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Sleep Paralysis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Sufferers of sleep paralysis often feel there is an old hag, or witch, in the room tormenting them

Sufferers of sleep paralysis often feel there is an old hag, or witch, in the room tormenting them

One day last year I was taking a nap on the couch when I heard my mother come home from work. I woke up and saw her walk through the front door, and I tried to say hello to her. I was disturbed to find that I couldn't speak; my tongue was frozen in my mouth. I tried to move my body to get her attention, but I couldn't do that either. I was paralyzed.

Panic quickly set in, and although I had been breathing perfectly normally up until then, I suddenly felt like my lungs were constricted. I closed my eyes and went back to sleep, only to have the same scenario repeat itself a few moments later when I thought I heard her moving around in the kitchen. I was desperate to get her attention so that she could help me, but once again I could not move, and I would drift back to sleep. After about four more rounds of this, my brother came home from school and that was when I woke up -- for real.

That was when I realized that everything that had just happened hadn't been real. It was a freaky sensation, but I chalked it up to a bad dream... until it happened again a week later. Hoping that if perhaps I could understand what was happening, I could possibly change it, I did a Google search for "can't move while sleeping" and discovered the concept of "sleep paralysis."

Sleep paralysis is actually a fairly common condition characterized by either partial or total paralysis of muscles. It occurs upon awakening from sleep or when falling asleep, although the latter is much less likely. The episodes generally last anywhere from seconds to minutes, and outside stimuli like touch or sound may terminate it.

According to Wikipedia's article about sleep paralysis:

"It is closely related to the paralysis that occurs as a natural part of REM sleep, which is known as REM atonia. Sleep paralysis occurs when the brain awakes from a REM state, but the body paralysis persists. This leaves the person fully conscious, but unable to move. In addition, the state may be accompanied by terrifying hallucinations (hypnopompic or hypnagogic) and an acute sense of danger."

Although I had never heard of sleep paralysis, this was clearly what I was experiencing. The same physiology that keeps us from acting out our dreams as we sleep was now keeping my body frozen as my mind was awake and aware. Most people experience severe panic symptoms during an episode, even as they know that their perceptions are false. After reading more on the subject, I decided I was one of the luckier ones. Many people also experience hallucinations during sleep paralysis. In particular, they may see an old hag in the room, or feel a witch or demon sitting on their chest and laboring their breathing. Although I hallucinated my mother coming home from work and was greatly disturbed when I couldn't reach out to her, I have never had the sensation of something evil lurking.


Sleep paralysis entails one or both of the following:

  • Paralysis: occurs after waking up or just before falling asleep. You cannot move any body part, aside from involuntary movements such as blinking and breathing. "This paralysis is the same paralysis that occurs when dreaming. The brain paralyzes the muscles to prevent possible injury during dreams, as some body parts may move during dreaming. If the person wakes up suddenly, the brain may still think that it is dreaming, and sustains the paralysis." (Source:
  • Hallucinations: Images or sounds that appear during the episode. The sensation that someone is standing beside you or somewhere close by in the room. Strange sounds. Some people feel a heavy weight on their chest, as if they are being sat on.


Although there are several theories, the actual cause of sleep paralysis is still unknown. However, several factors have been identified that may increase the chances of having an episode:

  • Sleeping in a face upwards or supine position
  • Irregular sleeping schedules; e.g., naps, sleeping in, sleep deprivation
  • Increased stress
  • Sudden environmental/lifestyle changes
  • A lucid dream that immediately precedes the episode


For those who suffer severe and persistent sleep paralysis, there are medications that may improve the condition. One option is to take 0.5mg of Clonazepam at bedtime. Ritalin has also been used as a daytime medication, the idea being that establishing healthy sleep patterns will reduce instances of sleep paralysis. Before considering or taking any medications, however, you should consult your doctor to discuss your specific condition.

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In all my research, the only other suggestion I found was to try to move your facial muscles during an episode, as it may be easier to move these than your arms or legs. Not only will it give you a sense of control, but it may be enough to ease you into wakefulness.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


Saad on June 23, 2019:

Sleep paralysis is nothing new for me and I know how to deal with it but since last week i have encountered with severe things while sleep paralysis like some one is drilling in and out of my ear that almost shake my hole head off when i wake up my ear are hurting and i am feeling severe headache.

Beverly Gatewood on September 28, 2018:

I know what you mean about the buzzing. I was paralyzed and had several very small men around the sofa i was sleeping on. I was so positive they were there. It felt so real, and felt real. i have had this experience about 8 times in my life.

Delo on February 15, 2018:

I have the night terrors with a sense of demonic evil swirling around me or pulllling me through a tunnel real fast . I have found over the years that saying the 23rd psalm lessons the severity of it although I sometimes have trouble getting it out because of pressure on my chest , If I am asleep how do I know to say this when I feel it coming on? In early years I would feel and hear a buzzing sound and would try to sit up or open my eyes. After fighting it through God it has changed ways that it comes at me. It feels like pure evil and is so terrifying. I also in the beginning had the sleep paralysis seeing a family member in the room but couldn’t get them to help me and would later realize no one had been there. The night terrors are much worse. And for years tried to tell people about them and I know they just thought I was crazy.

Gk on September 08, 2017:

Depression, chemical disorder in brain n drug use trigers sleeping paralize oftenly , some part of brain remains asleep while other gets awake, spinal cord partially active. Have plently of water, lemon juice, joging, exercise. Almounds, fish, milk, vitamins, yogurt n whey. Avoid drugs in high doses if cant quit. Serious case includes respiratory depression while sleeping or brain forgets to breath in sleep if it gets numb by low blood caused by drugs, heart may fail too in that scenario. Good luck.

rajesh vishnu kashid on September 07, 2017:

Respected person,i like your artical but i dont understand why i am not recovered has happened on 25th june 2006,which make me paralysed on leftside.please help me

Diksha on September 03, 2017:

I've got this feeling hundreds of time that if i don't move now I'll will sleep forever or die.It's something like that.And I sorta get in a severe panic attack that if i don't move by myself or if someone doesn't touch me,I will forever be in this condition.I am aware of all of this but i just can't move.I've not seen monsters though.That dangerous feeling is itself a monster for me!I just have woken up from my sleep after having this dangerous panick attack and googled about it!I assume that the fear of sleeping forever is just an illusion!lol!

Anon on June 04, 2017:

I just woke up from experiencing sleep paralysis where it felt like an evil ghost sat on my bed, put pressure on my chest and blow hot air into my face..... I told it to get lost.... I spoke it out loud and my mouth and throat felt weird like they didn't want to cooperate with my brain...... on May 08, 2017:

Not wanting to offend anyone, but I don't believe that "GOD" (whomever we consider him to be depending on religion) has anything to do with this sleep paralysis issue. I have tried to believe there is a "GOD"....for me personallyI am quite certain such a thing doesnt exsist..never have I had a prayer answered in my 35 years in this life. And the experiences of sleep paralysis I have experienced are anything but godly. But whatever makes you feel better. I just refuse to believe in a figment of everyone's imagination any longer. And I'm tired of hearing people using god as thier crutch. I don't fully understand why this occurs, but I know it's not the work of god.

Meghan on December 04, 2015:

Had one last night, was having a dream then someone in my dream spoke of spirits and how they're coming then i saw a flash of a skull image, tangling up my body mostly in my core and torso, then i hear a vice RIGHT next to me sounding like rubbish, i heard 4 days or something like that, then i actually tried to listen to him again and it said something about a commercial break. Funny stuff brain. Funny stuff.

Jezzy on May 01, 2014:

I used to have such awful Sleep Paralysis that I thought I would die. For years I suffered through this until it got so bad I ran to a psychiatrist, any one. Without blinking an eye, he diagnosed this condition. This was about 22 years ago. He gave m medication that would delay RES sleep. He told me I was dreaming while being not fully asleep and it was caused by depression. He prescribed ascendin. He said it was not commonly used. Today I can't find it. Fortunately, the medicine worked well, and in the last 22 years, this incident may have occurred twice. No meds. Many people have it and don't discuss it. You'll feel better once you've been treated and diagnosed. Trust me.

Linda on February 14, 2014:

They said before that this is what alien abduction is. The sleep paralysis, and they convinced people that it was this. I to had this. I would always see beings when I was going through it, never could see their faces or bodies clearly, but I knew someone was there. Then I read online, to say when you are going through this to ask protection from God, so I did. I said,"Please God help me", and it seemed at that point it stopped, and I have not had it since, that I can remember.

kyle on January 30, 2014:

I had mine about 3 this morning idk if its a sleeping disorder but when im have it im on my back just about to fall asleep when all of a sudden i hear a loud rumbling like when you yawn in both my ears at the same time my sheets will be pulled down maybe 6 inches. Now my ligament in my right foot pops all the time idk if my foot is moving them. This is the second night so far. Any help would be appreciated. is my email

Betty on January 14, 2014:

I am in my early sixties now and have had SP all my life. Sometimes I don't get it for weeks on end and then I have a really bad episode and I find it really difficult to shake off the effects. I have been through the same experiences the same as the other posters, but I find the one where I believe there is a presence lying of top of me and having sex with me is the most frightening. On occasion I thought I could see the man in my peripheral vision and hear him breathe. I can control it better now as I have learned to think out loud and say in my head " go away - leave me alone, you are not welcome here.

jhunted7667 on December 20, 2013:

hasn't anyone asked the question why it happens more to women than to men , with women it may be an Ex boyfriend or husband who may be a warlock and he is sending a demon to her , if she has no memories of what happened it can be soo bad that the brain creates a block which will wash out her memory , if she was demon possessed at any time in the past then the demon will block all memories of her only way to freedom if it happens to a man it can be an ex wife who is a witch trying to do the same thing the man would do , what will free the woman is the ability to be with a man she knows she can trust this type of man the women will find herself lying on top of him at night , she will more than likely put her head on his chest and listen to the beat of his heart which will put her to sleep , if his arms and legs are wrapped around her and his hand is on her behind she will more than likely sleep peacefully safe from demonic attack , women today are not fighting a sickness or disease or mental illness but powers and principalities beyond human understanding

pearl on December 03, 2013:

I have been suffering from SP since i was 12. Earlier i didn't know it was SP or smthng. I thought it was a dream in a dream. But it was terrifying. Whenever i lay on my back or stomach, i experienced this. I felt as if something very heavy, a giant being sitting on my back or my chest without moving. I get so much of pain on my hds and legs. I feel my throat breaking. I feel that i am dying. I knw that its not real, i am actually sleeping on my bed, the experience gets so terrifying and life taking that i just wanna open my eyes and feel the real world around me. I try very hard to scream someone's name who is near to me at that time, but i am not able to do it. I am parallysed! And then after lot of struggling, i open my eyes n feel myself gasping, my eyes buldged out. Lastnight in my episose, i saw an old lady, infact she was a beautiful young lady dressed in a long ancient type gown, her hair braided p. She then smiles at me and talks smthng. I don't hear what ashe speaks and so, i look at her curiously.. suddenly her beautiful smile changes to a sinister laughter and to my best fear, her young beautiful face changes to that of an ugly old horrifying face. She then spreads her hand towards me and screams in the most rumbling sound. I can't take that sound. It is so drilling. At that time i know, this horrifying figure and her voice will fade away if i open my eyes. And i wish somebody wakes me up. But it doesn't happen because nobody sees me struggling. My attempts to scream or to move are only inside my so called real dream'

Kyle on October 17, 2013:

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Please contact me if you have had the same events or know how to stop it. I have gone through this since I was 13. Now 19. It happens when I'm overly stressed. But unlike most on here mine happens before I sleep. Just last night I tried to sleep and started hearing the noise as if I was forcing my jaw shut, then my neck started to sting and went to my body. At that point I started to freak out realizing I couldn't move. I just sat there trying to calm myself but then I keep thinking I see a shadow on the wall(my bed is against the wall and I sleep towards it sometimes). I kept seeing this shadow move around as if it was looking at me and felt the cover sink to my side as if something sat next to me. I tried moving my fingers toes and even face and nothing would work though I'm not truly sure if I actually could move them. It just felt like it. Then eventually I could move and the cover wasn't suck beside me at all it was all in my head. Then I was able to go to sleep after. It scares me and only seems to happen during high stress. When I was young I literally drank nothing but energy drinks which I think triggered my first attack but since then its just been from stress. Did the abuse of energy drinks cause me a health problem and now symptoms show when I'm stressed? I honestly don't know what it is. Just seems like everyone here has had a similar attack as me. I am glad to know I'm not alone. Any info or sharing would be very appreciated as even if its not info on how to fix my problem it does help to know there are people out there with the same problem.

Thanks everyone for reading

George on September 29, 2013:

I am 30 years old now.. but i will never forget what had happened to me when i was 6 or 7 years old.

It was a Christmas night, i was sleeping on the lower bunker and my sister on the upper one. Suddenly while i am sleeping i hear a noise, i open my eyes and see a white luminous cloud standing at my room door. I push my body up and i am ready to scream my lungs out...but i cant and suddenly i realise i cant move and i fell back in my bed, like i have been narced.

Next year same day, i am thinking about what happened last year and i am telling myself that i am going to be ready this time...and i am waiting....and exactly the same thing happens with the only difference that i manage to move a little bit more and almost hit my sister's bunker with my hand...almost.

It was the last time i have experienced such a thing. While growing up, i forgot about it, untill a documentary about "alien abductions"...most people described exactly the same situation and that was when i remembered everything. To be honest with you, for a while i strogly believed that i was abducted too, but didnt tell to noone because everyone would laugh and prolly they would be right about it.

Gladly some years ago an article about sleep hypnosis came up, i read it and finally figured out what was going on with me...

The only problem is that, i remember myself moving up from bed, i mean pulling up my torso and being ready to step off bed. Could that happen and then this sundrome kick in ?!

Tammy on September 21, 2013:

I have had this phenomenon several times in my life...AlWAYS on my side. The last few times were different then before. Before, my body was paralyzed and my mouth cemented together, but I was able to breathe without restriction. The last few times, only my breathing was restricted and restricted completely! I cannot inhale or exhale and it takes all my strength to break the restriction. It feels as if my nose is fully flooded with something and that the airways in my mouth are completely blocked without of trace of air to flow either way. It is terrifying!

I do believe in spiritual attacks. I do believe that natural scientific phenomenons are used to attack people. I don't have time to read all the comments, but from glancing around, I would add that just because it is a natural event doesn't mean it is not being used by a supernatural opponent.

Here is the ONLY thing that releases my paralysis...when I say the name "Jesus" it breaks, but not until I work very hard to force the words out of my mouth. I have never seen a demon during those times, but I know the feeling of the dark presence in the room at that time. Regardless of why it is happening, stress, diet, attack, the name of Jesus is the name above every name...even the name "Sleep Paralysis".

All I can tell you is my experience. I was paralyzed and when I say the name of Jesus, it is immediately released. If I go to Him when I have a headache, then why shouldn't I when I am paralyzed. He heals my natural phenomenons regardless of how they came to be.

sgroclkc on January 23, 2013:

Physiological symptoms of sleep paralysis are the same with those of syncope. Thus, sleep paralysis is caused by syncope. For experts in cardiovascular diseases, sleep paralysis or syncope is a common symptoms of cardiovascular disease【1】. For a long time, due to the ignorance of physiological knowledge of syncope , ischemie cerebrale , slow beat, fast beat and so on, psychological illusion in people’s sleep generated by such physical symptoms i.e. the nightmare really has puzzled the psychologists, therefore they put forward a wide range of wrong even absurd views on the nightmares, which both have no scientific basis, and could not be confirmed, even more were not self-consistent. For example, a medical expert Debacke drew the correct conclusion that the anxiety-dream resulted from ischemie cerebrale according to the physiological symptoms of the anxiety-dream of a boy of thirteen. Freud called such view was a " medical mythology" in the book of Dream Psychology. Most important,the experiment confirmed the idea. For example, a place in country , there is a "haunted" bed which makes people have sleep paralysis or syncope every night, and it is this fact that the pillow in the bed is too high will reduce cerebral blood flow.                                         【1】

Annamie Cureteyz on December 21, 2012:

I have actually experienced this, I wake up in the middle of the night and I cant move any body part, what I usually do is to tell myself that it's just a dream and get back to sleep.

richelle on November 23, 2012:

i go through this every night since i was 5 im 16 now it hurts the back of my head and it lasts up to 10min now

sgroclkc on November 10, 2012:

Sleep paralysis symptoms are same as fainting (syncope) symptoms and so sleep paralysis is caused by fainting (syncope) .

Cynthia Jesseen from Tulsa on October 29, 2012:

Oh boy, the bed shaking is starting again. Just slightly. But it's always that way a while before I start actually feeling crawling up my body or something on the bed. I did feel tapping on the covers at my feet a couple of the nights. I was awake and I almost said something to my boyfriend to see if he felt it too but then I thought how ridiculous the question So I kept it to myself for now. I never actually see anything EVER unless it's sleep paralysis. This is different though. It's when I'm still awake. I'll be moving into my new place in a couple of weeks though so it should stop for a while. It doesn't scare me, probably because it's never felt threatening. I don't know if it followed me from place to place because it's not in every place. Also, the house I was in for two years still has it's ghost and I'm not there. And the place I lived for the past two years had nothing. But when I was at my boyfriends a year ago I had a really strong encounter. I posted about that one. I wonder if people who have encounters with spirits are more susceptible to sleep paralysis. My dad has SP and has really crazy encounters while he is awake. There is very much a difference between SP and feeling, seeing or hearing a spirit when you are awake. But I'm wondering if there is a connection with the two because a lot of people say they wonder if it is SP or a demon or SP or a Spirit. Maybe it's SP sometimes and a spirit connection other times. Anybody else notice the differences in the two yet you seem to have both?

Bellywinks on October 07, 2012:

My first post was about two years ago, I have actually only had a few epsiodes since. I always used to be scared during an episode struggleing to wake up or call for help. The last time it happened I was on my back when I felt someone shove me hard that I rolled over and it woke me up. I thought this is it I'm tired of it. So I have slowly trained myself to relax knowing nothing is going to happen to me if I just try to let my mind go and fall back to sleep. My episodes always start with that annoying rushing sound so I immediately try to relax my mind. It has taken me many tries but now I feel more in control. I never felt that this was some sort of supernatural happening even with the cigarette smells and hearing someone coming up the stairs. I think my mind is adding things to the experience because I am over tired somethings.

leospice on September 16, 2012:

it is by far the most terrifying part of my existence. i feel it coming on early on in the day, high voltage pulsations from me cerebelum to my toes. auditory hallucinations. same shit , cant move speak or wake up. i have a good wife, she knows the signs, she hears me trying to call for her.she will wake me, but it will continue for some time. there is limit to what are mind can create. ilately , for some reason i have the paralysis and an awful jabbing pain in my ribs, like someone is trying to lift me out of bed by my ribs using only there thumbs. i have had these for ten years at least twiice a month , but not limited several times a week. i push my self up to wake up, or call my wife or pets. but look higher and call for the almighty, god or the great spirit. when i pray , and garnish my cross, and my baptism wood thing i got as a child. it leaves. go with it, is craziness. spiral through space. but now i can fly in my dreams. stupid huh. it is what it is.

Janita on August 26, 2012:

I read all about sleep paralysis and i want to know more ! Im turning 17 this year and ever seen i was 13 ive been having sleep paralysis everything ivr read about it it what happens to me. I though it was just me that it happens to but it wasint.

It happens to me every couple of months mostly when im trying to fall asleep i try to ingore it! But it stay. And finally when i relised its not going away so i just let it happen to me ! I couldint move my body at all and i could do was move my eyes and still i could bearly do that. But everytime it happens to me i see something black on top of me and i found it very scary. But i hear a voice once out of all the times its happened to me and ive spoken to my mum about it and when she was 13 it happened to her too but it stopped for her ! But for me im to scared to sleep along. I also got a vedio recording of a mens voice saying hes going to get me ! That scared me as well. I just feel like theres something following me all the time and i just dont know who to speck too and i would see something like a black shadow sometimes go pass me and i dont know who to speck to about it my mum says its nothing but i know its something

Vic on August 24, 2012:

Hey guys,

I had SP for 9 years, first 5 years it was frequent but and the following years were occasional. It was terrifying the first few times because like many of you I seen apparitions such as 'The Witch" Tall dark black shadowy figure standing over me or masked people. The witch and the masked people would always be in my face every time sitting on my chest which was really freaky and I never wanted to sleep again but like every human being you eventually fall asleep.

I was confused of what it could be because I didn't know if it was a ghost haunting me or what. Eventually I seen a documentary on TLC about sleep paralysis which gave me an idea of what it really was and how it linked to astral projection. But what confused me was I would always see this black shadowy figure in the corner of my eye. I would always feel like it's watching me sleep, waiting... So then I was debating on if I was being haunted or it was SP or both. Eventually it all stopped after I starting be able to control it. I started waking up faster from it, almost instantly. Don't think about it before you sleep. I just learned how to tune it out, wish I could explain but I can't put it in words.

Sleeping on your side it does help but if you're used to sleeping on your back you might just end up on your back again. You CAN sleep on your back it's possible, just DON'T sleep with your hands to your sides. What I did was reposition my hands, (like put one hand near my head and one on my stomach and tilt my head sometimes) find a comfortable spot for your hands just not on your sides. You'll have to see what works for you. Try leaving the tv on before you sleep and have it on sleep timer, thats what I did before I experimented with sleeping positions and it reduced the chances of it happening. Hope that helps some as it helped for me. Remember to remain calm during the whole ordeal.

drew on August 12, 2012:

wow i think i have this.... so far ive been able to control it and wake up by by slowly moving or keeping calm. it doesnt scare me but the fact of waking up one day and being in complete darkness sure the hell does. it gets worse and worse every time any one have an answer on how to stop it???

Katherym on August 06, 2012:

This been hapening to me for a wile now,I know dosent have anything to do with demoms,ghost etc I learn to relax and I start meditating when this happens seems to help a lot and I am the type of person that looks for a logical explanation for things before I say is a ghost or demom and on the other hand I am really sensitive when it comes to the spiritual world I CAN SEE THINGS PEOPLE HEAR THEM etc also sometimes I have dreams of what is going to happen before it does but maybe somebody can answer my question is it possible thatwhen I am having a paralysis attack I am more sensitive to see things ? I say this because last week I saw my self lying in bed and I saw a big dark thing looking at me and when it saw me standing there it ran when I got up I wrote about it becaus it was different than te other times anybody there like me ?

Meme on July 22, 2012:

The event occurs when one sleeps on their back, so don't. Do seek a competent neurologist, to identify what the cause is, i.e., synapse misfiring, herniations, bulges, facets, base skull tumors, autoimmune diseases (inflammation nerve compression), scar tissue from an old injury, any injury , and wrap around spine growths. The neuro will test you, locate where you have nerve block, and then follow-up with monitoring or treatment. Note growths should not be a scary word, it's something you may have had your entire life and is treated through yearly monitoring. As long as it doesn't grow, you don't have it removed, as surgical side effects are worse than not lying on your back to sleep.

fluke98 on July 09, 2012:

TaurianHeadCase --submit an email of your case to

or you search for him at HP "theexorcist"

He can help you for sure. SP is NOT fun and need to be cured...prolong exposure can lead to possession by evil entity. It's like playing with will get burn sooner or later..GL!

Cynthia Jesseen from Tulsa on June 20, 2012:


I am so sorry for the horrible episodes you have had. I'm glad you found this hub page so you can share your experience. The most rewarding part about that is what you posted will help someone else to not feel so alone or crazy. SP has so many contributing factors. The sad part is that not a lot of doctors know as much about it as you can learn on this page. This page is so great because no matter what the belief of the source of SP someone has, we all have experienced it so there is so much we can learn from each other on how to treat it. Diet and exercise has helped me so much but sometimes when things get stressful it creeps in. My best friend has a creature that she sees in the corner of her room sometimes and she has leaped over her husband and across the room trying to get away from it when she finally can move. So you are not alone on that one. She is a sleep walker as well so it's possible that having SP and Sleep Walking is not a happy combination. I would do a check on your diet, exercise and anything that may be causing you stress in your life. For me a healthy diet and exercise has almost eliminated SP. Even when I do have it now it's not so bad.

But! I have lived in a new place for 2 years now. I do admit that SP was different in different houses. It's kinda like each house had a different personality of SP. Maybe the stress levels were different. Maybe there was more to it.... Only way to find out is get a new house! lol

Diana on June 10, 2012:

over the past year i have woke up in the night and had my arms feel very, very heavy like they are being pulled by gravity and i am unable to bend or move them, not even my hands or fingers. I am awake and all the thinking i do not have control to make them move, it takes 20 minutes or so befor they are moveing again. It is scary, i do have back pain however my dr. dosen't tink this is the problem.

tsartoris on June 07, 2012:

These are really informative posts and i have quite similar symptoms..but the description of my sleep paralysis is the same each time i have an episode..i am dreaming (usually a nightmare)then i try to wake myself from the dream and all of a sudden i feel a strong pressure pulling my head back into a deeper sleep... my heart starts to race and a feeling of impending doom comes over me...i see black moving shadows and screams or thumps that are so loud.... i try to reach out to grab or call out to my husband but i am totally paralysed. it is such a terrifying experience but i now know the diagnosis thanks to the world wide web... i do believe that stress,certain foods and drinks are my triggers...especially eating heavy bread products too close to bedtime.. Thankyou for all the informative posts.

sleepy girl on June 05, 2012:

I've had this since I was about 15 it followed after a bad depression where I was very sleep deprive when it first started I was was freaking out but it kept happening so I learned how to wake my self up..... I take 3 deep breathes count to 3 and on 3 I make my body jump or twitch and it would normally wake me up, but then something started happening. I would be in this episode of sp and i would try to move and i would try to make my body jump or twitch and.... id fall off the bed i could see all my surroundings and even my feience sleeping next me id see my self falling off the in slow motion, other times id fall asleep and go into a episode of sp i was floating over my self watching myself sleep i could see my uncle walk past my bed room door and go into the bathroom..... and i have no idea based on what ive been reading i guess it was a hillutionation but it felt sooo real!!! Tonight i fell asleep for a good while. . To wake into an episode where i could feel my feince moving in bed i could feel my own hands moving it was so hard to move them it was like they weighed a million pounds but i wasnt used to this i could never befor move my hands !!!!! So im lying there and all the sudden i can see a dark figure like a man and i seen other things but when i woke i didnt quite remember.... this episode felt like it lasted sooo much longer then any other... so im still in this episode and all the sudden i can hear my breathing and im getting creeped out so it starts to feel like something is sufforcating me so im going crazy panting and all the suddend it felt like my lungs popped and i jumped up freaking out in bed almost in tears..... now should i be worried because this was really scarry i havnt experienced one like this befor now im scared to go back to sleep so ill be running on two hours of sleep.....

l.shackleford on June 02, 2012:

Im sitting here with tears because now i know what was happening to me was real. Ive been having sp for years and couldnt explain it, I tell my husband if he hear me grunting in my sleep to wake me up because i felt paralized yet i could hear voices or the tv on which was never on or i could hear people standing in the room and when i could finally shake my leg and wake myself up, i would be exhausted. Im just glad to know im not alone. I do find if i sleep on my stomach, i dont have the sp as much. Thank you everyone for the comments.

TaurianHeadCase on May 22, 2012:

Wow speacial thanks to all of you for all your experiences. But what really stands out are the several testamonies of people that say they feel, see and sometimes hear evil entities. Some of you say they are halucinations well i'm still not certain as to what they are. But i am glad i'm not the only one. I've been suffering from SP since i was about 4 or 5 and have had "Night Terrors" anlong with "Halucinations" and even "Audio Halucinations". I am 36 now but back in 2005 I was treated as a paranoid skitzo with medication and therapy. My parents delt with most of these SP symptems as if I was crazy. So did my ex-wife. Something that I havent read here yet is what i'm about to explain: I was 10 years old when I had an episode in our old house. I was asleep on our couch sick with the flu when I had an episode again where i couldn't move or scream only the more i was trying to fight it the more angryer i felt it get. The "halucinations" where that something or someone was thrashing about our living room throwing things around including a chair from the kitchen. When i finally was able to move i ran out the house in fear screaming until a neighbor ran up and asked what was wrong. I wasn'ty sure if if was just a dream or what so I recall telling her plainly that someone was in my home. She walked me back only to find that as we approched the living room there was shelves, books, porcelene, lamps and a chair all thrown around. We called the police and they treated it as a breakin and entering along with vandilism incident. I told my mother what i tought happened later that night and we both agreed that i must have been sleep walking. And of course i must have in that state thrashed up our living room. I believed that strongly. In 2005 I was having months and months of SP simultainiously until I had another incident in which i was fighting with a dark image while my son lay next to me. And i was suddenly slammed into the corner of a nightstand. My wife at the time having heard the slam rushed into the room where i was lying on the floor bleeding from the left side of my forehead. I told her i was sleep walking or something. But when i shared these things with some doctors in 2006 they decided i needed medication. I dont know how to quite express myself any further as to say that i never took they're advice and i dont suffer from any form of skitzophrenic disorder. What i do know is that this SP has only at times throught my life been followed with halucinations and sleep walking type movements. I just had an episode last night after several months of not having one. During my episode i saw as clear as day a female image moving away from our bed and walking out towards the hallway. My new spouse hasnt heard anything about this until last night and she thinks im crazy too...HELP I'M DESPERATE TO KNOW WHAT I CAN DO!!

Cynthia Jesseen from Tulsa on May 07, 2012:

Can anyone give tips on how to not be afraid when you are transferring from SP to astral projection. I haven't had many episodes of SP since my diet change. However, I have had more cake and pizza the last couple of weeks (just circumstances) than in a long time. This caused a couple episodes of SP. I remember when I had SP a lot that I finally learned to relax and just let it take it's course and that was when I found myself floating. But then I started thinking about what was happening and thought to hard and was sucked right back in. I would go through the stages of vibration, then feeling like I had waves throughout my body, but then I would get scared and pull myself out of it. How do you get past that stage???? My dad can do it, my son can do it, I have a friend that can as well but I just get freaked out when it comes to that point. Any suggestions? Any techniques? My family and my friend make it sound so

jason c. on May 06, 2012:

Hey, I just came across this page myself. I just woke up from SA. I'm still too nervous to go back to sleep. Yes, we all KNOW what it is... Still yet, even though I found a couple of ways to "snap" out of it. You just want to escape it for a while. Kinda walk it off and forget about it. I've done this since I was a teenager. I'm 30 now, just experienced it for close to (what I think a half hour) I could hear the television going to commercials and back to the program etc etc. One of the best tricks I've found is to Rey and not open my eyes, (you may not like what you see i.e hallucination) I focus on my back, I try to muster enough energy to twitch it. Most of the time, that's the trick. Not tonight, I went right back in it again. What got me out of it this time was the fact that I made myself moan. To me I'm almost yelling, my wife, who has woke me up several times while I have done this) says I'm not as loud as I think. Lol! I absolutely thought she could hear me, and was ignoring the situation while I laid in agony. Fortunately, I was loud enough this time for the rescue. It's very unsettling to wake up suddenly during this state. Although, it is immediate relief, it is disorienting. It took me nearly 20 minutes to shake it. It is nice to read these posts, knowing that this isn't just my problem. Although I wouldn't wish it on anyone. There is just no explaining how terrifying this can be. I try and explain it to my wife. I learned something new here... A change in sleep habits. This rings true seeing as how my shifts at work just flipped from evenings to day shift I'm doing this a lot more than usual. The last time this happened, to the best of my recollecting, was a couple months ago. A brain is very complicated, there could be a number of things that causes this. I just wanted to thank everyone for sharing. It makes me feel a little more at ease. Well, I'm about to try and go back to sleep...... Lol!

John m. on May 03, 2012:

Yep this has happened to me three times now,They are only getting worse. I am only 13

jay on April 29, 2012:

i have sleep paralysis it used to last about 3-5 minutes but now it's getting worse it happens when im awake and just lay down and close my eyes and lasts about 30-40 minutes and it's always the same it's pitch black and feels like im on some sort of metal operating table

juvi on April 06, 2012:

i had experienced this several times, but the most numbers of times was summer last year. it happened when i'am taking a nap every afternoon on our living room. i always woke up when i hear someone was going inside our house, but i always find myself stuck and not able to move. i know everything that was happening on my surrounding. i hear the words they say, i saw their every move. i always try to get their attention but i'am not able to move or say anything. every time this happens to me i always feel so scared that i might not woke up anymore. i just want to cry but i always realize that i'm the only one who can help myself on that situation, and also GOD. so every time that this happens to me i just clear my mind. i calm my self and start to pray. after a while, i count from one to three and i try to woke up. i told my dad about it and he says that it also happened to him. he just told me that when it happened again i just have to pray to god and he will help me.

Anonymous on April 02, 2012:

I had this experience just now. I'm 14 years old, I was on my rooftop on supine position. I was stargazing, or so I thought. My eyes were open the whole time, and it was all silent, even if my parents tried yelling at me to get down. I was aware of what I was seeing, but I couldn't move. So, I went thinking; "Hey, don't fall asleep here! You got a bed, and some pillows downstairs in your room, remember!?". Then, I woke up for real. The time I started, I guess was 9:30 PM. and I ended at 11:30 PM, when I woke up. Then I remembered a classmate of mine talk about this some time ago. So I did research, and found this. Unbelievably, since my environment was an open night sky and concrete roof, I had nothing to be scared of at all, for that time I fear.

Mayssa on April 01, 2012:

But they are in fact what u call demons, although they are not all bad, some are good, some are bad, some are very harmful, we have long books explaining what they are, but this we know for sure, they are like us in the eyes of God, tested, some believe and some don't, anyways, to cut it short, the ones u feel are the bad ones cuz the good ones don't like frightening us, they poses people, and black animals like black dogs, cats, snakes-not all black animals ofcource- they are what ppl practicing black magic use to get what they want, they don't do it for free of course, and there are many types, one of them for some reason likes to trouble ppl when they are asleep, they can harm u more easily the more u fear them, and the more u give in to gluttony, that's why we are advices to not eat heavily or slot before we sleep, and when u sleep on ur back, that's why we are advised to sleep on our side, this type is called in our language 'Yathoom' meaning: sits heavily on the chest! Whether it was prayers that helped me or focusing on something else, whether it is really a demon or a series of scientific explanations-as usual missing the answer to the question: why does this happen? Not how?- this I believe: God created us, he knows our bodies and the way our minds work, he knows best the solution to it all, if it was a demon then he created it as well, thus explained to us how to rid our selves from it, If it was a physical malfunction then he also advicedvus on how to help ourselves: cause: gluttony, answer: eat right, cause demon: answer prayer(in other words focus on something else or meditate, relax, cause: ur body is not positioned right when u sleep on ur back, answer: sleep on ur side, I noticed in many areas in my religion whe God says: don't do this or that cuz a demon/ devil will harm u- this being said to ignorant ppl about 1500 years ago- now if u use the same guidelines but replace the word demon/ devil with microbe, germs/ sickness then it will fit perfectly with scientific guidelines, e.g.before" Throw out a plate if it has a small crack in it, the devil lives in it" now" throw a plate if it has a small crack in it, Microbes live in it!" or" the devil accompany's whomever is gluttonous" now " sickness accompanies whomever is gluttonous" :) now I don't dismiss the theory od demons, cuz I believe in things I cannot c like angels, God, atoms, microbes, love, dreams etc I keep an open mind, but I love all the scientific explanations and discoveries in our religions. I guess it was easier to convince old time ppl with stories of demons than small beings that goes into our bodies and make us sick! ( germs/ microbes/ viruses) anyways, I found out following the guidelines always mean better health for me, and better mind and happiness, so I follow even if I don't know the answer now, someday I will, we are not very advanced yet. Now the way to rid ur self of this problem: other than the health guidelines, be a good person, I know! How general! It's just that good demons follow or live near good ppl, and bad demons get attracted to bad ppl or at least ppl who practice things the bad demons like, think of them like drug addicts, where will they go? To places with partying, drugs, drinking, sex, now they won't go to places that are clean, where there is peace of heart, praying etc, practicing something is simple as gluttony is considered a sin, and you are more open to them when you are sinning, saying prayer verses repels them, the bible is a book of God so try saying things from it even if it's in ur geartvwhile this happens, and don't fear them while u do that, after all God created them, and if they are behaving badly like disturbing u then they fear God and hate his words, so use them. We use verses from the Quran, our holy book, my religion is Islam.

To Omer: black magic is mentioned in our religion, pls read Al Baqara ( first and longest vers or soora in our Quran) it takes exactly 45 min to read, u have to read it fully for three days, everyday once, it will rid u from black magic, and any demon position or problem, if u really r a victim of black magic u will suffer from headaches while u read it, blurred vision and a resistance to complete reading, that's normal, resist and be strong willed to finish it, ask someone to help u and insist u stay and finish it, u'll c a difference inshala, I know ppl who read it everyday! Some reported even healing from cancer! The doctors are shocked to c tumors no longer showing in ultrasounds, if God created sickness and magic he gave us a way to heal ourselves with reading, medicine, and even in his own verses, but as our sister mentioned above, it is useless to pray without doing, God said he will not change thing in a nation till they start changing themselves.

Your sister,

Maysaa, 32, Bachelors in business information system, owner of my own company, mother of 2

Mayssa on April 01, 2012:

Hello, I reached this page while I was looking for an answer to why I cough just as I am drifting to sleep, wow! I didn't know the rest of the world was experiencing this as well! U c, it was explained in my religion, and before I even knew that I experienced it when I was 15, the symptoms matches ur descriptions, i'm awake, I feel someone is sitting behind my back-as I am sleeping on my side facing the wall so I can't c who it is- then I remember that my door is locked! I panic cuz I can definitely feel it's body's heat, it lays next to me, then on me as I feel my body is sinking in the bed, my eyes are wide open, there is a fire like burning in my throat, I can't say a thing, I feel that if I don't get help i'll suffocate cuz it's pushing me further into the mattress. I start to resight every prayer I know from our holy book till I can hear them coming from my mouth, I slowly start to lift up, breath better and am enveloped with calm.

NOW, the explanation: my religion goes hand in hand with science, so it always in encourages us to read and learn, and although it talks about other beings living with us in a sort of like parallel universe - the way Albert Instien talked about- and they are called Jin, they are like human beings with urges and needs and minds and different religions and ranking etc, although ppl sometimes dismiss the theory, but I think it's great open mindedness to accept that in this vast universe we have to accept the possibility that we are not alone, if someone as smart as Albert accepted the fact that there might be others living with us but we cannot c, then who r we to chalk it up to fairy tales?in ur region u c them sometimes, and feel them, u call them aliens, or gosts

Kaitlyn on March 24, 2012:

Hey All I'm so glad I found this website I had a big day shopping and driving in the car when I got home I started to feel tired so I fell asleep I then woke up to my phone ringing so I got up and went to the toilet and layed back down and fell asleep but this time it was so weird i couldent move and everything was black... My boyfriend was playing ps3 next to me and it would flash him playing the game and I could move my eyes but then went black when everything went black it felt like I could hear everything around me but unable to wake up.. In the dream I walked into the lounge but i then I got sick of it so I really tryed to wake my self up and I did but it felt so real and I was scared that their something was in my body and stoping me from waking or moving when I was in this state I called out to my boyfriend saying babe babe!! But it didn't come out I had no voice I really am still freaked out its never happend before I'm 18 years old and suffer very bad anxiety.. Do you think it's the same problem that you are all exsprencing... I'm so terrified :( I never want that to happen again sorry for my spelling I'm not very good at it :(

GODWIN on March 24, 2012:

I thank God almighty for locating this website. I pray God bless the administrator of this site and everyone that has posted a comment or two to shed more light on the issue of sleep paralysis and Christianity especially "Cynthia Jessen" and "Amy" about two years ago.

I woke up this morning in the usual struggle that is associated with the phenomenon. I've been having this experiencing for close to ten years now, earlier on I used to be very scared and worried, but of recent I feel rather angry though I still worry but no longer scared, because I felt if it will kill me it should have killed me by now and my anger is why it still happens to me despite all the fasting and prayer and counselling with Reverend Father and Pastors. I am most surprised that none of the clergy men ever told me it has a scientific explanation and I wonder if it means they don't all know about it or they don't agree with the explanation, but it is has began to affect my faith because I strongly believed I was being tormented by demons. Especially when a group of ladies were discussing spiritual attacks and a description of sleep paralysis came up as one of them. (I am hearing the name "sleep paralysis" for the first time today but there has always been various ways of describing the experience and one will know what is being referred to) my then fiancee and now my wife of 4years said brings bad luck and this stuck much more than every other thing that was being said about it and then increased my fear about the experience. But I became angry why God will not do something about the demons that were tormenting me so often and bringing me bad luck especially since I began to associate a failed business deal or disappointments with the last time I had the experience. This was beginning to affect my faith and this morning when I woke up after having the experience again I told myself this cannot continue, the first place my mind went to was the internet and I googled "something makes me feel stiff or freez in my sleep, like am paralysed , I think it's spiritual" and was expecting some church websites explaining the method of deliverance that could liberate one from having this experience for good, this blog seems to be the most relevant of all that came up and Cynthia's post helped me to understand the situation better and was also confirming my disappointment in God for not ending the ordeal in my life till I read Amy's post that made me understand that God led us all to this site to have a better understanding of the experience and as such has answered my prayers and I will even be of help to some other people that suffer the same disorder, I know it will still come to an end because God promised his children sweet sleep (Psalm4:8, Jeremiah31:26, proverbs3:24) , only this time I will not be casting and binding any demon of bad luck but simply ask him for sweet sleep without the complications of my cognitive mind waking before my body because I don't believe that is how God intends it to be. I however disagree with the post of some people especially "sleepflyer" who think it is something to be enjoyed and exploited in different scenarios of flying and floating, it is a disorder for crying out loud, I can still remember a particular expiring that was so different fall the other ones, I notice dark floating image crawl into my room through the window and heard the sound of something crawl up my bed before I experienced the paralysis and after I woke up I could stil perceive a foul smell I could only associate with the presence of spirits. So please lets still be careful about what happens in our sleep.

Thanks all!

CP on March 18, 2012:

I often have this frustrating phenomenon in clusters. i.e. i might wake up from one and then go back to sleep and have more (my trigger is usually changes in sleep patterns/naps during the day). My method for overcoming them: When i think that i am likely to have one of them, I fall asleep holding my partners hand. I have found that i am able to squeeze her hand even though i feel the rest of my body is paralysed. My partner knows to wake me up if she feels me squeezing. usually works a treat. Hope that helps someone. I also find it intersting to compare the symptoms of sleep paralysis to panic attacks. It seems that they are both a misinterpretation of bodily symptoms that become a self fullfilling cycle. Worth looking up panic attacks. This similarity suggests that relaxing during these episodes, controling your breathing and remembering that you have overcome them many times before will help take the fear edge off them.

Stacey on March 13, 2012:

I started having this strange occurance when i was around 15 years of age. The first stage for me was the bed feeling like it was shaking, it use to frighten me that much i would sneak into mum and dads room and sleep on the floor. I must admit at this stage in my life the occult was very interesting and as young kids we would often do sceances and found that there were deffinately spirits as they would tell us stuff before it would happen so we were always contacting them to find out more(making them stronger). I would lay in bed at night with my eyes closed and would know it was comming as there was black shadows over my closed eyes then like a totall body vibration, chest crushing, my ears would ring and sometimes voices and laughter could be heard. My body at this stage totally paralised i would try and reach for something and it feels like my soul is comming out of my body. I would be screaming but no one can hear me. The only thing that i have found affective is prayer i am now 34 years of age and it doesnt happen very often anymore but when it does I pray the Our Father and try and vision white light the crushing on my chest seems to get harder but only for a few secconds and then it goes away. I really do believe that this is demons and we are fighting for our souls. I was sent to catholic schools and never really listen to much about God as a child but I do believe know. on March 12, 2012:

ur not insane :)

Janet on March 12, 2012:

I am SO glad I came across this page! I have been having these episodes since I was 13 years old (I am now 36). I never tried to explain them to a doctor because I thought I was crazy. For me, the episodes occur when I am trying to wake. I think I am conscious I get a numbing, electric feeling and I can't move or breathe. Most times I hear voices, although not scary or aggressive, just to realize that I was alone the whole time. Sometimes, I feel I am being "tickled" by someone or like someone is patting me awake. The panic sets in and in my mind I tell myself I have to wake up or I will die. Sometimes my heart beats so fast, I think it is going to explode. I usually start with moving my foot, and work my way into kicking my leg which helps me come out of it. I feel like I've been hit by a truck once I come out of it and am exhausted for a day or two after. My most recent event happened night before last and I actually thought I was having a seizure. I felt like I was convulsing and the voices were yelling "we have to get her to the ER now!" Very scary. I Googled sleep seizures and that is when I saw this page and now realize that I am experiencing sleep paralysis. I am sorry that others deal with this too, but I am glad to know I'm not insane! on March 09, 2012:

HI! its so nice that i finally found this, tried all i could on google, as the writer says beacause it was hard to describe , to me it started as a teen ,now im 25, when it startd was more often ,but it time started to be more and more rare , now its almost gone, just sometimes my body feel that wants to go into that but i can figure it out and dont let it and i dealy my sleep a bit and its all fine.I never seen demons or something evil this i think is becaus eim a christian as some of u are,maybe one time i saw my mom too like someone else here and was so desperate that she or someone else to wake me up. .. just try not to think about it and have faith. gbu

Kyle on March 08, 2012:

I have been experiencing this for about a year. I'm 15 almost 16. The first time it happened to me was extremely scary. I become conscious of the fact that I'm sleeping and I'm unable to move or wake up. It feels like I'm suffocating but I can control my own breathing and my heart races. I'm conscious of whats going on around me but the most I can move is a finger. Its been a month or two since it happened to me. I think I can thank my ex girlfriend for that because she didn't like coffee and so I gave it up for her and since then it has been a problem so the best thing I can suggest is to cut back on caffeine. I find it all to be extremely traumatic. I feel a great deal of sympathy and wish the best of luck to everyone who experiences this.

Debbie S on March 07, 2012:

ok this happens to me over the years. it really sucks and is very scary. I do get paralyzd in my slep. Tis humming sound starts in my stomache and moves up to my head. This is what wakes me up. I don't see anthing but i;m not looking around. I can open my eyes and thats it. unable to move so I pray until it goes away. Then I go to sleep. Last night it happned about a dozen times. Couldn't blieve it. I don't like this feeling of helplessnss.

Nina on March 06, 2012:

Well I'm 17 years old, so I'm still in highschool. So this morning my mom was waking me up for school as usual and lately I haven't been sleeping early as I did before (I've slept from 11:30pm at night to 7:30am the next day) Now I've been falling asleep around 4am and wake up at 7:45am.

I try to sleep earlier,but I can't seem to get my old sleeping schedule back. I have been stressed out with school sometimes,I dom't know if that has anything to do with my sleeping.

Anyway this morning while my mom was waking me up for school I had fallen asleep at 4am and was woken for school at 7:30am. I remember my mom talking to me,telling me what she wanted me to buy from the store after school and I remember responding back(talking to her)At that time while I was talking/listening to her I had my eyes a little open I could see her siting at the edge of my bed.

I was lying on my back with my arms sort of bent and my hands were one on top of the other.. I don't want to seem creepy but I was laying in a position like someone would be when they're put in a coffin or something.. I usually fall asleep in a fetus position and wake up also in a fetus position on the opposite side. Sometimes I wake up lying on my back and completely and feeling nothing weird until this morning. (I'm not sure if my sleeping position had anything to do with what I had/or experienced..)

Although I was still asleep I think,I'm not sure whether I was conscious and unconscious at the same time. I was still dreaming and seeing my dream in my mind and I remember,listening to what my mom was saying and at the same time,I was telling myself (I was thinking in my mind..I'm not sure that makes sense) but I was telling myself to choose something that was happening in my dream and I'd sometimes stop telling myself to choose that thing in my dream and reply back to my mom normally as if I were wide awake but then I'd go back to my dream with in few seconds later.

That happened the whole time my mom was talking to me and telling me I needed to get up for school and telling me what I needed to buy for the house after school.

It was about maybe 5 minutes when my mom was in my room and talking to me/waking me up for school. During that time I felt like I was conscious and unconscious (Because I felt like, I was still dreaming yet I was talking to my mom) A minute after my mom was finished talking,she told me to get up and get ready for school then she left my room,and went to leave for work. I told her"okay,I will" then when she left my room i closed my eyes again and then continued my dream. Five minutes later ( I looked at the time on my alarm clock before closing my eyes and going back to sleep again it read 7:50am.) When I woke up again (this time I was fully awake)it was 7:55am and I remember thinking to myself "Why didn't I choose the other thing?" Something in my dream made me question myself. I sighed and got out of bed and went into the bath room doing my normal routine. Then still felt tired so I decided to stay home from school to get more sleep so I fell asleep around 2hrs later and I slept fine and woke up feeling okay and rested. (Not really sure if that really had anything to do with anything..)

It's my first time for me of this happening,I'm not sure what I wrote down really made any sense. Seems as though I was repeating what I wrote,just in a different way of writing it each time.

Could anyone tell me what might have caused that? or Tell me what it means or something?

golfer bob on February 29, 2012:

I'm almost sixty and I know I've had this condition all of my adult life. It's usually when I lay on the couch and have an afternoon nap or just happen to drift off. It used to happen very often upon waking in the morning but doesn't seem to anymore. I will be lying on the couch and absolutely believe that I'm awake and I can see my wife sitting at the dining room table doing a crossword puzzle or some such thing. I try to get up but realize that I can't move and am paralyzed. The strangest times are when I actually see myself get up and start doing things and then realize that I'm still prone and haven't moved and inch and can't in fact. I have had scary sensations as if there is someone in the room and that happens if I'm in bed and wake up in the dark. Try as I might to get up and investigate I'm stuck to the bed and can't move. When I used to travel for work and stay in motels with crews of other guys I would actually be late for work. I would hear my alarm or at least I think I would, see myself get up, shower and get dressed but then hear the alarm again and find myself paralyzed in bed. This phenomina would happen quite often and somebody would start pounding on my door to get in the truck for work. Needless to say I went to work hungry on many an occasion. Has anyone alse had this phenomina where they see themselves up and about and then realize they are still in this state of paralysis. It used to be quite frightening but has happened so many times I know I'll come out of it. Strangely enough, I had never heard of sleep paralysis until two days ago when my wife heard a radio program about this when she was driving home from shopping. Sometimes I feel that I've almost tired myself out trying to move because it seems I'm putting so much effort into it and just don't get anywhere. Anyway, I'm especially curious to know if anyone out there has had this sensation of being up and around only to realize that they are still trapped or paralyzed and can't move an inch. Thank you, it's a weird, weird thing.

warren on February 28, 2012:

Hi my name is warren and i have had a simaliar exsperance. Last night i tryed to go to sleep but every time i felt my mind sliping away into a dream state i was rudly interubted by a low to high ring/swish sound, usaly i open my eyes and move around befor the ring/swish gets too loud to wake my mind back up. Here is the scary part if i dont move around befor the swish gets to the high high point i become paralyzed, fallowed by sounds, and demoic voices. Panic sets in and i feel this fight or flit respon fighting to wake up. my head starts shaking and my neck spasmous jerking my head side to side where i finaly come too, knowing that its not over cuz im still awake. i tell my self im not crazy and my mind is just firing nerons ackwardly. trying to get sleep i know everything is ok. knowing the demoic voices came from my fear of the dark and closing my eyes. Thats why i sleep with a timer on the tv. i didnt sleep last night to soay the least, al stay awake all day today and later when im really tired my mind will slip in to a dream state so fast al finaly get some rest. and no i wasnt hearing people from anther relm but it was my mind was playing tricks on me. Thanks for listening to my story and if anybody can give me some feed back or simialr exsperiances it would be apreshated.

Suji on February 22, 2012:

I too have faced a few episodes of SP.. it is scary cause it made me feel I was going to die in sleep some day.I found out a few routine triggered SP episodes.And here is some solution that worked for me

Avoid sleeping immediately after eating heavy lunch/dinner

Cardio workout like walking and jogging really brought down my SP episodes.

Moose on February 18, 2012:

I first remember having one when I was like sixteen.. It happens to me like once a month, sometimes not even that much.. But since I got older I figueged move. I could count to

atheistbecausegodisntreal on February 16, 2012:

I'm tired of reading garbage about brain activity and not being able to read for 5 minutes without seeing/hearing "god" spouted by some ignorant bigot.

god, is simply a comfort mechanism.

also a weapon of fear.

nothing more, nothing less. religions are wrong, god isn't real, get on with your life.

Steve on February 14, 2012:

Hey I just wanted to say thank you to all of the people who post on here. I've had this for 2 years and just gained the courage to look up what caused it. Like a lot of people I thought it was like demons or something, so to find out others have this is the biggest weight lifted off my shoulders. The worst part of this is that no one who hasn't experienced sp can really understand what it's like. I know my mom kind of laughs it off, but to anyone who actually has this, it is NO laughing matter. Again, thank you, you have calmed me so much and although I know this wont stop, I now know there are people going through the same thing I am.

mildred on February 10, 2012:

I also experienced the same thing because last night I was bothered because I dreamed myself and my husband lying but floating in the air outside our house but when I prayed we were brought back inside our house.It's nice to be here in your website....I learned a lot about sleep paralysis.....

chantillyLace on February 04, 2012:

Guess my comment was too long I got cut off. Anyways I saw my daughter screaming in her crib and couldn't do anything about it. Suddenly it stopped. I was still facing the crib but my daughter was not there. I jumped up so fast I think I got whiplash. I looked into the crib and my daughter was sound asleep exactly how I laid her down. I have never been so spooled in my life.

ChantillyLace on February 04, 2012:

Wow I just had an episode of sleep paralysis at about 10:00pm it is now 12:40am and I have been up ever since reading every single post on this page. I knew sp was common but now it seems everyone on the planet has had atleast one terrifying experience like its part or normal everyday life. I am really beginning to believe that this delicate state really might make us susceptible to paranormal activity or demonic occurrences. I have had this disorder since 16I like many people who posted here. Very strange. From my 1st episode to my most recent just hours ago there has always been a strange presence or feeling of evil. The 1st time this happened to me I was taking a daytime nap (also like many people have posted here) I was on my left side facing my wall. It felt like I was held down, I got goosebumps and chills all over and had a loud unexplainable roaring sound in my ears like I was suddenly deafened. I was so terrified I had insomnia at age 16 for almost 2 years. So sad. I didn't understand then what sp was but I do now, and even though I know what it is it still doesn't make complete sense to me. Its still extremely terrifying. I had an episode not too long ago that really horrified me. I have a 6xmas year old so I now and an 11month old daughter now. My daughters crib is right next to my bed. One day I decided to take a much deserved nap while I could since I had just laid my daughter to sleep in her crib. I laid in my bed and slept for about 2 hours. I planned on waking when I heard my daughter wake up so that I could sleep as much as possible. Suddenly I heard her start to fuss so as I start to move to get up I feel I am being held down again. I go into panic mode as I am not worried about me but about my daughter if I am in this episode. I was on my side racing her crib as this was happening. Suddenly she stood up in her crib and gripped the railing and started screaming bloody murder like she saw something behind me. This caused me to panic more. I screamed but no voice came out. I tried to roll my body to the floor. I started to breath so hard I hyperventilated.

ChantillyLace on February 04, 2012:

Wow I just had an episode of sleep paralysis at about 10:00pm it is now 12:40am and I have been up ever since reading every single post on this page. I knew sp was common but now it seems everyone on the planet has had atleast one terrifying experience like its part or normal everyday life. I am really beginning to believe that this delicate state really might make us susceptible to paranormal activity or demonic occurrences. I have had this disorder since 16I like many people who posted here. Very strange. From my 1st episode to my most recent just hours ago there has always been a strange presence or feeling of evil. The 1st time this happened to me I was taking a daytime nap (also like many people have posted here) I was on my left side facing my wall. It felt like I was held down, I got goosebumps and chills all over and had a loud unexplainable roaring sound in my ears like I was suddenly deafened. I was so terrified I had insomnia at age 16 for almost 2 years. So sad. I didn't understand then what sp was but I do now, and even though I know what it is it still doesn't make complete sense to me. Its still extremely terrifying. I had an episode not too long ago that really horrified me. I have a 6xmas year old so I now and an 11month old daughter now. My daughters crib is right next to my bed. One day I decided to take a much deserved nap while I could since I had just laid my daughter to sleep in her crib. I laid in my bed and slept for about 2 hours. I planned on waking when I heard my daughter wake up so that I could sleep as much as possible. Suddenly I heard her start to fuss so as I start to move to get up I feel I am being held down again. I go into panic mode as I am not worried about me but about my daughter if I am in this episode. I was on my side racing her crib as this was happening. Suddenly she stood up in her crib and gripped the railing and started screaming bloody murder like she saw something behind me. This caused me to panic more. I screamed but no voice came out. I tried to roll my body to the floor. I started to breath so hard I hyperventilated.

nick a. on February 02, 2012:

maybe it's god trying to tell us something showing us how hell is like the torment and the pain

harmon dushane on January 27, 2012:

i have these things happen to me and im only 12,i know that if u dont sleep on your back it wont ever happen

Leanne on January 25, 2012:

Can anyone explain the meaning of "seeing" and sensing a large black dog growling around your bed leaving you with an irrational fear?

Daniel on January 19, 2012:

Hello, I've been reading these comments and I'm a bit terrifed I'm only 10, and yestoday when I was playing football for harf an hour, Then I went to sleep then when I woke up about 5:30am I went to the toliet to have a pee, and when I was walking it was pulling me to side and I didn't know why. Then when I woke up at 8:30am my muscles started to hurt my both arms and legs, Could it react of lost of weight?

Please comment below. Thank you.

sapphira on January 17, 2012:

Amy, you're right on the money girlfriend. Cynthia said she was a christian for 25 years and my hope is that she will turn back to GOD because He was the essencepower and only reason why she did the diet and it's a shame she didnt realise how mighty and loving GOD is. I've had many experiences of sleep paralysis and dreamt that i was being raped and strangled by demons (it felt real). I asked GOD to help me because i'd known Him since I was a toddler I'm 48 now and Yes, you must put the hard yards in and make conscious decisions to make some changes otherwise nothing will happen. For years i was praying for this, that and the other but come on let's get real. When GOD sees that you want to help yourself he will give you the strength, courage, wisdom and all those beautiful things to make your life better, he wants us to be happy! Anyway I was a diabetic due to loving sugar, cakes, biscuits, pies and coke you name it i wanted it, i'd come from an unhappy home, i went thru sexual and emotional abuse and got into drugs and alcohol smoking and food because i cudnt handle my emotions the pain was too much. I knew GOD had faith in me when i didnt have faith in myself, he gave me the gift of strength to pull myself out of the rut i was in. So i cut out all sugar and carbohydrates, lost weight (and still losing), quit smoking, i can't stand drugs or alcohol and i sleep well at night now and i dont give any credit to myself, the credit belongs to GOD who walked with me in the good and bad times and got me thru it, that is precisely why GOD rocks and He is our Rock, demons are real but dont ever forget GOD is real too and he loves all of us unconditionally. Dont give up on him please because he hasnt and will never give up on you!!

Julian on January 15, 2012:

A couple years back, I woke up from a nightmare and my body was paralyzed, like something was holding me down. I guess I was still in sleep paralysis. As I woke up, I heard this extremely loud lion/demon roar in both my ears. It sounded like a mix between a lion, a human and a demon all in one. It was terrifying! Like something was holding me down and screaming in my ears! I struggled to regain movement in my body and finally did, and the roar subsided. I got up, terrified, and looked up at my blinds and saw all these little white dots form into different shapes and then into a sailing ship on my blinds. It looked like a ship made out of stars. It was beautiful, but I was still scared. I shook my head and it vanished. Needless to say, I was completely terrified. I think I had this experience because I was doing a lot of drugs at the time and doing things I knew I shouldn't be doing. I had a guilty conscience. Perhaps some kind of demon visited me or something. I don't know.

Drew on January 12, 2012:

thank you @ Nate and @ Nathaniel! I slept 5 hours and nothing happened this time. I just hope it's finally gone. Thank you guys for your support! I really appreciate it!

nate @ Cathy on January 12, 2012:

its a natural spiritual process.

fear is a mighty powerful thing, something we all have to face sooner AND later. lol on January 12, 2012:

I had sleep paralisis twice last night and another episode recently. It all started when I was told I had a vortex in my daughters bedroom. She doesn't sleeep well in her bed. Always says her bed is hitting her. Scares the shit out of me. Then I have sleep paralisis. Now after reading all this ghostly stuff I'm even worse!

Nate @ drew on January 12, 2012:

i promise your ok, ive gone in and out many times.

i was vvv very scared at 11yrs old, but u will float into a dream if you relax.

or if you want out-twich your muscle and change your breathing pattern.

but the best way to feel "cured" is to confront what is happening

nathaniel on January 12, 2012:

dont be afraid

there is no daemon

if u have """sleep paralysis""" be grateful,it is a gift

you can go from Awake to Dream state fully conscious

let go, go in, pray, tell urself its ok, your ok

have awake dreams, control them if you like

then.... pray in a dream, TO anything, say ANYthing :)

we should respect the dream state, If because and at least WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND

...i hope all beings on earth are at peace on day

Drew on January 11, 2012:

I couldn't get any sleep today, this may sound crazy, but I felt somebody's presence in my room, just when I felt like I was falling asleep I felt numb again, and had problems with breathing. Staying up for without any sleep second day straight, I am so scared of falling asleep right now, I feel like I'm going to die if I do.

cassandrai on January 11, 2012:

I was very surprised to see that I'm not the only one. I read many comments altho I want able to read all I found many very helpful. I also suffer from this and at first I thought that I was having some sort of demon sitting on me while sleeping. Sometimes when I was going through it I could hear what was going on around me. Like one time I was having and episode and I could hear my mom doing the dishes I remember screaming out for her but my lips wouldn't move I tried to move but nothing would happen I seemed as tho I was being held down. This is weird but I felt the sensation of being touched on my breast....when I finally woke up I asked my mom if she heard me trying to yell out for her and if anyone has been in my room at all she said no. I asked her if she had been doing the dishes and she said yes. Another time it happend I felt so much vibration my body seemed to be numb. I thought maybe I'm sleeping and my house caught fire and I'm burning. I almost didn't want to wake up for that one but I did and I found my self on my back. Normally I sleep on my belly because it only seems to happen to me when I sleep on my back. I looked up sleep paralyes on another website and I seen something of astral projection. Pretty much what this other website is saying is that this happens because are souls are leaving are body and traveling around. Some people claim to travel through walls and see their parents sleeping in the next room or other things all the symtoms they describe are the same as sleep paralyses. Is this true. I have never seen anything weird other than my deceased brother who passed in 2010. Its weird because sometimes when I want to see him I can. Before I go to bed I tell him that I miss him and need to see him and sometimes I do. I never get to hear him talk but I do get gestures from him in my dreams

Drew on January 11, 2012:

It happened to me yesterday, I didn't pay much attention to it. I thought it was weird. But it happened again today, I felt like I just woke up, unable to move or speak, my body was totally numb, I heard this white noise in my head, my eyes were closed but I could see that somebody turned on the light, then I heard somebody pulled the knife out, I got really scared, but still unable to move or speak. I thought I was dying. Then I heard in my head these really strange words, it was like a short sentence, that kept repeating in my head. I then tried to move my body as much as I can. I "woke up", my heart was somewhat numb, the sun has set and my room was dark. I'm afraid to sleep tonight. I don't know if this will happen again, If it does, I'll post another comment here.

Bethan on January 10, 2012:

something like this happened to me this morning, i had a sound in my head that sounded a something like wind or white noise, i would hear this in my head and i would be unable to move for 10-20 second intervals, every few seconds.

Gurudath on January 06, 2012:

for me also it happens. it happens at morning times when i wake up and again sleep

Kristy on January 05, 2012:

I've had several experiences with sleep paralysis accompanied by hallucinations over the past 20 years. By now I'm aware of what's going on and try to make myself move the slightest bit in order to fully wake up and then I'll usually get up for a drink of water and check that all the doors are locked (my hallucinations often involve an intruder coming into my house) even though, logically, I know that it's not real. But the last 4 or 5 nights I've been having severe episodes where even after I make sure I'm completely awake and even get up and move around I fall right back into it with a different scenario. Last night, for instance, it started with hearing someone come through the front door, walk to my bed and lean over my chest. I woke myself up from this only to start to fall asleep again and it would start anew. Finally, I got up, checked the doors and drank some water. When I started to fall asleep again after that, it was that my daughter was standing right next to my bed choking and I couldn't move a muscle to help her. Unbelievably terrifying. I feel like I haven't slept in days and I'm just wondering at what point I should seek help.I've never talked about it with my Dr. before because it's always been isolated incidents that didn't have long lasting effects. But it's been several days now and I'm really tired. I'm wondering if this is normal or if I should seek help?

az on January 03, 2012:

ive had sp since i was 5 years old and the episodes are very vivid and scary.usually the old hag visits or a little maybe 2 foot demon visits or sometimes both.It got to a point were these things would get sexual with me grr not been able to fight them off is so frustrating

Katrina Phillips on December 30, 2011:

Awake at 4am, after a particularly awful sleep paralysis. I have full blown narcolepsy, and sleep paralysis is a part of that. This is a wonderful site, for helping people to understand that they are not mad, possessed or alone. I couldn't really understand what had given me such a bad episode, as it has greatly improved since I gave up All sugars, and gluten. Then I realised that the cold medicine I took earlier (I have a Bad cold) contained sugar. I can't claim that giving up sugar has made the sleep paralysis disappear completely, as there are other factors that increase it: stress, exhaustion etc. I do know that there has been a dramatic improvement since I gave up sugar, all sugar, including fruits.

There is a great new song out about Sleep Paralysis, and a book with examples of writing from literature about sleep paralysis, by Gabriel Bruce.An example of someone using their own experiences to create something unusual and positive. We are not alone, there is comfort in that. Goodnight, take care all of you.

Robert Paulson on December 28, 2011:

I just had this happen to me 4 hours ago. It happened while I was going to sleep. Although I have experienced it more often waking up.

I have not been sleeping regularly going to bed in between 2am-4am and waking up at 7am then going back to sleep at 9am waking up at 1030am-11am.

This time I kept hearing this loud rushing noise into my ears which caused a ringing. I can remember the paralysis taking over when I felt my body just shut down since I knew what was going on I just went to sleep.

When I first experienced this I also thought something was sitting on my back/chest but after a while I figured that my mind was awake but my body wasn't. I only just now found out what this is called.

lina on December 24, 2011:

hi im 17 and this has happened to me a couple of times now. the first time it happened to me i didnt fall asleep first i went right into sleep paralysis. i didnt feel tired at all and a second later i started to feel drowsy and sound started to fade then i started to hallucinate that my aunt was walking past me and speaking to me as she opened the back door to leave..then i started to hear something whisper my name in my ear but it was so terrifying it sounded evil. i tried to call out scream with all my might and move any part of my body but it didnt work...about 4 minds later i scared myself out of it

Claudine on December 20, 2011:

Victor: "No freaking way I thought I was the only one".

And so did I until about 15 minutes ago when I googled and came across this page. I had my most recent episode last night, and the episode before that was about 6 years ago, although prior to THAT one it happened very regularly. Last night I was fortunate that my partner was in bed beside me. I had fallen asleep watching a movie, and I became aware of the movie, my partner smoking beside me... everything. Except I couldn't move or speak. I was desperately trying to get his attention.

When I woke up this morning I asked him bluntly: "Did anything funny happen last night?" He told me that I got very hot and was making "funny noises". Funny as it sounds, I was SO RELIEVED that it was a real incident and not in my mind, but now of course I have to deal with the fact that it IS real.

It's an absolutely terrifying experience, that fact can't be denied. One time it had hold of me so hard, and of course there's the rushing/whispering that accompanies it... I looked to my right and could see a little black shape floating by the wall. I could feel the malevolence coming from this 'creature' so badly that I prayed to God to help me... I'm not religious and I'm fairly sure I don't believe in God but believe me I PRAYED for all I was worth. And it worked - a figure in white that filled me with joy when I saw it appeared, and seemed to "strike" the figure in black, which then dissolved... the relief I felt can't be put into words.

To cut a long story short I'm glad I'm not alone in this, although I have deep sympathy for everybody else who experiences this most frightening of phenomena. BTW, I've also had out of body experiences (my sister told me that's what they were, I had no idea!) but haven't had one for at least 10 years, and they usually occurred when I was lying in bed with my daughter who was very young at the time.

Viktor T on December 18, 2011:

No freaking way I thought I was the only one and I will tell you one thing that feeling is from something evil, I used to be helpless when it occured but one day it came to me I fell a sleep reading a book, It felt like everything you guys felt but scarier then I said I ain't scared of you devil Jesus is my savior then like everything rewinded and I suddenly woke I know how to deal with it and it gave up on trying to freak me out.

Jackie on December 05, 2011:

@Vikinger, i was d very same i tried my best to stay awake just so it wouldn't happen again but needless to say that didn't last very long! And I completely understand what you mean by comforting. Anytime I tell anyone about it they don't realize how serious it is. Up until 3 nights ago when my best friend told me she suffers from it too. I felt sorry for her because I don't think anybody should have to go through it but it was nice to talk to somebody who knew what you were going through. I hope everyone has someone they can talk to about it because it helped me.:)

Danielie on December 05, 2011:

This has happened to me and it's terrifying and NOT cool. remember when I was 15 I told my psychiatrist about this and he said I was really asleep, not awake and that it was REM sleep. I beg to differ because I WAS awake I just couldn't move. This article is right on point about being conscious but not being able to move. I haven't had this happen in a long while, thank god. It happened frequently in my darkest days (depressed days).

katey on December 05, 2011:

hey so i just experienced sleep paralysis for the first time a few days ago hELP

Vikinger on December 03, 2011:

For the last few weeks I've been having it almost every single night and it's absolutely terrifying. I've gotten so that I don't want to go to sleep anymore and that in turn is dangerous. It's sad to hear people go through this, but also comforting if you know what I mean. To know you're not alone. I've been getting the hallucinations that go alongside it. Awful stuff. I really hope everyone here who has experienced it gets through it soon :)

jeakfek on December 01, 2011:

Just had one for the first time in my life ....very scary no characters doe but I just read most of all the comments it is now 3:30 am and I have skool tamaarbh9pe I don't have another one

Jackie on November 28, 2011:

I've been having this on random occassions for a few years now. I always thought they were "night terrors" and only today, after having my latest episode last night, found out what it really was. My episodes seem a bit different to everyone else. I scream at the top of my voice for someone to help me but if you were standing beside me i just look as though I'm sound asleep. I see horrible things, like for instance in my first episode, my mother, who passed away 6 years ago, was sitting in the corner of the room crying because she was afraid for me. Just last night I seen someone at the foot of my bed crawling up along me (it looked like a little demon or witch with long hair and an evil face) and it felt as if I was being crushed and worrying about this made me forget to breathe in real life. I thought this was their way of trying to kill me or something so i regulated my breathing and woke up, but never got out of bed so kept falling straight back into it. I know I sound like I'm crazy and anytime I tell anyone about this they laugh it off, I on the other hand, am terrified because I feel as if this is getting worse. I have found my episodes only occur after I have been out partying and drinking so I blamed it on the alcohol or maybe I'm not getting enough sleep the night before? I don't know. I wish I did!

Jamie on November 26, 2011:

I had this happen the first time just a few hours ago,

for the past couple of days I have been having the weirdest migraines that will stop randomly. Then tonight as I drifted off to sleep I woke up after a few minutes to feel like someone was squeezing me all over to the point of not being able to move. Breathing was a little bit hard and I became really hot then as the feeling of paralysis went away I saw this red thing float past me.

I was so scared ive never had this happen, I thought it was maybe because I have been reading spiritual books lately but maybe its from stress im not sure.

Its scary feeling like something is in the room while u want to sleep.


Brian on November 22, 2011:

Hi, I too have been experiencing these horrible feelings when I am trying to sleep. This all happened when I was about 9 years old. I always thought it was my sister playing a joke on me and just sitting on my chest and running off right before I woke up. Needless to say they just thought I was crazy or making it all up.

Also, I noticed that the facebook page you made isn't working :(. As soon as I saw that I got really excited and wanted to join it immediately. As I tried to go to the page it said that the profile was unavailable.

Also, Cynthia I really do appreciate all the comments you have left on here, they really are helpful. I found myself just searching for your name and scrolling through just to read your post lol. Again, thank you for your stories! I'm sure they have helped many people.

emms on November 21, 2011:

omg this page im so glad i found..i have a funny feeling and i know wen a attack is coming..i then focus on something and can half see it,as for rest cant move or speak and sometimes think someones there yet to realize wen im awake ther eis no heart speeds up and i can feel myself breathing heavy at times i can shake myself out of this and quickly get up others times i let it pass,if i fite this i am left fizzy headed and weak all scary and feels like im not gona wake from this..but its happened to me for years and im still here,been doctors and he hasnt a clue and feels like i cant speak about it as people think ure strange..which was a cure

jay on November 18, 2011:

I used to get them a few times a week. And sometimes more than once a night. But what I found out and it works for me. When I went to bed with my cover over my head I didnt experience one, but when I didnt I would have one. So I bought an eye mask to sleep with and I havent had one since. Try it, it may work for you. Idky having my eyes covered stops sleep paralysis from happening but Im glad I dont get them anymore.

Shirley on November 14, 2011:

Cynthia thanks for sharing. You are right, I actually was afraid to go back to sleep that night and when I finally did, the SP got worst. I think more so because of the research and things I read. The good thing I was able to come out of this very quickly.

Cynthia Jesseen from Tulsa on November 12, 2011:

Just when you think it's over it comes back bigger than ever! I was laying in bed this morning and at first I heard voices but I knew I was half asleep so I knew it was SP. Then I felt a strong force that swept quickly from my chest to the foot of the bed. Then it happened a second time but this time I felt walking beside it on the bed. Then it stopped briefly and it felt as if the covers all around me just sucked up to my entire body. I closed my eyes and relaxed and everything lifted. I have to say once more that this is now the strangest SP I've ever had. For 20 years I only heard things and saw people in the room and couldn't move. Now I'm feeling weird stuff.

I have been going through a lot of stress the last 2 months though. So I'm sure that is a contributing factor. It's weird what your mind/body can do when coming out of REM.

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