Sleep Paralysis

Rakel Henriksen (@hachiko) 11 years, 7 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
Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 10 years, 11 months ago ago

I used to get this pretty often. It scared the shit out of me and I didn’t know what to do. Usually I would just try and try and try to move my arms, legs and neck until it finally worked and I woke up fast and felt like shit. It was very painful and frustrating, truly horrible. My body was always stiff after this, and I spent the rest of the day with a headache and no energy. At times I didn’t sleep for days because I feared sleep paralysis. But I was doing it all wrong.

I learned that if I just try to open my eyes I would either wake up softly or fall right back into a very lucid dream. That was when I stopped fearing it, it wasn’t bad anymore. Sometimes I even enjoyed it because of the dreams. And when you stop fearing it, it goes away little by little.

Now my sleep is perfect. And I’ve realized the state of sleep paralysis is very similar to a deep meditative state.

Alex (551) (@hollowinfinity) 10 years, 11 months ago ago

Hitchhikers guide had it right. “Don’t Panic”
Consider it a way for your body to tell your brain, “Hey, Get the fuck back in this dream.”

paul peden (16) (@paul2) 10 years, 11 months ago ago

In one of my hsp’s i had a short devil lay flat on my whole body and whisper something sexual, then wrap its hands around my throat and strangle me.
In another a tall black cloaked being stood at the end of my bed and slowly pulled my covers off.
@ alex its so hard not to panic though its like being aware yet you cant control it, its like tripping on a hard drug. and mine occur before i even begin dreaming.
@ general it may be mine as well.


Fucking A! Just a few days after this discussion and it happens to me for the first time. I tried to “bust out of it” all at once, but none of my muscles worked. Then I tried to shout, also didn’t work. Meanwhile, the whole time it feels like I’m sliding off of the bed. Eventually I was able to wiggle my finger and work the movement down my arm till I could move again. So strange.

Luigi (1,453) (@luigiblue) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

I had to bump this discussion because I had a very odd experience of sleep paralysis last night and I wanted to share.

I’ve been experiencing sleep paralysis for quite a while now and it is usually accompanied by some sort of presence or being grabbing me or pulling me in a specific direction. The whole time I am completely terrified and I do whatever it takes to get out of it.

Last night before I went to bed I had this feeling, a feeling like I knew I was going to experience it. I fell asleep and woke up at about 1:30am in complete paralysis, but this time it was different, much different. Like I said, usually it is accompanied by a presence and usually it all terrifies me a lot.

This time I accepted the paralysis, I was in complete control of the situation and I was completely aware. I would lay there and start repeating to myself “Astral Project” over and over. As soon as I concentrated on projecting, I would feel this pulling sensation and at one point one of my legs floated in the air towards the ceiling. I tried really hard to get the rest of my body to project but I couldn’t get it. This went on for what felt like an hour.

The strange part of this was that the whole time I kept turning my head to the right where my phone was charging. I felt this strange energy from my phone, I felt waves and saw flashes coming from it. Like I was witnessing the unseen radiation effects of a phone. It was very strange. Now in the midst of the flashes and waves It sounded as if someone was listening to me on the phone. I heard a strong laugh and I kept turning towards it and telling it to shut up then went back to trying to project. Every time I would fail, it would laugh harder and harder as if it was laughing at me. When I realized the paralysis was going away I stopped and stared at my clock until it completely went away and I was able to move again. Usually when i experience sleep paralysis, when it ends I feel like I fall asleep and wake up again. This time everything was continuous, I never once closed my eyes and I never once felt like I fell back asleep. the clock didn’t jump time or anything. Very strange experience.

Ricardo (32) (@ricardomrodriguez) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

I’m loving this forum, just joined and man oh man i feel like I’m at home :)

Anyways, sleep paralysis has happened to me 3 times to be exact. I never knew what it actually was or even knew it was possible.

The first time it happened I was facing down, I felt as if something was pushing and keeping me down. A strong force, stronger than anything I have ever felt before. It was terrifying to say the least as I had no idea what was going on. I tried to scream, turn around, move my arms, grab whatever it was and nothing. I wanted to freaking cry.

The second time I was laying down facing up with my back against the wall. Woke up in paralysis, again, I freaked out. I tried moving, reaching, trying to get up and nothing. My body just would not move. Then the third time was just like the first one. I seriously thought it was some sort of ‘something’, a presence, someone, an actual force. Now that I know you can try and control it, I’m going to look into it and research more.

Luigi (1,453) (@luigiblue) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

@alexandriabee, I know!!. I felt VERY close. It was all very weird for me because it was the first time I was aware and I wasn’t terrified…I felt in complete control. As soon as I saw my leg float into the air I realized I was close. I am definitely going to keep trying. I feel like I jumped a huge hurdle.

nmhai3 (1) (@nmhai3) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

A little late to this topic, but I have been experimenting with my own sleep paralysis for several years now. I still remember the first one, the fright was terrible. But now, I welcome sleep paralysis and know how to control the fright (mostly).

Here’s what I know:

First episode started circa 12 years ago. Since then, about 2-6 episodes per year. All were frightening with decreasing effect as I come to recognize and “control” the paralysis. I use to get a lot of episodes when I worked long hours and slept late. In fact, if i stay up late, I get a sensation in my body that I know can trigger a sleep paralysis. The sensation is one of “restlessness”, as if I have forced my brain to stay up too long, and now it’ won’t shut off. So my body will rest but my mind will not. The sensation is subtle and but I can feel it. I also notice that when I stay up late to play video games or watch TV, an episode might occur.

I’ve gotten sleep paralysis both going to bed and waking up. Within the more recent years, I have had very interesting episodes! In one episode, when fading in and out of sleep paralysis, I gain a certain clarity that answered a very important question I have been pondering about. My question was regarding a book idea I had on how to make people see the dangers of a incorporated society. And in my fading in and out episode, the answer came to me. I woke up and wrote the answer down.

I’m very direct and “gutsy” and usually don’t tolerate fear, upon me or others. So I have tried to “fight” the paralysis. Sometimes I can wake my self up, sometimes, I tired and sleep takes over. Once I’ve gotten used to the fright, I started experimenting. I have even tried to extend the episode, to see where it would lead me. Nothing special, at least, nothing special yet. I get a feeling of something supernatural going on, not necessarily bad, but something of a higher awareness.

I don’t actively try to induce sleep paralysis anymore, because I have a regular sleep schedule now. I would love to see sleep researchers look more into the topic, I think sleep paralysis knowledge might help us understand ourselves better.

Luigi (1,453) (@luigiblue) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

@nmhai3, I don’t understand why there hasn’t been any extensive research on the subject. A lot of people seem to get it. In my household alone, my mother and sister both get it as well.

Kevin (536) (@placid) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

I’ve experienced it several times most likely because I lucid dream (or at least attempt) often. Few notable experiences though: (I live in a college dorm), I woke up and looked across the room and saw my roommate, he was waving his arms and legs around like the waving balloon thing. It was all distorted and I can remember trying to yell at him but it came out all mumbled. Due to the fact I can’t move.

Second: There was a large man appearing at the side of my bed. It was all black and flashing in and out. This kinda scared the piss out of me.

Third: I hear a noise (Probably hallucinated noise and not an actual noise because it was creepy) to my right. However, I couldn’t move my head in that direction to look at what is making the noise, thus, a scary experience.

I can understand why people think its demonic/supernatural and such because it is quite the experience, however, I still think its my brain producing it all.

OneLoveUSC (2) (@usc1love) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

I get sleep paralysis somewhat frequently, but unfortunately I’ve only legitimately lucid dreamed maybe 2 or 3 times. Maybe I can teach myself how to shift into a lucid state. Anyways, at first the sleep paralysis scared the shit out of me, especially when it occurred with one of the “hallucinations.” It started happening to me so often that I just learned to relax, like most of you all said. Don’t know where I’m going with this, but yea that’s my experience with it.

pat (169) (@epath) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

It’s the scariest thing I have ever experienced and it has happened several times. Recently I read that scientists don’t think it is dangerous; it feels dangerous…so totally not in control. With me, there is a buzzing, sort of low level vibration that is going on in my head.

Ryan (30) (@ryanj) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

I just experienced sleep paralysis when I fell asleep during a car ride and this was the third time I could remember. Probably the most profound experience happened when I woke up and there was a dark being beside my bed that was not completely in my field of view. I had the sensation of my body being taken over by this being. I tried to yell for my fucking mommy, but nothing came out. I escaped slightly by wiggling my toes and fingers and which then mobilized my arms and legs and so on. After concluding that it was in my head, I wanted to experiment and let the hallucination take me over as I went back into paralysis. The sensation became so intense that I had then started feeling the most extreme amount of fear in my life. Somehow this pissed me off and I broke right through the paralysis, attempted to grab the fucker by the neck and then asked what it wanted only to find myself drenched in sweat and fully awake on the floor. Definitely one of strangest experience I’ve had. Any tips on how to use sleep paralysis to your advantage such as to induce lucid dreaming?

Nicole (2) (@jhulyan19) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

Last night is not my first time, but I had it again, I can’t control myself and Im really freaking out inside. But before my sleep paralysis, I had lucid dreaming and Im not that afraid, but I got the feeling that I woke up, it’s like I woke up, but I can’t move. I tried my best and then I escape, I changed my position, I decided to sleep again, but the I had the same feeling, I really can’t move any part, I can hear different voices and it’s so creepy, my heart beats fast so fast, Im trying to open my eyes, I did, but I saw the things in the room falling on me. The panic continues Im trying to talk but I can’t call my cousin *we’re in the same room. I keep going and then Im saying “tssss… tsssss… tssss..” that’s the only thing I can say. After that I escaped, then my cousin told me what’s the problem. She heard me and told me it was so creepy my eyes were half open and producing the “tsss” sound. I told her that Im having the sleep paralysis and I panicked. She told me maybe I should go to a pyschologist.

It was really a nightmare for me. Especially the voices. Gaaah. Creepy.

Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

Stop trying to move people. Let it happen, stay calm, breathe deeply, and soon you will enter the last stage before astral projecting. Your body will soon feel a weird energy flowing from the top of your head to the bottom of your toes(ish). Imagine yourself floating upwards and then bam, you’re out of your body. Have fun :)

Although, I have only been a few inches out of my body, it was cool nonetheless.

Thomas (1) (@thomasmartin) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

So this happen to me a few weeks ago, I love out box thinking an I try to Min. As many beliefs as I can, Why? Beliefs are in stone, children taught beliefs which grow to limit ones mind, where an idea and idea you can grow it can change ..where beliefs are nearly impossible to change with that said..

I feel asleep 2am(ish) and I instantly woke my eyes staring at my entire room side ways, an instantly I realized I couldn’t breath, with in mili-seconds panic took over,once I realized I couldn’t move an entire body part..but this wasnt the scariest was the presence of someone directly over my shoulder in my blind spot, and I sense an hear someone (thing) doing something I didn’t feel comfortable with…seconds went buy, my eyes closed,than reopend, and when I tell you I jumped up, and ran around my room like the road runner, I kid you NOT, it was by far the scariest paranormal event I’ve ever experienced, I was so grateful for my instant breath of air..and the alarming sense I know something know one else does..I’ve done few hrs research that scientifically said it’s normal experience yadda yadda..but me being human and having spirit, and my senses I tell you I was starttled, I’m very happy that HE had so many similar results,I can get relief from..not many people understand the HIGHER existing =) thanks for everyones input!

Meghan (218) (@meghan) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

Ok I’m so glad someone posted about this! I have had sleep paralysis twice. The first time was freaky but I just blew it off. The second time though, scared me so bad, I googled it pretty much right away. And found out that there was a name for this terrifying experience. Back in the day, they used to think it was caused by demons. Some people describe it as a feeling like someone is sitting on their chest. Like this —>

Anyway it’s happened to me twice. The first time was more than three years ago, I had a friend spending the night at my house. We had stayed up really late and finally decided to go to sleep right around the time the sun was about to come up. We were sleeping on the floor. I fell asleep, and woke up to shadows dancing around on my wall, and whispers all around my room. My bedroom at home was tiny and it sounded like there was ten people in there instead of two. Then, my friend got up and stepped over me to look outside the window. She peeked through the blinds and then looked at me and said “someone’s out there.” That was when I snapped out of it, looked next to me and there was my friend, sound asleep. I woke her up and said “katy. what the fuck. did you just get up?” She was pissed that I woke her up so I said nevermind and then told her the story the next day. She didn’t believe me and neither did my parents.

The second time, was when I was living in my apartment. This was less than a year ago. My shifts at work at this time were like 3am-10 or 11 am. So sometimes I just wouldn’t sleep at night, I would work and sleep the next day. So you can imagine majority of the time, I was extremely sleep deprived. (Which seems to be the main cause for these experiences for me.) Anyway I had just worked my shift and hadn’t taken my nap that day. I was laying in my room on my futon, comfortable, but not comfortable enough for sleep. I was just laying, texting my boyfriend. I fell asleep and didn’t even know it. I just remember being awake, staring at my closet doors. Which were straight in front of me. I was just staring at them, thinking “Someone is in there watching me, I know it.” Then I heard someone come into my apartment. The door opened and a whole group of people came in talking and laughing, slamming cabinets in the kitchen, banging around dishes. It was so noisy. But I couldn’t move my head to turn and look at anything, and moving my eyes was really difficult as well. It felt like I was just frozen with fear. My phone was laying on my chest and had vibrated once during this, from a text. It didn’t make me snap out of it though. Which made it even scarier. The best way to describe it would be dreaming with your eyes open, and not being able to wake up. It’s like your mind is still asleep, but your body is ready to be awake, and it is scary. So I just lay there listening to all the noises, and then all of a sudden, I felt a very very strong presence in my room. It was a woman. She was standing next to me. But not in my vision, she was in my peripherals. Right out of my eyesight. She was just standing there, but she scared me. My phone went off again. I didn’t wake up. I started getting really scared and just wanted to cry. But I could not do anything! I was completely paralyzed. The noises continued, and then at one point the woman was laying on the floor next to me, rather than standing. Almost like she was waiting for me to get up. Finally all of a sudden, the noises stopped all at once. It was silent. The fear kind of went away, and I was able to move. I looked at my texts that I received during the whole experience, and they were about five minutes apart. So the whole thing lasted longer than five minutes.

If you haven’t experienced it, the “waking up” part, just feels so weird. When you wake up from a sleep, you open your eyes. But imagine waking up with your eyes already open. It’s freaky. :D

Adam. (0) (@adammastermind) 10 years, 3 months ago ago

I’ve experienced sleep paralysis several times during my adolescence. One event that I vividly remember (before i knew what sleep paralysis was) consisted of me waking in the middle of the night, not being able to even move my head to look around. I felt as though I was being pinned down to my bed. I had been laying chest down, face turned towards my wall. I had a roommate at the time who sleep walked every now and then, so i assumed he had been sleep walking and pinning my arms and legs to my bed using his arms and knees. I tried my best to move, to shake him off, to call his name, but nothing. I was trapped behind my eyes, only seeing and hearing. I was on the verge of a panic attack because I had no idea what was happening and I could’ve sworn my heart was about to stop. After several minutes of trying to understand this, I regained mobility. As soon as I did, I look at my roommates bed and he had been sleeping in his bed all this time. So i understand you when you feel that other worldly entities had been in your presence, because those were my thoughts exactly once I discovered that it had not been my roommate who was pinning me down.

Scott F. (0) (@scottfurman78) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

I’m new to this site, and must say I’m glad to see I’m not alone with my experiences with SP. For me, SP is terrifying due to the “hallucinations” that occur during. The only way I’ve been able to “break free” of my SP is to make myself move some part of my body and inhale DEEPLY. It seems to get worse should you remain paralyzed. Hope this helps. :)

Jeslyn (594) (@jeslyntweedie) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

I have gotten this more and more frequently the past few months. Usually when I am tired, or am meditating into sleep.

I would say I’m a very open-minded, positive person, love life, etc, etc.

But I ABSOLUTELY HATE THIS when it happens.

An interesting thing did happen last time this…was on the brink? of happening. I realized what was going on and so I smiled my biggest smile, and I still don’t know if this was in real life or the dream state, but I was almost locked in a battle with my SP going bad and me smiling this crazy loving smile. Never went into that horrible bad place that time around, so I’ll think I’ll continue to remember and practice this method when I feel SP coming on.

I would really really like to use it as a gateway to a lucid dream, which I also have quite frequently and enjoy, but have never come as a result of SP in my experience.

Kelli (75) (@kankles) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

I said this in another discussion on the topic, but I’ve been experiencing this for quite a while, and I’m only 18 at the moment. I can remember the first time actually, it happened at my grandma’s house when I was only around 7 (I know this because it was my birthday weekend) but at that time I never knew about lucid dreaming or anything, so up until I reached high school and found out about lucid dreaming and sleep paralysis it was always quite frightening, especially when I would try to scream and couldn’t. I’ve actually only lucid dreamt once, albeit briefly. But, about 2 months ago, I woke up at night and was in the paralysis (by this time it wasn’t as scary and I was more used to it) but suddenly I kind of sat up and got onto my knees. I never turned around, so I assumed I was awake and didn’t question it, until I remembered that I’m not a fan of the dark and wondered why the hell I was sitting up and looking around because I would never naturally do this. Then that’s when I kind of floated (for the lack of a better term) over the end of my bed, towards my door, and I suddenly freaked and fell onto my floor and then woke up. I just assumed it was a lucid dream, but I’m not sure anymore. Either way, I’ve been extremely scared of it happening again, not of having an out of body experience, but of the dark and where I would go and what I would see.

Kristina (1) (@kristinaw) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

I, as well as many others, am very relieved to see this as a topic… I actually just briefly read every response to better understand my own experiences.

SP has happened to me three times. The first two times I felt a presence forcing itself onto my chest and locking down my arms, the second time in particular I felt hands on my neck trying to choke me. I tried to scream and move both times. The third time a blanket was being ripped off my bed and I made the mistake of trying to grab it instinctively. It wasn’t until I realized that I was still dreaming that I was able to stop trying to move and breathe heavily and calm down…. that’s when I snapped out of it.

Although I found my experiences to be quite terrifying (I have quite the manic mind so it never fails to freak me the fuck out when given the opportunity) I am interested in the more positive aspect of SP – Does anyone have any personal tips for inducing lucid dreaming/SP and or controlling your body/astral projecting yourself? Or how to make this dream go from good to bad without panicking…

Iris (4,800) (@aneris) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

i think a had a beginning paralysis last night.
i started my routine like i always do by laying on my back on doing my breathing exercise’s.
after a while i felt my muscles relaxing and my body slowly falling asleep. usually after this i fall asleep very fast. but now i finally managed to stay ‘awake’
it was about 45 minutes in when i heard my house making weird noises, they startled me but i managed not to move any muscle.
then i heard this zooming sound in my one ear and it felt i was underwater with half of my head. on the other side of my head i felt this energy like pressure. i wanted to test to see if i could turn my head against the pressure but i couldn’t. it felt nice to try though haha
after i let go trying my house made more weird noises and after a while i dozed in though i was not fully asleep.
about an hour after that i heard something louder that awoke me from my half sleeping state and then i felt like moving. so i did, rolled over and fell asleep. (those 2 to 3 hours i’ve been laying motionless on my back)

i don’t know if this is anything like sleep paralyses or more like lucid dreaming / OBE? anyone a idea?

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