Sleep Paralysis Stories: Demons Or Hallucinations?

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Sleep paralysis stories typically involve unusual and 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 or ghosts really exist. Or if science can provide a logical and comforting explanation.

My sleep paralysis experience

Imagine the following scenario: it’s been a long day, you go to bed later than usual and fall asleep quickly through sheer exhaustion.

But instead of waking up peacefully in the morning, you half wake in the middle of the night. And in the darkness of your bedroom, it slowly dawns on you that you can’t move your body…and that someone, or something, is watching you.

A weight pushing on your chest

You feel a weight on your chest, pressing you down and preventing you from sitting up. And not only is your whole body paralyzed, but you can’t so much as 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. 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 was a classic case of sleep paralysis.

What is sleep paralysis?

Recurrent isolated sleep paralysis is classified as a parasomnia, which is a group of sleep disorders involving unwanted behaviors that accompany sleep.

The main symptom is being awake and unable to move your body. It might also be accompanied by hallucinations or dreams/nightmares whilst still awake.

It typically lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes before movement is regained. And although it may feel like it at the time, it’s not believed by medical organizations to be harmful.

What causes it?

The exact reason for why it happens to some people and only on some nights isn’t known. However, scientists do have a theory about what goes on during sleep paralysis.

During the night, you cycle through different sleep stages. When you enter the REM stage of sleep, your brain stops your muscles from moving – known as REM atonia. One explanation for this atonia is that it prevents injury from acting out your dreams in bed.

During sleep paralysis, the atonia starts, or continues, while you’re awake. And during this time, you might also experience what’s known as sleep hallucinations, or dreams while you’re awake.

So your body and brain are temporarily out of sync while transitioning between sleep stages, potentially creating a frightening experience.

As Dr. Michael J. Breus neatly explains:

Sleep scientists believe that sleep paralysis may occur when the transitions in and out of REM sleep and other sleep stages don’t go smoothly.

How many people experience sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis stories like mine are surprisingly common. In 2011, researchers aggregated 35 sleep paralysis studies to find out how many people had experienced it at least once in the past year, finding:

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

Who is more at risk of having sleep paralysis?

Scientists might not know the precise reason only some people have sleep paralysis yet, but there are a growing number of risk factors becoming apparent.

For example, researchers who analyzed 42 studies found several risk factors and associated conditions:

  • Sleep problems, changing sleep patterns and shift work.
  • Sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia and nocturnal leg cramps.
  • Stress.
  • Some psychiatric groups, particularly those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and panic disorders.
  • Substance and medication use.
  • Physical illness.
  • Personality and anomalous beliefs.

Is there a genetic component to sleep paralysis?

In 2015, British researchers published a study of 862 twins and siblings aged between 22 and 32. They did find some evidence of a genetic role, but only a small one:

In this sample of young adults, sleep paralysis was moderately heritable

Interestingly, they also found other independent risk factors, including:

  • Disrupted sleep cycles
  • General sleep quality
  • Anxiety symptoms
  • Exposure to threatening events

Polls – readers’ experience of sleep paralysis

I polled readers of this article for a year to find out what kind of sleep paralysis episodes they had.

Note that it’s likely that many people who search online about it will have had the more frightening episodes, skewing the results.

But they still provide a fascinating insight into what people experience and how they cope.

Poll 1

In poll 1, the most common episode was thinking there was a demon or other being in the room.

chart showing the results of my 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.

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

Poll 3

Poll 3 shows that many readers first experienced sleep paralysis during adolescence.

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

Poll 4

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 ways readers deal with episodes. You’ll find more coping mechanisms below.

chart showing the results of the poll about techniques for stopping sleep paralysis

The not so scientific explanations for sleep paralysis

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Since first writing this article 7 years ago, there have been an extraordinary number of comments.

The comments show that not everyone accepts the scientific explanation. And interestingly, that some people struggle to accept it even though they want to – such is the realistic nature of their experience.

The possibility of demons, ghosts, spiritual beings and aliens all crop up from time to time. And while many people accept their experiences as hallucinations or dreams, some people choose to believe another explanation – that those beings are real.

Despite these beliefs, there’s one clear theme: nothing bad ever actually happens, other than being frightened and perhaps losing some sleep after an episode.

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 friendly creature!

Sleep paralysis treatment

When to see a doctor

Fortunately, most people don’t experience sleep paralysis very often, and no treatment is usually 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 sleep paralysis and 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 assess if you have another sleep disorder, like narcolepsy.
  • Treat any underlying psychiatric condition.
  • Discuss any medication or substance use that might be a factor.
  • Explain the biological processes involved in sleep paralysis to 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

Over the years, many readers have left comments explaining how they cope with sleep paralysis, and I’ve created a list of the most frequent ideas below.

The first five in the list below are also suggested by sleep experts. The rest are a mix of personal opinions. Please bear in mind that none are guaranteed to work:

  • Don’t let yourself become sleep deprived.
  • Stick to a regular sleep schedule.
  • Try to reduce stress and anxiety in your life.
  • Focus on wiggling just one finger or a toe.
  • Don’t take recreational drugs or drink alcohol in the evening.
  • Don’t sleep on your back.
  • Stay calm.
  • 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.
  • Don’t think about what it could be. Your imagination will probably make up something scary in the darkness.
  • 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.
  • Check if any sleeping pills or herbal remedies you’re taking are causing it.
  • Use sleep paralysis to lucid dream by relaxing and going with the experience instead of fighting 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.

Share your story of sleep paralysis

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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  1. My first sleep paralysis episode happened when I was about 6, my bed would shake and someone underneath would yell at me if i moved. I continued to have terrifying episodes until we left that house when I got a little older. I’m now 23, and just within the past 2 years have my sp episodes returned, though a bit different. The first time it happened to me I woke up(or dreamt I woke up, I cant tell. The lines are so blurred) at about 3am. Was sleeping on my back. Suddenly I feel the covers being pulled off from the end of bed and the covers getting tight around my body. I remember being frozen still (honestly didn’t try to move bc I was so scared) and this intense feeling of dread, as if my spirit knew immediately who or what I was dealing with. I could see a bit but not very much, almost as if i was watching through my eyelids. I couldn’t make out who or what was standing at the foot of my bed, or if there was actually anything there. But after a few seconds my covers released and I came to and regained control of my body, was terrified to say the least. Did not go back to sleep.
    I’ve had several other experiences after this, all different. One time it was early in the morning, I felt awake but was frozen had not yet opened my eyes. I was hearing loud banging around my room, suddenly something jumped onto my bed, I could feel it walking around my head. I woke up with tears in my eyes and thought about calling my boyfriend, but told myself it was just sp and rolled over to my side and tried to go back to sleep. Next thing I know I’m frozen AGAIN and something yanks my hair back really hard. I wake up in a panic and call my boyfriend to come over.
    The most recent was mostly auditory. It was a mid afternoon nap on a sunday, me and my boyfriend were both napping together. He wakes up before me bc he had an errand to run, he woke me up to tell me he was leaving and that I needed to meet him somewhere in about 30 mins. I said okay and fell back asleep for probably about 10 mins. I told myself I needed to get up and when I tried I couldn’t move. I suddenly could hear everything in my room but it was like someone turned the volume up. My dripping shower sounded like a waterfall, my ceiling fan sounded like a hurricane. I could hear my boyfriend in the kitchen and I cried out to him for help. I could see, but everything was blurry almost as if looking underwater. My boyfriend comes into the room, sits on the edge of the bed, and asks if I’m okay, and I said “help me, I cant move”. His figure fades a bit and I hear my dad in the distance, coming up the stairs. My first instinct was to call out for him. I start to yell his name when I hear a voice from behind me say “that’s not your dad. Do not call out for him” I snapped back into reality scared out of my mind. Nobody was there, not even my boyfriend. I often wonder who that voice was behind me. I like to think it was an angel protecting me.

  2. Let’s dive in shall we. I’ve had these fun events happen for so long now that I’ve figured out my way to reduce them. Make sure the room is secure and keep a night light on. Not 100%, but I’m able to sleep “normally” now. My childhood memories are completely shot, but I do remember weird/scary dreams from about the age of 5. First full-blown paralysis was way later, maybe 22 or 23 years old. I’m 37 now. I’ve had the hand/weight on my back, the presence in the room, something sitting on the bed next to me, weight on my chest, and so forth. I’m agnostic if that does anything. Also, it started after I got back from a deployment in Iraq and in my grandmother’s house. Now my girlfriend is getting them too. First was she woke up to tapping on her shoulder, wasn’t me, now she felt something jump on her. Cat sized. Gonna our place sage cleansed soon.

  3. I’ve just had my first ever sleep paralysis. I’ve been a bit sleep deprived the last few days due to noisy new neighbors playing bass music all night to early hours.

    I finally fell asleep and had a bit of a scary dream where I was playing with some electric car track and this guy caught on fire and I had to put him out. It was really graphic. I then remember waking up from the dream because I can hear people outside my window talking and I’m thinking to myself I should draw the curtains because I’m convinced they’re looking at me (I’m on the second floor). I can’t move my body though and then I feel a presence in the room and it grabs my wrist and I can hear this horrendous laughter right in my ear. I jolt awake.

    This was such a horrendous experience, I’m kind of worried to go back to sleep now.

  4. This is the story of my first experience that happened on this day.

    I was laying down on the couch watching playoff baseball when I drifted into a sleep. When I “woke up” I was having trouble breathing and felt a presence of something behind me. When I looked to see if someone was there I couldn’t distinguish who it was but my mind told me my mom got home early from work so I decided to close my eyes and sleep longer. Again, I was having troubling breathing but this time I couldn’t breathe, move or talk. I felt the presence of something over me so I tried to tell “mom, mom” but it was like I was born without a voice box. I could still hear the baseball game on the TV. I suddenly open my eyes and am now awake and scared out of my mind. I turned back to see that my mom isn’t even home. I don’t know how long this lasted but it felt like a few minutes.

    1. I had a dream that I got really drunk and was at my friends house so I sit on the couch and someone sat next to me I didn’t want them there so I tried to get up but they were holding me down and I could not get up I remember trying to move vigorously and caught a glimpse of my body lying in my bed I immediately realized what was happening and I tried to shake myself out of it I kept falling back into the dream but stopped myself so It wouldn’t keep happening I finally got out of it and realized my heart was beating like crazy.

  5. Lucid Dream Warrior 1

    I’ve had situations where I can feel, hear, and see hallucinations in dreams thought my life. tonight was the most intense. so intense in fact that I woke up in chills and had to wake my wife up to verify she was in fact sleeping. I share this in the hopes it gives someone out there peace of mind that you are powerful and not alone. My story is below:

    Tonight I fell asleep around 11:30pm. i was a little upset with my wife over something very small when I went to sleep (as I’m sure every married person can relate to). the first portion of my sleep was filled with blackness, but then somehow I felt awake but frozen. I could see the side of the room as I was laying on my side, feel the fan pushing air against my shoulder, and I could even hear the fan turning.

    As the panic started to take over my body I realized a small picture or poster of a train with a face on it. I am pretty sure it resembled the 90’s cartoon/toy based on the commercial (mind you, never played or watched a show with character. only seen train on commercials). I haven’t seen this child character in years so immediately realized it was out of place. As the image became more clear I began to focus on the face as the eyes started to look alive. it then started shifting its focus from off to the side to directly at me.

    I immediately tried to move swinging from side to side. the whole face on the character started to move now like it was agitated. it was frowning and seemed like it was trying to yell at me. This is the first time I had a face that directed its attention on me so that initial feeling of panic progressed into full-fledged fear.

    I felt I was trying to swing my body for a long time without success, so I tried to yell for my wife to turn me. There have been past occasions where she can hear me grunt or moan like I’m trying to say something and was able to wake me. At this point, I hear her move and ask me is everything ok and feel her throw her arm around me. As I started to feel her pull me, I realized the face from the poster/metal sign start to calm down. the eyes started shifting its gaze from me to her and then back to me. I’m not sure why or how, but I felt something was off. So I started to glare at the face and yell at it.

    The face of whatever it is started to go ballistic and turn demonic. its eyes, mouth, even tongue began to show as it was shaking profusely. With the fear overcoming my body I felt It started to shift into anger! I stared at the demon intently and focused all my energy of movement to yell and attack! After this change of approach, from defensive (get away from demon) to offensive (attack! attack! attack!). My fear transformed into a war cry that I won’t be taken easily. I started to regain my cognitive thoughts that the fear robbed me of and reminded myself that my mind is the most powerful weapon I have and I am stronger than this piece of 💩.

    As the face became more aggressive I starred it down and yelled F**K YOU!!! I then woke up with the chills and rolled over to find my wife sleeping. She never woke up. She never heard me. She never had her arm around me to turn me. It was all this demon’s way of making me feel a false sense of security to keep me paralyzed.

    As I write this, I am still getting waves of uncontrolled goosebumps. I hope whoever reads this can arm themselves with their most powerful weapon during that next battle (the battle-new way I am approaching encounters). I feel and hope this thought process will limit the control of fear it has over me which will inevitably nullify the feeling of paralysis.

    I’ll keep you updated on how that goes in a few months.

  6. Hello, reader.

    I don’t entirely know why I remembered my sleep paralysis episodes, it just came to me cause I’m laying down, having an anxiety attack at this time of writing. Thought I’d get some more information about the subject, and so here I am. Here ws are. Interesting how a lot of us came to this site, I don’t feel that alone anymore. Anyway, I’ve had a lot of sleep paralysis during 2014 to 2019. During them, they are usually the same but are all in all horrific to me. I wake up, I can see all of my room, sometimes someone or something is there,

    “The Girl” The concept is a bit outdone, basic even but my brain imagines it during these episodes.

    The feminine figure, very pale, black dress with feathers on the sleeve, black hair can see her face clearly, it’s bruised and has a large stitch going around her throat. She is either just standing looking at me with a frown crying or collapses on my floor slouched over on the knees in almost a defeated manner, she enters my room through the door or closet, doesn’t walk either, just sorta slides in.

    “The slumps”, I call these episodes.

    When these happen, oh man, compared to the visits from the former paragraph, this gets to me. When I wake up I’m sweating, and shaking like I’m at the South pole, can’t stop shaking until half an hour later.

    Anyway, The slumps, I “wake up” trying to move, my rooms paintings are either discolored, different colors, or different pictures entirely. I panic enough to where my mind imagines I’m getting up cause its all I want to do, finally out of bed I go to my door open it, and within the blink of an eye, with no transition, I’m in bed again. This keeps happening and happening, until i start to frenzy, screaming and screaming, can’t even hear myself, just the fidgeting of the bed and the crackling of my fan as it goes back and forth, at the end of the slump when my brain finally wants to give back my muscles, I hear a voice from a man, spoken lightheartedly “where are you going?”

    Really though I just want to understand if it’s just what I imagine or if there is some sort of meaning to it, not really implying its paranormal or some sort of demon that drinks blood out of my nipples, haha no, anyway I’m open to ideas, thanks for reading.

    1. Ever since I was little I could fly in my dreams. I think it was in middle school when I started having sleep paralysis. I have a twin sister and she gets it some times too. I never felt like I was in any danger but I would panic thinking that I would be stuck like this forever. I usually try moving my finger and my sister told me she tries moving her toe. About 4 years ago a little after my father passed away I started getting sleep paralysis and seeing a dark figure over me. Like I said before I get sleep paralysis a lot. It progressed to the point where the figure would grab my legs and drag me. It would eventually stop and I would wake up in my bed unable to tell if I was dreaming or if that really happened. On one occasion he was over me being still but staring at me and I imagined my self on fire and told him if you grab me your going to burn and kept repeating fire over and over again until I could move. After that it stoped. I still have sleep paralysis. My wife now knows to shake me when she hears me breathing really hard because this is the only way I can get her attention. Tonight was different. I felt like someone was pulling on my neck. My wife did not hear me breathing hard (and I was doing this to get her attention) until I was finally able to snap awake. I had the same dark panicky felling as I did with the previous incidents with the dark figure. Reading these posts it seems like people get this once or twice, I’m now nervous because it seems like I get sleep paralysis almost twice a month. I don’t think I will be going back to sleep because I feel scared. I told my wife about it when I was finally able to wake up and she did not believe me. Hopefully, there is some else out there that has had some experiences like mine…

      1. Hi John, my name is Clint. I have had sleep paralysis only twice in my life. Once at 17yrs old and now at 37yrs old. This just happened Oct 2nd 2019. I went to sleep kinda early then usual cuz I have to get up at 4am for work. But both episodes were something evil present.The first episode was a shadowy figure flying from corner to corner and it never attacked me but I was just afraid and couldn’t move or yell. The second episode was pure evil. I can feel the evil in it and I was incomplete panic. I woke up to hearing footsteps on carpet in my room shuffling on the right side my wife sleeps on. It moved from the right to the middle of the bed and then back to the right side. I thought it was my wife getting out of bed but I knew it wasn’t her. I felt an evil presence and I started to panic now realizing I can’t move or scream. As it got into the bed I can feel it moving on the bed closer to me and I was finally able to scream help me over and over but I didn’t know if my wife could hear me. As this evil thing got on top of me it had a loud growl so deep and inhuman and it had long hair just a siluett no distinctive details. I couldn’t move still and was crying for help and felt like minutes of hell until I started to move and gain control of my body the shadow disappeared and the growl dissipated and all I could hear was our noise machine on, that we sleep with. It makes a sound of white noise that we turn on to sleep. Your not alone in this. I think mine was a spiritual attack. I have been getting closer to God since my wife passed away last year. I remarried about a week ago to my friend and best friend of my wife. She is real spiritual and got me into the word of God and it’s been helping me through my life. I think it was testing my faith and I failed cause I didn’t pray or stay calm and attack this thing. I just panicked of fear and cried for help. It opened my eyes to pray more and trust in God that he will protect me.

      2. I had sleep paralysis repeatedly, so many times I can’t remember, from the ages of 9-13. It happened in this one particular house that I lived in. (I moved around a lot being a minister’s kid.) My mom told me to pray if I was ever afraid, so that is what I did and it always helped. She would say “Greater is He that is in you, that he that is in the world.” I also had some other weird things happen in that house, like a black-gloved hand reach down towards the ceiling and grab me and a dream of a witch and then I was saved by an angel. My brother and sister also saw black shadows in the house so it makes me wonder. When I was 7 (in another house), someone called my name and I remember walking through the house but no one was awake. Also, a few times as a child/preteen I had half of my body raised in a sitting position and I had no control over it. I was wide awake, or so I thought at the time. Maybe all these events were all simply scientific sleep paralysis, even though I thought I was awake when they happened. Well, I moved again for the 8th time or so when I was 14, and I since have never had another experience like those. Although, in 2 other houses that I have lived in as an adult, my husband thought he felt negative spirits in one (I had recently lost my first husband at age 23 and I spent a lot of time grieving in the house); and, another house we moved to…we were freaked out by the feeling of the upstairs and my children and some of their friends swear they saw and heard stuff throughout the house (but kids can have big imaginations. I felt but never saw anything in that house. I have had no other negative experiences in the last and current house I live in. Although, at the last house, my son said he felt something shake his bed at night and he was very afraid of his room. He was also sick for a year (but someone did die in his room…no kidding). Enough babbling. Anyway, are all these experiences in our head being caused by anxiety and stress or other disorders? Is it sleep paralysis or spirits or both? Have I had no experiences of these kinds in many years because I have closed myself off to them and I am no longer afraid? I don’t know. I only know now that I have an inner peace. Yes, I worry and stress and deal with anxiety, but inwardly I feel peace. I believe it was when I felt a true inner peace that my sleep paralysis and other bad happenings stopped. I do know that when people find an inner calm, whether it be through prayer, meditation, yoga, exercise and/or therapy, that our brains and body react accordingly, helping us to rest, relax and sleep better. I definitely recommend some type of meditation and possibly therapy. I hope you find peace and be well.

  7. let me emphasize that I was born stone deaf and I don’t hear anything while I sleep.

    However, around 4:10 AM, I was sleeping on my back with a sleep mask on. I felt a dreadful presence. It’s hard to describe it but it was standing right there at the corner talking in a strange language almost like Latin. I think it was a female. That “thing” was coming closer to me and I felt my chest squeezed and my limbs “disappeared.” I couldn’t move but I was very aware when she was only inches away from my ear. She screamed like it was louder than a trumpet, enough to wake me up. It was wondering how is it possible that I could hear it???

    I know I have apnea but it never gave me that kind of nightmare. It was all too real.

  8. I thought I had just awoken from sleep but afterward I think my mind was still in an in-between state of sleeping and waking. Heard the floor cracking and thought maybe the owner (I rent a room) is walking at the top floor in order to pee. But then the sounds come out of the closet right near me. I noticed I couldn’t really move and thought I would try to move by force. Then I heard something like ‘Floriii’, my name is Floris. I felt a lot of fear but woke up after I heard the name.

    From what I gather here is that these entities aren’t imagined. However, I also think it’s interesting, and might make for some nice exploration the next time, if I’m not scared that is.

    1. It’s interesting that other people are able to relate to some of my same experiences. This has happened to me a handful of time and recently while 9 months pregnant during the time I’m having sleep issues/stress. I do believe that a dark spirt comes to you while in the rim stage of sleep. The first time it was a mans figure clear as day, I prayed him away as I laid there struggling to move so I thought I had a hold on it. Now it comes to me as my husband, we’re doing normal things or he’s coming home and then I realize what’s about to happen so I try to wake up with my eyes half way opened. Instead I can’t wake fast enough and now I’m being pinned down. This darkness way in is portraying to be my husband even tho he’s not the one pinning me down. As I pray I move my hands to fight and ask for help while my husband just stares at me. After being released, I look over, he’s sleeping like a baby.

  9. I experienced the sleep paralysis 5 times till now. I am seventeen and the first sleep paralysis I have faced when I was around 6 or 7 years old. I was sleeping and at 2 or 3 AM in the early morning one lady came with a horrible sound and try to pull my legs with both of her arms and I was unable to move my legs and arms and then suddenly I shouted and saw that there was no one out there. At that time I didn’t know what was the sleep paralysis is all about. Recently I have experienced a dream 3 times that someone is trying to press my neck and I’m unable to move, shout out , I was struggling and froze in the same position but later when I woke up I remembered all my incidents and this same incident happened with me 3 times on different days and I remembered all my incidents of the same happening.

  10. I have had this happen a number of times, when I am falling asleep and usually when I am lying on my back. When this happens, I have auditory hallucinations which almost always sound like rushing wind or a low buzzing sound, which progressively gets louder. I also feel an extreme dread, as if something evil is lurking nearby, with an intent to do me harm.
    I tried once to explain these incidents to my psychiatrist, who was baffled and could offer no explanation. It was only after exploring sites on the internet that I found some on sleep paralysis and I am convinced that it what these incidents are. When it is happening, I do tell myself that I can move my fingers and then my hand and that seems to let me come out of it. That has helped me tremendously, and I no longer fear going to sleep. I also added a small night light to my bedroom and that seems to help as well. Interestingly, when I told my mother about this phenomenon, she immediately related that she had experienced similar incidents when she was a child, but hers happened when she was waking up.

    1. I’m doing night shift and sleeps at day time. Just few minutes back I was sleeping and woke up with horrible dream. There I saw a baby in my dream and she’s about to fall. We’re in home only but don’t know who and where. That baby was playing with me then I said to her “don’t lie you’re a devil, I know don’t lie”, I don’t know why I said like that. Suddenly something happened to me like something has come on me. I don’t know what was happening. With that full air sound that we can hear in Horror movies. I’m scared. And i tried to shout but I couldn’t. Then I prayed Om namha Shivay, suddenly I felt relieved. What is this?

      1. I had a dream last night I was driving it was dark I looked in the rearview mirror I saw evil eyes and then something pulled my hair I woke up something really pulled my hair, I just lost my daughter three weeks ago to suicide and wondering if she was trying to tell me something the story I’m getting does not sound right I live in Nevada she lives in Arkansas Something literally pulled my hair and woke me up.

  11. I am sure this is not considered paranormal, but it does scare the hell out of me when it happens 😁.
    As far as I can remember, I don’t remember having any sleep paralysis before. Maybe it has happened, but not as bad.
    Alright, this happened to me numerous times. It happens out of the blue. Each one would happens between days, weeks, months, even years. So I can’t really tell what would trigger it.
    I remember one time, it was Sunday afternoon. I went to bed to take a nap in the middle of the afternoon. I laid down facing the window and my back was facing the door. I feel this energy again, but for some reason didn’t pay too much attention and just kind of dozed off, but not fully. I could hear my kids in the kitchen and my husband talking. Then, I don’t hear anything. All goes quiet and feel someone kneeling on the bed behind. I sensed someone and for some reason I couldn’t move, but it didn’t bother me for reason. I automatically said to myself “What is my husband trying to do?”. I seriously thought it was husband kneeling on my bed, looking over my shoulder at me. That is exactly how I felt. When I realized that I couldn’t wake up AT ALL, I panicked. I was telling myself “Wake up, wake up, wake up” “Move your hands, move your feet”. I was seriously telling myself all this so my body would eventually move. Eventually, I opened my eyes. I felt extremely tired and sleepy for some reason. I called my husband and I asked him why he was on the bed watching me. He said he was not and that he was in the living room watching TV the whole time. He looked at me funny, like I was crazy. I told him about my experiences and all he said was to stop watching scary movies with ghost and stuff.
    In another instance, similar situation to the one I just mentioned. Same feeling, same scenario, except this time I felt someone touched my nose with something cold. It took me a bit time to move and open my eyes, but not as long as before. The first thing I did was touch my nose. I thought it was a drop of water at first or maybe even myself licking my nose while I was asleep or something. I don’t know 🤔. But my nose was not wet, at all. I don’t know what touched it, but it clearly felt like something wet and cold. That was very creepy!
    Now, I noticed about this sleep paralysis when I would lay down, resting, but still awake. I would this feeling that is very hard to explain. It’s like some sort of energy that would rush through my body. It would start from my head down to my toes, literally. I would feel it and hear it. Yes, HEAR it. It would sound like when you have your ears covered and wind is blowing around you, but would only hear it for 1 second or 2. I would feel it, because it would make me feel weak, very weak. All this happens while I have my closed, but very aware of everything around. I am not fully asleep yet. It would sometimes happen as soon as I close my eyes when I lay down. I would feel this energy just passing through my body multiple times until I can’t move. Sometimes, I would make get up, walk around or just open my eyes so it won’t continue. As soon as I feel it happening, I stay awake or sit up. I noticed this stops it. Other times, it just takes over quickly. It would get so bad sometimes, that I stopped taking naps in the middle of the day. The second I feel it, I wake up and get out bed. It has been months now since it last happened. I am not sure when it will happen again and I am definitely not looking forward it.

    1. I call that sound “whooshing” and it’s the weirdest thing ever. I told my doctor that I was having these experiences and the feeling and sound, and he looked at me like I was crazy. I had said I actually feel someone sitting on the bed. I can’t move, yet I know if I move or speak I’ll wake up. At the same time my perception is my eyes are open and I’m awake then I realize I’m falling asleep. I dreaded sleeping and would feel panic with each episode. I don’t sleep on my back as it happens every single time I do. When I’m getting ready to wake up I hear that whooshing sound and literally feel like I coming back from somewhere very quickly. Hence the crazy look from my doctor who has known me forever. I also have the same thing when I wake up from general anesthesia. Scared the hell out of them the first time. I went from a dead sleep to sitting up quickly and saying “ I just whooshed back in my body!” Yep. Over ten surgeries and happened each time. Maybe I am crazy. Maybe we all are! I don’t know.

    2. Your story helps me so much, today I feel like I’m loosing my mind. Having these episodes make me feel like running away from my life, but where ever I got…I must sleep!!! 🤦🏽‍♀️

  12. I experience the phenomenon quite frequently, mostly at times of high stress or sleep schedule anomalies. When these get sorted everything returns to normal. The first time was absolutely terrifying for I also had acoustic hallucinations of vibrant steps on the wooden floor and a feeling of some sort of presence moving around the bed staring at me just so without me being able to recognize the type of entity it was. Very scary. After many incidents, I now sort of control it either by “talking” to the strange being or trying to yell or fight if it comes to me as a threat. The funny thing is that now is less scary and kind of feel able to control the experience when it occurs.

  13. The other night I was out at a concert late with my sister and came home… I was sad at the concert because my ex showed up with a girl trying to make me jealous… I went home and fell asleep feeling depressed. I was laying on my side and was woken up around 4am because I felt something lay on top of me it was so heavy and woke me up… my head was under my covers but I kept my eyes closed and thinking a man had broken into my apartment and was laying on me about to do God knows what I was unusually calm though thinking okay I’m going to die here I didn’t want to scream in case he got violent… then the thing on top of me I heard it growl a low deep growl and I knew it wasn’t human then but a demon… it started to growl a few words over me in another language that sounded similar to Latin… I tried to cry out for Jesus but I couldn’t speak so I started praying in my head and immediately the thing was pushed off of me and I heard what sounded like a struggle on the floor across the room. I woke up and rebuked it in the name of Jesus and prayed for forgiveness… it was terrifying.

    1. Sinna, that’s happened to me as well. Whatever this is perhaps demonic as I feel. It doesn’t have any power over you or authority. Whenever this happens I call out the name of Jesus and it flees. Whether it’s out loud or in my head. I’ve talked about it to people and it happens to them as well. Same experience

  14. A few years ago late at night, I felt something like a presence in the room. I awoke and could tell there was something just darker than the darkness in my room. It was just pure black darkness in the far corner ceiling. It caught my attention and I was just frozen staring at it. it seemed to just get bigger and I just saw it getting larger and morphing and moving toward me. I was frozen solid not believing my eyes. And it just formed in this dark almost cloud-like shape and moved toward me. The face of it was inches from mine and I just stared at it and it looked at me. It was just dark and demonic and had eyes. I don’t believe in anything either but could not believe I literally saw this. I was frozen stiff scared and didn’t realize till later when I did research that I probably couldn’t move because of this. I was in a paralysis state or I woulda ran out of the house. I googled and looked for stories or pictures and the closest thing that matched was this dab tsog. The image was very similar to what I saw with my own eyes. No kidding. I even pinched myself and knew it was not a dream. So surreal but it’s the truth. I saw some crazy demon in front of me.

  15. Hi

    I am not sure if SP explains what I go through but quite often and particularly in the early hours of yesterday morning I feel like I am awake but I cannot open my eyes, I am trying to move but cannot abs feel someone is pinning me to the bed. With eyes still closed I see a dark shadowy figure on top of me, I cannot scream or shout and I feel very panicked that I cannot wake up.

    I have in the past felt like I am in a completely dark place and the world is going on around me and I have no mouth and I need to try and get help. I’m usually stood at a window with people walking below and I cannot do a thing.

    Yesterday morning going through this experience of knowing I’m in bed but feeling pinned down I felt someone in bed next to me, then all of a sudden I heard a really loud shout in my ear and I immediately opened my eyes.

    This is happening a few times a month and each time I feel more panicked.

    Is this SP?

    1. Before the shout, I heard the “thing” speaking in a weird language. It was very unsettling for me and it was enough to wake me up. It definitely a SP. I’ve noticed that sleeping on the side instead of on the back improves my sleeping.

  16. Hi All,

    I had it last night and its the second time it happened to me, and I remembered in my dream that it happened so I started telling myself to move my arms first but nothing so I started telling myself to move my legs, and I try to push myself over onto my back which I did and then I woke up, thinking oh crap it happened again.

    I suggest to stay calm as you are awake but in your mind only, tell yourself its only a dream, it only happens to me when I have a lot going on in my life and I do have a lot of stress now.


  17. I had a first experience of the sleep paralysis around 1 hr before writing this answer. I saw that someone was standing beside me and was dancing and I tried to see his face but I couldn’t as I could not move my face and my hands were frozen. I then noticed him coming in front of me and then going back. I abused him, told him if had guts to come in front of me and show me the face. He suddenly was trying to say something in my ears and suddenly I said -Om.
    I finally gained control over my body.
    It was deeply petrifying.
    I am still awake trying to come out of it and sleep but I couldn’t. it’s 8 a.m.

  18. Hi, my name is Simprit, I experienced sleep paralysis frequently throughout high school. I’ve had a few frightening experiences, but one that I will never forget. A few years back, I remember I was sleeping in bed, & I woke up in the middle of the night. Only thing is, I came to realize I was having another one of my episodes regarding sleep paralysis. I remember hearing my fan still running, & my night light still on. But, when I was awake for a few seconds, I came to realize I couldn’t move my body at all, or call out for help. To top it off, I felt something grab my legs, & I immediately remember I started to kick whatever it was. I only found myself struggling, then eventually I was able to regain full consciousness. Found nothing there at all. Along the lines, I came to realize it was a spiritual problem I was encountering. Thanks to God I found the right resources, and it was my faith. My faith made me well, & I’m 100% cured. 3 years I’ve been able to sleep in peace.

    1. Same. I have no more sleeping paralysis ever since I started my journey with Jesus Christ. I can’t say it’s just a coincidence. Glory to God.

  19. Its kinda fun tho, sometimes I would see my ‘sleep paralysis demon’ dance and jump around and it’s pretty funny, if anything I wanted to laugh but couldn’t :( Most times I feel pretty entertained. My only fear is staying that way in a prolonged state

  20. Camping in the blue mountains near Sydney.. I was wide awake as I would normally be doing the night shift, it was a windy night, about 2am..(not really sure) I’m listening to the wind pushing against my swag and also listening to my mate snoring about 2meters away. I felt a force pushing down on me, but also a bit sideways .. I was fighting against it with my arms and legs and I also could move my head/neck.. I remember that I could feel the pressure but realised that it wasn’t pressing on the swag itself. I managed to yell “get off me” but as it was restricting my breathing it wasn’t really loud… I then yelled to my mate “help me” but that was even quieter than before as I couldn’t breathe.. then it released me.. and my arms felt weightless and light for a split second… I didn’t feel scared at any stage.. and I even got out of the swag and looked around- (moonlight was bright) without a torch, even had a pee and straightened the awning poles.. all while feeling very calm.. abnormally calm.. as I’m normally a person who would look around with a bright torch to answer the call of nature in the bush.. I went back into the swag and lay there, and whenever the wind blew against the swag it was like a calming effect on me… Even to the point of when we camped the next night, 300kms away from the last spot, I felt abnormally calm going to bed again.. I have camped since I was in my early teens, I’m now over 50. Never had that happen before.

  21. Catherene sophiya

    This happened to me 30 minutes back and as soon I succeeded in waking up I googled and I still have a confusion of what was it. I was deeply sleeping on my bed with my brother it was exactly 2:24 when I went offline to sleep and I was sleeping then I suddenly thought that I should change my position of sleeping and when I tried to do so I couldn’t. I felt something sitting on my chest I tried to move, shout and I also tried to wake my brother and suddenly I felt that I was moving I tried to wake my brother but he was biting me, then I realized that I was still in my dream I then thought of trying to move my body several times until it moves but it did not. I tried to shout out prayers but I couldn’t, then I suddenly could move my body and I felt the relief it was the second time happening to me and I still didn’t find a solution to this but 1 think I feel that this thing happens because of my upright sleeping position. I have decided to change my sleep positio,n let’s see what will happen next.

    1. I am used to sleep paralysis and I have trained my mind to accept it whenever it happens to me. I just tend to relax and accept that it isn’t harmful. The few seconds will eventually run out and I definitely know that I will regain my muscle activity shortly after. Treat it as a norm minus the element of fear and for sure it will turn out being an eerie experience.

  22. I’ve been freaked out all day because of what happened last night. I’ve had sleep paralysis a few times before, so I knew what it was, but I get really scared and it deeply affects me when it happens because it seems so real and it really feels like a demonic entity is preying on me or something along those lines, but that I don’t understand and can’t explain. I still don’t know what to think about it. I’m a scientific thinker, but it seems different than a normal bad dream to me, and stands out as deeply mysterious and possibly something…unexplainable… Anyway, I went to bed late and was listening to an audio book and fell asleep. I was dreaming a normal dream and I suddenly felt an unseen entity on top of me holding me down. I tried to wake up, my internal danger alarm was at full tilt. I needed to wake up, but I couldn’t. I tried to reach out to my husband but I couldn’t really move, I could wiggle some though and my eyes were open. I was panicking and tried to cry out because whatever was on top of me felt like it was hurting me on purpose like it was tormenting me, I felt an evil presence. I realized what was happening and that the struggling was maybe making it worse or futile at least, so I forced myself to try to relax, but I was making an awful sound and kind of wiggling, but I still tried to mentally just accept the situation, then it suddenly stopped after a few seconds and I woke up. I still felt scared after I woke up. I don’t believe in ghosts or anything, but I felt an eerie feeling like someone was in the room. I stayed up until sunrise, afraid if I fell back asleep it would happen again. It felt like something really happened to me while I was sleeping. Anyway, what the heck was that.

    1. I just woke up, but I was dreaming about having sleep paralysis. My first encounter with this strange black figure in my dream I was at my job and it was dark there was this glass door that was opened so when I tried to go back and close it I couldn’t move or talk and when I looked over to the door I felt a presence of some kind getting closer so I turned back to yell and I was able to crawl and finally I yelled out close the door the people were so confused and ran towards me and another person closed the door. Then I went from another dream this time I was at a store with like 2 friends and we were buying bows but in my dream my friends suddenly disappeared but then a lady that worked at the store asked if I needed help but then her face changed and she started pointing behind me so I tried to turn but I could make a full turn but I was able to see what she was pointing at, it was a tall black figure and o got scared again but then my dream changed places and i was at my house getting ready to go to sleep I ended up falling asleep but I woke up unable to move or speak and no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t until finally I was able to get up and run away I ran into my sisters room and I asked if I could sleep with her tonight but once again I was somewhere else this time I was on my own bed and i couldn’t move again but i saw the tall black figure standing right at my door looking at me so I kept trying to move and yell until finally I i actually woke up and was able to move when I woke up i jumped up and my sisters name mumbled out of my mouth cause I was trying to yell out her name. Now I’m afraid to go back to sleep because I was dreaming and having sleep paralysis in my dream but my last dream I was actually awake and every time the tall black figure got closer to me and I don’t want to know where it will be standing next if I go back to sleep cause what if it’s a lot closer this time

    2. This is a very similar experience to what I had 2 years ago Sept 18th. My husband came to bed late & was talking. We both fell asleep, but I was suddenly aware of a crushing feeling. I do normally sleep in all positions but mostly on my sides. This particular night I had fallen asleep on my back facing up. So at first, I assumed my husband was laying on top of me. But he was putting all his weight on me so I began to try to wriggle for air. At this point, I started to think wait? Why would he do this to me He would never hurt me. And my awareness quickened & I started trying to cry out saying help me. I felt his hand at my side, gently rubbing my leg to let me know he was by me & I was ok. But it got 109 times scarier. As I realized that this was something else crushing me, I opened my eyes. If even it was a millisecond, I looked in the ref eyes of something black, with almost medusa looking matted hair, but a seemingly male creature, as it began sucking air out of my mouth & my chest caving in. It telepathically told me if I went after saving my brother’s soul, it would end me in sickness. I renounced this & I believe it was a demon. Mind you, I am a very scientific thinking person & have studied medicine since childhood. This was different. As I said, I completely renounced it, I called it out & bound it. But I also, unfortunately in my anger, tell it I would give my life for my brother. So it’s little coincidence that after making such an agreement & saying it could do me no harm, in vanished like a vapor.
      Here is what is more frightening. My son is a see’er & was in the room down the hall, my parents were visiting that weekend. My mom was highly irritable the entire 4 days they were here…even though it was a happy occasion.
      Anyway I called I called my son the next morning & asked him if he had seen anything or heard anything in our house the previous night. He did not know what I why, I didn’t share with him my story. He immediately said yes! I heard things downstairs & then there was a demonic figure in my room staring at me. He described its eyes as red glowing & my skin crawled. He described then drew exactly what I saw thus confirming it wasn’t just a haphazard paralysis, though I have had many in my lifetime.
      That being said, I shared it with my family including my brother who is in a professed satanic band out of Los Angeles. My mom saw the same monster 3 months later while she was staying at her brother’s house in Hawaii to get out of the CA wildfires. She stood up & confronted it. It also vanished as a vapor. So at least 3 of us have seen the same thing & similar experience. My brother knows of this now & I believe he’s getting nervous.
      The thing told me it would kill me specifically through illness. I almost died of aseptic meningitis 3 months later.
      Since then, I felt its presence try to break in. My husband who will not discuss such things & is very grounded admitted that he saw something in the corner of our room & couldn’t sleep in here. Very seldomly he does & we feel it’s gone. However I have a mix of night terrors & nightmares about all sorts of things since. Sedating myself is the only thing, besides deep prayer & praises, that gets through this.
      I believe sometimes it’s just our bodies..but I also believe there is another realm. This realm is real & it’s not a coincidence. There are parts in the Bible that state our wars are not of flesh & blood but of principalities & powers in a spiritual realm. It certainly explains more than just science. And if there is a Living God who created us in His image, and this is a real thing, that certainly explains why even people who aren’t really into a belief system such as Christianity, still pray & get relief.
      I do still occasionally get paralysis, but now it’s a giant anaconda like snake winding up me to constrict my air. I am well equipped to deal with it now.

  23. This happened to me last night. I was dreaming that I was in a new house and laying down to go to sleep (in the dream) and all of a sudden I felt a presence pushing down on my chest, stomach and legs, I struggled and it seemed to get worse, kind of like a big person laying on me, but also like many hands swirling and touching me, it felt mean because I was obviously struggling and it was scaring me. finally, I realized there was nothing I could do to stop it, I couldn’t move or speak or wake up, so I just accepted it and tried to meditate and just totally relax. It felt like a supernatural power struggle, it felt evil. It continued for another very super creepy 5 or 10 seconds then suddenly it stopped and I woke up terrified. I turned on the light and just laid there trying to figure out what happened, it seemed very real and very different from just a bad dream. I was too creeped out and scared to go back to sleep.

  24. First time I had it, I felt like a hand was violently grabbing my spine. I felt an intense sense of dread. I was pulled out of my body far above and could see myself lying on my bed. I felt like a dark energy was trying to consume me. I started praying repeatedly and screaming for help and then I felt some sort of positive energy fight off the negative until it stopped yanking on my spine.

    The second time I felt a similar intense pain sensation in my back muscles as well as the dark energy. This time I could talk with the energy. Its voice sounded otherworldly and terrifying. I asked it what it wanted. I asked it it’s name and what it was. It told me it was some word starting with S that I have never heard before and told me it wanted to be us in a way that sounded like it wanted to co exist with me. I started to panic then resorted to prayer. I am not religious. This was just before I woke about an hour ago. I can still currently feel the back pain just not as strong.

  25. So two nights ago I had the 2nd most scary night in 30 years of my life. Busy day with work an was traveling, staying in a hotel near Sydney airport. I had an injury to my back and was having a restless night. I thought I was awake but may have been in some sort of sleep pattern. I was laying there when I heard some sort of cat cry twice and almost demonic noise. Then I felt a pressure jump on the bed I tried to move and could not. I then felt like I had a pillow across my face and remember trying to attempt to turn on the bedside lamp and could not I could not move at all which felt like forever and remember struggling. Like people say and experience I was petrified and eventually remembering being able to move a finger and limb at a time. I am not a spiritual person but this affected me greatly, as u can see I have been researching 2 days later at felt compelled to tell my story. Ps happy I am home in my bed

  26. So this is my story and it’s real 100%.
    21 August 2019 I fell asleep around 3am and at 4am I had sleep paralysis and I was hearing like I had put a video to my phone with affirmations and had it next to me, at one moment I’m hearing from this video the word “devil” I tried to move but I couldn’t, immediately I understood what was going on so I started praying to Jesus and I swear for that I swear in less than one second I felt like this thing was leaving my body ,then I was able to move. oh and when I started praying I heard the phone falling between the bed and the wall .when I opened my eyes and tried to find my phone in the dark it was not there but to the place, I had put it before to sleep. i wish I’d never experience something like that

  27. 2 nights ago I had the worst night of my life. I have been experiencing sleep paralysis regularly ever since I was about 7ish, but as I grew older in my teenage years I got it more and more, usually about 2-3 times a month. 2 night ago I experienced paralysis 3 times in one night. In the first paralysis, I felt a hand grab around my neck, but I had my eyes closed and I woke up almost immediately. The second time, nothing happened but as I was coming out of it I opened my eyes and saw the typical Shadowman you hear everyone talk about. He was completely black and pretty tall. I only saw him for a split second before I looked away, but I could tell her was just watching me. He went away after a sec, and I was fine. The third and final paralysis of the night I was sleeping on my stomach and I felt someone jump onto my back and forcibly shove my body deeper into the bed while whispering something to me. Yeah, it was pretty messed up.

  28. Hello,
    I’m a very spiritual person and sleep paralysis has been on and off to me. I always pray when it happens to me cause it gives me a very unpleasant feeling. I would want to know does prayer has ever helped anyone? I’ve never experienced someone sitting on my chest but sometimes it’s visual like I see someone hanging. Sometimes it comes in the form of the person sleeping next to me. Sometimes it just like a person trying to force you.
    I hope we all have some good sleep.

  29. Hello,

    I may not have read enough of the comments but went through several and don’t see anyone experiencing the Dark entity that visits them in their sleep take their breath? It’s hard to explain but every time I have the same thing happen when I have sleep paralysis, a demonic entity walks to my bedroom doorway is completely black without any face just a dark human-sized entity and it will suck the air out of me from the doorway. It is very terrifying and makes it so I can not breathe for a minute sometimes. I can’t call out if I do it will take more of my breath and it makes my whole body shake when it’s happening. I can only get one word out for every sentence I say when I try and shout at it to leave. Does this happen to anyone?

    One time when this happened, I did not tell my boyfriend about it the next morning all I said was I’m so tired and he said “I’m not surprised you were moving a lot last night and you woke me up by tapping on my arm and asking me do you see that? And when I asked you what? You said there’s a demon right there “ and he said I pointed at the doorway.

    Is it possible to be going through sleep paralysis and sleep talk to someone at the same time? I wish I this wouldn’t happen because it makes me very afraid to sleep alone for years and years now and I’ll often get just a few hours of sleep a night for weeks after one of these episodes happen because I’m so fearful of it coming back each time.

    1. Yes I have these too. I struggle to breath and feel like if I slow down to regain control I might stop breathing completely so I continue to breathe hard and fast while moving around to wake up. I hate this feeling so much and now I’m starting to have a few a night

  30. So my story is a little different. Until reading about sleep paralysis, I always considered what happened as real, and have been so terrified of the experience, that I haven’t told many people. I was in college and decided to go take a nap in the middle of the day. I went and laid down, and almost immediately had the experience. I really felt like I never went to sleep and it wasn’t dark in my room at all. I felt something take over my body and when I opened my eyes, I saw a demon right in my face. I was so scared but couldn’t move at all. For some reason, I knew I was dying. I felt my body/ soul pulled from my body in the bed and raised toward the ceiling. I began praying frantically to God, to please forgive me, and give me an opportunity to live so I could live as a better Christian. As I continued to pray, I felt myself quickly pull back into my body, and I immediately could move. I jumped out of the bed immediately, and ran to my girlfriend’s apartment across the street, and told her the story in tears. I truly felt like I had never fallen asleep and it all happened. I had a hard time opening my eyes after falling asleep for months because I was terrified a demon would be in my face. Its never happened again, and that was 17 years ago. Anyway, I was surprised to see some of the information online about this stuff.

  31. My first episode of sleep paralysis resulted in me seeing A reaper like figure standing at my window along with a feeling that someone was there. Experienced this a few more times over the years just not with a demonic figure until a few days ago. This time was different. As I lay there frozen trying to will myself to move I heard a voice. High pitched and it sounded distorted like it was coming in and out via radio but was clearly saying “no”. Not just “no” but more of a long drawn out “nooooooo” like it angry for being denied entry to my soul. Looking back its not as scary, more so extremely interesting and intriguing. Sleep paralysis is def a terrifyingly amazing experience!

  32. I have experienced that feeling of being held down or something being on top of me and not being able to move or speak. The most horrific one was when I felt something touching me in a sexual manner. It was tearing at my clothes and I kept trying to push it away. Like before I could not really move or scream out. Finally just woke up.

  33. I’ve recently experienced this almost too similar concept of sleep paralysis but it’s somehow different than any of the things being listed here. I can remember all of my dreams vividly as if it’s a regular occurrence even though it isn’t. I can recall during one episode of my dreams as to how dark my room was, but instead of not being able to move or talk. I can seem to talk and roll my body, but I can’t stand and move out from my bed. I felt this force in my head as if I’m being pulled out from my body due to me being suddenly blurry and back to my physical appearance and again and again. I prayed, and I managed to wake up seeing that it isn’t that dark in my room, but I fell asleep again and this time I can hear this creature shouting and even without seeing the creature I can picture it’s face as if I am looking at it directly. White blinding eyes as if it’s made from the most powerful neon light out there, dark smoky face like inky looking face and an even darker mouth like it’s been stretched to its limits. And I managed to wake up from it for the second time around. Terrifying really. But I somehow overcame it.

  34. I have experienced sleep paralysis as a teenager a couple of times in the past. On both occasions I hallucinated and saw some kind of entity on top me, pushing me down. I am a very scientific person and do not believe that it was anything other than sleep paralysis and hallucinations. However last night I suddenly woke up during the night to a swirling entity above my husband’s chest and he was murmuring. The swirling thing disappeared and he woke up. He was actually experiencing sleep paralysis. So what did I see? I was not hallucinating. I was awake. Strange right?

    1. same here. i could not move but i remained calm because i was asleep and did not know what was going on.. but i heard whirling like a fidget spinner coming from my sisters bed.. but she says that was her bad and she actually made a noise like that but it snapped off RIGHT when i got out. am i going crazy?

  35. Just last night I experienced sleep paralysis. It the second one I’ve had in the past few weeks. I had a late nap so I wasn’t to tired when everyone in my house was fast asleep. Eventually, at like three am I made myself close my eyes. In no time I felt my covers tighten and maybe a presence of something else in the room. I knew this time what was happening as I was falling fast into a state of feeling paralyzed. All of a sudden the room felt much darker and my cover was tightening up like someone was pulling it from under the bed. I reminded myself some how to just stay calm and all of a sudden it pasted. I woke up completely and tried to find meaning as too why it felt like the demonic energy in the room was trying to suffocate me with my covers. I’m so confused but glad I found this site. My previous experience is similar but I was laying on my back at that time and couldn’t move. My boyfriend sleeps next to me and all of a sudden he was on my edge of the bed almost like he was apart of the whole thing. I just kinda jumped out of it and woke up and seen he was still sleeping on the right side of me. It’s a lil funny now because I woke him up to check the house and asked if he was just on the other side of the bed. He said he’d been sleeping the whole time. It was pretty creepy

  36. OMG!!! last night I had the most vivid dream that someone was pressing on my chest it was like a DOG it felt so horrible and I couldn’t scream for help, I try to call my daughter next to me but all my body was stunned not a single muscle was moving, I was very scared. thank GOD I don’t know how but I was able to wake up and turn to my side. This happens a lot to me in my life. Thank you for sharing this topic, at least I know I am not alone.

    1. I have had several strange experiences with sleep paralysis over the last 20 years. The first time I was staying overnight at my then-boyfriend now husband’s parent’s home in the guest bedroom (by myself) when I woke up floating but unable to move. I was terrified and had no idea what was going on. I was raised Catholic, so my first thought was to pray, the Lord’s prayer, or Hail Mary. I could not get the words out even just in my thoughts! I had said these prayers literally since I was five and couldn’t remember them.
      The next few times were when I was sleeping alone and I woke up, sure someone had sat on the bed and was on top of me and I was going to be raped. I couldn’t move and could barely breathe. I tried to pray, but couldn’t think the words. It took several tries, but I finally got through one and by then it was gone. I think this happened about 4 or 5 times.
      Three nights ago, I saw a bright flash out of the right corner of my room. I wear an eye mask, so this really woke me up! I felt myself pinned down by my arms. I felt like this was some sort of psychic or spiritual attack, call me crazy, but I did. I said out loud, “you are not allowed to touch me, or invade my space or my dreams.. Let me go!” I fought through the fear and reached over and turned on the light. I repeated what I said out loud and then said ” I am protected by the light and love of God, you have no power over me. ” ( I am not a super religious person, but the Catholic faith goes deep)
      The next night, I said before I even laid down that I was under the protection of the light and love of God and it was not allowed in my room, my head, my dreams or anywhere else. I think saying it out loud made me feel powerful. No sleep paralysis that night. Seems for me it is physical symptoms of a psychic / spiritual problem. Just my two cents.

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