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My Story About Sleep Paralysis


I'm 15 and just last year I've been experiencing sleep paralysis. My family and I have always known that our house is haunted but didn't think much of it. One night when I was laying in bed I closed my eyes and started to fall asleep, a few moments later I knew I was still awake but my body didn't allow me to move, speak, or even open my eyes. At first I thought I was wide awake sitting up in bed talking to my friend whom I though was at the edge of the bed. She asked with we could go to the mall but it was midnight. Then she just disappeared and when I realized I was in a something more than a REM state. I could totally see everything in my room, I was looking around even though my eyes were close. Then I saw a dark figure standing at my door. I tried to wake up my sister who I share a room with but nothing came out of my mouth. Once I woke up I went into an anxiety attack.

Just a few weeks ago I was sleeping on the couch, when all of a sudden my muscles froze and that same figured appeared in front of me. It's dark so I'm not she if it's a he or a she but it laughed at me with a woman's voice. To come out of my paralyzed state I gripped my pillow and woke up. From my research I've learned this presence is called the "old hag" and usually appears to people with sleep paralysis. I've also read that if I learn to control this gift I can have out of body experiences, which I think is cool. If anyone knows how I can learn ways not to be scared and take advantage of this gift let me know.

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Thebigm (8 stories) (32 posts)
12 years ago (2010-10-11)
I am still going through the phase of getting really scared when I encounter sleep paralysis and when I feel like something is trying to physically pull part of me out of my body.

I usually try to squeeze my eyes as tight as I can and roll over, after a few seconds it usually works, although I'm going to try and get over my fear so I can try and experience this sensation fully as some of the accounts on here describe this as the beginning of an astral projection.
Sevastiel (10 posts)
12 years ago (2010-09-30)
Was going to add in, but paul covered it well enough.
Primarily, don't just stand by and be afraid.

Learn, understand, know.
There's lots of ways to accomplish these.
paulrhuges (6 posts)
12 years ago (2010-09-30)
Here is my opinion on the topic

Next time it happens. Concentrate on saying something memorized over an over again, and try to squeeze your eyes shut and wiggle your toes as fast as you can. This will often distract and engage your brain in other things enough to get you out of it.

I've experienced this a few times in my life. It can be very scary. I still think about it all the time. Years later. Conquering fear is indeed the key. For some, that means faith in a higher power. For others that means exploring it as a scientific exploration. For others it is a part of an awakening to a world of Spirituality. The only advice in that regard I can give is to research and explore as many opinions as possible and then try to mesh what you learn with your belief system.

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