Sleep Paralysis Stories: Demons Or Hallucinations?

sleeping man seeing a sleep paralysis demonSleep 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.

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.

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. So now we have a name for it, it might be helpful to know what causes it, and what you can do about it.

Polls – what’s your experience of sleep paralysis?

I ran several polls for a year to find out more about people’s 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. That there’s an intruder or other presence in the room.
  2. That there’s 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 misinterpret the feeling that you’re not alone as being that the additional presence is something bad. 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 working out where the body physically is in space.

Researchers generally agree that an out-of-body experience is another form of hallucination caused by a neurological mechanism.

Dreams and nightmares overlapping with reality

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

So you may have your eyes open, but still see the strange or frightening things which you were just dreaming about – even if you can’t remember that you were just dreaming.

Then add the physiological elements that come with suddenly 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 at 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 while they help themselves to your valuables.

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

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.

What I would like to suggest though is this: 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 then go back to sleep. And not dwelling too much on the experience is what many people do manage to successfully do.

Around the world

Around the world there are many cultural interpretations of the forces at work in this particular kind of sleep paralysis event.

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

Some countries, such as Iran and Pakistan, interpret it as being demons or spirits who have taken over a person’s body, often due to black magic performed by an enemy.

In Turkish culture the entity is literally seen as sitting on your chest and stealing away your breath.

Many countries and cultures appear to have an explanations for sleep paralysis demons and spirits – some very similar, and others quite different.

The common theme is that the entity is up to no good and 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 other evil entities exist. Some talk about them within a religious framework; others feel that there’s a lot which science can’t explain yet.

Among all of the comments from people who do believe these things there’s one common, and important, theme: no physical harm was done to them.

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 being that there’s a separate part of you that’s able to leave the body and venture into other planes of existence.

The manual mostly involved visualization practice, which I spent a couple of days failing to do, before deciding it wasn’t for me.

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

Many people report having experienced one or more of these. And the internet and bookstores abound with writers who claim to have techniques to consciously leave the body and have 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 or astral projection.

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. The point being that you can then 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 say they’ve been able to do just that.

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 feel 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. It’s thought that sleep paralysis occurs more often in people with narcolepsy, which is a treatable sleep disorder.
  • 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 hygiene techniques. 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 there’s no evidence that some of these work, other than the fact that people have said they help them personally.

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

How I recently stopped an episode of sleep paralysis

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

I woke up in the middle of the night to find myself in a strange position with my arms crossed on top of my body. 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.

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

The calmness I only managed with moderate success, perhaps because this was the first episode in a long time, so I was caught off guard. But I did manage to focus my efforts on wiggling a finger.

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

Eventually I felt my arms loosen as well, and then soon afterwards 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.

It seems that just knowing about the finger wiggling technique was enough for my brain to remember to do it when the sleep paralysis occurred.

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

Further reading

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

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

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

Your experience

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

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

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  • I had 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.

  • I’ve had this happen more than once it happens almost nightly I’m afraid to go to sleep its always the same I can’t move and there are shadow men all around me they are holding me down I
    And I can’t breathe or cry out. I don’t know what to do

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