Sleep Paralysis

Rakel Henriksen (@hachiko) 10 years, 9 months ago

I just wanted to know if any of you have experienced it?

It’s said that when you enter a sleep paralysis your mind wake up but your body is paralyzed so that you cannot move. They also say that it occurs either when you fall asleep or when you wake up. When people enter sleep paralysis they find themselves in their room (or wherever they fell asleep) but they might get hallucinations where they see, hear or feel someone/something else in the room.

The reason why I want to ask if any of you have experienced this before is because I tend to experience this quite often. Almost as often as I have lucid dreams. And I know some experts/doctors say that sleep paralysis might come after having a lucid dream. The only fault in my case is that I have the sleep paralysis while sleeping during the day, and when the night comes I have lucid dreams.

Also I know that many see the sleep paralysis as an illness, but I find it quite interesting as I feel it is more connected to the spiritual world. Feel free to laugh or anything. But ever since I learned how to stay in "control" of my sleep paralysis, I’ve been more aware of everything that happens. The only time I felt panic through my body was when one of these "hallucinations" whispered in my ear the words "is it alive".

Does anyone know the feeling?

February 26, 2011 at 1:10 am
Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

I think I experienced this once and only for a few seconds and I also thought it was interesting in the same way. I love stuff like that (in the way you describe it, I’ve heard others).

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CJV (2) (@somuch2say) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

I believe that when that occurs it’s because you’re waking up but you’re brain is still in REM sleep. So you find yourself unable to move. But as far as the hallucinations go, that might be part of your dream state. So you’re awake but still experiencing the dream.

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CJV (2) (@somuch2say) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

here’s a better explanation since i didn’t do a great job. lol

Cheyne believes sleep paralysis to be an hallucination created by physical things occurring in the body as a result of a dysfunction or malfunction of the normal R.E.M. state of sleep. This malfunction may be brought on by life stressors or sleep deprivation. Cheyne has also discovered a much higher incidence of sleep paralysis for those who sleep on their back. He has found that changing sleep position can reduce the incidence of these nightmares. He also suggests getting up and physically moving around after having an episode as several can occur in one night.

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alan kaye (0) (@incognito) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

In studying OOBE’s they say sleep paralysis occurs just before leaving the body – it’s the ideal situation to have an OOBE – it’s scary I know I have had it happen and now I am trying to control it by realizing if I go with it I may experience an out of body experience. It’s natrual though don’t worry about it.

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Rakel Henriksen (3) (@hachiko) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

@Martijn Schirp I know! It is quite a fascinating subject when you first experience it. If you don’t start to panic and become scared of the whole sleep paralysis.

@CJV I know several can occur in one “night”(as for me it’s in the daytime). I have to say I’ve experienced that even though I did get up and walk around. I think for some the “getting up and walk around” part will work. For me it does not really matter if I have several as I’ve become used to them. Although I might be quite tired after the experience.


@Alan
Kaye I’ve heard about that theory and that’s why I find it interesting, and not scary at all. Except from that one time when I heard the whisper in my ear.
And I think you should try to have the OOBE. I think it is quite possible if you just relax and let yourself experience the OOBE without too many questions.
It is actually a wonderful feeling when you first get to “control” your sleep paralysis and come back without a “fight”.

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Syn.Ther. (46) (@luna) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

I guess the closest thing I have experienced to that, besides the actual paralysis, which I may have experienced, but I am not sure as to exactly how to describe it, is when using N2O

it can be such an illuminating experience, the trick indeed is to let fear outside ;)

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Sofia (3) (@leivailya) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

@Rakel Henriksen, I know what you mean. I’ve experienced it a few times but I can’t control it. It’s extremely ‘painful’ and trying to move will only make it worse. I always realize after awhile that all I can do to get out of it is to relax so I can fall back into a ‘normal’ stage of sleeping and through that wake up into reality. Only my last PA, about 3 months ago, I had ‘someone’ in the room. It, a male like spirit, was entering and leaving my room numerous of times. It was the worst one that I’ve ever had and I promised myself during the PA that I would never fall asleep in my apartment again. At this awake stage I can only see it as interesting.

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Myriah (3) (@mdenson) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

I have had this same experience and I absolutely hate it. I panic every time because I am a big control person and not having the ability to control my body frightens the bajesus out of me. Also I don’t know what your “presence” feeling is like but mine feels like it’s sitting on my chest and making it hard to breath.

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Myriah (3) (@mdenson) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

Also how do you control it?

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Sofia (3) (@leivailya) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

If you want to get away from it – Try to breath quicker, scrunch your face, force your eyes open or just blink, do these movements repeatedly until you wake up. Panicking might extend the process of waking up since it stimulates your emotions and will make the SP more intense. You can also think about someone or something that you love to calm you down. Some people can speak during their SP so if you have partner and sleep beside them you can make up a word to say so they can help you to wake up. Don’t try to scream or force it out, your imagination might take over and the word will stay inside your dream.

To enjoy it – Some people use their SP as an easy way to jump in to a lucid dream or to enter an out-of-body experience. There is numerous of ways to do this… Here is Ryan Hurd explaining his way of turning an SP into a lucid dream. http://dreamstudies.org/2011/02/08/3-techniques-for-transforming-sleep-paralysis-into-a-lucid-dream/

I haven’t been able to enjoy my SP’s so far but after I started to read about it I can’t wait for another one.

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Maureen Anne Satana (2) (@blackcat143) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

:] —- – don’t panic
:) —– – slowly, feel your nerves and lil by lil take a dEEeEeeep breath…
:’) —- – then think that your moving your feet and your hands..
——————–> (MOVE it)
:{) — – after that everything is gonna be okie…
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and CONGRATULATIONS feels like you just lost a pound,,, lol
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This happen to me before :))

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Myriah (3) (@mdenson) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

I will definitely try not to panic anymore, but the feeling is scary. But now I have a new reason to look forward to sleep.

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Chris (1) (@chris) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

Whenever I go through a wake-induced lucid dream, I go through the paralysis and also hallucinate. I could be wrong, but I think everyone is paralyzed when they go to sleep, they just aren’t conscious of it. When we mix consciousness (lucidity) with sleep (unconsciousness) weird and wonderful things are bound to happen, Rakel. And I agree with the spiritual world thing.

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Myriah (3) (@mdenson) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

@Chris you are paralyzed when you enter REM as a safeguard so that your body does not act out what is happening in your dreams.

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Chris (1) (@chris) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

THAT’S what it is, yeah.

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Myriah (3) (@mdenson) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

So it happened to me again this morning (prob cause I’ve been thinking about so much) and it is really hard not to panic. l can say all the information in my head and tell myself that it’s nothing to worry about but l still panic. Does it just take practice and the l’ll get the hang of it or will it just be out of the blue?

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Rakel Henriksen (3) (@hachiko) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

I love to hear that more people experience this, I actually had SP this morning and yesterday! And had my regual LD, as well, so I find this whole thing rather fun. I even started to write down all my dreams and the happenings/feelings/hallucinations from both the LD and the SP.


@Myriah
, it took a lot of practise for my sake. So don’t give up hope just yet. :)

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Slav Boston (0) (@slavi) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

This Happens to me quite often what I came to realize is this happens on the days when I am extremely exhausted weather I’m sleeping during the day or night. Even though this happens quite often I still panic and i tell my self to move my arm and i focus on it really really hard and in short amount of time i gain my movements back. I say short time but truthfully I have no idea how long it really takes. Sometimes I try to scream and even though it feels like I am screaming no one can ever hear me. I wonder how many people across the world experience such phenomenon. I wonder if you are actually awake even though the vision seems to be so vivid.

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Savannah (0) (@gstaxx) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

This happens to me a lot and scare the crap out of me every time. I always panic!! I am however a frequent lucid dreamer which I enjoy! But I never get into it from sleep paralysis.

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Amber Hoeffer (8) (@ambernichole) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

yes, i experience it frequently. The paralysis, the lucid dreaming, the hallucinations, and all that jazz. It seems to happen on a six month cycle or so. One time i was awake and paralized for quite a while and it was the most terrifying thing.

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paul peden (16) (@paul2) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

I too experience it more often than id like.
There is sp(sleep paralysis) and HSP(hallucinogenic/hypnagogic sleep paralysis).
HSP is where your concious mind wakes up yet your brain is paralyzing your body and your pituitary gland is still feeding your brain dmt hence the hallucinations.
These are the most primal fear inducing dreams ive ever had i try so hard to move and scream and fight its useless.
Ive found that if i meditate into my sleep i have (sp).

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Sleep paralysis may be my biggest fear.

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

@Rakel
First off. Holy shit! This is really interesting. Especially when you said “it” or what ever “it” is, or as some would call it, hallucinations whispered “is it alive?”
I have somewhat experienced this before but not to the extent that you have.

I was sleeping and I was aware that I was sleeping, but I was not in REM sleep yet so I was not dreaming. I no longer felt my body anymore and I began to see these strange hallucinations but only for a second before I consciously “woke up”.

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Daniella (347) (@bombdiggity) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

I am so afraid that this will happen to me one day. I would probably think I was abducted by aliens.

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Lizzie (5) (@nymzie) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

Boo at all these scientific reasons. They’re so boring. Believing its the spiritual world come to visit makes SP 100x more exciting.

I used to get it a ll the time. But it has only ever happened to me at my parents house. Scientifically maybe thats because my sleep more deeply at my parent’s house, but I say it must be because my parents house has spirits :P My SP is really nice. It gets all warm and sunny in my room, even if its the middle of the night or its storming outside. My grandparents lived in that house for 40 years so maybe they’re still hanging around and saying hi. How nice is that? <3

I find this really weird, but a lot of people have said when they have bad SPs that calling out for God never seems to help, but calling out for Jesus does. I dont know if that's actually true because I only have good SPs, but I have seen multiple people say it so its worth a try.

I've never tried an OOBE before. I get them really rarely while I'm awake but then I freak out and force my way back in. Maybe I should try it during my next SP.

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