Creatures And People.

I've had sleep paralysis happen to me a few times.  The first one was terrifying, but as soon as I learned about sleep paralysis and what it is, my experience of it became less and less scary.

The first time it happened to me I was living with my parents and I was a full time student.  I remember I was studying for a test the following day and it was getting pretty late.  I decided to take a break and got in bed for a few hours.  All of a sudden I hear this grunting/gargling/growling sound just outside my bedroom door.  It sounded like some kind of a creature was trying to get into the room.  Then I heard scratching at the door.  As the growling got louder, I felt like I had to get up and do something, like escape or at least scream.  But I couldn't.  I was laying in bed, in my bedroom, fully aware of my surroundings, completely paralysed, not able to move or make any sound.  In fact, I felt like I couldn't even breath.  Next thing I remember, the creature was in the bedroom by the foot of my bed.  Good thing my bed was high enough so I couldn't see it, but I felt it there, moving at the foot of my bed, just about getting around it, moving on to the side of the bed.  I remember thinking, maybe if I just lay still and don't make a sound, it won't see me there and move on.  So I stopped struggling.  As soon as I relaxed, the noises went away and I finally woke up.  I got up, went to the living room and saw my stepdad still up watching TV.  He didn't hear a thing, or course.

The next few times I experienced sleep paralysis was years later when I moved to CA.  It happened two or three times when there was a person in my room, walking around either completely unaware of my presence in bed or knowing I was there and talking to me.  Only I couldn't talk, I somehow communicated with them telepathically.  Sometimes it was someone I knew, sometimes it was a complete stranger.  I was fully aware of being in the room, in my bed, completely paralysed and helpless.  Then when I woke up, no one was there.

This one experience I had I think is worth mentioning.  I went to this retreat/camping with a group of people and we stayed in this dormitory in the woods somewhere near Santa Cruz.  Beautiful nature, but it gets pretty creepy at night, with all the redwood trees around you and complete darkness, with nothing but wilderness all around you.  I had an option to either get a private room for $65 extra or stay with a roommate.  I didn't know anybody there so I decided to pay the 65 bucks and get a private room.  Oh boy, was I sorry I did that.  They only had 6 private cabins and you had to go further back into the woods, away from everybody in order to get there.  When I got there, there were only two cabins available.  The first one I got into felt really creepy, so I decided to stay in the cabin right next to it, it wasn't as creepy for some reason.  They had 3 bunker beds, so 6 people could sleep there during busy times.  I got settled in and spent the rest of the day hanging out with others, got to know some really cool people and had a great time.

When it was time to go to bed, I went back to my cabin and that's when I realized how scary it was to be alone in the cabin in the woods.  To make the matters worse, it started raining pretty hard and when I went to bed and turned the lights out, it really felt like someone was walking outside.  Oh yeah and did I mention they didn't have any keys, so I couldn't lock the door?  All they had was a hook to keep the door closed, but that wasn't really stable.

Anyways, it was too late and I decided to brave it.  I was pretty scared, but I thought, as soon as I fall asleep, time will go fast and it will be morning before I know it.  I finally dosed off and some time later that night I woke up to see the light in the bathroom being on.  The bathroom door was right in front of my bed, about 8-10 feet away so if I looked down I could see what was happening there.  The bathroom door was crack open and I could hear the water running and see the light through the door.  As if someone was there taking a shower.  I think I even heard this person humming a tune or something.  Then, the water stopped running and a few minutes later a girl came out with one towel wrapped around her body and another towel wrapped around her head.  She walked around the room back and forth taking care or her stuff then walked right up to me and sat on the bed right next to me.  She seemed completely unaware of my presence.  I, of course, was in my sleep paralysis state so I couldn't move or say anything.  Then she started talking.  I don't remember exactly what she said, but it felt casual and relaxed, as if she was talking to her friend.  Since I couldn't say anything anything out loud, I remember a thought clearly forming in my head:  "Gee, I really wish I could talk to you but I can't talk right now."  Without looking at me, she said, "Of course we can't talk, because we are not really on the same level.  Why don't you come over here where I am so we can talk properly."  I said something like sure, I'll try.  Then a few minutes or seconds later she asked again, "Are you coming?  Where are you, I want to talk to you"  I said "I'm trying but I can't seem to be able to do it" Then she got up and as she was walking away, said "I'll let you figure it out on your own, but I sure hope you do because I would really like to talk to you."  Then I woke up.  It was pitch dark, no one in my room and only the sound of heavy rain outside. 
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5 Responses May 9, 2012

I've had a similar experience where I was already fast asleep when all of a sudden this black man was standing over my bed. He kept saying, "its time to go outside isnt it? Are you ready to go outside? Are you coming?" I finally woke up and refused to go back to sleep.

Hi. Yes, I think the fact that the woman was talking to you freaks me out. I've seen demons and ghosts in my sleep paralysis, but they have never spoken to me. I think the scariest part is how she said you two couldn't speak because you aren't on the same level. It makes it sound more real. That's much scarier to me than a demon because I don't believe demons. In that SP episode my bed started shaking, a light started flashing in through the window. In the light on the wall I saw what looked like hell(demons reaching up out of flames). Then the demon appeared at the foot of my bed. He crept up onto me and was holding me down. I stuggled there for a while wanting to scream and push him off. Then I woke up and ran out of my room....Do you still have sleep paralysis?

Oh, and thank you for you comment by the way, it's nice to hear other people's feedback. Sorry it scared you, I didn't mean to.

Really? You mean the one with the girl is scarier than the one with the creature? Well, it was pretty scary in that cabin alone at night and I will never go sleep there alone without a roommate ever again. But you do get over the fear with time, that I can promise. Now that I think of what happened to me that night, it doesn't seem so scary as I sit here typing in the broad daylight.<br />
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What happened to you when the demon was holding you down?

I am reading this all alone in my apartment. And now i'm scared and have goosebumps. This was a good story but now i regret reading it. =/ For some reason that last episode of sleep paralysis you spoke of is more terrifying to me than an episode i once had about a demon holding me down.