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I Have Had Sleep Paralysis

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    Scary Scary Stuff

    I have had this many times! The worst time i experienced this i was when i was all snug and safe in my bed and then i could feel myself going into a nightmare! every time i have nightmares i have warnings the room will spin or i suddenly feel angry and i can never move or stop...
    sazead sazead 22-25, F 11 Responses Mar 26, 2007

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    Why?

    Sleep paralysis is a serious thing it's happened to me quite a bit but these were the only time when I was really scared. After one of my high school teachers told me about it I found out about it and the first time it happened my sister had gone out and told me she would be...
    brooke4567 brooke4567 18-21 May 16, 2013

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    I am a 15 year old male,

    and I just was conducting research on how to control dreams, and do as you please while you are dreaming.  Through my research I found a symptom called sleep paralysis.  I was looking at this and now basically researching this, and I thought to myslef, "This all seems...
    DaltonVega DaltonVega 13-15 1 Response May 14

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    Horror

    I have had this happen to me around 7 times. It is horrible to wake up and not be able to move or speak, but what makes it trully terrifying is when my mind keeps dreaming. It is always nightmarish stuff, the worst being when I could tell there was something in the room with me...
    nerdbabe102 nerdbabe102 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 3, 2012

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    I get them almost everyday

    but now they're starting to last longer. like two whole minutes. I'm not scared but it annoys me. Anyone knows of any technics that helps you snap out of them?
    Horrendousxdreamer Horrendousxdreamer 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 23

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    A Witch On Your Back

    Is what they call it. I remembering experiencing this as a little girl but as young as I can remember is when I was 17 when I decided to rededicate my life to Christ. I remember crying out to my mama lol. When I told her what happened she just said that it was the enemy and to...
    iLightBeing iLightBeing 26-30, F 8 Responses Dec 16, 2011

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    I have experienced Sleep paralysis about 6 times

    since I was 18 until now at 20. It had all started after I received a concussion in a wrestling tournament. Every time I have had an episode of SP I have been totally immobilized, can not get a single word out, and scared/paranoid out of my mind. I have only seen the shadowy...
    mrthisguy1000 mrthisguy1000 22-25, M 2 Responses Jun 15

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    so this has happened to me a lot,

    and I never actually thought to look up what it could be and now I know haha. I must say I'm kind of scared by the things I've read. I've never experienced seeing or hearing things but I do have panic disorder which completely makes sense of why this occurs regularly. my...
    elliecrow elliecrow 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 9

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    There's Something In My Room...

    I've had these a lot for many years. The latest happened this morning. I wasn't very sleepy anymore since I had woke up early to go to work, but then didn't go because I felt sick. I had breakfast and went back to bed. I knew what was going to happen, but it was only 5:30 am so...
    Sleepynothollow Sleepynothollow 26-30 2 Responses Nov 4, 2013

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    A female 'demon' jumped on top of me.

    I could feel the heavy pressure on my body. It was like there was a storm in my room. I could hear and feel the powerful gusts of wind and it was as if someone was violently shaking out my duvet. I've experienced SP many times before but this was by far the most terrifying.
    DeliEP DeliEP 22-25 1 Response May 13

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    I think i had this happen to me a few times,

    once was when i was pregnant with my second son. It was in the day and being about 6 months pregnant i was so tired so decided to have a nap before picking my other son up from school. The alarm had gone off but i laid there and thought i would just try and wake up a bit before...
    Gentleandlovingsoul Gentleandlovingsoul 36-40, F 3 Responses Jul 1, 2014

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    First experience with ghost was an unpleasant

    visit. I had a long day, at that time I was living abroad, felt a dark and eerie presence in my room, before going to bed. Tried to sleep, threw myself one side to another, hopes to find a good position for me to sleep in. My mind was on terror. As I remember, that something...
    netiiii netiiii 22-25, F Apr 6

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    Happens to me a lot. You think you're awake

    but maybe you're asleep.. Not sure..but you try to move or speak and can't. And you also hear strange growling noises... It's terrifying..
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses May 4

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    I've had this since early childhood.

    Here's a secret I found out. If you don't freak out while you're experiencing it you can easily leave your body and have an out if body experience! I've been conscious through the falling asleep stages and this is what I experienced: First there is a calm heavy feeling that...
    fallenstar23 fallenstar23 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 8

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    Ok so I dream nearly every night maybe 6 out of

    7 times a week and they always are so different. So a couple of nights ago dreamt about my little cousins birthday cake dropping on the floor and giant bees attacked us and I woke up screaming but that's normal, but all my life I've had these moments even when I'm falling asleep...
    Jod911 Jod911 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 12, 2014

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    I experience sleep paralysis A LOT.

    But it's only when I am at my dad's house. Last night I woke up at 3 o'clock. I was laying on the couch with my eyes closed and trying to go back to sleep and in my head the words "I HATE YOU" were yelled. And then I heard something hit the back of the couch. It scared me, so I...
    LaykeyyD LaykeyyD 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 23, 2013

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    I have had many experiences throughout my life,

    usually in a dream someone/something touches me and I still feel it when I wake up. Once, as a child, I woke to a man crouched on my chest playing the trumpet. On a chair in my room near the bed was a small blonde boy in blue velvet. It was soo vivid. I really felt the weight...
    BlueMoon67 BlueMoon67 46-50, F 1 Response Jun 5

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    My depression is a Demon.

    I've had Sleep Paralysis my whole life. I have memories of dreams about what i thought were the golden eyes of my beloved rottweilers, but were instead the eyes of "shadow men." My worst experience was an all out assault on my senses which ended up as the worst out of body...
    HozierAndMumford HozierAndMumford 18-21, M Nov 25, 2014

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    I Like To Think I Am A Very Rational Person...

    Okay, I have had several episodes of sleep paralysis/hypnopompic hallucinations, whatever the hell you want to call them. Let me put this plainly, THEY ARE TERRIFYING. If you've ever had one, you know. While I haven't read many stories, I figured I would put mine out there.They...
    astarael415 astarael415 22-25, M 16 Responses Dec 27, 2011

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    I have had it a couple times in my life,

    but last night was the scariest thing ever.I was sleeping,fell asleep on the couch.I started to dream about demons and i was scared,but i couldn't wake up.I was trying so...hard to wake up,but i couldn't move .Then ,i fell something grab me.It was around my legs,pulling really...
    1prettygirl 1prettygirl 36-40, F 30 Responses Nov 26, 2014

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    How do you wake up from sleep paralysis tonight?

    Here are 9 ways to end it when it happens. Some tips will work for you some won't everyone is different. So try the ones you think will work for you. 1. Don’t Fight If you feel like you are being held down and you can’t move, do not fight back. This actually will...
    JennaR JennaR 46-50, F 4 Responses Jul 15, 2014

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    I've had sleep paralysis 4 times I can remember.

    The first two times I was asleep as I suddenly woke up unable to move or breathe. The first time it happened I saw a shadow moving across the wall, but when I was able to move I think the scared part of me wanted to say it was just a dream. Even though now I realize what it...
    curlz26 curlz26 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 29, 2014

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    I've had it about 5 times

    and all 5 of them were terrifying. I usually don't see things when I have it though. I usually hear noises and it sends me in a panic and I would try to scream but nothing would come out, this happened 3 out of the 5 times. Once I woke up from a nightmare that I was going to be...
    TheOcarinaHero TheOcarinaHero 16-17, T 5 Responses Oct 19, 2014

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    I had sleep paralysis today

    when I took a nap. But it wasn't scary like it normally is, I managed to use it to control the beginning of one of my dreams. I can't always control dream for long yet, but I'm getting closer to lucid dreaming!
    moose73630 moose73630 16-17, M 1 Response Jun 23

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    My Story

    I wanted to share my story as i have other things besides sleep paralysis that i think link to it. And this is it... I can now determine when an episode is going to come before it comes. With a buzzing in my head...it feels like static rushing through one side of my head to the...
    Xxsammiejoxx Xxsammiejoxx 22-25, F 8 Responses Oct 25, 2012

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    I'm amber and I'm 14.

    . I have these experiences on days where I have clairaudience really loud .. I hear frequencies and static and crystal sounds , and when they get loud one day I know something's up .. I just woke up from another experience where I woke up and found myself buzzing more than usual...
    AmberMinor AmberMinor 13-15, F Apr 10, 2014

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    I've encountered a form of sleep paralysis.

    It's never been as intense as I've read from other people but I have different encounters with it and it's been really spread out through my life. The first time I was laying down talking with my uncle and all of a sudden I couldn't move. I felt my eyes blinking rabidly and I...
    DayDreamer1394 DayDreamer1394 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 24

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    ok so i woke up last night not able to move talk

    or breath and then boom it went away in like 5min but idk what happened and im always having nightmares now does anyone know what this is
    Daddyslonelyprincess Daddyslonelyprincess 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 8

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    It all began with hearing my neighbor's kids

    screaming and crying, I rolled to my side and then suddenly all I could hear was screaming from the outside and inside of my house. I opened my eyes and I could not move. All i could see was a white-robot figure faceless laying in front of me as I start screaming and wishing...
    ItStartsHere ItStartsHere 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 19

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    My Sleep Paralysis Experience

      Sleep paralysis is not an unsual things to me as it happen few hundreds times to me... The first time it happen, which is 10 years ago is very scary and for years I tried to suffer and overcome it. Now I still have sleep paralysis of course, and it happen to me this...
    kurtest kurtest 22-25 8 Responses Aug 22, 2009

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    I am definitely one of those unlucky ones

    who have not been able to determine when I am going to experience sleep paralysis. Sometimes it would happen once a week, then it would be more frequent, then sometimes I would not have it for many many months. But, when I do experience sleep paralysis, it's utterly horrible...
    Reyynn Reyynn 31-35, M 2 Responses Jun 5

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    I've just had one of the worst episodes of

    sleep paralysis yet. I'm still scared and my heart is still unsettled gah ».«
    KilljoyKitty KilljoyKitty 18-21 8 Responses Jan 10

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    I've Experienced This Since the 1980s

    I first experienced sleep paralysis when I was in college. It seemed that I fell asleep with my eyes open and objects that I could see became part of some lucid dream that I could not wake from.  I did all sorts of research but couldn't find anything. i was taking a...
    drpr drpr 46-50, F 6 Responses Aug 11, 2008

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    I have experimented with Lucid Dreaming before.

    Last night I was attempting to go Lucid and ended up in sleep paralysis with terrifying hallucinations. While attempting to go Lucid I ended up falling too far asleep. I woke up and my clock said “00:00”. I went to reset it assuming we had lost power (we hadn’t) and couldn...
    tbotset tbotset 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 30

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    I feel like I can't move any part of my body

    and I want to yell for help but I can't speak either Sleep paralysis is pretty scary At least to me
    oliverqbm1995 oliverqbm1995 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 25, 2014

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    I Hate It.

    I'm in college right now, and it started when I was a sophomore, a little over two years ago.  The first time, I had no idea what was going on.  I think in the past that I could sometimes feel it coming on but when I felt it I would get uncomfortable so I would just get...
    zschr355 zschr355 18-21, M 2 Responses Oct 5, 2007

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    Oh my goodness me. I have never

    before been able to talk to anyone about this. This will sound crazy I kniw but I really need someones help pleaasee! I was 5 years old and sufferd from sleep Paralasis up until I was 7. I remember it like it was only yesterday because it was all so vivid, so disstressing, so...
    BabyUsagi BabyUsagi 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 24

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    I just want to talk to others

    and share some experiences on sleep paralysis. Has anybody ever woken up in actual pain? Or had any near like sexual experiences? I know that might sound weird but I'm trying to find out as much as I can on this.
    missvause missvause 26-30, F 2 Responses May 20

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    Okay so this happened a

    while ago but scared the living **** out of me. So I used to work at a vet clinic as kennel help. I had crazy hours, waking up at 4:30am to walk the dogs before the clinic opened and school started. Anyway I get back from a am shift and I stumbled in my room half awake. Not...
    AMB97 AMB97 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 18

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    It happened once, and my experience was a bit

    unique. I was eight. I opened my eyes to find that I could not move my body. I was terrified, and I tried to move... And then I was too tired to be afraid, so I gave up and fell back asleep.
    thischickiswack thischickiswack 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 23

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    So you may have seen my previous story of sleep

    paralysis, if not you may want to check it out. But to make a long story short, I am a long term sufferer and have experienced and seen a lot of evil things. However something quite amazing happened last night... Recently, I have been reading a lot more into it as I had some...
    shellofaboy shellofaboy 18-21, M 2 Responses Oct 24, 2014

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    Sleep Paralysis - My Experience

    So since I was about 12 years old I've been researching sleep paralysis. I have had it for much longer and had no idea what it was. I've shared my experiences with those close to me and actually found out that it happens to my mom and grandfather. Anyways the average persons...
    katelyndavey katelyndavey 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 3, 2013

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    lulling comfort of uninterrupted sleep

    subsides replaced with an involuntary state of sedation the emergence of an all too familiar presence paralyzed by the force of a lingering sensation choking internalized fear timeless inaudible cries for help unknown visitor condemning you to an everlasting silence physical...
    Mrunderstood Mrunderstood 26-30, M 2 Responses Jun 12

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    Experience #1 I was staying with my aunt

    for a little while and in the guest bedroom. Every night I would get up to use the bathroom and/or get some water from the kitchen. This time, everything was really dark and eerie except for a small bit of light in the hallway. I walked to the kitchen for a drink and before...
    ashb3r ashb3r 22-25, F Apr 21

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    While Visiting My Parents....

    Ive been experiencing this since I was 17. They come and go...the occurrences are VERY random. Maybe if i had more time I'd write a story and go into detail with some of the more scarier ones but right now I want to focus on this last one. Each time they get worse..but this time...
    Cheltsy Cheltsy 26-30, F 3 Responses Mar 18, 2012

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    outer body experiences are possible through

    sleep paralysis! today was my first experience. my limbs felt easy to move so I sat up as if it were nothing,but when I looked back down at my body it was still laying in the same position. the euphoria was crazy! has anyone else successfully had an outer body experience???
    derealizationofthemind derealizationofthemind 16-17, F 2 Responses May 23

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