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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  • This is the second time I have ever had this and I fell asleep for about 5 minutes and I woke up and couldn’t move at all this happened about 6 times in 5 minutes and I could hear my fan going in and out like I could hear it and then I couldn’t then I could and feel my head being compressed felt like it was going to explode I kept falling asleep and a minute later I would wake up and can’t move scary stuff

  • I was an avid lucid dreamer when I was younger, but the hypnagogic hallucinations were getting out of hand, so I stopped doing it as much.

    These last few months, I’ve been having morning hypnagogic episodes with a demon who takes on the form of someone I know and just lashes out at me. Yelling and screaming. Sometimes I manage to get a real word out and say “shut up and sleep” but it takes a loooot of mustered up will power to do it.

    This morning it took on the form of a woman friend of mine who I am intimate with. It tried to egg me on about saying bad things about her, but when I refused it got angry and began chastising me per usual. I opened my eyes enough to catch a glimpse of it in my bathroom doorway, and it appeared to be a blurry mess of black scratchy tendrils. It was fast! It attempted to throw something at me and I felt pressure on my body like air from an airgun. Suddenly, the voice changed into a deep buzzy sound and became faint as if it was disturbed that I saw its true form. Creepy as hell.

    6 times in 2 months. Still no lucid dreams though. I better get some at least.

  • Last Night @ 3:26am I was in bed dead sleep laying on my side. When something was squeezing me. I couldn’t breathe nor move. I was so scared. My eyes were opened. I don’t know where I got the strength to say “Lord please!” then it just disappeared and now im in pain. Feels like my ribs are broke.

  • I’ve had SP for years until I realize that, only when I sleep naked this happens to me. Lol…. so for about a year I slept with my clothes on and never had a sleep paralysis until last night I decided to sleep naked again. It was the worst experience ever. I was alone in my room when I realized that I couldn’t move, and it felt like someone was touching me sexually. I could hear myself chanting something 3 times that I didn’t understand. I felt like something was holding me down. I couldn’t even lift a finger. I opened my eyes for the first time in years and i saw a translucent figure on top of me, As though I was being bound for sex. I felt every thing that was happening to me for real…. But it wasn’t a real person because I could see right through the figure that was on top of me. At that point I wasn’t scared I knew I had to wake up. Then I heard myself chanting the same thing again 3 times, but I didn’t understand what I was saying….. But when I think about it now, it sounded like I was saying “let me go”. Then I woke up put on some clothes and vowed to myself that I will sleep in clothes for the rest of my life. Lol!! it’s funny to me because I don’t know if it’s a dream or a spirit just waiting for me to sleep naked so it can steal a my cookie.

  • I woke last night during a nightmare where someone had held of my wrists trying to pull me…when I woke I was lying on my back with my fists clenched in front of me trying to pull them back towards me, I could feel the tightness around my wrists just like the grip the person had on me in my nightmare…it was very frightening and the feeling of them holding my wrists took a few seconds to go.

  • I’ve had sleep paralysis for years now. But my latest was 2 days ago and it was the worst experience I’ve had so far. I was I bed and I could felt like someone was walking around my room. All of sudden it got quiet, and in a matter of time there was loud screaming. I thought I was going to go deaf, and in the matter of seconds they grabbed both my feet and dragged me fast across my room and threw me up against my wall and the screaming was stil there and it hurt my ears so much. When I woke up I could still feel the touch on both my feet, it felt so real!

  • HI
    I am SImran and i am doing M.Sc. Clinical Psychology. I am currently working on sleep paralysis so it would be great if anyone is wiling to share their experiences with me for my research. I assure that the information will remain confidential as well as the identity. If anyone is interested and willing you can contact me through mail: [email protected]

    Thank You

  • At first, I had this about a dozen times a year. It quickly grew to be every night and several times in a night. I was terrified every time.
    Mine would happen about 20 minutes after looking at the clock. I mean, I would look at the clock, fully awake, and about 20 minutes later I was (almost violently) shaking my husband awake because I had several experiences.
    I would be in a dream where I woke up in my bed and hear a noise. I would try to wake my husband to go check the house. In my dream, it would be pretty difficult to wake him even though in reality, he was a pretty light sleeper and could wake up almost instantly. There would be more noises as I tried (ever so quietly) to wake my husband. He would finally become groggy conscious and get up to go check what was causing the noises. He would leave the room into the dark. I would wait for his return. I waited and waited. Finally, I would call to him. No response. I would call louder. No response. Maybe I would call a third time, either way, I would hear noises. Someone walking… toward my bedroom door. “Andrew?” I would say again. Then someone stepped into my bedroom…not my husband. I could never see the face of said intruder as he quietly walked to my bedside to kill me. I would try to move but was paralyzed. I would try to scream but to no avail. I would finally wake up in my bed…unknowingly in another dream. The dream would begin again. I would hear a noise and try to wake my husband…
    Some nights, I would only wake in my bed (in a dream) three times… Some nights it would be 7, 8 or even 9 times before I actually woke up. And only about 20 minutes after being wide awake looking at the clock.
    The experiences were so real that it got to the point where I was no longer sure if I was asleep or dreaming. I would have to touch things and people and ask if I was sleeping or awake. I was afraid to go to sleep. I didn’t know what was going on.
    I entered into therapy hoping for some explanation or antidote for what was happening to me. I didn’t hear the term “sleep paralysis” until 10 years after they stopped. I learned in therapy to control my dreams. It wasn’t easy but I finally got to that place.
    When I would go into the first dream of the night, I would change it to something funny, like my brother playing tricks on me. Still, the feeling of terror was there, even after my brother jumped out and said something (in my dream).
    Eventually, the dreams, and paralysis, decreased until finally, they happened no longer. It has been at least a dozen years since I experienced sleep paralysis but I am still very interested in the subject. After all, it consumed my life for years. Truly it was the most traumatizing experiences of my life. But it can be overcome!

  • I had a dream that someone was dragging me on my back by my feet and all I could see was these shadows that were in hoods standing over me just watching and I could like feel my legs being touched and lifted up as if I was awake. It was kinda of like sleep paralysis but I was actually in the dream but could physically feel it as if I was awake and it was happening for real. Then I woke up to sleep paralysis. At first I didn’t know it was sleep paralysis. I thought I was actually awake. All I heard was a class room chair being dragged across my bedroom floor and at that moment I started to freak out and turn my lamp on bc I thought it was a ghost but I couldn’t move. Then I realized it was sleep paralysis so I just kept my eyes closed bc I knew what my brain was ab to make me see would make me even more scared. So I just started to try and wake myself up by rubbing my tongue on the roof of my mouth which usually works and did. After that every time I try to go back to sleep I feel myself drifting into sleep paralysis again.

    This is when I get up and calm myself down and watch something happy on my phone and try a different sleep position that’s not on my back.

    I think I’m having these types of sleep paralysis where I hear a classroom chair moving and scrubbing the ground is because I have the most anxiety at school.

  • Hello Mr,Green,
    First I would like to thank you for addressing this issue, especially with the polls and statistics.
    Having comments left by others to compare is very helpful, it’s good to know I’m not alone..
    I’ve experienced SPD now for 37 years. They begin just as I turned 13.(I remember that one very well.) These episodes happen several times a year, tho there was maybe 4-5 years (consecutively), that they stopped..the last one happened within the last hour..
    Some have been so profoundly disturbing,that I would come out angry, ready to fight, grabbing my smudge pot and compelling the bad energies to leave, from East to West within my house, with forceful authority! (Scaring the hell out my my lover(s) lol…
    Once or twice, a loud bang came from an unknown source within the house as I was completing the prayers and ceremony.(.Can Science explained that?? And no,I hadn’t bumped into anything, and nothing had moved.)
    I find a couple of things here very interesting, such as
    1. These “episodes” beginning at the age of 13…seems to be a bit more than coincidence, in that beginning age doesn’t differentiate. It may begin at a later age, but not before.
    2.the reference to “shadow people”
    A term I learned watching ghost hunters series, when in an episode of the investigation of an abandoned mental institution, produced a picture capturing an image much too familiar to me, rendered me to tears, because now,I had a name for it..and because up until that moment, I thought no one believed me, now, someone out there has seen it too,There is something about it we instinctively feel threatened by, .Before this I could only describe it as a silhouette of a person..or something.. unfriendly
    Hell, I’ve even battled the little cartoon devil’s with pitch forks stabbing me everywhere.. sound funny now tho it wasn’t at the time .That one landed me in my parents bed at the age of 23..sending my poor father to the guest room..
    3. These SP experiences,seem to center around times in my life where a lot of stress, or heavy, negative energy has been building..and at times just before the onset of it…I’ve also has premonition dreams that were integrated with SP D .(I won’t get into describing those episodes..)
    The fact remains that in most all these experiences shared here, are all onset of negativity, energies either from within the family unit,or directed towards one , or one’s family unity.Common factor= negatives…
    The different ways to gain some control while in the state of SP concentrate profoundly on positive thought, positive intent actions.
    Prevention of such episodes,are not always realistic,to assume that proper diet, sleep, and attitude, or a certain type of life style be the cause, when those factors may not be the only ones to consider.
    With that thought in mind,I will simply leave these questions that I am left with still having read your article…
    I actually FEEL the touch of another being, shaking my toes
    Or rubbing my back, helping me sit up(when I dream awaking from SP)my partner has heard my cry for help and has awaken me not)
    And feel the stroking my hair or arm, the piercing my skin,.cold..
    I actually HEAR, a voice,a growl,a language I don’t know but understand…I am not a diagnosed, nor a “missed’ diagnosed schizophrenic!!
    Although in your paragraphs concerning the faculties experiencing dream state hallucinations,seem to cover these sensations, my experience is while awake enough to be aware of my surroundings,awake enough to see with eyes half open,and while able to force “hel ee” (help me) through my lips without moving my mouth,alarming my partner to wake me. This I learned to do over the years.
    I hope my harrowing experiences prove to be useful to someone somewhere,I hope to learn more from others,and I hope to see that you continue research on the matter should you find it incomplete through the comments made here..or of on your own accord. Thanks for reading this through..

  • 5 Am
    So I just came to after an SP episode. This one was the worst yet, I fell asleep next to my fiancé, feeling and seeing someone in my room. I’m fighting and screaming for her, I can’t breathe, or put out a sound, when it passes I realize I had woken up on my living room couch, after falling asleep in my own bed. But before it passed I saw 6 people around me, and a women yelling hello, whoever she was helped me snap out of it, this dream lasted 1 1/2 hours and I slept walked.

  • I cannot find any information about being wide awake in my livingroom and being paralyzed, unable to scream or move, feeling evil inside me and surrounding me with a very dark feeling of doom. As soon as I could physically move I ran upstairs to my bedroom. I am not a person who scares easily. I even felt cold while this happened. It only happened one time. But I was not asleep or under the influence of anything. It was pure evil that went into me and surrounded me. I have never been able to find out what happened or why. The only information out there is sleep paralysis and about dreams. I was wide awake and not expecting this.

    • Hello Donna,
      Many don’t know this but sleep paralysis can happen when you are wide awake too, depending on how relaxed you are. The brain will shut down your ability to move, thinking it’s sleeping. I personally think the feeling of doom (terror) goes hand-and-hand with the sensation of being paralyzed. Even once I could control my dreams and turn them in a funny direction, the feeling of terror remained just the same. All I could do is know that it wasn’t real, like a dream.
      I hope you have found peace since then.

  • I’ve had two incidents of sleep paralysis, both occurring when I was very anxious.
    The first time it happened, I was in my late teens. My family had just moved to a new house. My bedroom was the “teen” bedroom in the basement. We had just learned from our new neighbour that the previous family of the house had a young adult son who had committed suicide in the house. I woke in the night with the following symptoms: I was paralyzed on one side of my body. I felt very scared and had a vague feeling of someone being in the room. I eventually brought myself to full waking by using the right side of my body. I used my right hand to force my left (paralyzed) eye to open, thus waking myself out of sleep and out of paralysis.
    The second time was when I was a young mother, alone at home with my two young children. There had been news of a rapist entering houses not far from where I lived. I woke to find myself paralyzed, and saw the shadow of a man in my bedroom doorway. Scary experience. I don’t actually remember how I snapped out of it.

  • I tend to experience sleep paralysis once a week. My boyfriend leaves for an early flight every Monday morning around 5am. I believe that his movement is enough to wake me up, but not enough to wake me all the way up. Sometimes I wake up enough to say goodbye and immediately go back to sleep because I still feel very tired. Once I start to fall back to sleep, after he is gone, I experience a pressure/weight in the room or come over my body. I always sleep on my stomach with my face in my pillow so when I start to feel the weight on my body I begin to panic and feel like I am suffocating. I never sleep on my back because I have had a few scary out of body experiences. This started happening about a year ago pretty regularly and I have sort of learned to deal with it. Some experiences are scarier than others. Just last week, I felt that same pressure and convinced myself that my boyfriend came back home because his flight had been cancelled, I realized it wasn’t real when I woke up to my alarm a few hours later and he wasn’t there. This morning however, I felt that same pressure, almost like someone was crawling into my bed and it terrified me to the point I had to turn my tv on and was able to go back to sleep after about 30 minutes. I always try to tell myself it isn’t real and try to move my fingers, arms, and legs until strange pressure feeling goes away. If that doesn’t work I turn on my tv or music for background noise.

  • Hiya, I found this read very interesting and informative.
    I work shifts and overnights at my job. I was on a overnight shift at work and had gone to bed. I woke up with the feeling that felt exactly like a very very heavy person was laying full length on my body. I was sleeping face upright to the ceiling. I was not really scared, as since being a child and growing up, I have had some strange experience. But I was alarmed as there was no one I could see on top of me. This lasted what felt for about 5 minutes, but probably was less. I did prey and ask for it to go away, in my head. The feeling stared to lessen and I in hailed out a huge gasp air, I hadn’t even realised I wasn’t breathing, but I could not expand my lungs to breath in because of the weight on top of me… As soon as it went. I started to settle back down and then I felt it starting again. I immediately started praying and asking it to go as I had before. And it quickly started to lessen the weight off my body, like it was getting lighter then gone.
    After reading what you wrote it makes sense to me, because I am on call through the night, and I get very little sleep and even then it’s broken sleep. So usually I get tops 4 hours. And I can be on a 13hour shift then overnight then up early next morning and finish the shift at 3pm that day. So being tired through long shifts, then little sleep, causing stress, then up early doing the next shift tired. I definitely feel it’s not a demon anymore. Thank you.

  • My most recent episode was last night. I wanted to go through a door but once I got to the entrance someone pulled down on my right arm while another pushed on my back and everything became too dark to see. I know if I fight either I’ll start moving in slow motion and wake up paralyzed while feeling gradually increasing pressure on my back and arm or I’ll stay asleep and the pressure will increase quickly to the point of genuine pain and the dream will get more intense (more dark beings, choking, pressure on my chest and legs, maybe a creepy face etc).

    So I stopped, closed my eyes and started repeating EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Statements like, “ I release and let go of all anger, hatred, anxiety, frustration….I allow and accept love, kindness, pleasure, delight….” As I said them the pressure released and I woke up normally.

    I’ve found that it doesn’t matter what I say or imagine as long as it’s positive and I stop panicking. I’ve chanted “nam myoho renge kyo”, sang “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, “My Favorite Things” and “Call Me Al”, tried to imagine petrichor (Dr. Who) and focused on a toddlers serious explanation of hair bow placement, they all worked (a family member calls out to Jesus and that works for them). What I reference has more to do with recent experience than anything (despite attempts for calmness, I DO panick slightly and grasp for any happy thought). This episode happened while I was going to sleep, so I actually woke up. If it happens while in deep sleep, I stay asleep. I’ve shrunk into the ground and floated into another dream, walked through a door into a bright room, the sun suddenly comes out and lights the world or I “wake-up” in my bed and find that I’m still dreaming (however if I panic here it gets dark again). My paralysis and terrors usually has to do with darkness, the name of the game is not to let it get to dark…semi-lucid dreaming is kind-of the norm…as is waking at 3am (when it’s genuinely just dark).

    I’ve been experiencing dream issues for about 25 years. I’ve found people in my family and co-workers with similar issues but they don’t talk about it (when I get them to talk they get really uncomfortable). But talking with them offered me coping techniques that I believe help. Don’t go to bed hungry, dehydrated, drunk or full, don’t allow myself to be sleep deprived, learn to drop daily stress for the night (que sera sera), don’t sleep on my back or stomach if I am exhausted, stressed, medicated, drunk or full/hungry (I normally sleep on my back) and approach the episodes with curiosity.

    The last one is for the hallucinations, when I challenge the “old hag”, “shadow people” and “intruders” by calmly trying to talk to them or “lighting” to the room to see what I’m looking at, I get avoided and ultimately find that I was in a dream within a dream. I’ve woken up as many as six times from dreams within dreams and paralysis is almost guaranteed sometimes concurrently. Once they’re gone and the noise stops (whispers, doors and drawers opening etc), I focus on moving a finger or toe and that seems to do the trick. Once I can move, to verify if I’m awake I look for a full moon (old dream clue), try to turn on a light or make fire, light only comes from positive emotion in my dreams (singing is easiest).

    I don’t know what to think of it, I don’t believe in demons and I have enjoyable regular dreams frequently. I suppose I believe that it may be my body’s way of trying to cope emotionally and feeding fear/misery makes it stronger, so I have to feed it pleasantries/joy to starve it, like a hungry thought form. I don’t like it and it would be nice if it stopped happening, but I’ve learned to accept it as a norm. I know it’s influenced by my emotional state, during my divorce it became an almost daily occurrence for several months and getting over my head in debt was worse. I lived on sleeping pills for almost 10 years (since I was like 12) to ensure good coma dreamless sleep just to avoid them…but they were so much more intense when I fell asleep without pills, I woke up groggy and it took a lot of effort to completely withdraw from pills and overcome insomnia.

    I don’t have any answers to what or why and I know it can be terrifying at first. None-the-less, from experience, what works for me is to become calm and focus on a pleasantry, whether prayer, singing, imagery, affirmation or chanting whatever, just find a way to inject something pleasant. Hope this helps.

  • I was lying here and it was like something was standing over my body. I saw a black dark light leaning over me and my body seemed paralyzed. It was like I couldn’t move. I tried then I started saying to myself “In the mighty name of Jesus”. I said it twice then I could move my arms and my body. That really scared me. It was as if something was trying to take my body. Now I’m afraid to go back to sleep, I’ve never had anything like this ever happen to me before. Im really scared.

    • nikki i dont want to scare you but i had what i thought was sleep paralysis for years but it progressively got worse.i would wake up chanting jesus name over and over.i felt intruders in my room could see demons hover above my body.felt violated while i was night after falling asleep and feeling paralyzed with fear after feeling like i couldnt breathe and black things over me i woke up cryign and crying for god to help me.i was not a bad person i had joined a new religion so wondered if it was because of that or being baptized.needless to say after begging god to take this away from me i never had another instance of this again.i believe it is just more than sleep paralysis.we are vulnerable when we sleep and i feel i was being attacked.this is my true story and i thank god every day for helping me with this.

  • Tonight was one of the scariest nights of my life. i was in bed watching tv next to my wife, i cant tell you if i was dreaming or awake. i was watching tv and i looked into the hall of my home only to see a black figure and it was like i blinked and it was on top of me . i screamed and was trying to get my wife behind me. Putting myself in between whatever the black thing was and my wife . in an instant it was gone and i was frightened my wife got up and went to the bathroom, the door was cracked enough for me to see her face and it changed and was blackened distorted looking. i was still frightened by the first event and when seeing her face like that i backed away and turned my head . When i looked back at her she was normal. i was still afraid so i went from room to room turning on all the lights when i made my way to my children’s room i seen our two dogs shivering on the bunk bed with my two children, who were just waking up to the commotion. i told both of my children and wife to get into my room and i walked thru the house. it felt like someone was watching me and when i went back to my bedroom where my family was, i sat in the bed with them and started to feel like something was choking me as i tried to scream in agony and disbelief i couldn’t it felt like i was seriously being strangled. when that feeling was over i told my wife and kids to get in the car as we ran outside the dogs ran outside with us as if they were also scared. my wife drove us down the road as she was also on the phone with police. we saw the police officers and pulled over . sitting at the side of the road talking with officers i asked if they would go check my home . they thought i was having a panic attack and recommended having an emt come out to check me out. i obliged and was seen by an emt blood pressure was thru the roof but i was not forced to go to a hospital by officers or EMT. we went back to the house and before doing so i asked if the police officer would accompany us. he followed us to the house my wife went in and grabbed our wallets and personal belongings and we went to the local hospital so i could be checked out. This was a very unreal situation for me as i dont believe in the paranormal. im also not sure why or what it was i was seeing or being touched by but i was being choked and had been awake for several minutes beforehand.

  • I have had these before. They’ve been positive and scary. I am going thru some emotional stuff right now and I fell asleep and experienced an episode. I haven’t had one in years. I do remember praying to God before I fell asleep. I saw some weird things in my eyes like I was about to go into a dream state. The next thing I noticed is a figure getting in my bed. And started holding me like I was being comforted. But during the dream I realized I was having a sleep paralysis episode and started to panic even though the presence wasn’t or didn’t feel handle. I remember trying to yell for help too. I even tried smoking and looking at my phone. I finally woke up, started crying and then thought, whatever or whoever was there, was protecting me and trying to calm my heart. I’ve got depression and what I’m going through, got to it. I was even praying before I drifted off into this dream. It was definitely a different experience but not evil, even though I felt scared once I realized what was going on.

  • This just happened I was in my bed at home and fell asleep and next thing I know I’m at my dad’s house and i have friends over we all hang out for a bit and I go to my room at my dad’s and fall asleep I feel a presence under the bed so I start talking shit saying do something pussy that’s when I feel arms come around my me and I van get up but I’m like drowsy in the dream and keep ending up back in the bed sleeping and this just happens endlessly till I apologize and I feel the arms lessen there hold and I finally make it out of the room and see my friends like shooting up drugs in the bathroom didn’t really make sense but scared me I’m up watching cartoons now

  • I fell “asleep” I know the position I am in. And I feel 2 fingers grazing my right 2 fingers. Trying to captivate me and have me grab on. It’s hard to hook fingers and my thoughts were to tell whatever it is to pick me up like a baby. I then feel the arms slip under my head. My heart is racing fast. And i wake up. I feel a huge adrenaline rush. It’s like I really want to be taken but at the same time I don’t know what will happen. I’m afraid so I forcefully wake up. Then I fall back asleep into a dream.

  • Believing in God and sleeping ( on time obviously ) surrendering yourself and your anxieties to my god ( in my case lord shiva) has actually helped me to feel peacefully and made sleep paralysis a thing of the past … however I remember how terrifying it can be, so sleep on time , wake up early that helps in catching sleep on time during nights , pray , surrender your body to sleep and thoughts to your god ….take care !

  • I experienced sleep paralysis for the first time last night and honestly… I have never been so scared in my life and I have seen ghosts. I’ve always been a big believer in the afterlife, but after my experience with seeing a ghost, it confirmed it for me. I’ve always been able to feel the presence of spirits ever since I was little.

    Anyway… I’m guessing that it must have been around 4am (my phone was on charge on the other side of my bedroom, so I’m clueless as to if I’m correct on that) I looked across my bedroom because I could see something small (it looked like a bottle lid) being thrown across my bedroom floor and that’s when I saw a completely black figure… Just darkness! It was just standing there, facing me!

    I tried to scream, but that’s when I realised I had NO control over my body or my voice. I was laying there, just wishing that my phone was next to me, so that I could call my mum to come to my house and pick me and my son up (my 2 year old son was in bed, fast asleep next to me) So, I just layed there, shut my eyes and tried to scream for it to go away. I remember just thinking in my head, over and over again, go away, go away, go away! I couldn’t even wriggle my fingers, so even if my phone was there, I wouldn’t have been able to do anything anyway! I felt my body getting lighter, but I felt so drained of energy. I had nothing left. I didn’t want to move, even when I had regained control of my body again. Still felt like something was in the room with me. Hoping that I don’t experience it again. The second time would still be just as scary as the first!

  • I feel like there’s someone watching or following me but when I sleep I get this really weird feeling kind of tickles on my head or back what does that mean?

  • I had my first experience two nights ago. I have always had very vivid, often scary dreams. As a kid my mom even thought I was possessed based on my screams from these dreams through the night. So, with this being said I wasn’t positive if what had happened was just a terrible dream or actually sleep paralysis but now I’m leaning more toward the paralysis. I felt as though I had woken up in bed as usual to go to the bathroom or reposition and then noticed the bedroom door creeping open slowly but eventually all the way. It was very dark because I have a hard time falling asleep with anything on the TV or as a light or sound source. I was able to move my eyes and neck a little and I felt like I saw the outline of someone standing next to the bed on my boyfriends side so I started squinting trying to make out what it was but once I had convinced myself it was a demon I felt very panicked. The demon I was seeing just stood there on the side of the bed staring though. I tried to reach for my phone discreetly and that’s when I realized I couldn’t move my arms or legs. Then I tried to speak out to warn my boyfriend but I couldn’t get the words out, just groans. It was like I had aphasia. I was able to get out a scream at this point and that broke me out of this paralysis state. I got control of my heart rate at that point and went to sleep as usual. The next morning my boyfriend asked me why I screamed and I just kind of said oh I did that in real life? But, shrugged it off because I’ve always talked in my sleep. The more I thought about it the more I remembered I really did have my eyes open during this and I remembered seeing everything in my room as it usually is, I was able to take in all of my surroundings. The details were so great that I had to be awake, but how? Then with research, I was able to pinpoint the sleep paralysis. Now, I’m having an internal struggle on if my soul has been tainted or if the entity was real or if it’s just a hallucination that my mind came up with because it’s my greatest fear. This happening along with my current exploration of finding exactly what I believe in spiritually has been overwhelming. I have this overwhelming feeling that I need to be cleansed and just wiped clean to put this behind me or find out what sort of bad magic is following me so I can correct it. All I know is ever since this happened I can’t stop thinking about it and it made me feel dark.

  • I had a couple of those mostly “the Intruder” and “hard to walk/run” thing. Those hard to walk dreams suck, your leg wont move but had no problem standing just can’t move..

    The worst I had is the Shadow thing. I slept straight, hands on my stomach, covered from head to toe and radio on. The dream was there was a shadow standing near me ( like staring at me ) on the same sleeping posture and without covers. I can also hear the radio program the same after i woke up.

    I also had those falling from a high place dreams when i was younger. Is it consider a sleep paralysis?

    How about those repeating dreams anyone had that?

  • It was 4:30 am when the event occurred but before that around 2:00 am I had already been awake thinking that there was something looking at me through the crack of my open door. The door wasn’t all the way shut it was just open to where I can see a thin strip of light coming through. So I stayed up on my phone until I got sleepy. Mind you I was already up around 2:00-3:00 from scaring my self into thinking something was looking at me through the door. I tried not to pay attention to it while I was on YouTube looking at videos to try to get my mind off of it and to go to sleep. I was in a dark room with only my phone light and a tiny bit of light coming from the hallway into the crack of my door way. I began to get sleepy around 3:30. So I found a live video of family guy on YouTube to watch until I doze off. Finally I went to sleep and for some reason kept waking up for some odd reason so I turn off my phone which was still playing the video. I layed on my side facing my door trying to go to sleep and as I went to sleep I felt awake at the same time so I opened my eyes and seen that my door was open more that I remembered and as I’m looking I see a human figure walk down the hallway. I close my eyes in fear and try to scream out for my sister but can’t I eventually tried to move my body but felt as if I were paralyzed. I wiggled my toes around and eventually moved my foot causing me to move my whole body and waking up. I woke up and looked at the door and seen that it haven’t been moved a bit it was still closed with the thin bit of light coming through. I didn’t know what to do at that point so I layed in bed and got my phone in a hurry calling my sister that was in the other room telling her what I just seen. I was terrified it’s 7:27 am as I’m typing I havent been sleep since.

  • I experience this for the first time. I felt I was awake. I first felt as if someone got onto my bed, which I have felt this many times, but this time I actually felt someone or something crawling on the bed. But no one was there. I kept thinking to get up but didn’t because I thought it would go away. Then I felt the feeling of someone holding down and when I tried to rebuke it away in the name of Jesus I couldn’t. When I finally did, there was a big jerk on my body and it was over. I cleansed my apartment with sage and stayed awake for around 3 hours and slept on the sofa. This was July 21st at 1:46 am. To this day haven’t slept in my bed.

    • What is the purpose of “sage”? I really need to know because there is something very demonic going on, and it attacked me at 6:10 am, August 7, 2018 (this morning ).

  • It happened for me 3-4 I’m sharing today’s experience. I heard someone opened my window at 7.30am tried to open my eyes to see what’s going on but I’m unable to open my eyes and unable to move my body parts. Then after couple of minutes I opened my eyes.

  • I think it’s kinda messed up when you say it’s a personal choice to believe in demons. If it was a personal choice I wouldn’t believe in them. That would be my choice bc then I wouldn’t have to sleep with a light on every night. It’s not as simple as choosing to believe in God or science. I was subjected to horror movies at the age of 3. To this day I am terrified of anything relative to death but intrigued. It’s not my choice. It’s that fact that that is what I had learned when I was younger and I have had experiences with demons and spirits that make it pretty hard to say it’s not real. It’s not a choice when you’ve actually encountered it. If someone tells me a triangle has 3 sides and teaches me that and shows me am I going to say that it doesn’t?

    • Hi there
      I think there’s a difference between learning about Maths in school and learning about reality from horror movies. We learn all kinds of things when we are younger, and believe all kinds of things. A part of growing up is to work out for yourself what was accurate and what was made up.

  • I honestly don’t know what happened to me and im quite freaked out by it. I believe it was something along the lines of SP but im not sure. I lied down after work to take a nap I put an alarm on for 20 minutes, but as I was dozing off I thought I was asleep but I also felt awake. I couldn’t move I kept trying and I kept thinking I had gotten up , but I could just feel myself laying down still. I was hearing something as if someone was whispering in my ear but I couldn’t understand. I kept looking in the hallway I kept seeing a figure but it kept changing and repeating it kept walking down the hall but the face was distorted and changing and I kept trying to move and I couldn’t until my alarm went off. I woke up super confused and I have no clue what had happened it felt so real and I could remember it so vividly that I felt as if it couldn’t be a dream.

  • this is my second time have this sleep paralysis I’m only 17 and my first time it only lasted for a couple of seconds but this time it was a couple of minutes and sometimes I’m afraid going to sleep now since it happened to be the first time

  • I was sleeping with my stomach against the bed, and my arms under the pillow. I woke up to a demon that looked like a human putting its arms INSIDE each side of my ribs. I couldnt move. It hurt, it tickled and I felt kind of stupid and evil at the time but at the same time I wanted it to stop. So I tried to scream for help. The demon pretty much told me it owns me “I repeatedly said In my head “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry!” Then it slowly lifted the weight off of me and I woke up slowly

  • I have experienced sleep paralysis more times than I can remember to count. It first occurred in my childhood and continues to this day. I am now able to control (lucid dream) the experiences. It has caused no harm to me but I often wonder if it is real or fantasy.

  • I’m not sure if what I experience is sleep paralysis or something else. I’ve had quite a few dreams this past year all with a different story but the same experience.
    In the middle of a dream, I collapse. Sometimes it’s a sudden fall and sometimes it feels like a slow motion fall to the ground. No one else around me seems to be bothered by it. Then I start spinning in a circle while in a fetal position or I just start “floating” across the ground in odd directions not really going anywhere in particular just staying in the same space.
    As I’m doing this I just think to myself this looks like those ghost movies when people are being dragged around by ghosts. But I don’t feel like something or someone is pulling me, it just feels like a force is moving me around.
    Eventually I can move again and my body feels groggy then it will happen again. It will repeat like this multiple times before I actually wake up. When I wake I’m completely fine and can move just feel weird that I had such a weird dream.
    This dream last though was different because this time I dreamt that I had collapsed in front of someone who happened to be a doctor and he kept me in the room to evaluate my experiences. When friends came to get me out I told one that “I can’t leave”. When I tried I collapsed and I was flown into the room, off the ground and at a speed, and dropped. The doctor wanted to evaluate what happened when I became paralyzed and what I would do when it happened because he believed my body was doing all this as an unconscious way of getting something it wanted.
    All of this is not a dream within a dream experience. Last night I actually woke up during one of my paralyzed moments because my husband left for work then I slipped right back into the dream right where I left off.
    I don’t understand when these dreams happen and what they are. I don’t feel scared really, a little nervous, but I usually just wait the episode out and I know there will be many more during the course of the dream.

    • I literally thought I was the only one!!! I keep having dreams where my body feels so heavy I just collapse and I have no control. A few times I have been floating as well !!! Sometimes it’ll happen in familiar places with people close to me such as my sister and it’s like she’s ignoring that I’m freaking floating asking for help!!!

  • I had sp occur once several years ago and I remember it like it was yesterday. I was watching TV downstairs and my husband, my dog and cat were all asleep in the living room. After the show was over it was exactly 2am and I decided to go to bed by myself, which I never did…I wanted to stretch out. (Note: my dog and cat always went to bed with me.) So I went to the bathroom brushed my teeth and got in bed. I felt my cat jump up on the bed like she usually did before she would lay on me and go to sleep. She walked around my pillow again like she usually did and wouldn’t lay down so I kept reaching for her to get her to lay down but I couldn’t find her. So I fixed my pillows again and got comfortable. Then she did it again and then again…each time I couldn’t touch her even though I heard her, felt the pillow move as she walked. Finally I sat straight up to get a hold of her and she wasn’t there. I immediately thought that was really strange. I swore she was just there and I didn’t her her jump down. So I laid down again and closed my eyes and right away I felt the same thing and when I went to get up and grab her I was paralyzed and felt like I was being held down by my throat by two hands. At the same time in my left ear I heard this whispering in an ancient language of some sort but I KNEW immediately it was demonic and I was terrified. And it kept talking but I couldn’t understand it. I then felt like I was being choked at the same time. My eyes were open and I could see the hallway and the TV light from downstairs flickering on the hallway wall but couldn’t move or talk. I was saying Hail Marys and it wasn’t stopping then I said in my head “Jesus Christ get this off of me” and immediately I could feel the fingers actually being pulled off from around my throat. Then as soon as they were pulled off I sprang up threw a heavy queen size comforter across the room and ran downstairs. I turned all the lights on woke my husband up, and the dog was already started awake and there on the back of the couch was my cat exactly where she was from when I went upstairs. I told him the whole thing got my rosary out and had every light on. My husband said I must have been dreaming but I told him it was not a dream. I even could still taste the toothpaste. The time was 2:21am. So needless to say I didn’t sleep. In the morning I started searching the internet and I kept getting sleep apnea results finally I found an article from the university of Waterloo and boom….element of almost everything I experienced was there in black or white. This was roughly 13 years ago so the internet was a little different. Anyhow, I was relieved and scared at the same time. I had never ever heard of sp before but I knew straight away that it was demonic. When I looked at what things were going on in my life it filled in pieces for me. I was questioning my religion a little, I had a lot of anger in me at work toward people so I think I in a way was weak spiritually in a way. There is no question in my mind that God is real now and so is evil. I’m not afraid of it happening again so much because I have faith now in my heart. But when people say they don’t believe in heaven/hell I tell simply you better I know it. Some believe some don’t but at least I warn them. The only question that I haven’t had and answers too is if I had brought my dog or cat to bed would it have happened….I think animals see things we can’t and I wonder if it waited for me to be alone.

  • I’ve had sleep paralysis a couple times in my life. But the one I just had today was way worse than the ones I’ve had when I was younger. As a child who grew up in a religious household and experienced sleep paralysis, I never told my parents about “seeing demons at night” because I have no idea what the heck they’re going to do, but they’re going to do something. Now though, my faith has changed and angels and demons are not something I really pay any mind to. This morning, my sleep paralysis started with a dream of going to the hospital with my boyfriend to get checked out. When I went into the room, the doctor smiled at me and said “You better start praying” then added afterward, “Where’s your little boyfriend?” I run out to tell my boyfriend to run but he was gone. Then, supposedly, I wake up. I try to reach for my phone to text my boyfriend about my crazy dream but my fingers weren’t working. I looked around the room and everything was slightly hazy, I couldn’t get up. A figure was standing at the foot of my bed and was just staring at me. Knowing that it was sleep paralysis, I tried to move my finger because it woke me up the last time I had sleep paralysis but this time it didn’t work. I tried to force myself to get up, even to the point where I could feel the wood at the foot of my bed hitting my head but my body kept going back to where the pillow was. Since I have a Samsung, I figured I could use Bixby to call my boyfriend so he could wake me up or call me or do something. The phone talked back and said “You don’t really know how to use your fingers, don’t you?” Then I started telling myself this is a dream, I can control this, I just gotta focus and wake myself up. Then the figure at the foot of my bed spoke and she had like a surround sound speaker type of voice and she said I can only wake up if I accept Satan as my saviour. And I thought to myself talking to this thing is going to scare me even more than I already am so I work on moving my body. Soon enough, I moved my head to where my window was and looked at the sun. That’s when I actually woke up for real.

    Being able to move and breathe didn’t feel as good as it did when I woke up.

  • One time I remember I had sleep paralysis for the first and only time, I remember I kept hearing noises in my room in the middle of the night and when I woke up I had this weird feeling that someone was watching me. I couldn’t go back to sleep because I had that really weird feeling that someone was constantly watching me so I gathered my phone charger, blanket, and pillows. I went out to my living room so that I could sleep on the couch. I felt safe in the living room because the couch was literally next to the same wall connecting to my parents bedroom. I finally was able to relax again and started to go to sleep. I woke up again to the feeling of being watched, and that scared me because I was only used to getting that feeling when I was in my room. I was able to open my eyes to see three demonic children around the coffee table that was only two inches away from the couch. I couldn’t move anything but my eyes. I tried to get up but I just felt as if I was frozen, I couldn’t even move my fingers. I got really scared because behind these demonic figures I could see shadows just swirling around and they never got close but the children did and they sounded scared and even angry at times talking to me in a different language. I was just trying to yell for my mom at this point but I was unable to yell at all. The feeling of her being in the next room over asleep as I was being attacked bothered me because I knew she was so close and yet I was still unable to get help. The more I tried to yell the more pressure seemed to be added to my chest making it harder and harder for me to breath. I knew I was awake and before I had even seen the demon children I knew I didn’t have any dreams that could have generated this because that night was dreamless, I saw nothing but darkness. I was not able to move until the figures started to turn around and head towards my room away from the couch since I was in the living room. I realized I was crying because I felt overwhelmed and helpless. I woke my mom up and told her everything and she thought that I had opened up a portal to a different dimension. I was more thinking she would have not believed me but instead she fed into it more giving me ideas that something worse could have definitely happened and she was worried. I guess you could say my family is kind of open to the paranormal aspect of life and there have been experiences before that prove to me that ghosts and demons are real.

  • I often feel upon sleeping that something is with me holding a hand over my mouth as I’m trying to call out to my husband. He had never heard me until recently.. He mocked the sound I was making and I managed to be awakened. He has now heard me three times very recently, though this has been occurring over a long period of time.. Unsure how that he heard me I no longer am aware of it..but he now wakes me in the middle of the night saying I’m waiting, the same muffled cries. I don’t feel paralysis ever just a hand firmly over my mouth.. I’m afraid this change, where awareness was taken from me, is problematic. Why is it hiding in my deeper sleep?

  • One time. Teenager. Woke to see a blue featureless humanish shaped being standing above me pushing down on my chest. I could not move, I could not speak. It was there for maybe 10 full seconds before it faded away. I know I was awake because I didn’t sleep the rest of the night. Too scared to move for most of it. It looked like static electricity in the shape of a being.

  • My theory on this is that the experience stems from a negative energy, be what it may, trying to take hold of you or attach itself to you versus sleep paralysis.

    In 1988 I lived in a house with my first husband. The marriage at first was blissful but then became toxic and negative. Very often I had nightmares where I am convinced I am awake and there would be someone lying on top of me and holding me down on the bed. Similar to everyone else’s experiences I wasn’t able to scream or move. It was terrifying. I’m not one to have nightmares ever so this was strange. One night the experience was exceptionally weird where I thought I was awake and looked to my bedroom sliding doors to see that the windows were frosted over and outside was a huge black bat just hovering there. My feeling was it was the devil trying to get into my home to get to me. My daughters both young at the time experienced nightly nightmares. This went on for ten years yet my husband never experienced anything similar.

    My first marriage dissolved at which point I re-married and moved from the house. For the next twenty years the experiences did not occur again. Why did the experience stop for 20 years but happen almost nightly previous to that.

    Now fast forward to the last few weeks my husband and I again moved homes. Our marriage relationship was becoming negative and I wasn’t sure why. The night before I had to have a hip replacement I had to move into my husbands bedroom on the main floor. That night I think I’m awake and am in a dark room looking for a light switch. Before I could turn on the light someone grabbed me from behind and put me into a bear hug. I tried but couldn’t scream. I bent down and reached up the mans pantleg to try to dig my nails into his legs so he would release me but he didn’t. I knew it was a man as he had hairy skinny legs. From researching this phenomenon on the internet I started reciting the Lord’s Prayer at which point I woke up. I went down to my bedroom and grabbed my gold cross, came back up to the bedroom, waved the cross telling whatever negative entity was here to leave and again recited the Lord’s Prayer. No experiences have happened since.

    I do believe that a negative energy had attached itself to my husband and was in his room. Cleansing the room and reciting the Lord’s Prayer made it known to the entity that they were not welcome in my home.

    As a sidebar years ago in the house where I did not have these experiences my husband brought back an old wicker chicken he had found hidden under a deck he was renovating. The joke at his work was that the bird was creepy. I told my husband to bring it home as someone had made the wicker bird and why throw it out. Anyway I placed it on my bedroom windowsill and for the next two nights I experienced nightmares. Like I said I never have nightmares so I took the bird and burned it out in our backyard, placed the gold cross on my windowsill and told the negative energy to leave. It did and my dreams resumed to happy ones.

    My point is that I do believe there are negative energies that try to attach themselves to us to feed off our positive energy. If you don’t take control and let them know that you believe in God you will succumb to their negativity and they will suck the life out of you. Bad things will start to happen in your life. How many people do you know that are negative or always have bad luck?

    Anyway perhaps the theory of sleep paralysis does play a role in here somewhere but my true gut feeling is that there is negative energies out there waiting to take hold of us when we are weak or vulnerable.

    My advice is similar to other people’s advice which is be prepared to recite a prayer or something if this happens to you and I bet you will see that the entity will release its hold on you.

  • so I’ve experienced sleep paralysis before. and it’s always been the same, I’m on my stomach and feels like something is holding me down and I can hear a crazy voice behind me and just feels super uneasy and can’t speak. but the last time I had this happen it was so much more intense than ever before and just felt like I needed to share and see what anyone can make of all this. so that morning after the wife went to work I had played some crazy “ghost voices” from YouTube on my phone to joke around with the kids. well later that night, we had fallen asleep watching a movie and I kept dozing off on my back, and when I did there was someone beside me which I assumed was my wife and “it” was watching the same movie but on a cell phone and as i dozed off and woke back up constantly… the movie on the phone always picked up where I left off watching it before I dozed off… then I dozed off again and whatever it was beside me started playing those SAME crazy ghost voices that i had played earlier that day on the phone and then things got real creepy as it pressed the phone to my head and started laughing… then I woke up in a state of sleep paralysis and the black shadowy figure beside me started crawling on top of me with the same creepy laugh and I tried to get my wife’s attention but couldn’t speak. only when I continuously called out for god’s help in my head like I had read on other pages to do did it finally let up and I was able to move. and once I could get up I had 3 dots in the form of a triangle on my stomach… wish i would have took pics but wasn’t really sure what to make of all of this… any ideas? sleep paralysis really a “paranormal” experience or was I just tripping balls wide awake? lol

  • I honestly am not sure what to take of what is going on. Ever since I met this Indian man last Saturday at a Walmart in fort worth tx I have been feeling really strange. He offered me a job well me and a few friends of mine went to apply for this job the building looked abandoned and what was weird is we were there 2 hrs and he talked to me and my friend Jade most time but it’s like he was more interested In talking about our nationality and he Asked my friend if she had kids. Well the really strange thing that is scaring me is out of nowhere my daughter asked him sir what’s ur name and he told her his name well after he told my daughter his name she was staring at him and he stared directly at her only and said something in another language to my daughter. This happened on Wednesday june 13 2018 . So last night we were at a friend’s and we were in the kitchen at the table eating as I got up out the chair to put my dish in the sink I looked at the window I saw a pale baby white looking lizard and it almost seemed as if it was staring right at me and focusing on me I got Scared immediately after noticing this lizard my daughter then looked toward the window and she saw the lizard too but she wasn’t scared.

    • It’s probably a good thing! I mean when do you ever get to see a lizard like that right?! Plus staring at you, I would take it as a good sign. The white lizard is looking out for you and your kids.

  • Doctors try to make the connection between SP and people being treated for psychiatric or mental conditions as though those of us who experience SP may not be totally mentally stable, but honestly- wouldn’t you feel like you are going crazy if you were being tormented by demonic powers and night, hearing their voices, or seeing these beings? Of course you would! That doesn’t mean they are crazy because other people aren’t seeing spiritual things. I firmly believe that most people who see demons or angels, or have these visitations, but don’t have an actual chemical imbalance are not mentally crazy. They are able to see into the spirit world. I agree that they need to yield and decide to accept Jesus as their Lord to be free. They may need demons cast out of them People are in denial if they don’t accept that their is a spiritual world. Why would you trust a doctor who can’t see, hear, or believe in the spiritual world (as though they were there from the foundation of the world) but not trust God’s word? The bible explains so many things that happen spiritually but people choose not to believe it.

  • I think its expected but so sad how “science” tries to say sleep paralysis is a fact not spiritual…but medical. Oh really? And you can probe into people’s rooms, brains, spirits, and eyes and see what’s happening on a medical level? Yeah, no definitely not. It’s a theory and its once again trying to explain away the spiritual things people don’t understand and can’t technically prove. The body may medically experience the paralysis on some level (aside from the many times people move just fine all night tossing and turning…hmmmm), but I’ve had multiple experiences with “sleep paralysis”, and it stops immediately when I think of the name of Jesus or try to speak it… The day after I became a true Christian, is the day sleep paralysis began for me….I was terrified. I told my mom about it and she said it started happening to her after she became a Christian as well and the bible says to call on the name of Jesus because His name is above every name in heaven and on earth. He is the Lord of Lords, King of Kings, and there is no salvation apart from a relationship with Jesus Christ…religion can’t save you, and science definitely can’t. The bible is clear that We are in a spiritual war and demons do try attack you when you are most vulnerable-even when you are asleep. Sometimes they come in the form of shadows, or relatives (which are also demons pretending to be relatives-they are called familiar spirits), and sometimes there are open doors of rebellion and sin in your life that give demons permission to harass your life (especially if you aren’t a believer in Jesus Christ as your savior), and other times, they don’t have permission, but try anyways. So Call on the name of Jesus and you will break free. Now that I’m experienced in spiritual warfare and know how to fight effectively. I can actually feel an entity coming into my room when I’m asleep and when I feel their presence coming closer, I sit up and say ” In the name of Jesus get out of my room, get out of my house! You are not welcome here! I belong to Jesus Christ!”- And They go. I also pray scripture over myself and put the full armor of God on- Read Ephesians 6:10. I love to pray Psalms91 over my family at night as well. Please Don’t allow yourself to be tormented any longer , ask Jesus to come into your heart and be filled with His Holy spirit. He will set you free from sin, shame, guilt, and the powers, spirits, and principalities of the dark heavenly realms. Leave the kingdom of darkness and be transformed by the kingdom of light! God has no equal so choose the right kingdom.

    • wow.. yesterday too experienced a very strange spiritual attack. But I was not dreaming. I saw a shadow of an unclear creature. But it was trying to take my spirit in pain. So I called for Jesus and mouth was unable but Jesus helped me out

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