I Have Had Sleep Paralysis

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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, 2015

    Im not supposed to sleep on my back

    because its not good for sleep paralysis, I cant sleep facing the door because ill think something will climb out from down the side of my bed, I cant sleep on my side facing the wall because i think that someone will come in and go all scary movie on me and kill the blonde...
    ColdHeartedDungeonBat ColdHeartedDungeonBat
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Dec 19, 2015

    does anyone else experience sleep paralysis

    that u feel like u have managed to wake and get up only to find that ur not up. ur still in bed?
    dragoneyes35 dragoneyes35
    36-40, F
    1 Response Jan 4

    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
    4 Responses Jul 1, 2014

    I don't know if this specific episode should

    qualify as a crazy nightmare, or sleep paralysis. I was sleeping and noticed that I couldn't move and that it was difficult to breath while laying down. I felt like some strange power was pinning me down to my bed, and I remember looking out the window at a demon laughing at me...
    siggy10 siggy10
    31-35, M
    1 Response Aug 3, 2015

    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
    3 Responses Jul 15, 2014

    This is my first episode

    when i was 14. I now control them and use them to my advantage. I can help you guys with this. If you want advice and help please message me. I awoke silently paralysed. To see a large dark figure slowly creeping up the attic staircase That's my friend, brad! I tried to call...
    SPadvice SPadvice
    22-25
    Sep 27, 2015

    I havent been on in quite a while,

    but Ive met someone who has sleep paralysis too and wondered if any of you do? Ive had it only a handful of times, but it's only happened at night once and a shadow like figure was hovering over me! Usually i just feel someone is on my side but i cant turn, but it was right...
    petramullins petramullins
    16-17, F
    1 Response Mar 14

    I live alone in a small apartment in Nevada.

    Last night I had one of the worst experiences I've ever had with sleep paralysis. I've experienced SP before and it's nothing new to me but until last night, hellish hallucinations had never been involved. I was having an amazing dream before it all happened. My experience...
    ChloeRivers ChloeRivers
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 29

    so this morning i was sleep in bed

    and i woke up but i wasnt really awake my mind was but i couldnt move and i saw someone standing in front of me but, the scary thing is that the person who was standing in front of me was myself and i was staring at me laying in bed i was wearing a black dress and i dont know...
    lorinpalmer17 lorinpalmer17
    18-21, F
    Feb 19

    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
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Mar 12, 2014

    I had by far the worst episode I've ever had

    about a week ago. I dreamt where a man was standing above me cutting me open. Worst part is I could actually feel the pain. That went on for about 10 minutes then I finally woke up feeling something on top of me, choking me. Until I passed out. I was then floating above my bed...
    D3vilDriver D3vilDriver
    26-30, M
    1 Response Dec 28, 2015

    It happened to me more

    when I take a nap , I try not to take naps last time this happens was a few weeks I couldn't speak tell or move my head vibrates I couldn't stop it I'll see people or things come my way I don't know what it happened it's horrible I just wait till it lets me go it's like...
    LucidxxShivery LucidxxShivery
    26-30, F
    Apr 12

    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
    22-25, M
    1 Response Oct 24, 2014

    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
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Mar 24, 2015

    I really didn't know what Sleep Paralysis was

    when I first heard of it, but after Googling it and I read the definition I notice that I have something like this going on to me aswell. There are sometimes where i'll be sleeping and my brain would seem to be awake but my body isn't. I am only able to move my face or move my...
    Tagstar2000 Tagstar2000
    13-15, M
    2 Responses Jan 2

    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

    I have had a few episodes

    where I feel awake but can't move or speak. Most of the time I can't open my eyes. I will get them open and they fall shut instantly. My only hallucinations are auditory and it is always voices that I can't make out what they are saying. I remember thinking the first few times...
    chocolatecoffee chocolatecoffee
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Mar 11

    This incident took place about 2 yrs ago.

    I went to bed at about 11.30 pm .There were only my parents,my sister and me in the house.I slept alone in my bed room. I was deep asleep but in the middle of the the night i started to feel weird and woke up.I wanted to get up but i couldn't.i was laying on my side facing away...
    noname120 noname120
    22-25, M
    1 Response Mar 7

    There are a lot of us

    who have had sleep paralysis and most of us have had the feeling like someone was holding us down or seeing like a black figure. Like before I have said I felt someone holding down my wrists and I couldn't move. What do you think, like why would spirits of black shadows want to...
    GiddyX GiddyX
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Mar 10

    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, 2015

    Only twice though, not regularly

    as I've understood some have.. The second time I managed to relax and thought: "just relax and it will be fine" in a soothing voice like to a child. I really needed the comforting thoughts since I started to panic like I did the first time. A funny story is that when in...
    mercedes810 mercedes810
    26-30, F
    Mar 17

    I had quite a pleasant experience with this,

    thankfully. It was sometime in late 2011 and I remember waking up paralyzed. There was a man in my room who looked like he was about to walk out of my room through my wall and he was looking back at me over his shoulder with shock/surprise on his face. My first thought was...
    PaxTerra PaxTerra
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 2, 2015

    not the scariest experience I've had,

    but it was still very scary and, something I have never experienced. waking up, yet again paralyzed. i felt an evil presence and, heard a noise behind me that turned into the sound of a woman screeching an yelling right by my ear behind me. (I mostly have sp when sleeping on my...
    liquidgold18k liquidgold18k
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Dec 30, 2015

    I think had it last night.

    I woke up and tried to move but I couldn't. I tried to move my arms, my head, my legs, and I tried to sit up. I don't remember any hallucinations though and I looked up sleep paralysis and it says not every one gets them. Thinking back on it I was very calm as I was trying...
    TashaLiv TashaLiv
    18-21, F
    Feb 26

    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
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Jul 25, 2014

    This was really weird.

    I always have cramps in my stomach when I sleep and when I was dreaming I thought to myself "oh I'm dreaming I'm gonna try and wake up" and I try and open my eyes and then after a few attempts of trying to leave sleep I open my eyes and the cramp is really bad and I can't move...
    inserthappyfacehere inserthappyfacehere
    13-15, M
    1 Response Feb 21

    This isn't the first time it's happened to me,

    but I get in the state of mind of where I'm right to fall asleep & still able to be conscious. Before this, I was having a dream of what I was watching today but I woke up & tried to fall back asleep. Right before I did, I'm not sure what it was but I was trying to think really...
    stacyflowers stacyflowers
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 13

    Last night after going into sleep paralysis I

    started feeling these painful vibrations. I thought I was awake so tried to leave my bed and find help. I remember not being able to stand, I could hardly lift my head. Does anyone know anything about these vibrations? Can they hurt me?
    Olive5672 Olive5672
    18-21, F
    Jan 17

    at the risk of sounding crazy.

    when I can't move, I see a person or something watching me. can't see a face. too dark. if husband is up I can see him clearly and try really hard to get his attention, but this other person. do any of u experience similar and if so, hallucination?
    dragoneyes35 dragoneyes35
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Jan 6

    I have had sleep paralysis

    for as long as I can remember, but it had stopped for well over a year. I woke up early this morning (around 5) because my youngest woke up for a bottle, I put her back to sleep and because I woke up with hayfever I went into the lounge room and put the heater on low for abit...
    jess1312 jess1312
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 20

    I have been experiencing sleep paralysis

    since I was 8 years old. Not until I went for sleep studies did I actually understand that paralysis was an actual diagnosed sleep disorder. From the start I always referred to the semi unconscious beings that I saw as "Shadow People". To my surprise the large majority of...
    oxjimxo oxjimxo
    31-35, M
    Jan 22

    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
    3 Responses Dec 3, 2012

    I was having a fun, silly dream about stopping

    a supervillain, and then I suddenly "woke" out of it, but I'm not sure I was fully awake at all. I realized I was experiencing a form of sleep paralysis. I couldn't really move at all. And then I felt something over me. It grabbed my wrists. My eyes were slightly open and...
    Hush92 Hush92
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 18

    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

    I'm curious about a reoccurring dream

    that i have to be sleep paralysis. I've dreamed this dream since I was young and It starts off with me feeling this very frighten feeling like something evil is coming then I will start to slowly float up to the ceiling and I stay stuck up there and can't move then this darkness...
    thedreamer22 thedreamer22
    22-25, F
    Feb 16

    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

    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
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Jun 23, 2015

    I've been getting sleep paralysis

    since I was about 11. Since then have got pretty good at recognising what is happening, staying calm, and pulling myself out of it. Recently though, I've been getting it more frequently, they are more disturbing, and sometimes I can't tell the difference between waking up, false...
    AJM95W AJM95W
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Sep 10, 2015

    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 that was going on around me but felt sheer panic at being unable to wake up.Then I began to question whether the noises were really...
    FallenAngelWOOT FallenAngelWOOT
    31-35, F
    7 Responses Nov 25, 2012

    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
    2 Responses May 4, 2015

    This happened to me in my late teens.

    I had been very tired and slept on a the couch instead of in my bed. I had left a lamp on in the room, because I had an exam to study for and was only going to sleep for a few hours. At some point (i couldn't see the clock) I woke up and when i tried to get up to go back and sit...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Feb 25

    (I keep track of my SP episodes

    even my dreams in my dream journal for about 2 years now by the way) Today ill be explaing some of my SP experiences. I've been having SP episodes since February of last year. Ever since I've had SP at least once a month, a lot of the times I'd have SP 10 times in a row in one...
    liquidgold18k liquidgold18k
    18-21, F
    Jan 4

    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

    I've had sleep paralysis happen to me a lot.

    Last night it occurred and it felt like I was completely awake, paralyzed ad unable to scream. I could see my bedroom door and everything in my room, I could see the way light came into my room from the hall. But then I opened my eyes. I was actually just in a sleep like state...
    kaitykatshern kaitykatshern
    16-17, F
    8 Responses Nov 21, 2015

    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
    16-17, F
    Apr 10, 2014

    This happened to me a few times years ago.

    It felt like I could not lift my head or open my eyes but I was definitely awake. It was terrifying!
    suggestedusername suggestedusername
    36-40, F
    Aug 14, 2014

    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

    I have had some episodes of this

    so called sleep paralysis, though I personally feel like it wasn't something that was a medical thing or from lack of sleep. In my episodes, i would lay down, it don't feel like I was ever asleep before I would hear my name being whispered. I would try to ignore it. Then would...
    MetallicaChik86 MetallicaChik86
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Mar 7

    It didn't last long,

    though it was about a month or so ago. But I remember that I couldn't move, and it felt like someone was holding me down, by my wrists I could feel it holding down hard on my wrists. I jolted and found I could move again. Strange huh? I think my sister suffered with it once, I...
    GiddyX GiddyX
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 1

    I've had such an intense experience

    where I've seen my boyfriend and Bestfriend was into the room and look over me calling my name to wake up and once I did I realized I was home alone. I really feel as if I can sense and feel more.
    babyyg0509 babyyg0509
    18-21, F
    Mar 1

    When awake and in reality,

    I already feel vulnerable and incapable to do the things I feel I want and need to do, but sleep paralysis gives that demeanor a stronger meaning. I feel hopeless, terrified and just plain weak. I understand the process of sleep paralysis but with science aside of it all, I'm...
    darniseg98 darniseg98
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Feb 6

    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

    Has anyone had a sleep paralysis experience

    where they gained the ability to move before the hallucinations went away? I get the waking up sleep paralysis quite a lot where I can't move for a long time but this one was different. I woke up and it looked like my mom in crazy detail was over my bed so I tried to move to...
    Idontwanttosendyouapic Idontwanttosendyouapic
    18-21, F
    5 Responses Dec 30, 2015

    I always thought that those terrifying moments

    were because I was high. I don't get SP often, but now within 2 weeks it has happened 3 times already. And each time I've been completely sober. Does anyone know what "triggers" sleep paralysis?
    JacobtheJunkie JacobtheJunkie
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Jan 8

    I have had these experiences going on in my life

    for i dont even know how long. My SP started when i was maybe a freshman in high school i was 15 and now I'm 22. They first started with really scary hallucinations that i thought were just really scary nightmares i would wake up in bed after i would see something in my room and...
    Telebec93 Telebec93
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 8
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