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I Have Had Sleep Paralysis

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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 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 15 Responses Dec 27, 2011

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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 wrote a real "humdinger" of a true story here

    about an event that happened to me many years ago. it was about sleep paralysis and explained a lot about the stages of sleep. it was deleted as soon as I posted it. I think it was because I used the word that sounds like pee in this and a word before it that sounds like elect...
    jayciedubb jayciedubb 46-50, M Feb 9

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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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    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 31-35, F Aug 14, 2014

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    its was a very terrifying

    and confusing experience, I've woken up many , many times in the middle of my sleep before but last night was different. i was laying on my stomach with my head turned to the side when i woke up. i thought nothing was wrong, i saw there was no light from the oitside so i knew it...
    yaritza16 yaritza16 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 17, 2014

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    The other night I was laying in bed

    and I just couldn't sleep. I laid there for hours hearing noises, feeling things around me. It freaked me out. So I went to get a drink of water. When I came back I felt this rush if nervousness. I felt shaky, I was trembling. I laid down and tried to shake it off. Then I...
    heathert1201 heathert1201 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 6, 2014

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    I suffered from sleep paralysis

    since the age of 5. I was terrified of it but eventually realized that it was just one step before astral travel and learnt to accept it and in fact love it. Ever since I attuned myself to Reiki, my episodes have subsided and have morphed into amazing dreams that I get to...
    lostsoul84 lostsoul84 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 7

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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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    technically, we all get sleep paralysis

    as aoon as we cycle back to stage 1 sleep (REM sleep). we cycle through all the stages of sleep in no specific order, numerous times throughout the night. when were dreaming, were in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. at that point, our bodies are paralysed, except for the REM and...
    jayciedubb jayciedubb 46-50, M Feb 7

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    Well lately it's been happening a lot.

    ..my body is paralyzed as if I were asleep yet my brain is still functioning as if I were awake...so weird
    ladfan4life ladfan4life 18-21, M 2 Responses Feb 19

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    Last night I experienced something

    that I hope to be sleep paralysis. I hope it to be sleep paralysis because I would not want to accept the reality that comes with that of it not having a logical explanation; i.e.; a paranormal scenario. I would like to collect opinions on whether or not my experience seems most...
    gabrielle1722 gabrielle1722 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 6

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    A few hours ago I had a nap on the bed

    and I awoke a few times to see that my sisters were in the room too. Anyway, I must have been just about waking up because I heard my sister asking whether to wake me up, so I tried to open my eyes and found that I couldn't. I was absolutely terrified, I even thought for a...
    ClaraBowDaily ClaraBowDaily 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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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 6 Responses Dec 23, 2013

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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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    I just woke up. So I was dreaming about

    something not really last thing I remember was my mom looking really creepy them I felt like I couldn't move but my eyes were open. It was kind of a blur. So I closed them because I knew it was sleep paralysis I was having and having my eyes open was kind of scary. Anyways I...
    shiyinglu shiyinglu 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 2

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    the last time this happened to me I was laying

    on my bed, face up...Its like I woke from a dream I cant remember, and it occurs to me that I cant move. not a muscle. I can move my eyes...that is the extent. then a bright light surrounds be, like the sun is in my bedroom. then im in a white room, so white it hurts to...
    SoCalKat SoCalKat 31-35, M 1 Response Dec 27, 2014

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    I used to live in a small apartment

    and constantly have it like every night until i moved to a house. i would wake up in the dead of night not being able to move. i didn't know that having sleep paralysis meant a ghost was on you (my friends said)... or i still don't know but I'm too scared to look it up.
    ninjadentistinspace ninjadentistinspace 16-17, F 4 Responses Nov 26, 2014

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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 32 Responses Nov 26, 2014

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    Since the age of 3 I have had my share of

    nightmares but nothing scares me the most than when I'm having a Sleep Paralysis episode. Imagine being awake but you can't talk, you can barely move, sometimes barely breathe & you either feel something dark coming towards you or even actually touching you in a violent way. A...
    DaCreativeChild DaCreativeChild 22-25, F Feb 8

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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...
    InfiniteLightBeing InfiniteLightBeing 26-30, F 8 Responses Dec 16, 2011

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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 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 16-17, F 5 Responses Jan 29, 2014

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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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    So this was on monday.

    I had a doctors appointment at 11:30 am and i didnt have a very good sleep . I woke at 4:30 am and couldnt fall back to sleep till 9:00. So i went to my room to try catch up on sleep. So as time went by i felt my third eye moving around (in the middle of your head) so i focused...
    Yungneechie Yungneechie 13-15, M 1 Response Jan 15

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    Hey guys/ladies.... I have had Sleep

    Paralysis about 7 times now in the past year and I want some of you to answer a few questions to wrap my head around this subject. I'm going to take the majority answers and come up with a sum. Be fully truthful and do not try to hide anything because I am conducting a study on...
    dennyross dennyross 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 31

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    I had this last night.

    .. Is it a spiritual phenomenon or is it purely scientific? It was terrifying..
    Rosaalie Rosaalie 18-21, F 7 Responses Dec 27, 2014

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    I am not sure if this is a form of sleep

    paralysis, but I have once woken up from a nightmare in which a woman stabbed me in the spine with a large needle. I woke up sweating and crying I felt the pain from the dream when I woke up to the point I cried out in small whimpers. I kept seeing darkness and I felt like I was...
    x3SilverWincanx3 x3SilverWincanx3 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 27

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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...
    DayDreamer1393 DayDreamer1393 18-21, F 4 Responses a week ago

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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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    Is it a sleeping disorder

    or was it an actual attack?I don't know. Happened to me three times. When I was going through paranoid schizophrenia faze. Never happened again since. All three was different experiences pointing to the symptoms of sleep paralysis.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 10, 2014

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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 utter panic, trying desperately to move a part of my body, any part of my body, but I can't. I'm frightened, paranoid that something is in the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 15 Responses Dec 6, 2011

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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 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 10 Responses Nov 25, 2012

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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 paralyzed never happened to me, until last night.I remeber i was having a dream,and i remember waking up and falling back asleep...
    hijackpot hijackpot 18-21, M May 28, 2013

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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 19 hrs ago

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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...
    TwentyTwoReasons TwentyTwoReasons 18-21, M Nov 25, 2014

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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 22-25 2 Responses Nov 4, 2013

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    ZenaMarie ZenaMarie 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 24, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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 don't know if it really was SP,

    but I remember the feeling of hands on my arms and legs, and something looking at me right in front of my face. My eyes were closed, and I was terrified of what I'd see if I opened them. I tried to bury myself into my blanket. But I was afraid that if I moved too much that...
    almaera almaera 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 7, 2014

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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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    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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