Sleep Paralysis Stories: Demons Or Hallucinations?

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

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 hopefully comforting explanation.

sleeping man seeing a sleep paralysis demon

A typical sleep paralysis experience

Imagine 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.

A weight on the chest

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 frightening.

This happened to me last year and was a very unsettling experience. Fortunately, there was no demon, ghost or burglar in my bedroom.

After a minute’s panic, the feeling passed. And I was then able to stumble to the bathroom to make sure my face wasn’t decorated with demonic symbols.

It seems I’d had a classic case of sleep paralysis.

A common experience

Sleep paralysis stories like this one are surprisingly common. A review of 35 sleep paralysis studies in 2011 analyzed how many people had it at least once:

  • 7.6% of the general population
  • 28.3% of students
  • 31.9% of psychiatric patients

You may have experienced it yourself, but until now not known what it was you were going through.

Polls – what’s your experience of sleep paralysis?

I ran several polls for a year to find out more about readers’ experience of sleep paralysis.

It’s possible that many people who search online about it will have had the more intense episodes, perhaps skewing the results.

But they still provide a fascinating insight into what people go through, and how they cope.

Poll 1

In poll 1, you can see that many have had the experience of thinking there was a demon or other being in the room.

chart showing the results of our poll about the type of sleep paralysis experiences people have

Poll 2

Poll 2 shows that many readers find sleep paralysis terrifying. Again, those who search online for it are likely to have found it particularly disturbing.

chat of poll results for how scared people are during sleep paralysis

Poll 3

Poll 3 shows that most readers first experienced sleep paralysis during childhood or adolescence.

chart with poll results about the age people first have sleep paralysis

Poll 4

Fortunately, poll 4 shows that most readers don’t experience sleep paralysis on a regular basis.  chart showing poll results about how often people have sleep paralysis

Poll 5

Poll 5 shows some of the things that have helped people stop sleep paralysis. You’ll find more coping mechanism later in the article.

chart showing the results of the poll about techniques for stopping 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 during sleep onset – sometimes known as hypnagogic sleep paralysis.

While falling asleep, your body naturally relaxes and you become less aware as you drift off to sleep.

However, if you do remain aware, you might realize you can’t move or speak if your brain stops your muscles from moving to help keep you safe while you dream.

When waking up

Alternatively, it can happen after you’ve already been asleep, known as hypnopompic sleep paralysis.

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.

During that stage, your brain ‘switches off’ your muscles to prevent you from acting out your dreams and potentially hurting yourself.

If you become aware again before the REM sleep cycle finishes, you might become conscious of the fact that you’re still paralyzed.

So you could look at sleep paralysis as your body and brain being temporarily 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. An intruder or other presence in the room.
  2. A demon or other evil presence 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 can be 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.

Fight or flight

When you feel threatened, your body naturally reacts with its fight or flight defense mechanism.

So if you wake up, are unable to move and it’s dark, you may react to the sensation of paralysis and breathing difficulty by thinking that something bad is happening.

Sleep hallucinations

In addition to the above two processes, several brain structures might interact to create a hypnagogic hallucination.

During the experience of an intruder or demonic entity, the hallucination might not initially take on any particular form.

But when the threat system comes into play, you might interpret what you see or feel as being dangerous. And that then forms a hallucination which is demonic or malevolent in some way.

Out of body

The out-of-body experience isn’t explained by the activation of the threat system. Instead, it’s explained by the parts of the brain involved in coordinating movement and understanding where your body physically is.

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, your dream imagery might appear to ‘map’ onto the real world.

So you may have your eyes open but still see your dream content – even if you can’t remember that you were just dreaming.

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

But why does it happen?

So now we know what happens, and what causes the feeling of paralysis and the hallucinations. But why does it happen in the first place, and only to some people?

Scientists still aren’t completely sure. But it’s thought that the more disrupted sleep a person has, the more likely it is to happen.

And researchers in 2017, who analyzed 42 previous studies, found several risk factors and associated conditions:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Trauma / post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Sleep problems (sleep deprivation, poor sleep patterns)
  • Substance use (some medication too)
  • Sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy and nightmares
  • Physical illness
  • Paranormal and mystical beliefs
  • A family history of sleep paralysis

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, there would be an obvious way to find way out if this were the case: turn on the light and have a look. But you’re paralyzed though, so that doesn’t work.

Thankfully, it’s unlikely that you’ll wake up to find a real intruder in your bedroom. And it’s even less likely that they will have a way to paralyze you.

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

2. The demon

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

However, 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 the scarier experiences easier to shake off. And not dwelling too much on the experience is what many people do manage to successfully do.

Around the world

In Fiji, the demon is sometimes seen as a deceased relative coming back to discuss an important or unfinished matter.

In Chinese folklore, it’s also seen as a ghost rather than a demon or intruder.

Some people in Iran and Pakistan interpret it as demons or spirits taking over your body. This could be due to black magic performed by an enemy.

The common theme is that the entity is usually something to be feared. I’m yet to find a culture which believes it’s a kind or beautiful creature.

I know from readers’ comments that some people do believe that demons or evil spirits exist. Some talk about them within a religious framework; others feel that there’s a lot which science can’t explain yet.

Despite these beliefs, there’s another clear theme. Nothing bad actually happened to the person beyond being frightened and losing sleep.

3. The out-of-body experience

When I was a teenager, I was given a book which claimed to be a training manual for astral projection.

The idea was 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 spent a couple of days failing to do, before deciding it wasn’t for me.

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

The internet and bookstores abound with writers who claim to have techniques to leave the body and have amazing adventures in the astral realm.

There’s no dispute that people do experience the sensation of an out-of-body experience during sleep paralysis. But is it best explained in biological terms, or are there really other realms waiting to be explored?

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 coexist.

Converting sleep paralysis into lucid dreaming

Some websites and authors suggest that sleep paralysis has a biological cause, but can then be used as a springboard for lucid dreaming.

An interesting book explaining how to do this is ‘Sleep Paralysis: A Guide to Hypnagogic Visions and Visitors of the Night’.

It provides a background to sleep paralysis, but also aims to help you find a way to convert sleep paralysis into a lucid dream.

Make sleep paralysis a positive experience

The core idea is that you can take control of the experience and turn it into something positive.

That might sound impossible, especially if your experience has been very frightening. But you’ll find several detailed comments below from readers who also say they’ve done it.

They have some inspiring stories of viewing sleep paralysis as a positive thing, which they enjoy because of the 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.

On the other hand, choosing to believe you’re having the life sucked out of you by a demonic presence doesn’t sound so good to me.

How to stop sleep paralysis

When to see a doctor

Fortunately, most people don’t experience sleep paralysis very often, and so no treatment is required.

However, if the following apply to you, it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor:

  • It happens regularly.
  • You’re anxious about going to sleep.
  • You don’t get enough sleep.
  • You feel very sleepy during the day, sometimes fall asleep suddenly or lose control of your muscles.

What medical treatment is available?

If you see a doctor, they might take the following action:

  • Refer you to a sleep specialist to rule out the possibility of narcolepsy.
  • Prescribe an anti-depressant medication for a short period.
  • Check for an underlying mental illness.
  • Explain the biological processes involved in sleep paralysis to help reassure you.
  • Talk to you about developing good sleep habits. This is thought to help reduce the frequency of sleep paralysis.

Readers’ techniques for coping with sleep paralysis

In the comments below, many readers have explained how they cope with sleep paralysis.

Please bear in mind that these are personal opinions and experiences only.

  • Don’t let yourself become sleep deprived.
  • Keep a regular routine of going to sleep and waking up.
  • Reduce stress and anxiety in your life.
  • Stay calm.
  • Focus on wiggling just one finger or a toe.
  • Tell yourself that you’re in control. You can order the experience to stop.
  • If you feel a weight on your chest, imagine there’s something friendly causing it.
  • Film yourself sleeping so you can see there was nothing in the room.
  • Wearing a sleep tracker and see if it records you as being awake or asleep at the time. It can also check your heart rate and breathing during the night.
  • Don’t think about what it could be. Your imagination will probably make up something scary in the darkness.
  • Relax and go with it.
  • Don’t sleep on your back.
  • Organize your bedroom in a way which makes you feel safe and secure.
  • Don’t hang dressing gowns, coats or hats in places which look like figures in the dark.
  • Sleep with a night light, music or radio on.
  • Remind yourself that nothing bad will happen.
  • Imagine your body rolling from side to side in your mind and count each roll. Focus on this and try to grow the capacity for movement from there.
  • Count numbers to focus your mind on something else.
  • Don’t sleep with a high pillow.
  • Keep your eyes shut and try to clear your mind.
  • Squeeze your eyes tightly shut if you can control the muscles.
  • Keep well hydrated – drink water before going to bed.
  • Talk about it to family or friends – they may have experienced it too.
  • If you have it once, get out of bed for a while to reset the brain.
  • Many people say prayer helps. 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.
  • Once the episode has passed, tell yourself that you overcame it, are not afraid and will always overcome it.

How I recently stopped an episode of sleep paralysis

I successfully used two of the above techniques to stop a recent episode of sleep paralysis.

I woke to find myself in a strange position with my arms crossed on top of my body. And I could literally feel strong hands pinning my wrists to my chest.

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

Stay calm and wiggle a finger

Two things sprung to mind after a moment of panic: stay calm and try to wiggle a finger.

The calmness I only managed with moderate success. But I did manage to focus my efforts on moving a finger. It felt quite odd – like my fingers were wiggling in different directions!

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

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

I think just knowing about the finger wiggling technique was enough for me to remember it when the sleep paralysis occurred.

Further reading

You can find some useful ideas in my article about nightmares and night terrors. Some of the methods there about changing the content of your dreams might be helpful.

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 2015 showed this in their research into twins who experience sleep paralysis.

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

Your experience

Have you had sleep paralysis? What happened, and do you have any suggestions to help others deal with it?

Please feel free to share your experience in the comments below.

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  • I had my first SP a number of years ago while visiting my son and his family.
    I woke up at exactly 2:00 p.m.,on my back, frozen to my bed unable to move. The only thing I was able to do was turn my head and look at the clock on the end table. The entire room was filled with like bright stars, everywhere I could see. First feeling was aliens in the room, then thought about trying to warn my son, but couldn’t get up. I turned my head and it was 2:15 p.m. on the clock. The room was still filled with with these bright star like beings. I must have relaxed and just fell back to sleep, as the next thing I remember was waking up in the morning. I totally remembered the entire experience. Never said anything to anybody about it.

  • My experience is when I felt asleep my body was stiff my eyes was open someone was pressing on my chest stopping me from turning side to side. I thought it was a demon I couldn’t lift my body up . I thought my blanket was going to suffocate my face and I was going to died in my sleep. Somehow I broke a loose and went to the bathroom. I was scared to fall back to sleep.

  • I was about 14, 15 or maybe 16. I had several occurrences of similar happenings. While I am actually still in deep sleep, I believe, it always felt like someone was pressing down on me, touching me, in an intimate way as well, I couldn’t move, I knew I was still asleep when this was happening because when I did wake up, I would remember it as though I was remembering it, like, it must have just been a dream, but when this happened on several occasions, I started thinking that something really was pressing down on me, something that I knew I wouldn’t ever get to see, or hear, but just feel. When these occurred, I started becoming frightened by it, because little did I know back then and know now from family, was that strange this did happen in our home. I never spoke to anyone about it, so I kept quiet and hoped it wouldn’t happen anymore, but it did, a few more times. Years later, my sisters and myself sat down and started talking about our old home and we just started talking about strange things that happened in the home, many of which I never even knew about, and so, I brought that up to my sister and she said that she wouldn’t have even been surprised by what happened after all the other strange things, so I do believe in other presences, if that’s what you call it or another being.

  • I do remember most of my dreams since I was a child, from amazing dream to nightmares. Never bothered me. But last night I felt a force hard to ezplain, trying to unite with my body. I refused to let that happened and start praying in my native language then I couldnt articulate so in my head I said Im stronger than this and forced myself to wake up before my body got entirely invaded. It worked I just wanted out of this nightmare. No idea where thats coming from. Im happy in my mariage and at work. I dont know and im not afraid either I feel in control, Im just perplex of that strange dream.

  • Woke up around 5:00 AM, saw a dark figure enter my room in front of my bed, wanted to leap up and attack it but felt like I weighed a thousand pounds. So I concentrated all the strength I could muster and jumped up and then I shot up and snapped out of it, was terrified after I realized what happened

  • About a year and a half ago or so, I was at the time an online college Post Baccalaureate student. I woke up in the middle of the night in my bedroom, my eyes open, I cant move a muscle and I immediately hear a demonic voice. I did not think or feel there was anyone on my chest but I felt the voice was coming straight across from me in my closet. It laughed, and said very clearly in a dark and deep evil sounding voice, “The beginning is starting to end”. Totally afraid and paralyzed, finally I gained enough ability to respond to the voice “What? Is this real?” The dark voice replied in laughter “Ahaha, Yeahhhp”. The when i finally was able to move my whole body I sprung out of bed and ran out of my room as fast as I could. When I came back, no one was there. I slept on the couch the remainder of that night. The most unusual and terrifying experience I’ve ever been through. And it was 100% real.

  • I remember having sleep paralysis all my life growing up. Last night, I went to sleep to one of our guest bedrooms because I was not letting my partner sleep well for several nights due to too much moving around and not finding a comfortable position. I had the worse sleep paralysis of my entire life. I remember seeing this “demon” face next to my left side. He looked like a bat/dog. I felt his claws being inserted on top of my hands and he/it held me down above my chest. I immediately started freaking out and I remember me calling it to stop, stop, stop, stop. I can hear myself speaking in a different tone of voice as if I was strangling. I then started praying and the “demon” said “shut the f**k up” and that freak me out even more. I continued praying and telling it to stop, until I finally was able to move and I was drained in sweat. Literally, I was soaked from head to toe. The first thing I checked were my hands to see if there were any claw marks and there weren’t. I then checked the room and slept the rest of the night with the lights on. Worse experience even, I had never had this entity spoke to me back in the many times I’ve had similar experiences.

  • I’ve had issues with my sleep and dreaming my entire life so luckily the first time sleep paralysis happened I wasn’t too scared. I had night terrors every night as a child and had to teach myself to lucid dream (without knowing that was what I was doing) to cope with it. I’ve acted things out in my sleep resulting in punching others and even had full on conversations out loud in my sleep. The worst was when a friend was over and I slept talk about a secret and she happened to be awake listening. The first time I had sleep paralysis, or at least realized I had it was a little startling. My mind was awake but my body wouldn’t move. I didn’t initially get the feeling that someone else was there, but eventually I did. I couldn’t open my eyes but I could see it was light out and there was an area where the light was blocked. Presumably a figure. That didn’t worry me though. The fact I couldn’t move and felt pinned down did. The fact that I couldn’t just “wake up,” which has always been my last resort in dreaming if lucid dreaming didn’t help, was the terrifying part. Suddenly I felt the other presence grab my hand. This kind of startled me. I could always tell when I was dreaming or not but this felt more real. I tried to apply what I had learned from my night terrors as a child and tried to calm down. Whatever it was then peacefully whispered in my ear that everything was going to be okay. Since then my sleep paralysis has included nothing but shadows, creepy figures, even the little jigsaws guy on a bike. One time a child was standing behind me and I thought it was my little brother oddly staring at me in my sleep. I even tried to yell out to my brother to get out of my room, but of course couldn’t. I finally was able to move and it was gone and my brother was no where around. But, nothing has scared me since that first voice told me it would be alright. And every time I always wake up just fine. It’s almost like a fun experience that I then get to analyze and pick apart after. If you just calm down. Wiggle a finger and breathe you will be just fine.

  • I had all three experiences. Demon pinning me down and strangling me to a point I can’t breathe, as well as it being in my room and out-of body experience (however I don’t think out-of body was a dream because I believe I was awake at time). Firstly I was 12 and I had an exam for school tomorrow watching a series I wasn’t preparing for it, so since I’m a perfectionist I got stressed and I didn’t wanna fall asleep. I was doing so a bit too frequently so I just slowly drifted away with my eyes possibly open and I remember before I fell asleep I was telling myself I shouldn’t sleep but prepare for exam tomorrow. As I fell asleep I felt really anxious about a bathroom that was next to my room and I felt like something was there just as I fell asleep. Then a second after I felt sth jump out of that bathroom right on top of me and pin me down so I couldn’t breathe the pain was real and feeling of being choked too and I was terrified, I wanted to shout for help and move the creature away, but with no luck. I felt so helpless and not in control, then as I slowly gave up the struggle the creature disappeared and i woke up automatically turning the light on and checking the bathroom. There was nothing there or in my room. I checked the clock and it was 3:33 which spooked me out so much I couldn’t fall asleep anymore. And then later I saw that number more than one time as well, but recently I have stopped seeing it. I think it,s because during the time I had sleep paralysis and number symbolic I was at a very bad point in my life where everything seemed black and hopeless and now I have people supporting me and I feel much better about my life. Anyways, I concluded my sleep paralysis as my brain trying to forcefully wake me up cuz I wanted to study and I was scared of getting bad grade. My sleep during sleep paralysis lasted from 2:40-3:30 so it was rly short which is why I think I just made myself forcefully wake up because of my fear of getting a bad grade. About the out-of-body experience, I had that while I was awake talking to my mom after school in the kitchen. I was sitting on a chair and she was facing me on opposite chair, I don’t remember much about what we talked about but I think we were having an argument and then I was staring at blank wall across of hear, slowly disconnecting from conversation we were having and I felt myself drift away to somewhere up. Then suddenly I looked down and there was someone talking to my mom, someone else not me, someone smiling again that wasn’t me and I was terrified. It all happened in a matter of seconds, but it felt too long and as I was up there I remember asking these questions: “Who am I? Who is this in my body? Are we really in control of ourselves? What if every day someone else takes over my body and I don’t even notice it? How can I go back?” And I really wished to go back down because being up there floating like a ghost was terrifying and I couldn’t do anything, but watch. Then as I slowly went back I saw an evil smirk coming from my own body that I wasn’t in control of and just like that I went back to myself. Then I looked at my mom and I knew I didn’t talk to her, but she seemed to not have even noticed like someone else was really talking to her and when I asked her she was confused. I traced this back to me having really suicidal and dark thoughts back then as “Why am I here? Why am I alive? Why do I exist and what’s the point?” I still can’t say for certain the meaning of anything of this, but I was never superstitious (that’s not how you spell it) so I tried to explain it with logic and I believe that now that these things stop appearing is because I met someone who I hang out with a lot, I have friends and I’m not dark or suicidal anymore, so I really suggest anyone who has these dreams or out-of body experiences to carefully look at their life and even if they feel there is no hope try to make every day better as there is always a better way to live your life and if that day was the worst and day after that, and day after that there is no way it can be worse than that. Changing my life and having people around me helped me to stop having these dreams so that’s my experience. Having my problems and realizing it’s not that bad and occupying my life with anything else, but these dark thoughts made me stop having them, I don’t know for people who have good lives how they would deal with this, but I believe that these dreams or nightmares come from being unhappy within urself and that’s it for me.

  • I have had a similar experience i fell asleep and felt like someone was attacking me when woke i heard a distinctive sound like a truck passing my eyes were open and i could not move or speak and i saw and felt this dark figure choking me and slowly the figure faded away. this was on of the most frightening experiences i have had and truly feel this was supernatural.

  • I’m 38 and have had this happen to me on and off since I was around 19. Seems like lately ( past 2 years ) ! I’ve been experiencing them more and more. I am a Christian and Faithfully have a close connection to my church. I want to believe it’s nothing. In my mind and heart, I feel attacked. The only thing that helps is praying. That’s only if I’m able to talk. Not only have I heard whispers in my ear, seen men and actually have been able to reach out and touch a arm. My eyes are always opened and I can see my room. Even my young son. ( if he’s cuddling with me that night ). Sometimes I didn’t feel threatened. I would just lay there. They’ve got worse lately. I feel attacked. When I pray. It stops. Than I can still feel a presence next to my bed. I feel like I’m going crazy at times. Then am embarrassed to share. I can talk and talk about this. I’m constantly researching it. So again pray “ for me “ is the only thing that helps me and that I believe can help.

  • saturday 13 october 2018
    once again it was around 4 am in the morning and i already knew something is coming i feel it in my spirit and then it starts the fear is so gripping this time i let it go on a little longer then normal and some form of animal jumped on my bed i was powerless to do anything i couldnt move or yell out i freaked out then woke up and this went on and off for 2 hours i cant belive the sun started to come up and i was still have those feeling i truly believe it demonic as i feel as a born again christian nothing more could grip you than the fear of going to hell or demons trying to torment you

  • Last night, for the first time, I felt awake but couldnt move. There was something on my bed? It was moving about? It was dark, so I couldn’t see anything. I tried to sit up and see what was there, although I was frightened. The experience lasted about a minute? I must of just gone back to sleep, but very much remember it. No one, or any pet was in my house. Feeling a little scared about going to sleep tonight?

  • I had a similar experience, I felt the mattress dip as if someone sat on the edge of the bed, and I felt hands pushing down on my legs a few times, and felt the mattress dip with each push. They were violent pushes and quite alarming. As if someone was trying to wake me up and get my attention, or just mess with me to frighten me. I tried to talk, but couldn’t. This happened 3 – 4 times recently.

  • I just had it. I sleep with my mom who has dementia. This is the 3rd time in 6 mos. I awoke to something pulling on my blankets and could not move. I was being pulled out of bed when i finally realized it and cried, MOM..i then woke to her saying, its felt so real it scared me.

  • My earliest episode was around three, with visual and auditory hallucinations as well as tactile. I saw wild like creatures that stood like humans and threatened me by snarling and speaking to each other in something I didn’t understand. I experienced paralysis but thought it was caused by fear. At one point I was able to get up and scream for my parents at the baby gate that had up at the stairs but I was thrown back into bed by one of them. And they continued until a different one came in and chased them away. My parents tried to convince me it was a dream but it felt as real as it does typing this out. I experience another horrible one with a wolf like creature on top of me too years later when I was kid, just staring at me and I couldn’t move.

    For years I didn’t experience anymore notable ones, but would occasionally feel the vibration, felt like my bed was shaking so fast and hard and id try to ignore it and eventually it would go away. This woyld happen on and off for years. But at
    about 14, they came back. I was visiting family out of town and felt extremely tired so I took a nap and had sleep paralysis. I explained what happened to my parents and after we got home I had two more that night. I thought I was dying. I got trapped and confused in my covers, like I was in between my body and covers and panicked, I saw bright lights and thought, well this is it, I’m dying. I prayed…im not religious, but I prayed anyways for it to stop, and eventually it did.

    I had another one, where I knew something was coming for me around a year later, I couldn’t move and tried to yell and move my eyes to wake up fully. As soon as it was over that fear was still there and I panicked, locking all my doors and looking out the windows for something, still convinced that something evil was coming for me.

    Another year or two later, I saw a face in the darkness with its mouth open yelling but didn’t hear anything, it was nighttime but I was fully awake talking to my boyfriend in bed and was able to move.

    That same year I experienced more, one where I was sleeping at his parents and cane out of a dream where a woman was being strangled outside by her car by a man and as I “woke”, all of a sudden I was the one that was being chocked, and felt hands around my neck squeezing, with sleep paralysis to make it even more terrifying.

    I’ve had a couple other ones not as terrifying but with the sleep paralysis and intense evil or death coming feelings the past few years but a couple more stand out. I had another dream turned sleep paralysis one where a goat in total darkness was staring at me (but dream, not hallucinating this time) and an intense noise. It felt like the goat was pure evil and it hated me and was trying to kill me. I decided to fight back finally and starting screaming and cussing at it, to show I wasn’t as scared as it wanted me to be (although I was bluffing), but it worked. And I was able to come out of it.

    Last year I had a couple bad ones, one I thought someone was on top of my trying to kill me and apparently I was screaming and mistook my fiance for trying to kill me when he was trying to wake me from it. It took me a while to realize what was happening but I remember seeing him but it was like something wasn’t right in him at that moment, his eyes were hateful, but I know that wasn’t really happening.

    The grand finale also happened last year, no dreams that I remember, I woke up couldn’t move at first, there was a thing on top of me looking at me, sorta studying me. It was hideous, best I can explain a midget sorta goblin or demon, not much bigger than a toddler, with a very long nose, pointy ears, squinty eyes, naked and very boney with grayish white leathery skin. It was nearly half with some tufts of hair on the side of its head. Very very vivid, not a shadow, and on me, not within the dream. When I could finally move, I turned my eyes away and saw this other thing that I can’t really put into words but even though it wasn’t as detailed and even smaller I knew it was controlling everything, that it was why the other one was on top of me, it was what starts everything. It was pure evil.

    My only advise is when you have one episode, get up and don’t go right back into another one. I feel it happens easier if you try to sleep. I’ve also heard people having better luck with tv’s on. I haven’t heard until now of trying to turn it into a better experience, so I will definitely try to see if I can go into lucid dreaming but it’s so frightening I feel like I’m going to have a heart attack and die from this eventually. And what really bothers me is it’s so sporadic, I read the list of causes like stress, sleep deprivation, medications, but I’ve been paying attention to my own and don’t see any significant causes from when I do and when I don’t have them.

    I’m agnostic, but experiencing this sort of stuff does make me question everything. Perhaps it can be explained, but if the scientific explanation is simply waking from a certain level of sleep, why is it not more common with people? Why do some people experience it on a regular or semi regular basis and others not at all? Everybody sleeps, everybody has been to a point where stress causes other issues but why not these more often?

    • Jesus loves you more than you will ever know.. he is just as real as the demons you are seeing.. people may ca me crazy, that’s ok.. the Bible tells us the spiritual world is more real than the world we live in. Satan is doing his best to take everyone to hell with him. You are important, loved, cherished, God have his only son for you and would do it again just to save you. I promise if you give Jesus a try he will not disappoint you. He has made a way to escape hell. You just have to choose to believe in Him, follow Him, have a relationship with Him. You will never understand how precious you are to Jesus.. He is patiently waiting on you, he wants to save you.. love you, help you.. email me if you’d like. I’m praying for you friend.

      • Thank you for that. It’s 4 am right now. I’ve just awakened from one of these experiences. Probably my sixth or seventh experience with this. I truly feel it is something demonic. I try to pray and call out to Jesus but it’s like my mouth is too dry to make a sound. I don’t know what to do. I’m so scared. I just want to sleep without this fear.

  • I’ve had it all my life so I know if I hear or feel something it’s truly happening… It only started bad back In July. Me and my friend at the time were sleeping and felt something beside me moving and I couldn’t wake up so I knew it was sleep paralysis again, I felt (it) which I thought was my friend, Pat my head 3 times before I woke up screaming waking him up (he was facing the other way) and I yelled at him why did he touch my head to which he explained I had awoken him from a nightmare.. I didn’t believe him until same night couple hours later i had it again but this time I heard something (it) walking around in the corner of my room I woke up screaming again. Now it’s October 9th and it happened again. After my new friend left for work I felt something crawl behind me which I thought was him and I couldn’t move or talk so I couldn’t ask what he was doing because he had work and as it began breathing on my neck i started panicking until i woke up and no one was there. It happened again within 2 minutes and I couldn’t wake up but somehow this time I barley pushed whatever was beside me and it bit me. A similar experience as the second one happened again not even a minute later. I freaked out and been awake since, on couch with all lights on

  • Happened to me last night. I didn’t feel a weight on my chest. I didn’t even think I was awake. I was laying on my side, next to my boyfriend and as I was apparently falling asleep, I thought I heard my boyfriend whisper, “El Diablo, Satan. I know his name.” My entire body began to shake and I couldn’t speak or move or see anything. I was too scared to open my eyes. When I finally did I turned around to ask him if he said anything and then tell him what happened. He said, “No and you were definitely asleep.” The strangest part is that there’s no one that I know that speaks any Spanish or related languages. There is no explaination that science can give me about this experience. This was purely a demonic, spiritual experience. If I didn’t have God in my life, I would be a mess.

    • I agree. I took a nap today and idk if y’all get vibrations when it happens but I do and when I feel it I can usually wake up well this time it was too late. It was as if I was the demon and I couldn’t talk but when I could my voice was deep dark and evil. My friend told me I was sleeping for two hours. Little did she know I was in a paradox in my own personal hell. Usually I can’t get up but this time I was determined to escape and I walked to my door and it got all Topsy and turvy so I fell and ended up back in my bed. I was faced with all of my fears and a demonic entity if not Satan himself wanted me trapped there and I could wake up. I tried praying, screaming for help, closing my eyes and trying to get up over and over again… I also saw very vile writings on my wall that would be coming and going like a strobe..This was the longest experience I have ever had and I was completely terrified. When I finally woke up I ran outside saw my fiance with our friends and ran back inside, by the time I was gonna run back outside my fiance came in and begged me to tell him what was wrong I broke down crying and freaking out breathing heavily sweating and just hugged him. I don’t wanna go through this anymore. It keeps happening to me more so when I sleep on my back or left side. I’m sick of it how can I fix it or maybe I need to face my darkness and accept it. Idk but I need help and advice. :(

  • this happened to me on 25/09/2019 i always have really in depth dreams but this was so weird i woke up and could not move then it felt like somebody sat on the bed i could feel the mattress dip then i heard a rustled noise above my head i was alone in the house so quite scary

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