Sleep Paralysis Stories: Demons Or Hallucinations?

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

If not, I’ll first share one of mine to give you an understanding of what it can be like.

Then we’ll take a closer look at whether sleep paralysis demons or ghosts really exist. Or if science can provide a logical and comforting explanation.

My sleep paralysis experience

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

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

A weight pushing on your chest

You feel a weight on your chest, pressing you down and preventing you from sitting up. And not only is your whole body paralyzed, but you can’t so much as move your lips to call out for help.

You’re not sure who or what is pushing on your chest. Even though you seem to be able to move your eyes just a little, it’s too dark to see anyway. Regardless, you just feel that there’s a presence there. Something strange. Something frightening.

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

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

What is sleep paralysis?

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

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

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

What causes it?

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

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

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

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

As Dr. Michael J. Breus neatly explains:

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

How many people experience sleep paralysis?

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

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

And according to the handbook of sleep disorders, it will happen at least once in a lifetime of 40% to 50% of normal subjects, but is “far less common as a chronic complaint”.

Who is more at risk of having sleep paralysis?

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

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

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

Is there a genetic component to sleep paralysis?

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

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

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

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

Polls – readers’ experience of sleep paralysis

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

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

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

Poll 1

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

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

Poll 2

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

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

Poll 3

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

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

Poll 4

Poll 4 shows that most readers don’t experience sleep paralysis on a regular basis. 

chart showing poll results about how often people have sleep paralysis

Poll 5

Poll 5 shows some of the ways readers deal with episodes. You’ll find more coping mechanisms below.

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

The not so scientific explanations for sleep paralysis

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Since first writing this article 7 years ago, there has been an extraordinary number of comments. And the comments show that not everyone accepts the scientific explanation.

Interestingly, some people struggle to accept it even though they consider themselves to be scientifically minded generally. I think these cases highlight just how realistic the experience of sleep paralysis can be; how it can linger in your memory and makes you question what happened for a long time afterward.

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

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

Around the world

Cultural beliefs also appear to play a role in how sleep paralysis is perceived by some people.

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

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

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

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

Sleep paralysis treatment

When to see a doctor

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

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

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

What medical treatment is available?

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

  • Refer you to a sleep specialist to assess if you have another sleep disorder, like narcolepsy.
  • Treat any underlying psychiatric condition.
  • Discuss any medication or substance use that might be a factor.
  • Explain the biological processes involved in sleep paralysis to reassure you.
  • Talk to you about developing good sleep habits. This is thought to help reduce the frequency of sleep paralysis.

Readers’ techniques for coping with sleep paralysis

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

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

  • Don’t let yourself become too sleep-deprived.
  • Stick to a regular sleep schedule.
  • Try to reduce stress and anxiety in your life.
  • Try to vigorously flutter your eyelids or move your eyes, as this tends to be an area of the body that’s less affected by the paralysis.
  • Focus on wiggling just one finger or a toe.
  • Don’t take recreational drugs or drink alcohol in the evening.
  • Don’t sleep on your back.
  • Stay calm.
  • Tell yourself that you’re in control. You can order the experience to stop.
  • If you feel a weight on your chest, imagine there’s something friendly causing it.
  • Film yourself sleeping so you can see there was nothing in the room.
  • Don’t think about what it could be. Your imagination will probably make up something scary in the darkness.
  • Organize your bedroom in a way that makes you feel safe and secure.
  • Don’t hang dressing gowns, coats, or hats in places that make them look like figures in the dark.
  • Sleep with a night light, music, or radio on.
  • Remind yourself that nothing bad will happen.
  • Imagine your body rolling from side to side in your mind and count each roll. Focus on this and try to grow the capacity for movement from there.
  • Count numbers to focus your mind on something else.
  • Don’t sleep with a high pillow.
  • Keep your eyes shut and try to clear your mind.
  • Squeeze your eyes tightly shut if you can control the muscles.
  • Keep well hydrated – drink water before going to bed.
  • Talk about it to family or friends – they may have experienced it too.
  • If you have it once, get out of bed for a while to reset the brain.
  • Many people say prayer helps. Some also say that calling on their religious beliefs and commanding what they see to leave helps them.
  • Check if any sleeping pills or herbal remedies you’re taking are causing it.
  • Use sleep paralysis to lucid dream by relaxing and going with the experience instead of fighting it.
  • Once the episode has passed, tell yourself that you overcame it, are not afraid and will always overcome it.

How I recently stopped an episode of sleep paralysis

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

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

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

Stay calm and wiggle a finger

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

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

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

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

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

Share your story of sleep paralysis

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

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

3,210 thoughts on “Sleep Paralysis Stories: Demons Or Hallucinations?”

  1. I never thought this was common with others. My Experience has been someone is pulling me out of bed. After a few times of this happening, I decided I was going to let this thing pull me out of bed and then see what was going to happen. That did not happen, I decided to grab its arms and try to capture it. The arms were very thin and felt very hairy. I struggled with it for a bit and then tried to turn the lights on but there was no power. Lately, I have the feeling my legs are levitating and someone is then pulling on my legs. I fight the feeling off by kicking my legs to fend off whatever is pulling on my legs.
    All the experiences have seemed so very real to me because I believe I am not asleep when these feelings happen. I try to scream for help but I can not.
    Luckily I don’t have these types of dreams very often, they seem to go in spurts, I might have three nights in a row and then it will stop for a few weeks. The bottom line is they seem very real.

  2. This happened to me last night / early this morning. when I woke up and the feeling passed, I immediately searched the internet for some kind of an explanation. First, I’d like to admit that I know this sounds absolutely ridiculous. With that said, I have no other explanation and the scientific data doesn’t specifically match my experience. I awoke (or so I thought) to my boyfriend laying on top of me whispering in my ear…it was his voice but not. I was under the covers and he was on top. I couldn’t move but remember a slight smile because I was happy to hear something to the effect of “ you’re the most beautiful girl in the world.” Realizing that I couldn’t move and it was definitely the likeness but not my boyfriend immediately caused a pitfall. My eyes were kind of open, in my bedroom but in some kind of alternate reality? I closed my eyes and entered another period of sleep where more “contact” occurred. This time the contract was different. It was short bursts of almost being pushed or much so that one of the bumps cracked my back. I remember being terrified due to knowing being aware that something was happening. I can’t say I remember much after that other than trying to rationalize my experience.

    1. You are literally the first person I’ve ever heard that has said it was a loved one other than myself who just posted above… my cat was involved and in a positive(?) way I’m sorry you had this experience might help to read mine but I don’t know for sure..

  3. First I must say.. this happens to me all too frequently. I wake in the middle of the night, unable to move. Feeling as tho a demon is sitting on my chest, pushing harder and harder. I have tried to pray before- but that made whatever was happening WAY worse!!!!!! As though I was being punished for crying out and asking God to help me. The “demon” doesn’t always show itself. Every time it happens, I am picked up, and flung towards the floor, in between my bed and dresser, but I never hit the floor- right before I’m to hit the floor, I’m picked back up, high in the air, and dropped again, stopping maybe an inch or so from my head hitting the floor.
    If I don’t try to fight it, it doesn’t seem to get too bad. It’s only when I pray/ cry out for God to help me, that I feel like “it” gets extremely angry and things get scary.
    I remember everything that happens. It happens frequently. This did not start until I turned maybe 32. I am now 36.
    One of my very good friends is very intuitive, does readings and all that good jazz. I had her come sage my home after the first time it happened. We walked thru my whole home burning the sage, and telling whatever may be there that this is my home, and only positivity is welcome. But my friend said she did not feel anything negative – and I have never been scared, or felt anything negative in my home. She said it was probably just a dream… but I CANNOT get the feeling/ certainty out of my head or heart that this WAS a demon.. why else would my prayers anger it? I don’t understand. it’s scary.. why does it happen often???

  4. Tbh honest it wasn’t that bad at first, but today I saw the demon for the first time. And it looked kinda cool but I feel like I triggered it. After I closed my eyes, I saw a white light and it walked in the room I was having goosebumps and I was pretty calm. The weird thing is is that why now I have never had a sleep paralysis demon before.

  5. I started having what I now know to be sleep paralysis in 2010. My first experience I was laying on my parent’s couch when all of a sudden I couldn’t move. I was looking around the room trying to figure out. I suddenly heard a voice coming from the ceiling fan of all things. It kept saying do you believe now Rikki? Do you??? The voice stopped and just as suddenly I could move again. I was petrified. It then continued to happen throughout the next few years. It progressed to me being pulled out of my bed by my feet. It was so real in my mind I was grabbing and trying not to be pulled but in my woken state I wasn’t moving at all. I tried to scream and nothing came out. I have had too many experiences to count. I have noticed over the years that my sleep paralysis is often preceded by rumbling in my ears. Recognizing this precursor helps me to I guess prepare myself better knowing what’s about to happen. I can say one thing for sure that I fall in between on the theory of what is happening to me…is it sleep paralysis or is something after me. Either way, it terrifies me.

    1. Intro – I am 63; am an alcoholic, well – drink a few beers every night. I believe in Jesus.
      Last night 28Oct, I had a new experience, there were two lights, one swirling the other stationery, I was surprisingly Unafraid. A few nights before I felt a presence, a nastyish one. I was scared. That night I felt unwell, sore throat, etc..

      Years ago I experienced the same thing as many of you the body on mine, unable to move or speak, the worst times were a tad drunk and sick. The fear was very very real, BUT I prayed to Jesus claiming His Blood, and every time I prayed that way, when I could the presences went.

      I really feel very sorry for those who have had experiences of presences speaking to them. I had a spirit removed from me in 1986, at a Christian meeting, it was a strange thing as I heard it speak that I was its. I also saw a sword turn upside down and a goats head.

      All I can say to you is be careful, the witching hour I learnt from an ex warlock is 3 am. Every night recently I have woken around that time, I usually pray or calm myself.

      But honestly, I pray for you all that Jesus will meet you and heal each of us. Ahava, Agape.

  6. Hi there! My name is Dee and I use to have sleep paralysis dreams as a child often and it was the most terrifying thing in the world. I would see shadows in my bedroom and was frightened to move. I felt the shadows were something foreign like an alien or some shape shifting evil presence. I think my parents would consider them bad dreams as i cried to them once i had fully awoken. Now as an adult I’ve done research into these “bad dreams” and realized that it was much more. I’m now 34 years old haven’t had them in so many years until 2 week ago it happened. What started as an afternoon nap turned into me struggling. I remember dreaming and someone called my name from another room. I snapped into a foggy dream like stage which was me laying on my back in bed struggling to sit up in bed. I attempted a few times and couldn’t and then i felt pressure on my chest almost as if someone was laying on top of me. Some how i know it was a man. (I can’t begin to explain that part) This time I was scared but not half as terrified as i was when i was a child. It also was not very dark in the room so i wasn’t able to see the familiar shadows i once knew. This time i didn’t feel completely helpless i closed my eyes and gave in to what weighed my chest down and soon after I regained feeling to my limbs. My childhood memories were horrible and the fear was a 10. This time the fear was more like a 6 i think sleep paralysis happening during the day may have had a lot to do with my rating of fear because i was able to see around my room.
    Tonight i had a show on Netflix called Evil drag me to search for a chat or bulletin so i can let people know that they are not alone. I guess i never had anyone to talk to about this or anyone that has been in a similar situation so yes sorry i had a venting moment. If i had to give advice it would be to stay calm and think positive thoughts because in the end you will be okay! Stay safe and healthy!
    Thanks for reading :)

  7. I’ve had sleep paralysis before…but this…was different, As I laid there I saw something, In the dark, Then I felt something sit on my chest. I wiggled a finger, It worked and I broke out. Needless to say, I also heard voices in my ear before it happened, Something about a site 24. One said “Stay away from site 24.” While another one said “Go to site 24.” Is this normal? I need help!

  8. I had my first a few years ago. I read it goes on for about a minute. I was there in bed for an hour trying to move but nothing happened, my body was twitching and something was sitting on my chest and I don’t know why but I kept feeling this throbbing pain in my legs but at the same time it felt like I was getting poked by needles in my legs, but I also saw something and I see it to this day, even when I’m wide awake. It was really tall and skinny and its skin was as pale as snow with and an outline made by the skin where the eyes should be inside the outlines was black dot for eyes one in each outline.

  9. Hello

    I am a 55 y.o. hardcore Atheist who does not use drugs nor am I on any type of medication for mental issues. I am saddened that I am unable to find any story similar to mine anywhere on the net. What took place when I was about six y.o. was 100% real and it happened…..period! However, I can totally understand if no one believes me……. if someone told me this story I would probably think they were a nut….lol!

    I would like people to know that I was 100% awake. You know when your awake and in my story there was no waking up and saying” Thank god…. it was only a dream.” I was not paralyzed and could move freely as normal. I did not feel any pressure of any kind upon my body. There were no whispers or the touching of my body. I recall everything in UHD.

    I had woken up in the middle of the night as nature called. I did my business and returned to my room which I shared with my brother Mike who was around 8 y.o. I jumped back into bed and laid flat on my back. Not satisfied with my pillow I slightly turned myself around to adjust it to my liking. As I turned back around to my final sleeping position there it was…….. staring right at me…… with the most un-godly serious look on its very sinister face which bordered on hatred. It protruded out of the wall a few inches and I will never, ever, forget the reddish/white clear eyes……..they were extremely hard and piercing yet looked highly intelligent. I INSTANTLY FELT PURE TERROR!

    Its face was a deep dark red……almost blackish…..and its head was immensely thick, deep, and large. Its cheeks were slightly puffy and it had thick spike like hairs separated all over its face; it did not have a beard. It had nubby things on each side of its skull. It was baldish with little hair. I dont recall the nose whatsoever as I was drawn by the eyes.

    Petrified, I immediately pulled the blanket over my head and hid. I waited about ten seconds before I took the blanket off hoping it would be gone. It was still there staring at me with the same ice-cold serious look. I quickly hid under the blanket again and was more terrified than ever……..I will never forget the earth-shattering fear that made my heart beat unnaturally. I really believed it was going to do something bad to me.

    This time I waited at least a minute before slowly taking the blanket off my head a second time again hoping it would be gone… was still their…..staring blankly at me. I clearly remember turning my head and looking at my brother Mike’s face who was sleeping peacefully about five feet away. I simultaneously felt let down that he wasn’t helping me but I also felt comforted. I wanted to scream to my brother for help but I simply could not……I suppose the terror was just too great.

    I dashed under the blanket a third time and waited at least three minutes this time. Once more I slowly pulled the blanket off my head and there it was…… cleverly smiling at me with the most diabolical grin I have ever seen in my life. The eyes were soooo piercing and fiendish that they seemed not of this earth. However, they were not unstable nor crazy in any fashion. My terror turned to insane panic and I pulled the blanket over my head yet again at lightning speed…….. I wasnt coming out for a very long time. I was trembling and my heart wanted to burst through my chest.

    I must have waited around ten minutes before I came out of hiding for the last time…….a very long ten minutes. This time I only took a very small peek….. IT WAS GONE! The relief I felt was simply marvelous. I wanted to thank the birds…the trees….the rocks……the sun….the ocean for bringing this relief and liberation to me.

    I have no memory at all of how long it took me before I finally fell asleep after this horrific scenario. But, I VIVIDLY remember that when I woke up in the morning I was very angry for this intrusion…..there was no “Ahhh, it was just a dream.” I wish. My parent’s bedroom was behind the wall where this monstrosity appeared. I immediately went into my parent’s room and looked at the wall……..there was nothing on it….just bare wall. As I inspected further I noticed a black wig on the floor. This had to be a part of the monster. I stomped and pounded on it with my feet aggressively at least 25 times shouting unkindly as I did so. I then threw it harshly into my parent’s closet. I FELT GREAT! I was certain I had killed the monster.

    50 years later I have never seen it again and do not wish its return. It has caused me some mild anxiety over the years wondering it might appear again…….mostly when I was a teenager. I have only told three people in my life this story. And, this is the first time I have written about it on the net. I will look anyone in the eye and tell this exact story in broad daylight.

    The only other oddity in my life was watching a salt shaker move gently across a restaurant table while waiting for breakfast. My friend and I looked at each other in complete disbelief. We both believed the other was playing a joke but soon realized this was impossible as both our hands were on the table.


  10. Not sure what scientific explanation there is for this horrifying experience, mine were so bad I was asked to write it down for the University. It began after my first child was born, every night I would experience the weight on my chest and then my head would spin, and could not move I thought I was going to die and would wake up terrified. However, it got worse there were the hallucinations of the half man half goat sitting on the bed, then the strangling began to the point where I thought I was going to die, it escalated to being raped and my throat slashed. Being paralyzed and struggling to wake up. This was every night for nearly 5 years. In the dream, I would swear at it and pray. The worst feeling was the bedclothes being slowly pulled from me and then the feeling of being touched all over in a horrible way. Of course, I had no one to talk to about these horrendous dreams, I do not take drugs or drink either so could not put it down to that and it was the cause of a separation my marriage ended and a downward spiral into some serious mental issues, my husband was not in the least bit understanding or my family. I decided one day that I would fight this thing, and finally in the dream, I was in a room with lots of people, I held up a bright light and told them to stay behind me, there was a door in front of us the thing was behind it and was trying to get through making the door bulge out. I opened the door held the bright light up and confronted the menace it was an odd shape cannot describe it, however the light made it disintegrate and disappeared. It finally went, from then on I felt free of the entity and had no further bad dreams, however I still sleep with the light on, and now again it manifests but very rarely and when it does its a feeling of someone lying next to me and I cannot turn over to confront it and cannot wake up, and try to reach for the light. Thou looking back stress may have been the cause.

  11. I have had sleep paralysis a few times before.
    Always put it down to scientific reasons. I’m an atheist. Anyway, today was different and I can’t come up with a logical or scientific explanation for it.
    I was trying to wake up and kept thinking I was waking up over and over again but I wasn’t. It felt like it went on forever. Then a demon asked me a question. He said which letters of these is Latin? And a handful of letters to choose from that I can’t remember because I just answered straight away thinking it was a dream. He said if you get it right, you wake up and live, if you get it wrong, death. He was laughing. I just quickly chose the letter D. I didn’t think about it. Then I instantly woke up…..
    Why would I instantly wake up after answering his question? And I don’t know anything about the language Latin. Why would I dream/make that up….. I googled it and D is in the transitional Latin alphabet and not every english letter is. D is also a roman numeral. I don’t know much about it. But it’s crazy. Now I’m starting to think, it can’t be a coincidence. And it can’t be a coincidence that everyone sees demons. As someone who didn’t believe in them they aren’t the scariest thing to me. Like why is it always a demon? Why do people always experience similar things and hallucinations? It’s definitely beyond science.

  12. I have them here and there. I usually try to yell for help but can’t get it out. Over the years I have been successful with being able to yell help and it wakes me up. It’s terrifying that’s for sure.

  13. Hi, utoday it was my first and I hope last experience with sleep paralysis. I had a normal dream where I was playing with my new puppy and I heard his paws walking on the floor, but then it changed. I turned on my back (while sleeping I was facing celling) and that’s where it started. Everything was black and from puppy’s paws sound it became somehow foot. I tried to open my eyes and I saw my room. I’m laying in my bed. Something was running around my bed. I closed my eyes again I didn’t want to see it. I tried to move but I couldn’t. The same when I tried to scream, I was just not able to. It started laughing and I was scared to death. I was praying God in my head to help me wake up. And he heard me. I woke up. I was so happy but still scared to go to sleep again. It was at 1 am. I prayed again to Lord to help me sleep normally again. I played songs to my sleep, still had a feeling something is watching me but later on I was sleeping. I’m still scared but I’m praying to not happen that again.

    1. I’ve had several sleep terrors also they started when I was 18 or 19. My first I can remember very well I woke up in the middle of the night and it felt like something was sitting on my face and my hands where crossed on my chest and I couldn’t move at all and my cover was wrapped around me super tight on my face and body. I couldn’t move or scream. My most recent happened today. I was dreaming about telling my mom that I keep having these dreams that wake me up and I can’t move or do anything. But when I went to her room I was telling her and she disappeared and something came craw running through the door and I blacked out and woke up under a coffee table and I couldn’t move or talk so I kept trying to and the thing felt like it was a part of the back of my head and I was hearing a very deep demonic voice saying “ your mine, you can’t do nothing nobody is going to save you”. So I kept banging my back of my head against the coffee table then I could move my hand so I grabbed the back of my head and it felt like it went through and I yanked the thing and it felt like I was coming out my body also and I could start crawling towards the door and I was tryna scream my mom name and I couldn’t still because the voice came back. I then started banging my head on the door and I pulled and I saw the numbers “246808” and I repeated them and I woked up at 8:19 in the morning with my blanket on my face with my hands reaching behind my pillow.

  14. I’ve always experienced sleep paralysis. But this year it’s happening more often. It happens at least once a month now. I become terrified every single time and can’t sleep for days after an experience. Yesterday night was different. I felt pinned down and paralyzed. I identified it was sleep paralysis and I really focused on moving my toes and fingers. The thing got super mad that I was resisting, and it ripped me out of bed and threw me against the wall and laughed. I immediately woke up from that. But my body is so sore as if I actually was thrown against the wall. We need to study this phenomenon more. It’s more than I dream, I swear.

  15. Hi, I heard female voices saying that “I’m learning” others were saying it in shock too “he’s learning”. I woke up shouting out something but couldn’t sleep after that.

  16. I’m not one to believe in ghosts or demons but the sleep paralysis I’ve experienced does make me query it!
    I went through a stage of crying nearly every night not wanting to go to bed just like a child, the thought of sleeping and not knowing whether I was going to experience the disturbingly scary, very real demons that visit during my sleep. The worst sleep paralysis that I will never be able to forget was one where I woke and could not move I tried screaming, nothing came out! During this I throw myself out of bed shuffling around the floor like a fish out of water, in this dream my partner was stood in the doorway, I was still trying to scream, then…. I got picked up thrown all around the room, every time I thought I was going to hit the floor I was pulled back up again. The dream must have only been seconds but it felt like it went on all night!! The scariest thing iv ever experienced, at the time my son was born with kidney failure so I usually put it down to stress. That was 5 years ago and now it has returned and I don’t know what to do, feel like a child again fearing bedtime in the dark! I wish there was something I could do to make this go away!

  17. I have never reached out and talked about my experience before but recently I have been thinking about it a lot lately and wanted to see if anyone has had a similar experience to mine. My experience happened about 2 years ago. It was a normal night I went to sleep fine and all of a sudden during a dream I felt myself being sucked out of my dream if that makes since. I could feel myself being pulled out of the dream I was having and completely aware of my surroundings but I could not move my body at all. I was laying on the left side of my bed on my stomach at the very corner of the bed. I feel something start to crawl from the other side of the bed towards me. I feel it holding its self up over the top of me but it never touches me. It just says in a mechanical voice in my ear “ hello my mortal darling, you will die of free will” and then boom I’m awake. I’m wide awake but I’m so terrified of what just happened to me that I could not move my body for a good 15- 20 mins after that. This was so terrifying because the voice was not of this earth I have never heard anything like it. Since that night I never have had another experience. Has anyone had sleep paralysis where something has spoken to them before? This felt so real like I was in another realm though and something really was communicating with me.

    1. Jesus lord that’s terrifying. Try not to dwell on it too much. You don’t want to manifest it happening again. Also I can assure you that I don’t think it was something from another realm or alien. It used an endearment “Darling” which seems like more of a human thing but its obviously not a human considering it called you a “mortal”. How odd.

    2. I just had an experience where I felt like someone sitting on my bed. Literally felt the mattress compressing then getting up and moving around bed and then sitting again. I wanted to yell but couldn’t. Followed by a violent dream where two beings were trying to harm me and destroyed my house and phone. I couldn’t break free and they kept attacking me. My pets were missing but I went to the roof and saw my dog on another rooftop. I dove off the roof to try and escape. This terrifying cycle of fighting and escaping continued for what felt like hours. I finally got to my dog. And he vocally encouraged me. I eventually woke broke from paralysis and reached for my phone at which point everything in the news feed I thought was offering a more demonic message.
      I am not a person who believes in these things but felt like I was seeing a deeper meaning in all these social media events.

      1. I just experienced the same thing 2 nights ago. The bed compressing next to me and something walking around my bed and not being able to move or talk. When I woke from the paralysis, my dog was looking in the spot where the shadow figure was. It is terrifying.

  18. I have always experienced sleepwalking and night terrors since being a child. However, last night was the first time experiencing what I now understand to be ‘sleep paralysis’. It involved waking up at around 3:30 am and feeling that a negative presence was in my bedroom watching me, whilst laying on my side I noticed just really dark black hands holding my hands down with force, I couldn’t physically move or shout out for help. This lasted for over 5 mins, scary stuff 🤣

  19. First, I am so sorry to everyone that has had these types of terrifying experiences, I wish we knew more about them so we could eliminate them. I’ve had many, and I mean, A Lot, throughout my life. The first one I recall, I was probably 8-10 and the usual paralysis was there and standing in my doorway was a very tall black figure. I was so afraid but that was it, just the feeling of an evil presence and luckily it was fleeting. Sadly, as I got older these experiences only worsened. There was one instance where I was asleep on my stomach, my face was towards my door and there was a tall, black mass standing directly beside my bed. I couldn’t move or scream but I thought if I could move my arm quickly towards the figure it’d disappear. I don’t know how I managed but I swung my arm and it didn’t go Through the mass, it hit it, it hit something physical and hard. Of course when I awoke completely there was nothing there. This same type of experience happened much later in life where I felt the fear, the dread, the extent and depth of these emotions really are paralyzing and I’ve NEVER felt them in my waking hours. There was, always is, the feeling of an Extremely ominous, dangerous and evil presence. It will hold me down, as though I’m being forced deeper into the bed and the moment I pray to God or start singing something like ‘Amazing Grace’, I wake up and it’s gone. I’ve also had a pup sleeping with me during one instance and I thought if I could just move my feet to touch him, where he was laying at the end of the bed, maybe that’d wake me up. Well it did, I touched something, I woke up immediately, however, my dog wasn’t at the end of the bed, he was sleeping up by my head and there was nothing at the foot of my bed. I’m writing this because this last year I’ve had the most frequent ones I’ve ever had and one has become reoccurring. I hesitate to share this because it’s very personal but my hope is it could help someone know they aren’t alone in their experiences. I live with my husband but we have separate rooms for nights when his snoring keeps me up. 😊 Anyway, each time this has happened I’ve always thought it was him. I’d vaguely see a male figure standing in my doorway and walk to the side of my bed. I’m frozen and when I realize I can’t move or speak it obviously hits me it’s not my husband. It’s a Very Strong Male presence and the fear I feel, terrifying, dread, horror, panic, these words cannot describe how truly horrible I feel. The figure stands for a time and then leans down and whispers in my ear, 5 times he repeats this, ‘kill yourself’. I’m eventually able to wake up and I’m covered in sweat and crying. I’ve been reading so much on this and it’s truly difficult to believe these occurrences are nothing more than your brain mixing up signals. I do of course believe that. There’s too much evidence supporting it, however, a part of me thinks there’s more to it than we can even realize. Lastly, this happened last night. I suppose that’s why I’m writing this novel 😊 because it’s stuck with me. I fell asleep on the couch with one of my dogs and was laying on my side. I woke up to the sound of my husband calling my name. Clear as day it Was his voice but to my horror, I couldn’t move. I knew it was just another ‘sleep paralysis’ instance and when I looked up I saw a tall, lengthy, male figure standing a fair distance away from me. Then I heard my name called again but this time it was a malicious, maniacal male voice almost laughing as he repeatedly called my name. I’ve only been this scared when the reoccurring dreams happened. This figure walked closer to me and I managed to say ‘Go Away and leave me alone’, then I fell off of the couch and could move again. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep much after this and when I did I had a nightmare, I don’t know what happened but I woke up sweating, trying to catch my breath, tears streaming down my face and shaking uncontrollably. For anyone that takes the time to read this, I strongly urge praying, singing a spiritual song and willing any part of your body to move. I usually concentrate on trying to vocalize something to make whatever’s happening stop. I’ve been dealing with this for nearly 30 years and most experiences are different but you WILL be ok after, you WILL be ok during it as well. It still doesn’t change the fact that these experiences are beyond terrifying and I strongly believe there are underlying reasons for these things to happen. Especially when you consider we don’t actually use our entire brain, there’s bound to be many unexplainable things and this, in my opinion, plays a larger role than we know. Again, I’m sorry for anyone that experiences things like this. Especially often. I pray you are able to learn ways to deal with them quickly and that ideally they occur less often, if ever again. God Bless you all and Thank You to everyone who’s shared their experience(s). It’s comforting knowing we’re not alone in these dreadful types of situations. Hold fast to your Faith though because I believe that’s what will undoubtedly get you through them and help you cope and become stronger. You are not alone, you’re not crazy (even though I feel like at times I am) and this obviously happens to many people. So rest assured you’re never alone. Please Take Care & again, God Bless.

    1. It started happening to me at the age of 13, I was afraid to fall asleep, fear of sleep paralysis as they called it happens again. Anyway I’m 36years old and up to this morning about 1:35 am I woke up and couldn’t fall asleep and it happens again, at first I was struggling to fall asleep then all of a sudden, u start feeling very sleepy then eventually ur body stifens up and can’t move at all. It had a time I just give up trying to fight it off and I actually felt like someone is having intercourse with me. The only thing does give me comfort is when I started praying, but it still happens to me, I really I’m truly sorry to hear other people as well going true the same thing, whenever I mention it in person to anyone, they’ll say I’m hallucinating.

    2. I feel this so much. I actually sleep in a separate room from my fiancé from time to time too because of his snoring and moving haha, and 2 nights ago I was sleeping alone and became paralyzed (which used to happen a lot) but this is the first time I experienced something. I could feel it sitting on the bed next to me and starting to walk around the bed (hoping it was my boyfriend coming into the room) but as soon as I came out of the paralysis, I sat up and saw the shadow man walking at the edge of my bed. I yelled out “mom!” and grabbed my phone for a light as fast as I could and it was gone. I do wish that we could figure out what this is!! Thanks for sharing your story though.

  20. I have a dream that a devil was choking me and trying to take over my body. It feels so real I don’t want to go back to sleep because I think it was real. I was having a normal dream when it happened next thing I know I was being choked by a devil. I feel like I couldn’t breathe. Am I the only that experiences this?

  21. I’ve experienced sleep paralysis several times. More recently, it happens when I wake up early mornings to use the restroom. As I prepare to go back to bed, I lay on my stomach, somewhere between being awake and still trying to “stay sleep”. As soon as I lay down, I can’t move my body and it feels like something is pushing my bed from underneath me. I’ll literally feel my mattress being pushed up. It’s gotten to the point, that I just remain relaxed and just pray or either close my eyes and just go to sleep. It’s best to ignore and remain calm. When we get frightened, we can enhance the experience. “If” it is an entity, it feeds on fear. So have no fear! We belong to God and nothing can hurt us. We are powerful!

  22. Disturbing ones of a guy floating above me waiting to attack me. It was an ex who terrorized me.
    Then there was a corpse who was a guy in a body bag also floating above me. I have trouble with spiders and Beatles crawling on my sheets. It started when I moved out on my own.

  23. I too experience this. It is an awful experience. Something touching you. Things coming off walls, phones, thrown, haircut, scatches on the body, etc. Can’t move.paralyzed… Ooh GOOD GOD HELP ME!

  24. I have only had ones where I see a relative. It wasn’t scary like hey get up time to study and I would say I can’t move and then when I could I would run and wake my mom up at 1:00am and find out it was paralysis. But then years after I would see a floating hag flying towards my face saying my name. Other times I would actually be capable of moving my body I would sit up and see this blonde boy with huge wide black hole eyes staring at me I would look and say oh another demon and hide under my covers. I’ve had these rarely tho. I’m never really paralyzed or I might be waking up and paralyzed and I force myself to fall off the bed. But I just had one where I was on my side and I woke up and then it was there in my face saying my name and “you have parents” I was like no shit I know that and I found out I couldn’t speak or move and just tried to block it out. Just don’t care about sleep demons I have better things to do 🤣

  25. So I had just had a dream and I have always had the same dreams. They have never changed they just kind of go on rotation. But there are a lot of them do I end up forgetting them but if I remember them I don’t dream about them again. Anyway, I was having a dream right. I was skateboarding (I can’t skateboard) and I had gone down to my local shops and I saw a friend of mine, but it was getting really dark and he wasn’t saying anything. I couldn’t see his face and then a bunch of his friends (whom I couldn’t see) came and they all started to walk away and I asked why he(my friend) looked so sad(I just knew he was sad) and no reply but one if his friends chucked me a torch but it was do dark it barely worked. So I hoped in the car (I apparently drove down??) And went home. Then I remember waking up in my bed and I had a floating sensation. Like someone was picking me up with two fingers. And that happened 3 times. Then my covers were yanked off just around my thigh area and suddenly everything was really tight around there. Like something was squeezing me really tightly. And at first, I didn’t really know what to think about. But I couldn’t move. And my foot felt squeezed as well. That when I woke up for real and I was face up under the covers of my bed. God that was really terrifying, but I’m not sure what it is tho, sleep paralysis?

  26. I was sleeping and I felt a whole weight on me where I couldn’t move my body or anything at all as I try to half awake/half asleep then I hear an ugly mumbling guys voice in Munich ear but couldn’t understand at all as I try to get up from the bed or call for help I couldn’t move or speak till I tried very hard n it stopped then.

    1. Reanna, this exact same scenario just happened to me at 3:30am this morning. He cuddled up to me and wrapped his arms around me so tight. And then started mumbling…it took all my strength to break his arms away from me so I good sit up in bed. Scared the hell outta me. I got up and checked my house for intruders. It was so real. That mumbling…

      1. I just had a dream almost identical to this last night. A man or someone was sitting on my back as I laid face down mumbling and squeezing my rib cage as tight as he could with the sides of his knees and strength of his thighs. I had to consciously tell myself to breathe because it became more and more difficult. And I swear my ribs hurt today.

        1. I experienced this for the first time ever last night. I was lying on my stomach next to my baby’s co-sleeper bassinet (which is right up against the edge of my bed). I woke up and heard this weird static noise and thought ‘oh no, something is about to happen to me’. Before I could move, I felt this crushing weight on my back as if someone was sitting on me, and I could hear this whispering that I can only describe as demonic in my ear. I was trying desperately to scream or make noise, thinking that if I could wake up someone else in the house then it would go away. I couldn’t make any noise, and was still only able to move my eyes. I was looking up at the bassinet and it was suddenly empty, and that’s when I got really angry (as well as terrified) and I felt like it took all my strength to force my way out of the paralysis. As soon as I was able to move, my baby was back where she was supposed to be. Although for some reason it took a minute for her face to appear normal to me instead of distorted.
          I barely slept again after that, and my back is really sore now this morning. I hope that never ever happens again.

  27. I literally just had this dream about 10 mins ago.
    It started off as a normal dream
    I’m not gonna start from the beginning because that’s to much and not really important I don’t think anyways so I was outside with my family and we gonna play beer pong at the same time I’m trying to text my boyfriend to come outside and play too as I’m doing that he walks out and then I’m in my bed laying down I look to my right and there is a like motor car ( like the kid size ones that they get on and can drive all around ) anyways it’s just chilling and then my dog and cat are on top and it turns on and I’m like wtf like how ( it literally sounds like a car and has headlight and everything ) so they jump off and come on the bed with me (so I’m low key freaked out cause it not like they can just turn on a car but getting on it) so I’m still laying there now I’m yelling my boyfriend name trying to get him to come to bed ( where he is 😒) but then I get this overwhelming feeling of being watch and I can’t move anything but head but I don’t want to move my head cause I don’t wanna see what is staring at me cause I just know something is there so I move my eyes to the right and it was like some figure that moves really fast in place and it was just staring so I’m thinking to myself don’t give in and freak out cause that only gives it power but it’s really difficult to do that because well its freaking scary and I can just feel my fear getting stronger it’s crazy how I could feel it that much and I look again and it’s arm are like reaching for me and I try to tell for My bf but nothing comes out . I can also hear tv in the next room but I can’t scream so no one can hear me but I remember thinking if the tv is on then it must be my papa watching tv and it’s early in the morning so it’s almost daylight. Then I close my eyes and it’s gone I get up and I run super fast and go outside I see my bf then I wake up sweating. That’s usually how I know o had a bad dream if I can’t remember what it was.

    The fear I felt was the worst part about it it was so unreal like I wish I could somehow explain but I can’t find the words.
    This is the 3rd one I had that I remember where I couldn’t scream or anything and there is a figure or something scary. The first one was a black figure above me and the second one was at the edge of my bed it was on its hand and knees staring at me. This 3rd one was the worst by far.
    It’s 5:44 and I’m low key glAd cause the sun coming up soon and I can get some good sleep then.

  28. I have recurring dreams, usually demons throwing me around a room, high ceilings with beams, bashing me around. I go with the flow and tell them I know they aren’t real until I wake up!
    More scarily are the dreams when I’m pinned down, paralyzed on my belly, demon heavy breathing in my ear, and squeezing my arms tightly. I live alone, these are terrifying and I struggle to go back to sleep as I’m too scared.

    Last night was awful, demon was very aggressive, I feel exhausted this morning.

  29. I have sleep paralysis very frequently. I also have night terrors with and without the paralysis. I think I had my first episode when I was about 8 or 9.
    I have had so many I could write a book. My most recent was a black figure of some sort. I’ve had those a lot. Black imminently dangerous figures coming down on me and if they touch me I will surely die. I have had a lot where I try to pull myself out of it and am aware if my husband is in the bed next to me or not. I have woke him up in the living room making myself make a noise trying to cry like a baby louder and louder because I thought it would get his attention and get him to come into the bedroom and wake me out of it.
    I don’t know that I believe they are fully scientifically explained.

  30. I first had sleep paralysis when I was young and the fifth grade. I was asleep with my back against the wall on my side. I heard scratching behind me like scratching noises on a wall. I open my eyes, and tried to look behind me to see where the scratching noises were coming from. I was so scared because I didn’t know what was behind me and I looked outside of my door and I see a figure a dark shadow it almost look like a male but he was in Black no face no features and I came outside of my body and I even looked at my body and I could also see the figure staring at my body. That night I was so confused and frightened I didn’t know what it was until I looked it up and found out thought I was sleep paralysis ever since that night I’ve been having them every once in a while. If it involves a demon I usually pray close my eyes until I fully wake up my body and open my eyes and I can move. But if it doesn’t involve demon and swear I can’t move and I don’t see nothing I just moved my toes my fingers and try to think of other things.

  31. These experiences are dreadful. I’ve lived by myself for the past 2.5 years and have had these experiences 4-5 times.
    The first couple of times, it was an animal that jumped on the end of my bed and crept up towards me. Two times it curled up next to me and layed down. Then the last time, it was on top of me and had its claws in my arm and was biting me – even though I was paralyzed, I was trying to grab hold of it and tear it off me. I was in excruciating pain and was yelling out. I then woke up.
    The nightmares feel so real.
    Last night I have a dream that involved a man (current partner who doesn’t live with me) lying beside me, I have my back to him. I felt him moving next to me, ruffling the bed-sheets. I slightly turned over and could almost see his face. It was sort of him but not quite.
    I was confused as to how and why he’d come into my house/bedroom in the middle of the night without me knowing. Then, there was another person (man with blonde hair who I didn’t recognise, holding a white/cream poodle-like puppy). The man looked to be wearing a red top and he was pacing up and down the side of the bed of my partner. I couldn’t speak and was terrified and confused. I couldn’t roll over to turn my bedside lamp on. Then, a figure with many arms (dark shadow) was right near me on my side of the bed. I was trying so hard to speak words that wouldn’t come out. Two people and a scary black figure all present. I remember screaming WHY really loud, it was the only word that I managed to say. I woke myself up hearing my own voice.
    Flicked the bedside light on immediately. So terrifying. Don’t want to sleep by myself tonight. Scared big time.

  32. I fell asleep on my side and I thought I was awake in my bed in the same position I fell asleep in but I wasn’t. I felt someone breathing and pushing up on me but couldn’t turn behind me. It started laughing then it licked me. I couldn’t move my arm but I whispered out that you are not ish.. I finally woke up and jumped up and check if my neck was wet but I was good.

  33. I was lightly dozing on my side when I felt a heavy weight upon me. A patch of static electricity was running down my back, like stroking me over and over. I could not open one eye, feeling that something was holding it shut, but the other was wide open. I used a great effort to raise my body up and turn over. The heaviness and static departed and I could open both eyes. I decided to get off the bed and walk around for a while.

    1. Stella about the same occurrence happened to me this morning. I have suffered from sleep paralysis since I was little. Today was totally different. I kept going in and out of sleep this morning when I felt a strong presence jump on the bed and placed all their weight on me. I tried to open my eyes several times but it felt like someone was holding them shut. Finally, after 2 minutes I was about to open them but not move any part of my body for another 2 mins. This was a very scary occurrence.

    2. Can you tell me more about your experience….could you hear static noise too?
      I had this very exact experience early hours of this morning and it was frightening.
      I laid on my side…I was already half-awake as my alarm had gone off. I suddenly could hear static and I was paralyzed. I felt crawling around my body and dropped an enormous weight on my back as if it were “spooning” me. When it stroked my back and my arms I felt static energy patches…

  34. I work night shift, and after my shift one morning, I came home and went to bed. My husband was at work (he works days). I was sleeping on my stomach and at some point I woke up. I knew something was in the room, I knew I was scared but I couldn’t move. My eyes were open and looking at my closet, but I couldn’t move, and I could hear my dog sit up. Then it was like I was drugged and I went back to sleep, almost like when you have surgery. I woke up remembering everything.

  35. I have experienced many of these in my lifetime, it is always a demonic/evil being. A few of them I’ve believed it was Satan himself. Laughing at me, talking to me. The experience of each one is getting worse and worse. I had one last night and it was the most terrifying yet! This one, the being actually gripped my arm and was pulling me from my bed while taunting me, laughing, being nasty. I could actually feel his long nails digging into my skin. I felt as if my husband recognized my plight, and they were playing tug of war with me. This most recent one has left me extremely terrified.

    1. Whoa, I totally understand. I couldn’t really breathe and all I heard was laughing and whispering. I felt like demons were snickering because I couldn’t move.

    2. I had this same experience, it kept repeating “do you still believe in your god now” and I was trying so hard to say yes. It took me forever to get back to the real world

  36. I’ve been experiencing sleep paralysis for a few years now. At first only if I fell asleep on my back but now it doesn’t matter it just happens whenever. Are usually try to wiggle my head and then I could get my whole body to wiggle and that will wake me up. Tonight it happened to me four times in a row each time I was able to get my body to wiggle and then I could get up but every time I go to far back asleep it would happen again. The hallucinations are crazy while this is happening the last time does happen tonight I felt like my head was falling off the back of something maybe a wall or building something high up that’s how I felt. Good luck to any of you guys that are having this.

  37. I saw my hand in a dream trying to push a demon away from me. He was naked and I could see it was a man. I attempted to pull his penis from his body but I couldn’t move my hand. My body was paralyzed. That’s when I woke up and saw him kneeling on top of my body almost in a position of urinating. That’s when I screamed “Jehova”. It’s a name connected to God and It worked. The figure disappeared. It woke my daughter who was also sleeping on the bed. I turned the light on and tried to sleep. When I felt sleepy again I turned the light off but soon turned it on again because the cat wouldn’t stop crying. Eventually, I was able to fall back asleep again. This happened about two nights ago around 3am. My one and only experience of this kind. Definitely paralysis of the body.

      1. My sleep paralysis story

        I sleep on my stomach a lot. I had recently decided to read my bible & listen to more Christian messages on YouTube before bed. I had been doing laundry and cleaning the house all night and comfortably went to bed. I was a bit antsy, felt nervous for no reason and couldn’t get situated. I closed my eyes & drifted off to sleep.

        Boom boom boom boom boom! I heard what sounded like someone running up or down the stairs. Immediately I woke and could see out my bedroom door into the living room. I started to get up and run in there to see what it was. I lifted my head off the pillow and immediately felt something lay on top of me. Something so heavy, I knew I couldn’t fight it. Like a steamroller that quickly started at my legs, over my back, and pinned my shoulders down to the bed. I was still looking towards the living room when I heard a voice. My eyes grew large and fear set in as I heard a demonic whisper say “Your girl ran.” …
        It was right in my ear. I could feel the breath on my ear. It felt that close. Terrifying. I looked at the clock & it was 1:01am. So it was at exactly 1:00am when it took place.
        Immediately I called out the name of Jesus. With the side of my head stuck to the pillow and my eyes about to bug out of my skull, I kept saying “Jesus”. For about 5 seconds I could do nothing but feel that weight on my back. In a split second I was released and was able to get up. It was so real, I realized I was wide awake and I’m writing about it now because it just happened. It was by far the most terrified and helpless I’ve ever been. I don’t know what “Your girl ran.” means, but just typing that again and re-hearing that makes me shiver with fright. Scared to go back to sleep. Absolutely terrifying.

    1. I’ve had several over the years with gaps in between of these sleep paralysis demon experiences. Recently I had one a few nights ago. I was lying on my right side in bed, and was falling into deep sleep, then suddenly I felt something jump on my left shoulder; then heard it hovering around my head. As it hovered around my head I heard it making these creepy animal like noises. I imagined it to be a small gargoyle with wings. I couldn’t move, I prayed inside my head over and over to Jehovah God to cast out this demon, and suddenly it was gone, and I awoke in the middle of the night, and told my husband about my experience. I know it must be demons. I’m a Devout Christian woman, whose always in God’s word, and always talking about God and Jesus. I’m married to a man that has issues with alcohol. Recently I found that he chews tobacco. The demons are attracted to people who have addictions.

  38. I have been having these dreams since I was a kid but it’s become more regular and scarier as an adult. Just last week I dreamt I woke in bed and there was someone standing in the room then they crawled over to my bed and started grabbing at my feet. I couldn’t move but I could scream for help. I kept yelling at my boyfriend to get this guy off of my feet. When I woke up my boyfriend said I was really screaming those things and he didn’t know what was going on.

  39. I’ve had sleep paralysis since I was a child. As a child I wasn’t terrified of it because I wasn’t experiencing hallucinations. As of 2015 it started getting worse I would have it almost every night I be in a state and feel like claws on my body it really terrified me when I first heard that evil voice whisper in my ear the voice sounded so clear it spoke English I was trying to block out what it was saying. I have sleep paralysis at least several times a month just had an episode Sunday it’s supernatural It feels like a spiritual attack it terrifies me to sleep it be times I’m fatigued try to doze off I feel a hypnic jerk on the right side of my face it startles me I’ve also had exploding head syndrome while dozing it feels like a gunshot going off in my head I think it’s all connected to Sleep Paralysis when I call Jesus during it I be feeling like I’m being shaken it’s real if I never experienced it I wouldn’t believe it Thanks 4 letting me share my experience

    1. Man I go through the same thing bruh. That’s why I’m up reading these stories. I’ve been having it for a few years now. It used to only happen if I fall asleep on my back but now it just happens whenever.
      Good luck man this shit sucks

    2. My experience is similar. I remember having my first episode as a toddler literally sleeping between my parents. As I got older I remember having sleep paralysis in school, on an airplane, at a friend’s house. To date, I experience sleep paralysis a few times each month. I’m relieved when I can go a few weeks without. I used to feel the pressure in my lower abdomen now its more in my upper chest area. When it’s really bad it can occur 2-3 times in one night. Over the past few years when I call the name “Jesus” I feel the same shaking in my head every time. I look at it now from a scientific standpoint and I hope there’s some natural relief to sleep paralysis. Drinking water before bed seems to help me. It’s extremely annoying. Also, counting helps me to relax while timing it. Eventually, I plan on seeing a sleep specialist. All the best to you and anyone else who shares any similarity. We’ll be alright.

  40. I woke up at 4 almost 5 in the morning to something near my bedroom door whispering it was coming for me, that it was time for me to come with it. I felt my boyfriend next to me & when I tried to nudge him I realized I couldn’t move. I tried to yell his name but no words came out my mouth, all while this Thing was still whispering. I kept hearing the floor creak as it got closer. I couldn’t move, I couldn’t scream the only thing I could feel was the fear in my heart that was getting heavier by the second. When I heard the floor creak almost next to me I stopped trying to scream and said a prayer calling on the name of The Lord. I finally woke up and realized my boyfriend was gone. I grabbed my phone so I could use the flashlight & when I have seen the time I knew he had to have been gone for at least 20 mins. I called him & he was already almost at work. He stayed on the phone with me until I calmed down. I couldn’t stop crying, I never felt so much fear in my heart. I grabbed my iPad and researched why I experienced this.

    1. I have been experiencing the same dreams or nightmares or something just yakking at my covers. I have a numbness throughout my body. I seem to think that I can actually see my room making me think I am awake. I am at a loss I don’t know what to do.

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