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I Have Had Sleep Paralysis

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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...
    astarael415 astarael415 22-25, M 15 Responses Dec 27, 2011

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    My First Sleep Paralysis Incident - I'm 18 years old. I knew about sleep paralysis since I researched about dreams in college for art to make a sculpture based on it. Two weeks...
    unkeptrose unkeptrose 18-21 Mar 27, 2011

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    I've had sleep paralysis PLENTY of times. The worst times I've had it was after I had my two kids. Very uncomfortable feeling, as if something heavy was sitting on my chest. I...
    naanaa91 naanaa91 22-25, F Feb 7

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    I've had sleep paralysis at least five times. It's starting to really freak me out and I've done a lot of research on it. I might actually be experiencing hypnopompic/hypnogogic...
    Alanameyers89 Alanameyers89 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 21

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    About a week ago. See my bed is right by a huge window. I woke up when I heard noise coming from it and I looked out from bed. I was laying on my back. There was a dark figure...
    gram497 gram497 22-25, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I've dealt with it here and there. Usually occurred during naps. Feeling like your mind is awake but your body doesn't want to budge and wake up. Being totally aware of the sounds...
    Youngandfree90 Youngandfree90 22-25, F Feb 21

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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...
    kurtest kurtest 22-25 8 Responses Aug 22, 2009

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    Happens at the point of first falling asleep. The relaxation associated with sleep is perceptual (that slightly dreamy calm)...then it's like falling off a cliff in a way. I am...
    gds83 gds83 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 7

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    It was one of the scariest feelings I have ever experienced. In that state of mind I could see dark figures with distorted faces and I felt a pressure on my chest. I remember...
    simplexminds simplexminds 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 27

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    Well to be honest I don't remember how old I was when I started these dreams but I just woke up from one trying to see what I can do to stop these dreams I read some of the other...
    Ariesbaby95 Ariesbaby95 18-21, F Mar 8

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    Horrible. - The first time this happened was at my biggest and creepiest house (My parents own 3 houses but I can assure you we are not rich... get to know me before judging...
    neloangello neloangello 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 17, 2013

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    :: It Feels Like I Am Dying :: - I am so glad that I am not alone here when it comes to sleep paralysis. I have only just found out about this a year ago while doing a search on...
    QueenOfSpades QueenOfSpades 21-25, F 1 Response Oct 7, 2007

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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...
    Xxsammiejoxx Xxsammiejoxx 22-25, F 8 Responses Oct 25, 2012

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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...
    katelyndavey katelyndavey 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 3, 2013

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    Has anyone experienced sleep paralysis?
    strangerguy78 strangerguy78 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 7

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    I have Sleep Paralysis at least 2 times a month. It can be scary, but sometimes it isn't scary. I have had it so much I just think "this again" when I have it. But most of the time...
    moose73630 moose73630 16-17, M 2 Responses Jan 20

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    The worst thing is when sleep paralysis happens while you are sleeping alone. Firstly, because there is no one around to rescue you while you are striving to move and secondly...
    MissGaga MissGaga 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 28

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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...
    brooke4567 brooke4567 18-21 1 Response May 16, 2013

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    If you don't want to have sleep paralysis sleep on your side or stomach not your back.
    crystalskys crystalskys 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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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...
    sazead sazead 22-25, F 11 Responses Mar 26, 2007

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    Attack Of The Night Demon: My 25 Years Of War With Sleep Paralysis And How I Fought Back And Won. - Ok this is something that I have been dealing with since I was a small child...
    ken757 ken757 31-35, M 4 Responses Oct 24, 2013

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    I have had this a lot but not so much lately, and my first time I was younger , and I woke up completely still .I had posters on my wall and the posters looked like they were all...
    Awkwardandsad Awkwardandsad 16-17, F Feb 21

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    Don't Be Afraid! - I have experienced sleep paralysis many times in my life starting as a teenager. At first it was SOOO scary! I didn't know what it was caused from and as some of...
    LoveListen LoveListen 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 23, 2013

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    I often have sleep paralysis, it is not news to me and it is not as scary as it used to be, but last night it was very much "uncomfortable" and different, it was for the first time...
    MissGaga MissGaga 22-25, F Feb 7

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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...
    Sleepynothollow Sleepynothollow 22-25 2 Responses Nov 4, 2013

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    I Suffer From Sleep Paralysis Badly - Hi I am rachael from New Zealand . I am 36yrs old and have suffered from sleep Paralysis since I was 16 years old . I hate it and wish there...
    rmnz rmnz 36-40, F 13 Responses May 22, 2007

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    Trapped Between Life And Death - No-one can prepare you for how scary this experience is. I was wide awake and yet I couldn't move my body or open my eyes.I could hear everything...
    FallenAngelWOOT FallenAngelWOOT 31-35, F 11 Responses Nov 25, 2012

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    In the past I had times when I felt my eyelids open and as if I woke up but I'm still in my dream. I remember feeling an intense fear but I think that was probably from the dream...
    merrygentry merrygentry 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 12

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    I think I experience Astral Projection today. I have had sleep paralysis many times before and it's been many months since my last major ones. Past few minor ones I had I could...
    sweetbiella sweetbiella 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 28

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    As a child, one morning, I woke up from a nightmare. My eyes opened but my body could do nothing, and I just remember trying to yell,"Mom, HELP!!"
    kagee kagee 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 7

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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...
    curlz26 curlz26 16-17, F 4 Responses Jan 29

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    Quite a funny story actually, i knew about sleep paralysis and had an incident when i was binge gaming... and like, this time i woke up, and was paralysed, thats not really the...
    image2fite image2fite 18-21, M a week ago

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    I actually haven't had it for a while. I read that laying on your back triggers it so I make sure not to fall asleep on my back. I do hate sleep paralysis. Whenever I get it, I...
    LittleListener LittleListener 13-15, F 4 Responses Mar 1

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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...
    LaykeyyD LaykeyyD 18-21, F 7 Responses Dec 23, 2013

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    I often could not wake from my dreams. I could have sworn I felt my eyelids open and was awake but couldn't wake up and kept seeing my dream. Is this the same thing or something...
    merrygentry merrygentry 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 11

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    Beleive Me, You Need To Read This: My Astral Projection Experience - Does anyone know anything about astral projection? I believe I have done it through sleep paralysis, and its...
    jz17dive jz17dive 22-25 5 Responses Jun 8, 2011

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    Some experiences are more severe and detailed than others. Ranging from a black shadowy figure in the corner of my room , to hearing whispers in my ear. More recently "it" sounded...
    chrissteve1018 chrissteve1018 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 31

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    Recurrent Isolated Sleep Paralysis (RISP) - Waking up in the middle of the night, exhausted, head pounding, unable to move. My mind is working, my eyes are slightly open and in an...
    deleted deleted 26-30 12 Responses Dec 6, 2011

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    But Jesus saved me. I've had sleep paralysis since I was little. My first experience was when I was around 6, and I would wake up unable to move and terrified because a large black...
    sophiedahl sophiedahl 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    On And Off Since 11 - The first time I experienced sleep paralysis was when I was 11 years old. I woke up not being able to move and felt a heavy pressure behind me, I tried to...
    GrimTron GrimTron 31-35, F 3 Responses Sep 26, 2010

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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...
    IndigoFuFillment IndigoFuFillment 18-21 2 Responses a week ago

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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...
    nerdbabe102 nerdbabe102 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 3, 2012

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    Another Night Another Paralysis - This sleep paralysis stuff is damn scary to go through.  I to have had my share of this experience over a number of years but hey lately for...
    cello cello 51-55, F 15 Responses May 31, 2007

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    First Time Being Paralyzed - I've had a lot of weird experiences while sleeping, from supernatural dreams to waking up and seeing shadows and hearing voices.But waking up and being...
    hijackpot hijackpot 18-21, M May 28, 2013

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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...
    Cheltsy Cheltsy 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 18, 2012

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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...
    Jod911 Jod911 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 12

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    It always happened like this every time. I would wake up, look at the clock it would be 3:15. When I would turn over I started hearing clicks in the room and then I couldn't move...
    CandleDancer39 CandleDancer39 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 1

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    I have had this a few times it is horrible mine was a person coming up the stairs and me trying to wake myself up but can't coz I'm being held down by some weird force but I shake...
    Saddyme Saddyme 31-35, M 1 Response Mar 14

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    Has happened to me once but seriously the worst feeling ever. Being unable to get help because no matter how loud you scream in your dream, in reality no one can hear you! Or being...
    missdaize22 missdaize22 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 23

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    The first time I had this, I thought I was being possessed by a demon lol I started hallucinating & I tried to scream for help but I couldn't. I get them every time I fall asleep...
    omgchapstick omgchapstick 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 7

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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...
    zschr355 zschr355 21-25, M 2 Responses Oct 5, 2007

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    Hate It. - I've had sleep paralysis so many times. I really hate it. I haven't had it in a while, though. When it happens, though, I at least realize it's happening and am able to...
    animallover110293 animallover110293 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 28, 2013