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I Have Had Sleep Paralysis

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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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    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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    My episodes seem to be getting longer every

    time. I don't know what to do anymore, last night i was going through one of my typical episodes and went to sleep that way. This morning I woke up and shockingly I STILL was in the episode i could not react to anything my mind was in another world and I kept picturing random...
    yayalefty yayalefty 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 4

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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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    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 7 Responses Dec 16, 2011

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    Ok hopefully someone can give me a good answer

    here... So for like a week straight, I was having dreams that I was fully consciously aware were dreams. I know that's just lucid dreaming. But the weird thing was that in EVERY dream I had (and they are all different), I would move slowly like I was tired, like I was exhausted...
    ifearsnowmen ifearsnowmen 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 22

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    ZenaMarie ZenaMarie 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 24

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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 31 Responses Nov 26

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    I used to have sleep paralysis a lot

    when I was younger, around 14 or 15, but it hasn't happened much since I got married. Sometimes I started to wonder if it ever happened, or if it was actually just a dream completely and not waking paralysis at all. Last night I confirmed that I really am awake when it happens...
    Leannaix Leannaix 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 6

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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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    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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    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 1 Response 5 days ago

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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 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 6

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    This was by far the most terrifying experience

    ever in my life. It happened a year ago when i was 15. I was lying on my bed, sleeping and suddenly i woke up (or i think i did) to find myself paralysed, i was not able to move but i had my eyes open. I could look around my room but i could not move. I was lying on my back and...
    priscess priscess 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 26

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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

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    Taisha23 Taisha23 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 16

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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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    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 21-25, M 2 Responses Oct 5, 2007

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    Last night I had a sleep paralysis episode.

    It was the single scariest thing you could experience. I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't move or talk. I could see everything around me and I looked to my doorway and saw a strange shadow figure moving towards me. I screamed to myself to wake up and started...
    Aggienation12 Aggienation12 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 12

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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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    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 1 Response Nov 25

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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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    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 5 Responses Jul 15

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    I don't know if it was sleep paralysis,

    but last night I had a disturbing dream thingy.. whatever it was. I have a brown labrador (the one that is in my current EP profile picture) that always sleeps on my bed at night, and I fell asleep but.. feeling like I was awake at the same time.. when suddenly I open my eyes...
    Noqda Noqda 16-17, M Oct 20

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    ayyomanda ayyomanda 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 12

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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. What I will tell you is a brief overview of my expierences but I wont go into details of all of them. Most of the more memorable expierences are a story in itself.(I may post them separately) But I will...
    ken757 ken757 31-35, M 6 Responses Oct 24, 2013

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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

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    it was just once but I was at a summer camp

    and I was sleeping in the dark corner and I went to sleep I woke up and I couldn't move but I saw a couple of my friends just jumping on the bed but I was really tired and went back to sleep at least it wasn't anything scary
    xlovelybutterflyx xlovelybutterflyx 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 3

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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

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    This was a while ago,

    but to this day it creeps me out. I had woken up in the middle of the night only to find I couldn't move and there was the shadowy figure of a little girl in an old-timey nightgown with floral print. She didn't do anything but point at me. She had long dark hair and I couldn't...
    lksmart89 lksmart89 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 11

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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

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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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    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.
    keepitreal78 keepitreal78 36-40, M 2 Responses Dec 10

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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

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    I wake up, like my brain is awake.

    But I literally can't move my body. It's weird, scary, and fun all at the same time. Only happened a couple of times. On time I woke up and I was totally conscious of the fact that I was wetting myself and I couldn't do anything about it.
    CollinDawg CollinDawg 13-15, M 1 Response Oct 16

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    I never knew what this was called.

    But this has happened to me for as long as I can remember. Here is a description of how it happens for me... 1. As I start to fall asleep, my head will start to pulsate. Sort of feels good in a way. 2. My hearing will get really sensitive and I hear sounds which sound...
    AveryWhite AveryWhite 41-45, M 2 Responses Nov 1

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    I was sleeping and then i opened my eyes,

    but i was still asleep... Then i heard a man sitting beside my bed telling me a story about a possessed doll... Then as he was telling the story it was happening to me... I looked at my wall and my surroundings... Then i heard someone coming up my stairs, it was holding...
    abbihayworth abbihayworth 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 9

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    I just astral travelled

    for the first time in a while. As I was dosing off felt the usual feelings of sleep paralysis I was a bit awkward separating from my body but managed in the end. I then floated through my wall and into next doors bedroom and then was zooming through the houses, I wanted to gain...
    beanabus beanabus 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 18

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    All my experiences with sleep paralysis are

    different. I remember my first time experiencing it. My bed started to shake aggressively at about 3 a.m., I thought it was an earthquake so I tried to get out of bed and go to my parents room. But I couldn't move. I struggled to escape it, the only thing I could move was my...
    solielnoir solielnoir 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 15

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    I have only had it once

    but when me and my boyfriend started sleeping together he kept having them and oh my gosh the only thing he forgot to tell me was about his sleep paralysis, I almost died when it started I didn't know what to do I thought he was fitting I called 999!
    cbailey301 cbailey301 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 3

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    Whenever there's a sleep paralysis scene on TV

    i couldn't help but remember the horror that i used to suffer from 8/9 months ago. I was watching this short Japanese horror film awhile ago and the kid had sleep paralysis and stuff and i couldn't help but sympathize. I think it's been 8 months now, yea 8 months or so...
    ifeelyoukodomotachi ifeelyoukodomotachi 18-21, F Nov 15

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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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    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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    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 11 Responses Nov 25, 2012

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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

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    And it's scary! D; like,

    I'm trying to sleep!
    MacabreCannibal MacabreCannibal 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 21

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    Ok so can I just start by saying?

    It is the scariest freakin thing ever! It's happened to me quite a lot. The very first time I experienced it was about 2 years ago, when I was 15. Between then and now, It's happened to me about about 10 times, maybe more. The worst experience I can remember is when I was 16...
    lc543 lc543 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 1

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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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    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 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 18, 2012

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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

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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 4 Responses Jan 29

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