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Sleeping Paralysis?


Recently, I've been having some problems when sleeping, so maybe someone can help me understand what is going on. This has happened to me before, but lately it's happened much more often. Lying down to sleep, I suddenly wake up - I can't move. I can hear many voices talking, but I can't make out anything they are saying. It's like I'm sleeping, but I can see the room. I can see my boyfriend lying beside me, and sometimes (not all times) I see a dark figure standing at the foot of my bed. I try to move, but can't - I feel panic, and try to wake myself up. I then start breathing heavily and fast, and eventually I come out of it.

The last time it happened, I saw color- a dark orange. When I came out of it, I couldn't even remember how I gotten to that point. I didn't remember falling asleep. When looking at the clock, it had only been several minutes after I had laid down. The first time I remember this happening to me, I was at college, in my room. My roommate said she was going downstairs to get a calculator from a friend, and I was lying in my bed. The same experience happened (without the color). Upon waking from this, the same way, my roommate came back into the room, telling me she was only gone for five minutes or so.

What's going on? I feel like I panic because I don't know what's going on. Some have said sleep paralysis, but why do I hear and see things I can't explain? Another person told me I was experiencing astral projection, but I don't remember ever leaving my bed.

Help? Thanks <3

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Timfaraos (426 posts)
7 years ago (2015-02-19)
Sometimes sleep paralysis can be a physical condition, or from drug or alcohol side effects, but sometimes it can be demonic! Mine was demonic. I was lying on my side, at 2pm, and just before falling asleep, I saw a vision of myself standing in an orthodox church I had been to, and I heard a voice in my head (I rarely hear voices), announcing: 'the demonic presence!'... Then I felt something stuck on my upper back, like an octopus, sucking the life out of me! L couldn't move or breath... My breathing was like a man on his death bed, like the snorting of a pig, something like snoring. This lasted for 30 seconds, and I managed to say: IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, GO AWAY! And it left me! My mother, when she was 18, was lying on her back in bed, at 4pm, and before she fell asleep, she felt a heavy weight moving up from her legs, to her hips, until it reached her chest... And although she was panicking, she couldn't move or speak!... She started praying the 'our father who art in heaven', and immediately she saw a huge cat materialise on her chest, which in one leap FLEW out of the window, which I might add was CLOSED, AND HAD BARS ACROSS IT, like a prison cell window!... LOL! Yes, truth is stranger than fiction! Lets get close to Jesus, only He is the true God that can protect us from sorry as* demonic intruders! YAY! Visit website: 'real life angel and demon encounters'. God bless! Timfaraos [at]
RookDygin (5 stories) (324 posts)
11 years ago (2011-03-08)

How can you say there is no scientific basis for SP? How can you call scientist 'like a child'? Without a Scientific approach people would call every little shadow monment paranormal when this is not the case. While I agree Science does not have all the answers if we do not use it to eliminate all physical possibilities then we have no proof that whatever we have experienced was truly Paranormal.

Here is one link (of many) to a study that has evidence, solid mesurable evidence, that this is a common occurence.


There are others, so readers, please take your time, do the research yourself and remember...

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

So again, I must say Knowledge is Power, please study the topics your intrested in, find the answers for yourself and never be afraid to ASK QUESTIONS!


bastuhi (1 posts)
11 years ago (2011-03-07)
I believe and everyone will believe it somehow, thak there is nothing like SP, its rubbish the people who has not dream it like that they talk about it... Ha ha ha... Scientist are less knower of this... This is really a thing happening around all over the world to all people, don't believe in scientific, because they didn't have a chance in that like SP...,
We should consider scientist as a child here, who does not any
Thing like that as SP, actually when they don't get the right answer they make the statement that its a illness,,, ha ha ha...
You know... There is a health problem issue... And people understand it well... And you know... The one who is having and being in that sort of sleep... Ohh my god... Ask them those who get it... They will tell you...
Scientist make a noise always...
They don't know nothing... Just keep practising and saying thing like 'may be' may be' may be'...its really interesting...
We should not ask and rely thing always on scientist way...
This is spirit disorder I would say this word here 'spirit disorder'
When our spirit connect it to the unknown world, and this is happening all around,
I, being with my self, I just go to sleep and have a dream and spirit connection almost thrice in a week, and you know the place I see the same where I have been sleeping in it, its been the experience for so many years, I had to research by my own terms, I didnot believe any scientific way... Because scientist are child like brain to me, who ask many things and do nothing on it...
Ok, now I tell you about me... Its not only about me... Its for all... The way I sleep and you that's matters, if you lie left on side... You will have no problem as spirit disorders, we have two kind of spirit disorder... One is we connect to it... And other is the other spirit connect to us...
I am telling you that... It can't be solve by brainy people... Its a paranormal thing which we share... As far as... I do have a spirit connection within a minuter after going to bed, even sometimes I make talk with them to solve and share their things, and some spirits are greater soul as well they guide us throughtout our whole life... You don't know we people not alone sleep in a room, there are much spirit who likes to sleep well with us, and some wants to talk with us, and some wants to disturb to us, but we don't have to worry about... The one who believes in God, they will never have bad thing on it... I believe in God, and you believe in God, so the things are clear... Just believe in you and trust on god always... Nothing will happen bad by it... Just feel it...
Its all spirit who has left here by some desires at all... So they need to share things but just wants that they have made mistakes in life... Now they guide us somehow... That we should not do any harm and bad things around... Never break a heart... Do good deeds... Life is so short... Never hurt anyone... Dont cheat with people... Help your self and others... I believe in mankind is greater than every religion... So believe the things around you...
Take care
God bless you
AnandaHya (guest)
11 years ago (2011-01-08)
"developing your psychic skills."

Notadoc, what is the author's name? I can't find it in your post...
Notadoc (1 posts)
11 years ago (2011-01-08)
I experienced psychic paralysis for the first time many years ago and found a very comforting explanation to it in a book "developing your psychic skills." It explained how the "individual" inside of us - (meaning, spirit, consciousness,) awakens before the body. It also recommended that this was a perfect time to practice any "positive affirmations." She explained how it is at this time - during the paralysis - that we are in complete control of our emotions and that we will experience whatever emotion we command to the fullest of our capacity. I tried love - and felt the sensation fill up inside my body like a warm beverage poured into a frosted glass. It started at my feet and worked its way all the way up. At the time I had also been reading about Out of body experiences and thought about partaking during the paralysis experience. Something about the fog and getting lost cost me some concern and the next thing I knew I was petrified - ergo the completeness of emotion. I called out "Jesus Christ protect me" and I broke out of it.
I recently had another psychic paralysis event that left me feeling as if I was partaking in a simultaneous existence. I woke up - as I went to sleep, on my back, ankles and arms crossed, and opened my eyes to the crumpling of plastic. I was aware of my surroundings - and heard familiar voices from friends who live far away - coming from my kitchen. I live alone. The "crumpling of plastic" concerned me, but the voices gave me comfort. Still - I was paralyzed and couldn't move. The ceiling then opened up to me and I saw the stars. I felt as if I could have shot off like a rocket to them but somehow knew I shouldn't leave my body. (I haven't tried an "out of body" yet because I probably wouldn't come back.) The experience left me thinking I was either co-existing somewhere or tripping back in time. Then I felt myself slip into my body and become "physically aware." This was not a dream or some chemical reaction. It was a stepping out of my physical existence and exploring - either an alternative existence or a passageway back to my past. I shifted back and forth between fear and interest - which somewhat balanced each other out.
It is my belief that any and all evil is self created and therefore able to be controlled or destroyed by us. I've heard some people feel this event may be demonic - it isn't. Please read the above mentioned book. She outlines the topic very clearly and matter-of-factly. Remember - this is a time when whatever you are thinking - or think of - is created by your own imagination, creation, fear or desire. Think love - and you will feel the love. Think fear and you will feel fear like you have never experienced it before. If that happens - think of someone you trust or love and ask them to protect you. I hope I was of some help.
blazedcat (1 posts)
12 years ago (2010-04-22)
Brandy1176 I have the same exact experiences as you do... I have searched the internet many times to find someone wit this experience... When I was younger probally around age 12 id get it multiple times a night... Now I'm so used to it I can stay in it for as long as I like but the longer I stay in it the louder the noises get like my head is going to explode and if I go right back to sleep I slip back into over and over again
Johnny_Stone (2 posts)
13 years ago (2009-12-07)
Sleeping paralysis is all in your head, nothing is really happening. When you go to sleep on your back and keep your mind aware, it would cause it. When you go to sleep, your brain releases this liquid into your body to stop you from moving while you are dreaming. The point is that your body is helping you not to sleep walk. If your mind is still awake while your body is sleeping, you can't move and you would keep on dreaming but in REAL LIFE. So it would make you see, hear, & feel things that is not really happening, it's all in your dream. Just remember, it's all in your head and your dreams are not real. It happened to me a lot. I heard voices in my head & I felt someone grabbing me. When I woke up, it all went away. It's all in your head, remember that. 😁
o_yang (2 posts)
13 years ago (2009-06-08)
I feel much better now after reading so many accounts of sleep paralysis. I'm still unsure if it's a scientific explanation or a spiritual one. One aspect of the experience that really interested me was the fact that I could see even though my eyes were closed. Which led me to further research sleep paralysis and astral projection. Everything was very interesting to read. I'll try not to be scared anymore when it happens again because I have a feeling last night was not the end of it. Scientific or spiritual, it's a very scary experience. I remember the first time it happened when I was 4 years old. It happened in the middle of the day while I was laying down on my tummy. I remember being afraid and not being able to move, the feeling of desperation. My mom and brother were in the same room with me watching the movie "Legend" starring Tom Cruise. Everything was so vivid and scary. When I woke up I cried and screamed and remembered thinking my mommy didn't help me.
o_yang (2 posts)
13 years ago (2009-06-08)
I just had this experience last night. I've had them since I was 4 years old and now I'm 26. It happens once every couple years. It's exactly like how everyone explains above except for the dark figure. I can't move, talk, have difficulty breathing. It seems like I'm above my body while struggling to move because I can see the room, my body and whoever else is near me at the time. Last night was scarier than before. I heard a rustling noise at the foot of my bed that started moving up my body. I was laying on my right side. The sound stopped but I felt the air move up my right side and once it rose past my ear it felt like my hearing was muffled. I knew what was happening and I tried calling out to my roomate. I had to try harder than usual to break out of it because if I gave any slack it seemed as if I would fall back into that dark void. It was a bit embarrassing knocking on my roomate's door and asking her if I could sleep in her bed that night. She knew about these experiences so she wasn't surprised it happened. She told me something that made the experience scarier. Before I had gone to sleep she had come into my room to hand me her cell phone to use. Before she left my room she asked if I wanted my door closed. I said yes. When she was pulling my door shut she thought I had gotten up to close the door myself because she felt someone push the door closed. I was in bed at the time so it sure wasn't me. I come from a shaministic religious background which believes in spirits and a spirit world. According to my parents, these experiences happen because of negative spirits. I called my mom to ask her what it meant but she wouldn't tell me over the phone. At least I'm not the only one that this happens to. It could be worse I guess.
shukran (1 posts)
13 years ago (2009-05-03)
I also have exactly same experiences since I was 10. When I was in college I had these episodes every night. I was staying in a dorm. I would go to sleep and all of a sudden, I am not in sleep I am not awake. I am totally paralyzed, I could hear my friends talk, I want to talk to them, but I cannot. It would take so much energy from me to come out of that state. At one point, I was having 4-5 episodes like this, I had to see a neurologist who was my professor. He said to me "this is a typical sleeping paralysis case". He prescribed tofranil and I used it for a while. After I got married I would still have these experiences luckily my husband would know that I an in that state and he would call my name and wake me up.

I am 50 years old now and thank God I rarely have sleeping paralysis anymore. However, 5 years ago, I had an increadible dream while vacationing in California during Christmas with my family. One of my co-workers son died in my dream. It was so sad and everything was very vivid. I usually forget my dreams but this one I told my husband about every little detail. We did not have internet connection in that hotel. Very next day we check our emails and we heard the news! I started getting scared of my dreams. Now, I sleep very deep and I don't remember my dreams.
May be there is some correlation between sleeping paralysis and psychic dreams. Has anyone experienced both?
Purplefairy (10 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-08)
It has happened to me like 2 times when I was a kid. The first time I couldn't move, it was hard to breath and I couldn't turn around as much as I tried because I was hearing some people talking behind me. I also heard an unending beep with that. Since I was afraid of aliens like some kids to monsters or dinosaurs (except I do believe in aliens), I though those were aliens trying to take me away or something so I tried to scream but I couldn't. When the beep and the conversation ended I was able to turn around but I didn't see anything except for yellow dots. I tried to get up but I couldn't move my legs. So I tried to scream again but this time I actually could except it was too weak and low. I got desperate because my voice was so weak my mother couldn't see I wasn't ok so she took long to come to where I was. I got angry, cried and yelled at her for not being taking care of me when I needed her. I am so sorry because I know it wasn't her fault. I was just a kid but I never forgot that and I still wonder what was that all about. What happened? And why it seems to happen to kids mostly?
DSpence (1 posts)
14 years ago (2008-08-11)
I have had this happen to me one time, but I know why it has not happened to me a second time. This is an attack from an evil force. I am 22 years old and this happened to me when I was 18. I had just accepted Christ into my life at the time. I believe that Satan and his demons knew that they were loosing their grip on my soul. So they will do anything they can to try and break your spirit. I had just wokin up from a nap, I opened my eyes and I suddenly felt like something was face to face with me. It felt like it suddenly fell on top of me and my entire body was locked up, I could not even make my eyelids move, I could hear the tv and the washing machine. I thought I was in a coma, I had no idea about demonic attacks at the time. It felt like a was in the condition for hours but it was only minutes. Eventually I started to really freak out in my mind and just started saying in my mind "Jesus help me" over and over. The more I said Jesus the weaker the force over me became. I eventually was able to move my arm and started saying "Jesus help me" faster and faster and was completely released from the attack. If you ever feel this happen again or if you wake up and for some reason you feel like something is wrong, say and BELIEVE "In the name of Jesus I rebuke you, satan, you have no power over me, I plead the blood of Christ which saves me from my sins..." Satan and his demons cannot stand up to the even the lords name. Its not you that rebukes the demons but its the one inside you. The lord is with you. Demons and Satan attack us because they hate God. But they cannot attack God. So the turn to the ones that were made in Gods image. Just trust in gods forgiveness and do not fear Satan and his demons.
Brandy1176 (guest)
14 years ago (2008-06-15)
This is something that I have been dealing with since I was 14 years old. (I am now 31). Sometimes, it will occur very often, like once a week... And other times, there will be a few months in between (never more than 3). It is a very frightening feeling. When you are awakened and cannot move, you are actually on the track of leading into an out of body encounter if you let it progress. Durring the state of the paralysis, I am also surrounded by VERY loud noises... Kind of like white noise, but it is so loud that it is almost unbearable. If my eyes happen to be open at this time, I can also see lights and most of the time other people. Some of them are very frightening people... Others even speak to me and one time one of them felt as though they were holding me down. I have had many encounters with the different people throughout my years of this. Sometimes, before the full projection, I can also feel a lot of wind around the room. It's an expereince that is very difficult to put into words unless you've expereinced it yourself. I have learned how to stop the full projection by focusing in your mind on the word "No". I say it to myself over and over and over again as strongly as I can until I can start to feel myself slip out of the paralysis. Once I have a little bit of movement, I keep trying to move. Once I am in complete control again, I sit up for a few minutes - otherwise I slip back into it VERY easily. I hope this helps.
slinky (5 posts)
14 years ago (2008-05-26)
Im not sure if this is what happened to me last night or not but it was similar. I would fall asleep and then feel like I was being sucked out of my body and then I would randomlly jolt and wake up gasping and praying. I'm scared but praying and reading the bible helps me. I don't remember hearing voices or noises or being paralized though thankfully.
Josh00 (1 posts)
14 years ago (2008-03-28)
i have the same thing but I can feel pain when I have them the last one I had there was a a dark figure with a hood and I could hear screaming... When he came up and touched me I felt like all my energy was being drained it was pulling something out of my body it looked like my hand but it was white and ghostly looking I want to say it was my spirit but I'm not for sure when I woke up I was sweating but my whole body was cold I'm still having these different experiencs every single night since I was 5 don't know why though
Symple (1 stories) (26 posts)
14 years ago (2008-03-16)
Freakyjodie...That's scary going from being paralized to feeling pain. This entity may be feeding off your fears and will probably take on a more powerful form... More likely to hurt you more until you give in to it's demand. Pray to your Guides and Guardian Angles. They will help you resolve this scary event. They did help me overcome my fears and helped me control what happens to me...I'm not scared anymore of these entities... They cannot harm me anymore. 😐 Good luck ❤
FreakyyJodie (1 posts)
14 years ago (2008-03-16)
I'M 15 and I have been having SP for 2 1/2 year the first years I was just paralyzed but now I feel pain and I saw a figure come and choke me
Jen (guest)
14 years ago (2008-02-14)
I have heard this refered to as sleep paralysis. I'm not convinced. It's terrifying. You feel like you are paralyzed and can't move, like something is holding you down, sometimes hard to breathe. I've been through this several times. Once I could see my entire room and several figures standing around mumbling about me. I tried to scream but nothing ever comes out. I've wondered if maybe... Just maybe something to do wth aliens. People talk about being abducted and losing time with no recelection of what's happened... Just remembering little things here and there. Maybe... Just maybe this is how they are getting to us. Hmmmm.
aramasamara (22 stories) (577 posts)
14 years ago (2008-01-10)
For most it's actually a very simple biological reason for that. Because again you are entering the next stage of sleep.
kenya (guest)
14 years ago (2008-01-10)
I too have had the same thing happen to me, I fall asleep and can't move I thought I was craze or someting, now I know I am not alone. Never knew what it was. The last time it happen I got real mad at it and tried to move it just got stronger. This has been going on since I was 12, 28 now, it stop when I met my husbad, he is real religious so it helps to be with him, but the last time my husband was right next to me so I don't understand why. It is like it is mad at me for somthing. I will take all the advice that I have read from you all thanks.
GlendaSC (5 stories) (1475 posts)
15 years ago (2007-12-19)
I've slept and left many times, well over 6 clearly, and never felt anything shake or felt my body at all. It's like - zoom - I'm gone. Then I watch my experiences on the news 1-5 days later. Now, I'm just working it out. That's all. Reading that others have done it helps. To those who don't think it's true, that's okay. I've seen it myself. Several times. More than three. So I don't need more "proof..." To those not able, that's okay. Be happy. It gets harder...
nikki (guest)
15 years ago (2007-11-30)
They are called hypnogogic hallucinations. I have them too. They suck.
amanda (guest)
15 years ago (2007-11-29)
everything you all are describing has happened to me and my boyfriend both. And it only haoppens in our bed and never at the same time, whether we are together or alone, it still happens. This has only just started recently and we are both completeley freaked out. Does anyone know why it happens? I know that's a silly question, but it started with both of us at the same time in our lives?
Zero52489 (4 posts)
15 years ago (2007-11-23)

It happens to me quite often too. Ever since it started I never go to sleep in the dark. I always have my light on and the TV too. I am an only child and these attacks seem to happen when I am home alone or especially when my door is closed. I hate to say it but I'm sure these are demonic attacks because whenever they happen I get the feeling I am in danger of losing my soul. The only thing I find is when I am reading the bible on a daily basis it does not happen.
Buck (guest)
15 years ago (2007-11-21)
i know exactly what you meen... I spoke to a friend about waking up in the night with the dark figure standing there exactly how you described. I couldn't move I couldn't scream for help. I prayed and it went away. My friend told me he had the same thing happen to him and he believes this dark object is a Reaper... I'm not sure what to think but its really hard for me to get to sleap at night now. This incident is not a one time thing it has happened to me very often
Zero52489 (4 posts)
15 years ago (2007-11-18)

I've had the same experiences as you. But I don't take any medications. So don't think you are crazy at all. I do believe the sleeping attacks are a spiritual battle. When they happen to me since I believe in jesus I call out for him, or since I can'e talk I try and focus on mouthing His Name until I wake up.
Axal (guest)
15 years ago (2007-11-17)
I have been having this since I was 12... 22 now and I believe its getting worse and worse and worse... When it happens of course. Ill be in bed and I'm still awake! All of a sudden my eyes are relaxed but shut and my body just goes num although a feeling of an electrical current is going through me and I can't move I can't scream but when I do try to scream or move, My breath gets takin away... And finally I'm able to open my eyes and move but when I open my eyes, all I see is Shadows for a few seconds but never have I seen anything. Do any of you take Zyprexa or any sort of meds for scitzo? I was told today when I was diagnosed with it years and years ago that I'm not, that I'm bipolar. But if this has anything to do with scitzo then they are screwing with my life, I believe they just want money... But anyways its starting to freak me out even more...
ace (guest)
15 years ago (2007-11-13)
when I was a child about seven years old, I ussually sense something undesirable or eerie, even though I can't see spirits or premonitions, I still know that there is something present who can't be seen, at those times my muscles usually turn hard and I can't control my breathing. I still experience those things until now even I'm already sixteen, especially at sleep, I would just wake up at the middle of the night. I just hope that it will stop,... (fyi: I'm from the philippines that's why it's very usual here)
guest (guest)
15 years ago (2007-11-12)
im only 14 and when I was younger it happened to me! And still does alot. I remember I would wake up in the middle of the night and couldn't move or speak. I never see any figures or faces though and when I would scream for my mom I would fall deeper and deeper into the trance so I just stop and pray to allah (god) in my mind and it gets better!
Zero52489 (4 posts)
15 years ago (2007-10-29)
Your not alone. I've had the same things happen to me. The first time it happened I remember waking up in the middle of the night and couldn't move and couldn't breathe either. Then like this just like I don't know how to decribe it but I remember explicity feeling if I could not wake myself up I would not only die but I don't know how to describe it but I felt like I would lose my soul even though that didn't make any sense to me. So I kept focusing on trying to move my body and I think my toes and foot finally moved and as I came out of it I remeber explicitly seeing black figures dematerializing and my heart was beating so fast. After that I have had countless other attacks. The best advice I could give to you is always sleep with a light on and especially your tv on but the attacks can still happen unfortunately. Also never sleep on your back. I know it sounds crazy but I'm pretty positive these are demonic attacks. I don't want to scare you. Again your not alone. I don't know if your religious what helps me is when these attacks happen I try to beg Jesus and call his name and so far the attacks have ended. But if your not religious then just try and focus on love if these attacks happen to you. Like surround yourself with love and leave the television on so you feel like there are other people and your not alone. I hope this helps something I'm looking for answers myself. If you have any questions just ask or email.

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