It’s a bungalow so I could hear to door unlock him walk pass my bedroom door to the kitchen fill a glass of water and drink it.

    I yelled out his name and he came into the bedroom. He had a box with him that looked like a box of French fries. He looked me tilted his head inquisitively and offered me the box. He then pulled it away and left the room. The thing is, is that I knew it was him but it wasn’t. I saw a shadowy figure but it felt like him the way you never really see a face when you’re dreaming.

    When I finally could move again it was 6:30 am and so I texted him. He texted me 8:00 am he hadn’t even left yet of course. I don’t know what I was expecting.

    This morning was the worst experience of sleep paralysis I have ever had. I’ve been awake for 2 hours trying to make sense waiting for the sun to come up to feel normal again.

    After my fiancé left at around 5am I tossed and turned trying to fall asleep. Because of yesterday night I was afraid I’d fall into sleep paralysis again and I was foolish enough to turn from my side to my back. Only briefly but it was instant.

    I cursed myself for being so stupid and I took deep breaths to calm down wiggled my toes and told myself it’ll only be a few seconds. I started to think about Christmas shopping and getting things for the new house. Then I heard creaking footsteps and I started to panick. This time it was coming from the basement stairs. The figure came into my bedroom with a handful of laundry. It was my sister. My sister has never been to my new house she doesn’t have a key. She threw the laundry on the bed over me and then walked out the door leaving it open. I don’t know what I was thinking but I yelled her name and it was again a shawdoy figure that came storming back in, in a rage, angry. It jumped on top of me and I kept saying my sisters name and please wake me up please leave me alone, it smiled evilly and whispered and I couldn’t understand what it was saying.

    It crawled off of me after a few seconds and walked out the door before taking a final look at me as if to say don’t call me again. I could hear the footsteps so clearly walking around the kitchen.

    I screamed i rebuke you in the name of the lord Jesus Christ. Something I haven’t said since I was that scared little girl.

    I said my partners name over and over again until I finally could move. I switched on the light called him and he told me not to go back to sleep.

    I’ve been searching the internet all morning looking for someone with a similar experience, no luck so far.

    I believe the doctors and scientist explainations about REM sleep I understand the triggers and the links to other sleep disorders. But none of it gives me comfort. All the lights are on in my house. I feel like a kid; afraid and no one believes me or understands and there is nothing I can do about it.

    • Hi Kam
      Thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear you’ve been having such unpleasant experiences with your sleep. It’s not nice feeling this scared about going to sleep.
      It sounds to me like perhaps you’re having a combination of nightmares and/or sleep paralysis. With so much detail and events in the sequence, it may be that you’re having a nightmare which then leads into sleep paralysis, in which these things happen in your room. It’s not easy to unpick the relationship between dreams, hallucinations and sleep paralysis, so sometimes it’s easier just to accept that it’s all one related experience.
      Perhaps having read the article you’ll have some new ideas you can try. As you’ll see, there are lots of techniques for dealing with it, which I know myself can help. You say there’s nothing you can do about it, but I believe there is. Perhaps it will take some practice, but it’s worth planting the ideas for breaking out of it in your mind before going to sleep.
      And of course, if you can avoid it by making yourself feel as calm and relaxed as possible before going to sleep, that would be even better!

  • i am 17 and i had a horrifying experience a couple of days ago for the first time. in my dream i was asleep when all of a sudden a demon would drag me out of my bed and choke me repeatedly. in the dream it was very terrifying and i wanted to cry and move but i couldnt. it felt as if all of this was real and my body could not move. i woke up in the early morning hours from this in sweat and out of breath. it has really messed with my head since then and i cannot stop thinking about it.

  • Hello Ethan.

    I’ve just read this article and I have to say, the non-scientific part read like some horror story. Pretty creepy. That said, as you explained the paralysis, I kept thinking to myself, “Why does this sound so familiar?” It was then I realized I’d had an experience of the sort. But I wasn’t scared at all. This happened a while back. I woke up in the middle of the night and I couldn’t get out of bed. You see, I needed to go to the bathroom but my legs refused to move, my torso wouldn’t turn no matter how much I willed it, I couldn’t turn my head. It was funny to me because I kept imagining part of my brain was on strike. And the “little by little” regaining of feeling was the result of long (but successful) negotiations between the various parts of the brain in play. Although, I’m hoping I never get the experience again because after reading some of the views in the article, I might actually freak out then.

    Also, not to be mean or anything, but the part about you rushing to the mirror to check for demonic symbols on your face was a tad bit funny.

    Great article by the way.

    • Hi Miss Grey
      Thanks for your comment, and compliment about the article. I’m glad you found it interesting – if a little funny! Hopefully you won’t experience any of the scarier experiences that many people describe. As you say, it can definitely freak people out a bit!

  • I’m fairly certain as a young child I had this. I experienced alien like creatures. The one i can remember the most was when i was 16. I was a rebellious teenager and living with my boyfriend at the time. I remember “waking up” and unable to move my body. I could turn my head and saw my boyfriend sleeping. I tried to speak and wake him up but I couldn’t. Then while I was turned trying to wake him up, I began to hear a flapping noise. It sounded like books were flapping, but then I turned and saw the window blinds banging against the window, like it was windy. Then I saw a spectrum of lights coming from the outside in. Like strobe lights or the lights you would see at a concert but coming from outside like from the sky but I couldn’t see the sky. Then I knew something was in the room. It was a shadowy creature, human like but it wasn’t just a 1 dimensional shadow, it was 3 dimensional. It was just standing there, while the flapping noise and lights continued. But then the bed began to shake, but almost like an earthquake type of shaking. Then when I “thought” it was real and not just a dream his father pounded on the door and said “Billy, what are yall doing in there” and then it stopped and it was over. When I told my boyfriend about it the next day he said he didn’t hear or see anything. I asked his dad if he had knocked on the door and he didn’t. It was the most frightening thing I had experienced, next to the times when I was a little girl.

    • Hi shamisty
      Thanks for your comment. Sleep paralysis can be very frightening indeed. Fortunately, it sounds like you only had it as a child. Hopefully it will stay that way!

  • I was 14 when it happened. I’m 46 now, but I still recall all the details, especially after a night of heavy dreaming. Googling the details is how I found this website. I woke up in the middle of the night. I could not move or talk, extreme all over body pain, the sense of being crushed, sensing or seeing the color red, and feeling evil, pure evil. I swore I was being pulled into hell itself. I started saying the Lords Prayer in my head and at some point passed out. I woke up the next morning like normal with no immdediate memory of it. Later that day the memory of the night before came rushing back. I could tell EXACTLY where I was when that memory came back. I would have never guessed this happens to others too. Thanks for the website to help make sense of it

    • Hi Lynn
      Thanks for your comment. It’s good to know you found the article helpful and that it’s clarified a little what you experienced. It’s interesting that the memory of the sleep paralysis came back later that day – it must have felt very strange indeed when you suddenly remembered what you’d been through!

  • i have had this problem since very young i thought it was just terrible nightmares my parents dolls would come down and scream at me worst was my fathers doll it would sit next to me just talking about harming me then it stopped for a few years until i was about 8 and sleeping in a car with my family i was just terrified instantly remembering my past experiences i suddenly saw words on the wall in white like a neon sign about a paragraph worth but i was to frightened to read it i had such a strong feeling warning me not to after that it became much more frequent from weekly to daily for next 10 years with small thing like strong background light that keeps beginning bright with a humming noise and always the same laughter once i saw some one siting watching me when i was about 19i was on a couch and it hit me i heard a demonic sounding voice sounded straight out of a movie saying haha i finally got you then it really was not me when i reply my thought process was one of a dream so i had no direct control of my thoughts and i began saying threats like *&%$ yourself how about you unfreeze me and fight things completely out of character it suddenly laughs and i snapped out of it after that to this day im currently 20 its me small ones every other week sometimes with month gaps worst lately was i sunk into my couch and was stuck in darkness until i snapped back.

    • Hi Brice
      Thanks for your comment. I’m not sure from your description whether you’re talking about nightmares or sleep paralysis. Are you awake when you see and hear these things, but unable to move your body, or do you think you’re dreaming?

  • I think our minds are connected to our body when we are asleep

    Creating a subconcious bridge that our concious mind cannot access. Our mind experiments as sleep therefore

    I had a few seconds of paralysis last night, and now realise all the other times as well which just thought were dreams with severe body pains

    The difference is in my meditation. I’d practiced taking control of mind in tricky situations already. When woke last night, panic’d of course, but immediately thought, can out think this, and did

    Took a swing at air and said, leave me alone, trying to sleep

    Then laughed as nothing was there. Then back to sleep after another run down of dream I had just before paralysis

    All these voices in dream were saying/stating, it’s Satan, Satans here etc but I am schizophrenic anyway so could be anything

    Hope this helps you. Just have arrogance & know u can out think it is my solution

    Anyone know what purpose of these lock ups are? Are our bodies trying to tell us something?

    Is our mind saying stop this path your on??

    Great site ethan. Almost understand what’s going on physically in body after reading accounts of people’s sleep problems. see first line.

    One thing however. I was out of body two weeks ago and then got woken by noise. It was best feeling while out. Like millions of tiny pins and needles. Was very very annoyed I woke up as felt brilliant. Any ideas or has anyone felt these symptoms?

    • Hi Shaun
      Thanks for your comment, and I’m pleased you liked the site and found the comments helpful. I like you idea of reminding yourself that you can out-think whatever is happening. I don’t think it’s arrogant at all to remember that you can be mentally strong if you want to be!
      As for the out of body experience, well I don’t know that I can add much other than to say that it sounds like it might have been an out of body experience! Perhaps you could try and get there again should you have sleep paralysis in the future. Other readers have said in the past they use one to get to the other.

  • this phenomenon happen to me many times with ghost and i believe with demons too, i saw a boy,girl, a black hoody with skull body, i do believe the fact that this is the worse thing that can happen you, like right now i was dreaming i was in ny classroom talking too kids than the teacher ask a question i answer it than everyone turn there head 45 degree too the left and stare at me with there big eyes, than i woke up found myself sleeping than i put my blanket on me put i felt that something is wrong because inside the blanket felt like there is a air or something in it, then i close my eyes wake up than i saw a kid on me say my name than laught i tried too scream and move my body but i couldn’t do anything, i didn’t get scared i panic a little , i just close my eyes take a deep breath than try too use my force on it but than he’s gone. that happen too me right now xC.

    • Hi Caldrick
      Thanks for your comment. It sounds like you had a nightmare from your description. If you wake up and can’t move your body, that would be sleep paralysis. Either way, I think it’s good you close your eyes and breathe – they are both good tactics to cope with seeing scary things when asleep or waking up.

  • I just woke up from a sleep in which I experienced this phenomena while falling asleep. Im 16 and have gona through this about 1 or 2 times a year since 12. Ive read about it before so I knew to try to take very deep breaths and that snapped me out of it. However, my first instict is always to scream and it always catches me off guard that I cant move my mouth. When Im in this paralysis, I dont hear or feel demons around me. Instead, last night I heard voices whispering over eachother behind me (I sleep on my side) as well as a plastic bag being crumpled. This happened likely because I had taken a long nap earlier in the day and I usually either have a lucid dream or sleep paralysis when I sleep twice in a day. I think next time Ill try to slip into a lucid dream from sleep paralysis instead of waking myself.

    • Hi Nat
      Thanks for your comment and for sharing your interesting experience. If you can use sleep paralysis as a springboard to lucid dreaming, that’s great! It’s also a good technique to focus on your breathing, despite as you say the natural temptation to just want to scream or panic. Let me know how you get on with the lucid dreaming in the future!

  • Last night was my first time having one that I remember I am 17. So I woke up (but in a dream) I somehow knew I was dreaming. My friend was playing on my Xbox then he got tired and put netflix on and laid right next to me. I then turned to my left side and started to text my girlfriend. He read her name and he instantly transformed into her. She then started to kiss me on the cheek. I then rolled on my back went to kiss her but I opened my eyes this dark grey human figure like WAS by my knees staring at me growling like a dog growl but much deeper and longer. I then tried to run but I was paralyzed. I then tried to scream but my mouth was shut for about a minute. I then woke up instantly grabbed my phone and went into my moms room and said “mom I’m sleeping in here on the floor” I was in tears at that point.

    • Hi Cameron
      Thanks for your comment. I can understand why this was scary for you. However, it wasn’t sleep paralysis as such. Your experience was a bad dream in which you experienced paralysis. In sleep paralysis, people are awake in bed but unable to move. It’s an important difference, and one that people understandably often get confused over.

  • I’ve only had one and I was around 12. I woke up in the pitch black of the night to see my the front of my room. My door is in my view and it’s just a little bit open. After looking at the door a girl with black holes for eyes slid through it and slowly moved towards me. After awhile of trying to move my head I finally did but I was still in a hallucinogenic state so I looked straight up and the face was right in front me. I was completely terrified and fell out of bed screaming so my parents came. I never heard of sleep paralysis at that time so I told them someone was in my room and they freaked out

  • Hello, I am 12 years old. I have a friend who struggles with sleep paralysis, she says its a completely normal thing and it happens when she goes to sleep. I want to say I am a born again Christian, and fully believe that she is under spiritual attack. She explains to me that she sees these small demon creatures, when I asked her to describe them to me, she said she couldn’t remember but there’s one she remembered. ” Its a person with long teeth/fangs, elf ears and joints that point different directions. The one that most shocked me is when I noticed in class that she would draw a goat, with wings and a human body. Bafflement a form of satan. I did everything in my power to sabotage those drawings, but she just said it only a picture. She names this thing killing wolf.My friend’s parents are not believers but they say they are, I cannot judge. So I decided to tell my mom and ask her what this all means, she told me it was/is indeed bafflement. I am worried for my friend because she thinks its a completely normal thing, but its not.Maybe i don’t understand because I’ve never gone through sleep paralysis. Has anyone ever gone through this? Help me help my friend.

    • Hi obiwankrissy

      Thanks for your comment. It’s nice of you to worry about your friend. Sleep paralysis is very common, and lot’s of people have it and see all kinds of scary things. Many people think it might be some kind of spiritual attack. My personal belief, and that of just about all doctors, is that it’s nothing spiritual and just the amazing human brain creating things.
      My advice would be not to worry about it too much. You can talk to your friend about it, but it’s not really your responsibility to do anything about it, other than listen, talk and be a friend.
      And the main thing to remember is that nothing bad will happen to your friend. She will be fine!

  • I’ve had the occasional sleep paralysis a few times since I was about the age of 9 per 10. However I encounter my most terrifying a few years ago when I was 19 years old. I was with my girlfriend and we’d just come back from a trip out of town to her grandmas. Her grand,as house was already creepy enough as it was an older house with an eerie felling to it. Anyways we get back around ten at night. I decide to just stay with her that night since I was tired from driving. Next thing I know I’m falling into a deep sleep. I have this dream that’s starts off wonderful. I’m lying there in there in the dark and my girlfriend suddenly crawls on top of me as though she’s flirting with me. She’s smiling and laughing, then grabs my hands and puts them buy my head as if she’s playing around. I can hear her laughing and I can distinctly see her face in the dark room. Suddenly she becomes quiet and still. I call her but she doesn’t respond. So I try to move my hands that are now pinned down my head. Her face disappears into a dark shadow that I can’t make out. The weight of the entity on me become heavy and the next thing I know I’m paralyzed completely. I then start to freak out and try to wake my self as I’ve realized I’m having a nightmare. After vigorously fighting and doing everything I can to break free I finally wake up in a panic and wake up my girlfriend as well. Needless to say k stayed up for about an hour as I was scared to go back to sleep. This was the most terrifying sleep paralysis I’ve ever had. Luckily haven’t experienced since. As far as demons go I’m not sure what it was. Maybe it was just a terrible dream that put me a panic and caused me to experience the phenomena. Either way it’s no doubt the scariest thing I’ve ever dealt with.

    • Hi there
      Thanks for your comment. I think what you describe is technically dreaming of being paralyzed, not sleep paralysis. It’s a common confusion people have. The main difference is that with sleep paralysis, you’re actually awake and unable to move.

      • Ethan I don’t think people are that far apart with their experiences I’m not sure if we can explain this scientifically because it is paralyzing you cannot move and you do have to fight it off physically so isn’t that the same sleep paralysis dreaming of being paralyzed and actually being paralyzed I don’t quite understand the difference this is very interesting and worth exploring further for sure

        • Hi
          Thanks for your comment. I think you make an interesting point – in some ways there is a similarity, but only if you’re actually aware you’re dreaming that you’re paralyzed. In which case, would your dreaming brain try to fight it the same way as your conscious brain would do if awake in bed and unable to move?
          But really, by its definition, there’s quite a big difference between the two. One happens when you’re transitioning in or out of sleep, and you literally are paralyzed. The other is just a dream.

  • I’ve had SP more recently because of noisy neighbors that live below me. I can’t stop them no matter how many times I call the cops, and they keep me up at night regularly. The second I hear the banging they do on their walls, I know I won’t sleep that night. I’m working on moving elsewhere because of them. A trend I’ve noticed is a string on strange “nightmares” before the SP arrives.

    I have two specific nightmares: I always have a dream about playing hide and seek at night, in a park, with Jim Henson Muppets, I fear them finding me. (I wish I was joking) Then comes the dream where my dead dog comes out of a room in my apartment and I pet him for a long time, I will admit that I miss him a lot. The second I turn away from my dog, he disappears, then I realize again that he’s passed on, and then I sob in my dream and wake up with tears all over my face. It’s happened enough times to me to know this trend leads to SP, so I spend the rest of the night awake to avoid it. I can’t help but wonder if anyone else experiences these kinds of trends before the SP actually begins…

  • I’m 20 years old & this has happened to me twice, the second time being fairly recent. I was in the car with my mother on the way to my grandmothers house to visit. I didn’t sleep at all the night before, so inevitably, I passed out in the passenger seat. Once we had arrived to my grandmothers, my mom woke me up and I sat up all groggily and told her I was gonna sit in the car for a few minutes. Well I layed back in the seat and dozed off almost instantly. I started having an intense dream about running from some Thing, not sure what it was, and then all of a sudden I woke up. I could see that I was in my moms car but it didn’t look right. I felt like I was floating, my vision was blurry and distorted as if my eyes were watering, I heard an intense humming noise in my ears and I could hear a faint, distorted voice whispering something. I had the sensation of its breath being on the back of my neck. My body was hot and I could not breathe in any air, I felt my body shaking and I tried so hard to move but I couldn’t. Then I just started praying. I prayed and prayed and prayed til I finally shot up out of the SP. I was sweating and gasping and it was quite terrifying. My sister said its happened to her too, and she thinks it’s demons trying to attack strong, faithful souls.

    • Hi Lucas
      Thanks for your comment. Personally, I don’t think you need to worry about demons attacking you. It sounds to me like sleep paralysis, or a bad dream, that came about because you were sleep deprived. Try to stay on top of your sleep routine if you can, keeping it as regular as possible, and if it happens again, try out some of the ideas in the article.

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