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I Have Had Sleep Paralysis

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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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    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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    I've had a really scary

    and supernatural experience with Sleep Paralysis. I was in a very deep sleep and when I woke I realised that I couldn't move. I've had Sleep Paralysis a few times so it was nothing new. But something was really off, I felt as though I was in a different world, it was very...
    Alouisexo Alouisexo 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 23

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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'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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    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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    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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    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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    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 9 Responses Nov 25, 2012

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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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    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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    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'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 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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    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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    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 2 Responses Apr 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'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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    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 2 Responses Mar 29

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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 5 days ago

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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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    the first time i had sleep paralysis,

    i woke up and couldnt move my body, i tried so hard to open my eyes and scream for help but i couldnt, i felt tons of pressure on my chest and could barely breathe, i felt hands around my throat choking me,i felt this extreme evil, horrible feeling that i cannot explain,i...
    Alyssa7777777 Alyssa7777777 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 1

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    When i was younger (5-6 years old),

    i saw these weird dreams of blue shadowmen. They were wearing blue, one piece and leathery suits and they were just looking at me and they left. Now, being almost 17, i have realized that it might have been sleep paralysis because i have got really interested in sleep paralysis...
    loimekas loimekas 16-17, M Jun 8

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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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    This so called sleep paralysis,

    is what the doctors and scientists say because they them selfs don't know what it is. And they say its all got to do with so called rem sleep? And stuff with the brain? Thats just a bunch of hoopla. For them to sale you medicine witch you don't need, make money off of you, call...
    ashleymendes55 ashleymendes55 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 20

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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 4 Responses Jun 8

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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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    The first time it happened,

    I didn't know what to think. I just brushed it off as a really vivid nightmare. That is, until it happened again a week later. That's when I realized that these weren't normal nightmares. Those first two times, it felt like something was in the room with me, trying to pull me...
    SylvieX SylvieX 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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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 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'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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    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'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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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