Nell is fascinated by all things supernatural and one of her favorite subjects is Angels as she firmly believes she has met one.
Dreams and Nightmares
Throughout history, there have always been stories and legends of Demons and monsters visiting us in the dark of the night. Dreams turning to nightmares as we lay our heads down to sleep.
As the shadows form and the moon slides down the sky, we awaken to find that we cannot breathe. A heavyweight sits upon our chest, and to our horror, a ghastly form leers at us from the darkness. We push up off of the bed, trying to escape, but find that we can't move.
We are paralysed. The demon starts to stalk us from across the room, closer and closer until finally it climbs up onto our beds and leans towards us. Hearts beating so fast that we think they will burst from our chest, we silently scream. but nobody can hear us. Then darkness as we fall back into sleep, or is it a faint? No, It's Sleep Paralysis.
We wake hours later, still covered in sweat. Our hands shake as we recall the demon in the night. Getting dressed we rush to the priest for absolution. 'Father please help me I am being possessed by a demon'. We wail. But is Sleep Paralysis a Normal Phenomenon or a Psychic Event?
The Priest tries to comfort us. 'Don't worry my son, I will exorcise you, and cast the demon out, it seems that you have drawn an Incubus to you, I will send it back to hell'. You weep in gratitude and pray for your recovery from this possession.
(c) Nell Rose
Succubus and Incubus.
Incubus and Succubus. In legend, an incubus is a male Demon that prays on women at night. The demon mates with the human woman to produce a child. It is thought that if the demon continues to assault the woman, then she will eventually die. In the same way that a Succubus will attack a human male. these legends stem from many countries, in fact the first documented evidence was from Mesopotamia, 2400bc. Scholars believed that many of the stories were made up by the human women to explain pregnancy outside of marriage. Over the years there are many different derivatives of the story, and of course many different names to identify the Demons.
The Truth Behind Sleep Paralysis
Sleep paralysis used to be believed to be paranormal, in fact in some countries that are still very superstitious, they believe it is a form of possession, For example, the Exorcist film. In fact, it is usually a state brought on by stress.
At night your body produces a chemical that rushes through your body to stop you sleepwalking, your brain will sleep in coordination with your body. If you suffer from stress, the chemicals in your brain deviate from the norm, causing a part of your brain to wake up. But of course, the chemicals don't go away.
If all your brain woke up then the chemicals will dissipate. I suffer from hyperthyroid and hypothyroid. high and low bad thyroid. When it was high, I suffered from sleep paralysis a lot. Because my brain wouldn't let me sleep properly.
Sleep paralysis will cause hallucinations, which is the origin of the Succubus and Incubus legends. Demons sitting on your chest in the night, aliens abducting you etc. The reason why you hallucinate is that, unlike other hallucinations caused by illness or drugs, in sleep paralysis, you are literally just dreaming while you are awake.
In other words, most of your 'asleep' brain is just dreaming, but the part that wakes up is still dreaming! Therefore the hallucination reflects off of your retina in your eye and makes you believe that you are seeing an alien etc. Believe me when I say it is terrifying! I have had two really bad Sleep Paralysis episodes.
The first one involved me being completely numb from the top of my head to me toes, and 'feeling' a hand pushing against my skin. It seemed to get closer and closer, starting at my feet and working it's way up my body. When it got to my chest, I started to panic.
Common sense told me that I was hallucinating, but the primal part of my brain screamed Demon! All sorts of ideas went through my head. Was it real? Has science tried to explain away a real phenomenon? Maybe it really was a Demon or some sort of being. It felt Evil. I knew that it was probably my mind panicking that made me feel this way, but to be on the safe side I started praying.
In my mind, I yelled for God and then settled on Angels. It seemed to work. Psychology? maybe. Perhaps by praying, I calmed myself down. Or maybe it really did work and get rid of the Demon. Who Knows? The second time that I saw something, I realised what was happening, and watched a person walk around my bedroom! The funny thing was, it wasn't scary or frightening. It was a boy with a backpack on! Strange.
So what is the truth? I can fully understand 'seeing' somebody. As I explained above, it is a classic hallucination. But to feel somebody's hand running up my body? Not sure about that!
Maybe we are all wrong. Maybe it is another dimension overlapping this one. When Sleep Paralysis occurs, maybe our brains slow down, or speed up, to the exact vibration of another world. Scientists believe there are hundreds of Dimensions out there, overlapping this world. Who am I to argue with a scientist? I have had other Sleep Paralysis moments, but I don't very often see anything. All I can say is that to see something is one thing. To feel them on your body is quite something else!
Symptoms of Sleep Paralysis
So what does Sleep Paralysis feel like? Every episode can be different for individuals. Some say they just go to sleep and then a noise wakes them, only to find that they are paralyzed, but others have the same experience as me.
It can happen even if you haven't gone to sleep yet. Imagine going to bed, feeling really tired but you can't shut your brain down. Thoughts spiral around your head. you just want to sleep. Then all of a sudden you hear a really loud buzzing noise. But it is not from outside, it seems to be coming from your own head. It gets louder and louder.
Then the numbness starts. It is like your body is fed up of waiting for you to go to sleep so it decides to release the chemical to make you stay still while you are sleeping. Sometimes I have heard a choir in my mind. A sound so vast it seems that I am in an auditorium, listening to people singing and playing. It feels as though my head is hollow and as big inside as St. Paul's Cathedral. And then the numbness invades your body.
There are a number of ways to try to stop Sleep paralysis.
1. Try not to get too tired. When we sleep to heavy, this can cause us to go into a very comatose type of sleep. If a noise awakens us, then we are sluggish, and often it can cause this to happen.
2. Try not to get too hot. This can cause you to keep waking up, and if your body is very tired, it can bring on sleep paralysis.
3. Please don't go to bed stressed. If you do, you may suffer for it later in the night. Make sure you drink a hot milky tea or warm milk with honey, or just take a bath. Anything that will soothe you. And if all this doesn't work, try reading a book. Lot's of people fall asleep whilst reading.
And most of all, if you do have a night paralysis, please do not panic. Try and breath calmly, don't struggle as this will tire you out. And just lay there until it starts to go off. Count sheep, count to ten, pray, even sing in your mind. let your body start to realign.
When you do wake up fully, don't panic. Just get up, put the light on and drink some water. When you feel ready to go back to sleep, keep the light on and open your window. Get comfortable. And be reassured that it should only happen once in a night. When you fall back to sleep you should be fine. And remember, it is all in your mind.
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This was my experience, if any of you have had this horrible experience, please let me know below, thanks.
My Sleep paralysis was caused, mainly, by my bad thyroid. I was unaware that I had it at the time. Since then it makes sense. So please contact your Doctor for a blood test if you do start to experience this. Nine times out of ten it is because of a problem with your health. And please remember.
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Nell Rose (author) from England on September 11, 2020:
It's horrible isn't it Cheryl? It can be very frightening.
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on September 10, 2020:
This is the best explanation I have read. I have suffered from SP since age 10.
Nell Rose (author) from England on July 29, 2018:
Thanks Roshena, glad you liked it.
Roshena from Baguio City, Philippines on July 26, 2018:
I have experienced it many times and it feels horrible everytime. Calming yourself down and deep breathing really helps.
Your hub is very interesting to read. Thank you. :)
Nell Rose (author) from England on July 15, 2017:
Thanks Martie, yes it was horrible. But mainly caused in my case, by my thyroid.still pretty darn scary! lol! thanks for reading.
Martie Coetser from South Africa on July 15, 2017:
Nell, you have had some awful experiences of sleep paralysis, more awful than the ones I have had. All of these paranormal phenomena, or whatever they are, are extremely interesting and fascinating. I hope we will understand all of it before we move on to the next dimension. Or will we only learn the truth there?
I hope that alien doesn't make his appearance in my dreams tonight!
Nell Rose (author) from England on December 20, 2016:
Hi Acacia, what a nightmare! literally as well as figuratively! the best I can suggest is get a blood test! Mine was more or less proved that it was my thyroid that was causing it. if your T cells are too high or low it can mess with your sleep patterns. so get a thyroid blood test, and a full spectrum even if you feel okay. the stupid thing is, if your thyroid is high you feel amazing! you rush here and there, doing a million and one things at the same time! your weight stays off and it feels great. trouble is if it gets too high, but thats another story! too low and you feel sluggish forget stuff and so on. but one main thing is your sleep. To high and part of your brain says no when you go to sleep! in other words part of it stays awake, and hence the sleep paralysis, which of course is really awake dreaming or hallucinations caused by the fact that your mind is awake and asleep at the same time, okay? good luck and let me know how you get on?
AcaciaD on December 20, 2016:
I'm Acacia. I'm 27 years old. I had sleep paralysis since I can remember.. I was 5 years old. I still have it now and I been looking for answers perhaps cure from this miserable nightmare that is slowly getting worse as I get older. I read your article and it's very interesting to read I can relate to almost every thing you mentioned. And I have many different kinds of sleep paralysis; voices, figures, touch, unknown languages, demonic, hag, shadows, chants, choking, out of breath, lust, threats, shaken, eyes rolls back etc. I also had a couple of witnesses seen me in that state.. said it had scared them. Everything is still questionable and I am still looking for answers and possible help. Is there any advices you can give would be appreciated to hear. I hope I get a response until next time have a good day.
Nell Rose (author) from England on December 20, 2016:
Hi skellie, yes that definitely sounds like sleep paralysis, and what a strange one it was! Amazing! I know its down to hallucinations while sort of awake in your brain, but that was different! I remember many years ago waking suddenly and seeing, on the ceiling, a spiral from the ceiling and sort of pointing down to a point, I jump out of bed so fast! afterwards I wondered if it was my astral projection, and I woke to fast and saw it! whoo! lol! thanks for reading.
skellie from Adelaide on December 19, 2016:
Hi Nell, it has been a long time since I have had the pleasure to comment on one of your hubs :)
I have had a strange experience in the past and I guess you could call it a sleep paralysis.
I was pregnant with my first child and I was two weeks overdue for delivery. I was in bed fast asleep when I woke suddenly for no reason at all! I was on my back but my whole body was paralyzed except for my eyes and when I looked up at the ceiling, there was a beautiful array of colour streaming across it - like a rainbow but the streams of colour where fluid like a wave. I felt as though I was in this state for about 30 mins and I did not feel fearful, my eyes were moving in rapid saccade motion but no matter how hard I tried, no part of my body would move.
All of a sudden I was waking up in a normal fashion, yawning, with my eyes opening slowly but with a clear memory of everything that had just happened. It was the strangest thing and I have never been able to explain it.
Nell Rose (author) from England on October 16, 2016:
HI Singular, yes I totally agree with you. but I do understand why certain countries with different beliefs happen. sometimes even I had to yell at myself and say its only an hallucination! they can be pretty terrifying! thanks for reading, nell
Singular Investor from Oxford on October 16, 2016:
I have had a number of such events and they all occurred when I got too hot while asleep. I try to make sure I don't overheat - just sleep with very only a sheet and no blankets - I recommend people give it a try if they are having trouble with these episodes. The actual things that you see are just dreams that appear to be occurring while you think you are awake.
Nell Rose (author) from England on October 16, 2016:
Hi India, thats what they used to think back many years ago but now they know its purely psychological. thanks so much for reading, nell
Simona Rich from Nepal on October 16, 2016:
Sleep paralysis is actual demons trying to get into contact with you. It ends when you accept Jesus Christ as your savior, because by doing that you close yourself off from the demonic realm that people falsely call "spiritual".
Nell Rose (author) from England on January 29, 2016:
Hi LaDema, yes I totally believe you. I always have to check first to see if it is physical, if you are totally okay then yes something strange is going on, trust me I know! and yes animals do sense something, I actually think that one day it will be explained, maybe another dimension or something? who knows, but it is pretty damn scary! thanks for reading, nell
LaDema on January 29, 2016:
I can say that my sleep paralysis had/has nothing to do will anything wrong with me physically. This thing has happened to me and others in the same house but at different times. It has happened several times to me and is so terrifying each time. I believe it is demonic in nature. When it happens to me the first thing I do is try to say the word Jesus. Seems simple enough but no it isnt and with great effort and struggling to move my mouth I will get it out. Once that is done I repeat that and each time I get the word Jesus out it becomes easier until I am unparalized. I feel very uneasy afterwards and my surroundings also seem slightly different. Maybe that ecplains why my dog will all of a sudden fixate on what appears to be a section of wall and bare her teeth and growl. You think maybe she sees something like one of them.???
Nell Rose (author) from England on December 14, 2015:
Hi Beth, that sounds like astral projection! and yes it definitely sounds as though something spiritual or ghostly is going on, good luck with it, and maybe write it down when you wake properly? let me know how you get on, okay? nell
Beth Barthell on December 14, 2015:
I have experienced this a few times, it's a little different now though. When my room was on the other side of my house, i would be floating in the air but could look down and see my body laying on the bed. Now that my room is on the other side of the house, I'm feeling as though I'm being seduced and my breath is being sucked out of me. I wake up to catch my breath, tell it to leave me alone, go to bathroom, then go back to bed. Onve I fall back to sleep it will happen again. I can't say this is mental/psychological when I've studied psychology and what's happening to me is different, but the same, in different rooms, but the same house.
Nell Rose (author) from England on May 09, 2015:
Hi Mel, that's fascinating! to be honest there is a part of me that believes its real, we are surrounded by other dimensions, fact, even the scientists say so, so maybe in our dream state we actually do meet up with them, scary stuff! thanks for reading, nell
Mel Carriere from San Diego California on May 08, 2015:
Your medical thyroid explanation makes perfect sense, except...I had a friend who was as rational and non mystical as can be who had one of these experiences. Everything for him was pretty much as you describe, except when he woke up he had finger mark bruises where this thing had grabbed him. I believe him, because he wasn't the type to make up flighty stories. I would like to believe it is strictly a medical condition, but why the bruises? Have you heard this described in any of the cases you have researched? Great hub!
Nell Rose (author) from England on December 03, 2014:
Hi Odins, yes it's a horrible thing isn't it? sorry to hear you are a sufferer of sleep paralysis, and yes a hag troll or anything else clambering all over you is enough to give you nightmares without the paralysis, thanks so much for reading, nell
OdinsRaven from Nova Scotia on December 03, 2014:
As someone who suffers from this sleeping disorder I found this a very interesting read. Though the succubus isn't the only supernatural culprit tied to it. For many Germanic peoples it was a hag or she troll sometimes called a mare who would ride your back and claw at you while you slept.
Nell Rose (author) from England on October 03, 2014:
Hi Sanjay, thanks so much, sorry to hear your wife has this problem, have a great day,nell
Sanjay Sharma from Mandi (HP) India on October 02, 2014:
My wife has a problem of Sleep Paralysis. I have bookmarked the page for further reference. Thanks for sharing the information.
Nell Rose (author) from England on August 22, 2014:
Hi PMartin, I haven't read anything about that, but I would imagine it would stop at some point and you would wake up, but it would be interesting to know, thanks for reading, nell
PMARTIN on August 22, 2014:
Ive had the attacks but never paid enough attention to know frequency. Its the usual smothering paralysis effect and once I can utter something Im released. Im still not sure if I believe it to be a spiritual thing or the body doing something on its own but I wonder....has there been a report of what happens if you dont resist it?
Nell Rose (author) from England on August 21, 2014:
Hi Dave, yes you may well be right there, it is the caring people who get it, and then get stressed because they can't fix things around them, then their minds work overtime. Interesting read and thanks for sharing your experiences, nell
Daveadam on August 21, 2014:
I've had at least 20 episodes of sleep paralysis in the last 10 years, & the main thing I'd like to stress is that "nothing" bad has ever come from mine....They we're all truly terrifying experiences at the time, & all happened as i was falling to sleep & i never had any whilst waking up....I've been studying mindfulness & meditation & emotions & feelings control in the last year or so, & know for a fact i had my last SP episode when i was awake & in fairly deep meditation about 3 months ago....I know people will disagree but i was defo awake the last time i had an attack, & i am an experienced meditate'r....The last one i was ready for as I'd worked out what to do for my next episode, & that was to try being mindful then open my eyes & take a look....Now I'd never done that before because of the fear, but as an experienced mindful meditate'r i had more awareness than ever before & i was aware what was happening....So i told myself nothing ever comes of these attacks (as i was laid there paralysed), & then mindfully pictured my hand in my mind (mindful meditating)....Doing that was enough to distract my mind from the fear of what i was feeling, & i was then able to break free & open my eyes....Now I'm not going to say what i saw or what i did next, but i will say this....What i saw I'm pretty sure was being projected by my mind, & i reckon by my ego mind....It's my ego mind (negative mind) that thinks about negative things, & I'm pretty sure that it's the good caring people that get SP.....In my investigations & i have done a lot of research on a lot of different subjects, all the people i personally know that get SP are all good caring people.....Those people have things on their mind because they care, & i reckon it's a combination of caring & maybe thinking too much + reading up on the very subject of SP, that causes their mind to project that negativity out when trying to sleep or first thing as they wake up....If you do get attacks often I'd suggest practising mindfully "doing stuff" & mindful meditating using only your senses, because that will give you more awareness in general of your actual awareness level....So as you get more episode of SP you'll hopefully become more aware at the time as to what's happening, & will then be able to break free easily....The worst one i ever had, i saw a vision of an oil tanker sinking, i couldn't move, & i couldn't breathe....That one went on for what seemed like a long time, & every few now & again i felt a slap across my face & then got a quick breath....I could hear all my workmates in the next room as it was happening, & i once had an attack on a work bus & could see my mates across from me but could move or speak ....All very scary, but now i find it all fascinating.....Remember nothing bad will ever come from them, & all i would personally advise is learning about your awareness. :-)
Karl on August 15, 2014:
Thanks, Nell. Be in touch.
Nell Rose (author) from England on August 15, 2014:
Hi Karl, thanks for reading, to be honest I am not sure. But I do know meditation can induce these altered states. There is a CD called Awakened Dreaming, not sure if you can get it on Amazon, but I had the original tape version a few years ago, that definitely takes you deep, if you are looking to keep control then this is perfect, but if you can't find it, I am sure there are other CDs similar, you lie down to relax, not the usual sit up meditation, good luck! and let me know how you get on?
Karl on August 15, 2014:
Hi, Nell. I'm a 36 year old guy who, from the ages of 3 to 16 was a regular SP sufferer, ( pretty much every night, sometimes multiple times). I've had strange, uplifting but usually intensely scary episodes of SP; everything from seeing, hearing and feeling little people playing on my bed, ghostly figures gliding across the room; a doppelganger of my father; the intense scariness of a tactile attack/assault; glowing white lights and plenty more besides.
With these events happening with such regularity I learned how to control and eventually stop these strange occurrences from happening. As you know SP is an involuntary phenomenon and since I don't let happen anymore it has stopped completely. Its almost as if because i'm strong enough to withstand an SP attack i'm now left alone - i'm no longer of interest.
So, i've summoned up the strength to do some research on the subject and, to cut a long story short, am fascinated by other altered states of consciousness reached through SP which I failed to explore when I was younger - and more scared!
Do you have any tips for induces an SP episode? It's been maybe 11/12 years since I had a prolonged bout and feel maybe, because I've been unable to move on with my life properly because of these events, that there's something left unfinished, if that makes sense.
Your's in anticipation, Karl.
Nell Rose (author) from England on August 14, 2014:
Thanks so much Michael I really appreciate all your shares, yes sleep paralysis is one scary nightmare, I have had it before, and if I wasn't aware that it was a hallucination when I see things I would definitely freak out! I can totally understand why people in other countries do believe its the devil, thanks, nell
Micheal from United Kingdom on August 14, 2014:
Fascinating read Nell.
That the Incubus was used as an excuse for unexpected pregnancies sounds about right. Other belief systems have similar stories.
Sleep paralysis is a very weird sensation. That feeling of being unable to move can be pretty freaky.
It can help if we recognise that we are sleeping and dreaming. Not an easy thing to do.
Voted up and shared.
Nell Rose (author) from England on August 05, 2014:
Sorry to hear that kenna, it could be caused by hormones because of your age, but maybe go and get a blood test if it keeps on, don't worry I am sure it will stop soon, and thanks for reading, nell
Kenna on August 05, 2014:
Yes i had it 2 times in the row in in heard loud NOSIes in the back groung scary NOSIes to :( im only 16 in scared is it a ghost hunting me too it happened in the morning st 11 something yesterday in today Around 6 something This morning
Nell Rose (author) from England on July 29, 2014:
Thanks for your thoughts and personal experience Sofia, I totally agree with you, not many people these days believe but they automatically accept God and Angels, strange isn't it? thanks again, nell
Sofia on July 29, 2014:
I have had similar experiences and thought it was sleep paralysis. The problem was I was experiencing the classic "sp" symptoms while awake. It was very bothering to research for years only to be told you were dreaming. I knew for a fact I was not asleep, did not dream it, and I was experiencing something. I find it so irritating that society can believe in God, the work of Jesus, angels, demons and ghost/ spirits. People all over except religion with out scientific proof but when it comes to this, all of a sudden people need science to explain it. I started having these experiences as a young child, I also developed empathic abilities. For most of my life I avoided ignored an didn't talk about my experiences, most of which were very frightening. When I started experiencing what I thought was "SP" as an adult I had to know what this was. I knew it was not a ghost or spirt. My own perception is that it is from another demetion. It vibrates at a low frequency. I have observed people with sleep paralysis and it was very different. If you are awake and since a presents, see a dark shadow standing at your bedside. As you stair at it you become parlayed, as it approaches you, it make you feel sleepy, like you are being druged. As it comes closer you fight to stay conscious. You eventually give in only to wake up with bruises, sore muscles and a fading memory of encountering something.....that is not sleep paralysis. The bible has many stories of these entities, science has models ( experiments that support/ mad fact) about demention. Quantum physics has proven the world of which we see and feel is merely perception/ an illusion. You can't see gravity but it exists. Something we as humans don't yet understand and when putting a box around the endless possibilities of this phenomenon it only delays our discovery, and ability to mentally evolve. People spanning centuries, oceans and cultures are experiencing very similar experiences. We have drifted far away from out spirituality and intuition relying on people with titles (dr.) to explain encounters, and feelings that a textbook or symptom chart just can't explain. Keep an open mind, yes you may have classic sleep paralysis or you may have experienced something else. Not everyone is going to fit into a box. Listen to you god give gifts, you senses and logic. Good luck.
Nell Rose (author) from England on July 19, 2014:
Hi Clau, thanks for reading, you could be right! The trouble is, these days everyone puts it down to science, or medical stuff, but we forget there is more out there than we can see. I can't say its not a spirit because it could very well be true! I just hope its hallucination caused by tablets or lack of meds, I doubt if we will ever know, but I am glad yours goes away when you pray, at least prayer works, thank goodness. Thanks again, nell
Clau on July 18, 2014:
I disagree , I believe it can either be hallucinations or actually an evil spirit. It has been happening to me since I was 17 which I am now 23.
First time was at Mexico, my cousin was trying to do some type of spell on a guy just playing around to see if the guy would actually fall for her, and we were in the room where i would sleep in at that moment. After she left later that night i felt someone get on top of me which its a male in my case. I was so freaked out!! maybe lasted around 5 minutes which felt like an eternity then i started to scream when it got off me feeling y very frightened and the first thing that came to my mind was the stuff my cousin was trying to do that day!!! Ever since then i think it followed me. When i came back to Kansas it continued to happen every 6 months. I was in my room and it got on top of me again and i heard it talk in some language that i had no clue what it said. I began to pray and it got off me then i saw it slowly get up and leave my room walking towards the hallway.. That was probably the worst!! After that it continued to happen but i am getting stronger and always pray once i pray it disappears. I show that i am no longer afraid and now it seems to happen less.. So tell me if it wasnt a demonic spirit, then why does it go away after praying?
Nell Rose (author) from England on July 18, 2014:
Thanks so much for sharing your story Ziva, that must have been so scary. I am sure you will be fine now, it does go away after a while, I am sure your faith will always be there to protect you, take care, nell
Ziva on July 18, 2014:
I also believe in spirits. I was always interested in demons and ghosts. Before I experienced sleep paralysis me and my friends tried out a ouija board a few times and it always worked. The "ghost" we contacted was a girl and she was serbian. It was really frightening but we always kept doing it over and over again, even though really scary things happened like the TV turned on right behind us and the remote wasn't even near us, we heard knocking but nobody knocked and we heard something scratching on the door and saw the scratches, all of a sudden we smelled something weird and other things but we just couldn't stop I really don't know why. Then, later, I suddenly started writing in serbian but I never learned that. Many things happened and later we found out that I was possessed and we called a Priest (from the Mosque because I am Muslim) and I somehow managed to get rid of the demon. But I think that she never leaved completely because now I can write in serbian and also the sleep paralysis. I slept in my mothers room for a few months because I was afraid to sleep alone. She was always longer awake than me so I still would be alone sometimes in her room. But I felt safe there. Until one night. I was really tired and went to bed early because I had school on the next day. So I was sleeping and felt a hand stroking my hair and I thought it was my mother so I opened my eyes and smiled and suddenly I realized it wasn't my mum. It was a girl, my age and she smiled at me. But it wasn't a human mouth, it was really scary but I couldn't close my eyes. She's had really long, black hair and it covered her eyes. I tried to scream and was praying in my mind but couldn't move. Then she bent over me and reveiled her eyes. They were black and then she sat on me and came really near until she disappeared and I felt air entering my mouth. I experienced it a few more times but I never saw anything like that again. Since then I don't experience things anymore and I sleep alone in my room again but there's always this feeling of beeing watched and I KNOW that I'm not alone. But I also know that God will always be there so I'm not afraid anymore. Just wanted to share, you are not alone :)
Nell Rose (author) from England on July 03, 2014:
Hi niki, I am so pleased that my article helped you, there are a number of reasons why this happens, have you ever had a blood test for thyroid problems? that seems to be one of the main causes, let me know how you get on, and thanks
niki on July 03, 2014:
I have been waking up on and off all night terrified to go back to sleep every time because the first time I woke up at 3:37 my TV turned on as soon as I opened my eyes I instantly freaked out but tried to think nothing of it and got up used the bathroom came back and turned the TV off. My eyes were getting really heavy and I was fighting going back to sleep because I was freaked out but I shut my eyes to force myself to fall beck asleep and NY body started going numb all over and I tried to get up and NY body slowing started rising and I started hearing voices and I would try to scream but nothing came out and I wake up in bed in the same position and that freaked me out even more and I'm laying here fighting sleep some more and my whole body go numb again and I start hearing noises (to best describe the noises they were like the aliens from the fourth kind movie) I can't move at all and I'm wishing my husband was here I continue to have three more scary dreams after this. I have been experiencing things like this for years. When I was pregnant I moved into an old apartment and I'm sleeping on a mattress on the floor and its pitch black in the room but I can still see a black figure in the crack of the door way the blackest black I've ever seen and my husband is right beside me and this things gets closer and I go numb and hear things and I freaked out and started crying and my husband woke up held me n I told him that I felt like it was trying to possess me n he kinda thought I was crazy and joked about it and I got so mad because it felt so real and it terrified me...I don't know what this is but this article helped me so much and made me feel slightly better about my many feeling possessed dreams!
Nell Rose (author) from England on May 21, 2014:
Hi Chris, thanks for reading, and I am glad the article helped, to be honest thats a bit spooky, but I would say it was part of the hallucination, but of course there is always the view that we don't know it all about sleep paralysis, maybe something supernatural does happen, I choose to think its just a coincidence, I think! thanks, nell
Chris on May 21, 2014:
I was at my boarding house sleeping then suddenly woke up and can't move and my body feels numb, so my initial reaction when I gained strength to move was to get out the bed and went out to the room. I have researched about what happened and found out that it was simply sleep paralysis, I was scared because that was the first time that happened to me and thanks to the article I've read it shed some lights on the phenomenon. It happened about 7 years ago and up until now, fortunately it never did happened again.
But there is still something that is still bothering me, after reading articles about sleep paralysis, I have not read anything about this experience I had. That night when I experienced sleep paralysis my shirt happens to pull up and I mean literally been pulled up slowly until my back was fully exposed and my body felt cold even though the only ventilation I had was a small electric fan and windows were closed plus it was summer. I am a skeptic myself that's why I'm asking expert to explain, was that some kind of hallucination or some kind of feature about sleep paralysis that I don't know. Because I swear it felt so real.
Nell Rose (author) from England on May 20, 2014:
Thanks for sharing your story Mina, yes its horrible isn't it? and I do believe your meds were responsible. When we sleep to heavy our brains try to wake us up and this is when the hallucinations start, just by trying to stay awake, getting a drink of water or even praying does seem to help, good luck in the future, nell
Mina on May 20, 2014:
I believe in the so-called succubus/incubus things that causes sleep paralysis or like a nightmare for me. I believe in superstitious things 'coz it happened to me when I was in middle school. I was cursed. Luckily the Lord helped us find a way back thru Him. We were changed. But as years pass by, I experience sleep paralysis. I don't know, but I know when sleep paralysis for me is about to trigger. I hear voices (usually devil laughs) and I can't move a bit. One time, my room always has a small white light on it coz I hate the room dark especially when I'm about to go to the restroom at the middle of the night. It feels like I woke up and my body was so heavy. I opened my eyes and the light of the room was red and the picture on the wall facing my bed at the right side became large and different. I got up. But something feels uncomfortable and I hear random whispers louder and louder. I closed my eyes again and I woke up in reality, but I really really feel tired and I fall asleep immediately but then the paralysis and weird noises continues..
Another occurrence was when I was at my "cursed year", I was tired and didn't even know that I've felt asleep. I dreamed that we three: my mom, dad, and I gathered in the bed and were praying then suddenly my parents were thrown away from the bed (I don't remember where they've gone but they were thrown out). Then I heard a voice like a mixture of high and low pitches like someone whose on a radiophone saying "Ako si Satanas at papatayin ko kayong lahat!" ("I am Satan and I am going to kill you all!") and then I kept struggling and can't breathe either but eventually it stopped. When I woke up and my whole body was numb. I can't feel my body. My mom was aiding me of some sort and I can't even open my lips to say something. What I blame for is this: the Psychologist prescribed me a sleeping pill of some sort and I should take it a tablet a day due to that I can't sleep for weeks ( due to "curse issues"). But I believe what I saw and heard was all true.
Here's what I do when a sleep paralysis comes: I fight back. I struggle myself to wake up again. When I woke up and of course you feel like you still want to go to sleep, DON'T. You will just encounter the same dream or experience again and worse, might not fight back again. I even pray when I go thru that stage or sing praises and eventually I wake up normally..
Nell Rose (author) from England on March 09, 2014:
Thanks for sharing your scary story, Ray, thats very bizarre! thanks for reading, nell
Ray on March 09, 2014:
Something like time stopped, I can't speak and people from the other side try to do CPR on me ! I dunno who are there in the other side. Seem like when I am not conscious about them, I was with them.
Nell Rose (author) from England on March 04, 2014:
Hi Maya, sorry to hear that, I think you need to go to the doctors and discuss this with him, it could be an underlying illness thats causing it, either way he will be able to talk to you about it,with stress, it tends to make it worse, good luck, nell
Maya on March 04, 2014:
I have experience the weight in my body for now 21 years almost every single day. When it started i almost went crazy...unlike others i can move(whatever it is things i cant move but then they get surprise when i move, then it becomes more aggressive sometimes or it goes away) I do feel something is close and sometimes it attacks me or sometimes talks to me(kind of...its more like i can c images)... When i'm attack, i usually wake up really tired, with bad headache... I had experience different weights too, so there is not a pattern. I was unable to have a boyfriend or a partner coz they will feel it too. I can even feel it before it happens, while im awake. A few days ago, my partner was sleeping and he felt it, when i came to bed i saw him upset and disturbed, i didnt asked him. I was tired too, so i lay down then i felt it went from him to me. He felt it too..... How can i explain with sleep paralysis?...i can not explain how difficult my life has been because of this.... U get tired with just a normal life but then this is out of this world, in my opinion.
Nell Rose (author) from England on March 03, 2014:
Thanks Christin, yes a thyroid can mess up your sleep patterns and really cause sleep paralysis and can those hallucinations can be so darn scary! I felt someone walking or crawling up me, terrified the life out of me! its best to try not to get stressed before bed, and maybe read a book or have a warm drink, it can relax you, thanks so much for reading, nell
Christin Sander from Midwest on March 03, 2014:
You need a yes, but I'm not sure option for your poll :). I had a few experiences with this throughout my life. One I am quite sure was something touching me - I could feel the touch and hot breath on my face - talk about freaking out! I thought someone had broken into my home, then I was able to get just my eyes open and saw these glowing eyes in the dark. I willed it away and it went, but that was the most terrifying experience ever. Other times, I've had it and known it was in fact just sleep paralysis, even if I did hear/see something scary, I could kind of just tell, something was off - but I didn't feel like it was a malevolent being or something and when I told myself "relax" I did and the paralysis was broken gradually. How interesting that thyroid issues can cause that! I did not know that.
Nell Rose (author) from England on March 03, 2014:
Hi Jean, I am so sorry for your loss, what an awful shock. yes I do believe its stress and I am not surprised. something has triggered it off, what with all the things he is doing in the day with work etc, but grief can cause it too, his brain is trying desperately to sleep but part of it is keeping him awake therefore the hallucinations are happening and the paralysis too, he should go to the doctor and explain it all, they may give him something to calm him down, I do hope so, and good luck to him, and take care, nell
Jean Bakula from New Jersey on March 03, 2014:
Hi Nell Rose,
I just saw a comment you made on a forum where you mentioned sleep paralysis. My son has had it for several years now.
I began having waking visions when I was about 25, and the same thing happened to him at the same age. So I wondered if it had anything to do with psychic abilities. But he is also under a lot of stress. He's a substitute teacher, looking for his own classroom. He also is the 2nd in command at a martial arts school he attended for 15 yrs. (he's 26) and his Sensei, or teacher, had a triple bypass last year. He has had a vision that takes place at his Sensei's funeral, and is worried he will have to take over the martial arts school -dojo- before he even gets to get his own elementary school class. Plus my husband/his Dad/ died this January, unexpectedly, and at only age 58. So actually, stress seems like a good explanation.
He describes it like you did. He's sleeping, and he always has a lot of trouble getting to sleep, but has so far avoided any meds. Then he starts to have a scary dream, and feels paralyzed, and can't get up or move. Sometimes he says he lays there and wishes I would get up. It sounds so frightening.
Thanks for writing this, because now I see it isn't so rare, and although he is quite psychic, I think it is probably stress causing this.
Nell Rose (author) from England on February 22, 2014:
Hi Pearl, I am so sorry you had to experience this, its horrible isn't it? Reading your comment I get the feeling that you are under a lot of pressure which can cause stress, not the general stress of the day, but mental stress that can cause your sleep patterns to change. in other words when you sleep normally your body relaxes and your mind travels into the dream state. But if you are stressed your subconscious mind will be constantly trying to figure out how to deal with your problems, and in parts of your mind it can actually stay awake a little bit. I get the feeling this is what happened to you. part of your mind went to sleep but the conscious part was awake enough for you to be able to know what was going on. When we sleep we produce a chemical called glycine added with another one named GABA, which makes our body get paralysed which stops us from getting up and walking about when we sleep. if we didn't have these two chemicals 'turned on' at night then everybody would be wandering around acting out their dreams.
The trouble starts when you are suffering from stress. the body will produce these chemicals making you go numb, but your conscious mind will stay awake.
It can also cause hallucinations too. some people 'see' people walking around, or 'feel' something or someone walking up their body, or touching them. its a bit like awakened dreaming. it feels real because it is, but its purely hallucination. also you need to check out any medical problem because a thyroid malfunction can cause this to happen as I found out too!
Of course the Spiritual side of the encounter is something that nobody really knows, is it an Angel? maybe, or a ghost, possibly, we will never know that, and this is what has caused hundreds of years of people believing in Succubi, there's a link above if you want to read about those.
But I do believe in your case it was probably stress keeping part of your brain awake, and the chemicals trying to numb your body at the same time for sleep.
Try to have a warm bath before bed, no coffee, just warm milk, maybe read a book in bed to calm your nerves etc, and keep a light on. This should relax you more, okay? Good luck and if you want to come back and let me know how you get on thats great, okay? take care, nell
Pearl Princess on February 22, 2014:
Hi, I just had my first sleep paralysis experience I think in its most extreme form. But it is different to anything I have read on google. I hope you can help. I was awake and a force thrust into my feet and moved all the way up to my body and my face and then left me. I am a pretty liberal Muslim and slept with Gods names next to me. The moment it left I could move and I also heart a faint cry when the thing left me. I wasn't scared however, I just felt may be an angel visited me. Recently, me and my family have been going through a very tough time. I live by myself and for some political / business reasons I cannot see my parents who are in another country. So yes I didn't have good sleep last night. Please help me understand what this could mean. I am hardly superstitious. I just want to know that whatever it was, was good. I do believe in evil eye however, i.e. a negative force that stems from jealousy.
Nell Rose (author) from England on February 04, 2014:
Hi Mel, I have done a bit of research on how our brains work and i believe the reason why you shouldn't lay down when meditating is because the part of your brain that releases the chemicals to make you go numb probably kick in, in other words a part of your brain goes to sleep, therefore releasing the chemicals, but the rest of your brain is still awake, the feeling of being crushed and pulling down is the chemicals going around your body, but in a Spiritual sense you may be right, it could be your soul trying to get 'fixed' back in your body, but i would go for the chemical answer, thanks for reading, nell
Mel on February 04, 2014:
I've experience sleep paralysis before, in the REM state..scientifically, the numbness and not being able to speak. It wasn't terrifying because I had already known what it was, but last night I experienced something different...I was meditating while laying in bed, I went into deep meditation and was lost, receiving answers to my questions, body completely relaxed yet still very much awake and aware, I was having a vision - and then suddenly I was snapped out of it put into a sleep paralysis, I very heavy weight psychically PUSHED my chest and body into my bed, then pulled at my feet and my body pushed downward, while my arm (that was wrapped around my waist) was being pulled tighter, my eyes were open while experiencing all of this which was what was scary..I fought to grip my blanket and then was able to release the hold my body was in.
Has anyone ever experienced anything similar? I was advised to not lay down when meditating, because your spirit leaves, leaving your body open for the spiritual world..I am a believer of other dimensions, the spiritual world, then again also science...but this is different. Idk..Thoughts?
Nell Rose (author) from England on January 30, 2014:
Hi Haha, thanks for reading, yes it definitely is sleep paralysis and yes you could very well be psychic, there is a very fine line between science and the supernatural and to be honest most scientists don't know exactly how this occurs, nell
Hahahaha on January 29, 2014:
Hi I've been having sleep paralysis since I was a kid (7). It happened again a few days ago and. I swear I could hear people talking and singing in my head. Then I felt as though something was being poured down my head and it travelled down and back up again a few times. I felt as though someone was touching my hand and moving their dinges over it.... This was the scariest thing that's ever happened to me during sleep paralysis. Also there were vibrations everywhere. Could this mean I am a physic?
Nell Rose (author) from England on January 27, 2014:
Hi Silk, yes it definitely sounds like Sleep Paralysis, its when part of your brain is sleeping, but the other part is awake, and then you hallucinate. of course thats the scientific term, in many parts of the world they believe its possession or an incubus as I mentioned, I do hope its just science, but who knows? but it does make sense that its an hallucination. I hope you don't experience it again, as you say its frightening, thanks so much for reading, nell
silk on January 27, 2014:
Hi, my experience of that sleep paralysis is bit different, it happened only once, in fact i dont know what it was to be honest, i felt someone crawling on top of me and trying to get into me and i was able to push that thing off, happened several times but that thing held my hands down when i went to move them and then held my legs down wheni went to move them and then tried again...i was aware of what was going on and i felt and heard the breathing...it almost got me but i was able to wiggle my body a bit and i head butted that thing twice and i stinktly remember telling him to go away as he tried to come back but he went after a while as the breathing was gone and i was wide awake...does that qualify as sleep paralysis when you experience anything like that? just wondering as i have no explanations to it whatsoever and i could kinda move until held down.
Nell Rose (author) from England on January 11, 2014:
Thanks Armonta, that's great advice! anything that helps is good, glad you liked it, nell
Armonta on January 11, 2014:
This has been happening to me for a few months now. What seems to trigger mine is sleeping on my back. Try to sleep on your side or stomach. I hope it helps!
Nell Rose (author) from England on January 07, 2014:
Thanks for coming back Ariana, yes it was my high then low thyroid that caused the problem for me, so its very likely, good luck!
Ariana on January 07, 2014:
Checking for thyroid problems is a good idea, but praying, saying little child rhymes, things like that does work thanks for the advice
Nell Rose (author) from England on January 07, 2014:
Thats horrible Ariana, I feel for you. Have you had a thyroid test or blood test? it could be an imbalance somewhere. If you find out its not that, what I did was either start praying or doing a mantra. Its not necessarily a religious thing, its more to calm you down, or use your belief to make the 'person' go away. let me know if it works? and don't forget the blood tests, okay?
Ariana on January 06, 2014:
I have been a victim of sleep paralysis my whole life. I remeber my first episode, I was six . I remeber wanting to go to eat breakfast, but it felt like my eyes were glued shut. I would try to rub them open, but my body wouldnt move.
As I got older I would have vivid memories of me screaming bloody murder in the middle of the night . I would ask my mom whos room was across from mine,she was also a light sleeper,but everytime i asked if she heard any screaming she said she hadnt woken up once.
In my adulthood the sleep paralysis is frequent and more horrible than ever.
It will alway happen at 8 in the morning, so i usually try to not sleepin.
Nowadays when it does happen, it starts with me seeing a figure in the corner. Sometimes I acknowledge the figure by name as if i know this being exacting revenge on me. I try so hard to move but its like my body is strapped down to the bed. I scream for the person to stay away, I plead for someone to save me. Slowly but surely the figure comes and lay on me,or start to strangle me. At some points I dont remeber fallening asleep or the point of waking up, so it seemed like everything just had happened with me completely awake and no indication that it was sleep paralysis.
Yes i do get scared but i just remind myself to calm down and tell myself everything will be fine
Nell Rose (author) from England on December 19, 2013:
Thanks Hammerhead, great advice!
Hammerhead on December 19, 2013:
It could be a poor health condition or spiritual, either way, you can learn to get the best out of what you thought is the worst. Stop the fear, there are a lot of people out there who'd love to learn how to have a lucid dream. Sleep paralysis is one stage/step to having a lucid dream. I have experienced sleep paralysis before. The first one was when I didn't knew anything about lucid dreaming and it was one of the worst experience ever. But when I knew about lucid dreaming, I was starting to enjoy sleep paralysis and whenever I experience it again I know I'm in for another journey :) for those who do not know about lucid dreaming, search and study about it. Also do not forget to consult your doctor :)
Nell Rose (author) from England on December 05, 2013:
Hi Jennifer, I totally understand whay you mean about the electricity, its a nightmare. have you checked out your thyroid? or other things too, it may be an imbalance of something, good luck, and thanks for reading, nell
Jennifer Tyler on December 05, 2013:
I have had this since I was a child I'm 30 now and it never gets better . I was born with a veil over my face so I was always told I could see what most cannot. I also have them every time I go to sleep. I can even sometimes see myself laying in bed not breathing. After awhile I go back into my body and I'm still paralized . It's very scary and even though I know its sleep paralysis it still scares me. I always thought it was a curse from being born with the veil. I try to control the episodes but its just to hard. It feels like electricity rushing through me and like there's a demon taking my soul lol idk how else to describe it
Nell Rose (author) from England on November 10, 2013:
Hi Alexxandra, I am so sorry you are suffering like this, I think you should see your doctor, you may have an underlying condition that can be sorted out and this will stop, good luck, and thanks for reading, nell
Alexxandra on November 10, 2013:
Hi I've been suffering from sleep paralysis too ,im 18 yrs old now n&,im glad im not alone in this ,ever since i was little i had problems sleeping later i started suffering from intense migraines n& now im just having really bad sleep paralysis episodes .I am a very deep sleeper n& then before i know it im laying in bed trying to move forward and i just cant i feel my body freeze and something on my chest i cant scream move or even open my eyes last time i tried i could see a blurry ugly image of a face also ive had floating sensations followed by spinning in the air n& ive felt something trying to drag me or throw me into the wall.I could see myself as i try getting up sometimes but when i get up i see my hands and body get stuck in the bed so i get scared and some way go back in Its extremely terrifying for me as it happends alot sometimes three times a day during the day and night .I dont even want to sleep rightnow as i feel afraid . Theres been moments where theyve tried waking me up but all that comes out of me is a desperate force to scream and i cant until suddenly i wake up extremely frightened .Idont really know what is causing this but its very weird because even one time it happened to my boyfriend as he was taking a nap on my bed he had his first sleep paralysis ever,n&it had never happened to him until he stepped in this room,and took that nap.after that time nothing similar has ocurred,but he could finally understand what i felt .but never again did he take another nap in my house . Hopefully i can learn to cope with it as time passes.
Nell Rose (author) from England on October 05, 2013:
Thanks Jonathan I appreciate your reading and telling your story, nell
Nell Rose (author) from England on October 05, 2013:
Thanks for sharing your story Suman, nell
Jonathan Gould on October 05, 2013:
I am no religious nutcase but a normal chap. But I can tell you that this sleep paralysis has nothing to do with thyroid/ stress problems or any other chemical crap. You will all discover (most of you when you are dead) that there is something/life after death?
And this sleep paralysis is a spirit with you. I've been there and seen them and felt them. I'm no alcoholic or drug abuser or lunatic. It took me a few years of these experiences to understand and seeing is believing to realise just what it is! You'll all find out for yourselves eventually.
Suman on October 04, 2013:
Last night I experienced it and I was trying to find out the reason. Your article helped a lot. Thank You.. :)
I felt like someone covered in white sheet slowly came over me and started pushing me hard on my chest. I was trying to yell "papa" but nothing came out of my mouth. Then I started praying. I remember the shadow saying "with me". It was terrifying!
Wired thing was.. It was kind of a half dream. I mean I was partially awake. That scared me.
Anyways, I woke up switched on the light. Sat down. Listened to some prayers and when I saw sunlight through my window, I went to sleep.
Funny thing is, that shadow was my own leg covered in my white blanket which I crossed and put over my left knee while sleeping and my own hands were on my chest.. :D
Nell Rose (author) from England on September 23, 2013:
Hi Christian sorry to hear you are suffering. I do believe the shaking bed could be something to do with your own muscles. When you are having a sleep paralysis your muscles can judder if you like that may be causing it. I think you should go and see your GP for a blood test, you may well have a bad thyroid, that was what caused mine to happen I am sure of it. Along with stress and other things. To have an unbalanced immune system or other medical condition can cause this 'brain freeze' as I like to call it, get a blood test and see if thats what it is, good luck, and thanks for reading.
christian on September 23, 2013:
Since after my high school years, I've been experiencing these feelings where I'm sleeping then all of the sudden, i can't move i can't breath, like someone has there hand over my mouth, and that there's someone sitting on top of me, and i can't move my body and or if i could only a few inches of the bed with my arms, I'm trying to turn my head left and right to fight what it is that has ahold of me so i can breath and each time this happens to me sometimes i feel it gets stronger, I'm screaming in head cuz i can speak or say nothing, then finally i break free... I'm not the only one in my family has these experiences, my mom, sister and cousin has them too... Also today, this morning, i was planning on sleeping in but that didn't happen, cuz all of the sudden my bed started to feel like it was breathing, from under me, i ignored it, i thought it was just my imagination, then i started to hear this loud noise coming from behind me on my right side, at the foot of my bed, i always lay on my stomach so i couldn't really see nothing, i could feel the bed moving up like it was leavatting or something my eyes were open but my head could not move but my body could, It almost felt like i was doing it, or that i was in some sort of trans, but thats impossible right... but thats how i woke this morning... It was scary, that has never happened to me before...
Nell Rose (author) from England on September 22, 2013:
Thanks for reading Shell, and your comments. That must be really scary at times, and the trouble is most people would say its all in the mind, but nobody ever really knows. Fascinating about the plates, I do believe in Telekinesis the ability to move objects with our minds, or mind over matter. So maybe it is us doing it, but I have an open mind and who knows? maybe there really are incs and sucs, thanks so much for reading, nell
shell on September 22, 2013:
my sleep paralysis began in my mid twenties, very frightening as felt something jump on me and press itself against my body then place its hands round my throat, I tried to scream but I couldn't, weird feeling then I would wake, I have since moved home and iam now 40years old and have been experiencing this again only a few times a month though, its very kind to me at times not to mention sexual towards me and yes I can feel it, im not afraid, i didn't wish to tell anybody as thought they may think im mad but i decided to tell my husband and he has read about this years ago and is a strong believer the inc and suc exsist, one evening we were in our sitting room and he was talking about the incubus asking me questions etc and he was slightly angry that the inc was touching me and then one of my collectible earthenware plates fell off the wall, thankfully it was still intact but my husband realised at this point it didn't wish to be bitched about and he quickly stopped. ive always believed it is a state of mind we stress too much sometimes about nothing and we do find it hard to switch off esp at night, i don't know what to believe so i try not to let it get to me and this works, also control works iam in control when he pays a visit, ive asked for him to come see me when im lay in bed and one morning when my husband left he jumped right on to the bed and was so lovely to me. im just happy iam not alone as i thought all those years ago it was only me this was happening to, im not afraid i feel a connection with it now and iam at peace, its part of me well this is what i think.
anonymous on July 06, 2013:
I've had night terrors for years now and every year it gets worse my recent one felt as if someone was pulling me down in my bed before that one couple months back I've witness a little Caucasian girl wearing a dirty white dress who would be standing next to my bed and as my head will move she will be in every directions I went ti my pastor in they did some type of exorcism on me nothing help
Muffy on June 10, 2013:
@cris82 I had experience the same that you described it freaks me out too. I don't know what it is
Nell Rose (author) from England on June 05, 2013:
Hi y, yes this is pretty common. The sleep paralysis is explained above, stress, hyperthyroid or hypothyroid can cause it along with other illnesses or medications, I hope you are feeling better soon, and don't worry, the sleep paralysis should pass. But get a check up with your doctor. thanks.
Nell Rose (author) from England on June 05, 2013:
Hi y, yes this is pretty common. The sleep paralysis is explained above, stress, hyperthyroid or hypothyroid can cause it along with other illnesses or medications, I hope you are feeling better soon, and don't worry, the sleep paralysis should pass. But get a check up with your doctor. thanks.
y on June 05, 2013:
Hi my name is Arturo I had sleep paralysis its my 2 time that this had happn to me I could see my self going to sleep in my.dream then suddenlfy started feel scared I couldn't talk or move I tryed to call for help and nothin came out the only thing that help that p ray in mind for a min or 2 then I started to get some control on my body I flip my self to the side and fell from the bed and started to craw to the door still praying in my mind then suddenly I woke up from myi sleep but I felt scared I just want to know what could this mean has anyone experience what I have ????
Nell Rose (author) from England on May 17, 2013:
Hi cris, to be honest I have no idea! but I do remember reading that sometimes when we lay down, or at certain times of the day, mainly night time, our bodies can 'vibrate' or tremble. this is caused by 'hearing' the blood flow, I have done it myself. I believe its something to do with blood pressure.
its such a fast tremble that we can think its something else doing it, in your case, the bed, next time it happens sit really still and see if you can feel your body trembling, good luck, and I hope you figure it out.
cris82 on May 17, 2013:
Hello I was hoping someone could help me understand what I have experienced. I have had the feeling of paralysis while laying in bed half asleep and feeling like something heavy is on top of me and the feeling of falling and waking but the experience I'm concerned about felt nothing like these events. I will try to explain it the best I can. The first time I was just getting into bed and only there a few minutes not even close to being sleepy yet and my bed started shaking kind of vibrating. The first time I thought my cat was under the bed, the only thing I could think of causing it. No earthquakes where I live. so I got up to look but found nothing and it had stopped so I went back to bed and within a few minutes it started again and really freaked me out. It has happened about 9 times. From the age of 14 to 25. It has happened before I go to sleep I have been just sitting in bed when it has happened and at times it has woken me up from sleep. It is random, weeks can go by or years. Im totally awake when it is happening I have touched the wall and side table during an episode to see if it is vibrating but it is always only the bed. It has occurred in 3 different houses and 4 different beds. Its only when I'm alone.
Nell Rose (author) from England on May 15, 2013:
Hi Lisa, yes it is a terrifying thing. I remember when I had my bad thyroid it seemed to happen all the time. The scary thing is how real it feels. I can totally understand why people think they are being attacked by demons, or maybe we are! thanks so much for reading, nell
Lisa from WA on May 15, 2013:
I suffered from sleep paralysis for a long time before I finally figured out what triggered it. What helped was researching it for a hub I wrote on this topic as well. So far, I haven't suffered from it at all since doing my research. I found that it tends to occur when I sleep on my back or on a couch. Stress is also a factor but it does not always mean I will have one of these nightmares. For the longest time I thought it was real and was terrified to even go to bed at night.
Nell Rose (author) from England on April 30, 2013:
Hi Jmillis, sorry to hear that, it can be terrifying, I hope it sorts itself out soon, and thanks for reading, nell
Jmillis2006 from North Carolina on April 29, 2013:
I have had this happen to me multiple times and it was terriffing, the first time I thought I had a seziure or something, Thank goodness it has not happened in the past few months, because I can sleep for days afterwards. Also I have noticed it only happens if I take a nap but not when I have been sleeping at night. My sleep paraliysis manifests as not being able to move or talk when I first woke up.
Nell Rose (author) from England on April 29, 2013:
Thanks Sid, Rob, David, and Dub, its a fascinating subject, but as you say it can be really terrifying sometimes, thanks so much for reading, nell
Paul Perry from Los Angeles on April 29, 2013:
I've had sleep paralysis for my entire life. I tend to only get it when I am really really tired now, and it's more of an annoyance than anything. But it can be really scary especially when you're a kid, and the visual and audible hallucinations are still pretty crazy! I kinda like it actually. But yah its funny that people still think alien abductions and "the old hag" are something to be worried about, clearly just sleep paralysis. Totally normal.
David Trujillo Uribe from Medellin, Colombia on April 28, 2013:
I used to practice Astral Projection for a while. Even after I stopped (because I freaked out) every once in a while I would get these vibes that numbed my body and pulled my astral body.
So I guess sleep paralysis could be caused when your astral self is half detached from your physical body. When this happens you can see through your eyes but not move a thing.
Rob Winters on April 27, 2013:
I used to experience this a lot as a child, particularly during my teenage years. Interestingly it most often occurred if i went for a nap after getting home from school. It usually felt as if i was being pulled in and down from within and an awareness that i was losing the power to move or resist along with a sense of dread and the perception of various things starting to stir in the room around me. I always put it down as some form of intra-sleep glitch, so to speak. Certainly an unnerving experience nonetheless. Whilst medical issues may contribute to people experiencing this phenomenon more often etc i think its important to note that in and of itself it is by no means necessarily indicative of any underlying medical issues. I hadn't thought about this for quite some time. A most interesting read Nell. Up & Interesting.
Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on April 27, 2013:
Thanks for being willing to share such a personal and painful experience. I have had episodes of sleep paralysis, though milder than yours. One element, in addition to the body and brain chemistry, is a specific neuron at the base of the brain that shuts off all motor control signals to the muscles. When it works right, this allows us to move (say run) in our dreams and not move our legs. When it is out of sync, all kinds of odd things can happen. A friend of mine ended up dreaming of going after a soccer ball, stood up in bed, ran off the end of the bed, and ended up in the hospital!
I had the opposite problem. My motor shut off was a bit weak, so, when being chased (usually by a murderous mugger, from memories of an inner-city childhood), I would try to run in my dreams, and my legs would start to move. But I would feel that they couldn't move. So I would continue to dream, but be unable to run, and the attacker would always get me.
I learned to get past this with meditation, re-dreaming, and lucid dreaming. I have escaped my attackers in my dreams now, and I am much more free.
I have also woken up feeling paralyzed. Meditation really helps. I know it is okay just to lie still and breath. I can call on images of calm and light. And within a few minutes, the body relaxes and can move easily.
Nell Rose (author) from England on April 27, 2013:
Hi condominium, it can be terrifying, and something that should be looked at by a doc, could be a thyroid problem, thanks for reading, nell