Fear In the Night

I have night terrors! I'm an adult and have never met anyone else that has this issue. Night terrors are usually reserved for kids. I wake up screaming sometimes. I actually see things that don't exist. I have hallucinations - I see things, it could be a monster, a person, a bug or a lot of bugs. I've also seen butterflys and once - an angel. These things are animated - it's not just the coat hanging in the corner looking like a man. They move - sometimes towards me or around me.

I remember having them since I was a teenager but they got worse as an adult. I'd love to hear from someone else who has had this happen to them. Beleive it or not, I've gotten somewhat use to them.  Only somewhat...
GoodThing GoodThing
46-50, F
20 Responses Aug 7, 2007

Hey I've been having night terrors ever since I was little prolly 10 years old or so. It started with bugs and snakes and I seen them and felt them on me and I start screaming with my eyes open mind you the whole time. Then it started turning to people and "demons" /figures trying to kill me. I fight back every time and it always feels like a life or death situation I feel my life threatened, I've hurt myself a few times and one time very badly....then a couple minutes later or when someone comes and checks on me it all disappears and I'm just standing there in total fear wondering what happend. Everything is so vivid when it is happening. Have some stories but yea I still have them most nights. Nothing seems to help and I'm afraid if I don't cure it it's gonna start really hurting me as I get older and weaker. I never get a good nights sleep unless I go to bed drunk or something.

Been having them for 20 years now. Seen the demons, spiders (hate those), floating heads etc, inanimate objects just floating around, the ceiling completely crashing in, heck last night the ceiling appeared futuristic/mechanical style and a 1m square eery thing just very slowly hovers over to the corner and slots up in, it was even omitting an orange light from the middle. These days I just watch, most times calmly, trying to assess it from a third person perspective (if that makes sense). I went through many years of jumping up and attacking the things I saw (Dragonball Z influence), still very occasionally do. But after I hit them reality comes back and the setting fades away but quite slowly.
Honestly I experience none of those causes that are supposed to lead to this problem, none. I'm very healthy, eat right, exercise, take no pills, don't drink or smoke and get at least 8 hours sleep a night. Also contrary to what many of these articles say I don't freak out when it happens. Initial fear is always there but it's more intrigue mostly. I even ask my wife laying next to me if she can see whats going on. She gets angry at me waking her up - AND YES WE ARE TALKING TO EACH OTHER CALMLY DURING THE "NIGHT TERROR" - ONCEMORE CONTRADICTING WHAT THE 'EXPERTS' REPORT. i'm 38 and it happens almost every night, in fact I've grown suspicious of it and want to go deeper. Longest I've managed is around 30 seconds. I want more, none of it shocks me anymore, it actually more ****** me off these days. I want controll over it or at least to interact more productively with it for longer. Sometimes I raise up carefully and try to catch whatever it is, but very carefully, I got it once but the dam setting faded off before I could observe better. Anyone feeling me on this???

This is similar to what I've dealt with since I was 8, I'm now 21. I have vivid horrifying dreams of things I've never seen or heard about and I remember every detail. I also see things during the day and night that terrify me from going into other rooms. I've neveret someone else with what I have.

My Son suffered from severe Night Terrors, & was seeing ppl at the end of his bed, Infact one night he said there were a couple of people around his bed & had lifted the bed up when he came running down to tell me, but when i consoled him at the end of his dramatic experience he looked me in the eye & said wheres my mum? Your not my mum & ran away. He would rarely remember what happened the next day. He has just turned 17 and he still awakes through the night, but at least he's really awake!!

I have NTS and it is terrifying. I have had visions of people standing at the foot of my bed, screaming heads in my face. An old man with wild hair and a long beard screaming in my face. This happened while I was on vacation. I have had visions of a rifle pointed in my face. Have had visions of a man sitting in the chair across from me in the living room. For a long time, they went away, but are back now, and I hate feeling like I am afraid to go to sleep at night. I feel like they are trying to tell me something, they almost always seem to want to communicate. My massage therapist said not to be afraid and to listen to what they want, but I usually lose sight of them after I stop screaming. I wish I knew what caused them, and wish that I knew if this was a medical condition or a paranormal issue.

I have a feeling your psychic and see dead spirits. They know you see them so they try to communicate with you but become very angry when you get scared and scream and not respond. Maybe next time you should ask them what they want.

I am 28 years old and I have night terrors frequently. Its hard to say how many over the space of a year as I only remember the very vivid episodes, but I have at least 10 a year. They generally involve this impending sense of dread, as if something, someone is abducting me. The last one I had was quite intense as I hallucinated (a possessed child was attacking me at the foot of my bed, sort of running at me and I was screaming at it to stop.) <br />
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The most common hallucination is some sort of spider or giant bug crawling on my face or pillow. It generally takes me about 10 seconds to realize I am seeing things, but those 10 seconds are excruciatingly terrifying. Sometimes I can't put my head back on the pillow for fear of this bug / roach / spider being nearby and I just have to tell myself it wasn't real. When I wake up shouting I always say the same thing, something along the lines of "No, Stop Please" or "Get the **** off me/ Get away from me..." I am generally trying to stop the thing from coming at me. Intense stuff.<br />
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I also sleep walk on occasion and have rather violent sort of aggressive episodes where I shout, cry, hit things, thrash about my room. I don't remember any of these episodes, but I have been told about them by house mates, partners etc. I had my dormitory school mates relay the episodes to me when I was at school. I have had them all my life, my childhood ones were much more intense as I can remember running around the garden screaming, half asleep half awake. <br />
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I think there is also a connection between what I eat and the night terrors sleep walking. I seem to have severe sleep walking episodes after eating a lot of red meat. I like to sleep with the light on as well as I can't recall having a night terror with the lights on. It is just something I have to live with and it doesn't bother me, I would love to be monitored by scientists at one of the sleep study centers as I would very much like to see myself on a video monitor, to see what I do, particularly with the more violent sleep walking as I never remember.

I am 31 and since I was a young child, I would have night terrors, screaming and terror stricken! I also had sleep paralisis since I was a young child. Today, at age 31, I still have the same problems. They have become more aware to me and worse. My sleep partner is awakened and disturbed by my screaming, muttering, trying to scream and cursing. I yell, and fight and say crude words, like "F--- You!" Or "You stupid B----!" At times I am trying to scream and nothing comes out. I try to wake myself up by trying to scream, but it takes forever to wake up! I don't really know what to do about this. I know that in 2000 I was diagnosed as Bipolar and Panic Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, and ADD. I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but I also had a complete hysterectomy when I was 25 and I don't take any hormones. I hate this. I don't sleep walk, but the terrors, talking, etc... is embarrassing to me. My family has heard me. My Grandpa once woke me up, telling me that I had such a blood curddling scream, that he thought I was being attacked in my sleep by an intruder. ANYWAY! You are all not alone in this. And I am glad to finally know that I am not alone. For years, all I saw was info on child night terrors. FINALLY something for adults too.

wow...Glad to find all of you...this is frightening stuff and really wonder how much is medical and what may be paranormal...I have joined this group and if anyone on here would read my story and let me know what you think I would appreciate it....Much love to all of you and hang in there...:)

I am so thankful I found this site! Everything I just read completely discribes my experiences and how I feel. I once had a therapist ask me "So which one is it..do you dream of spiders or demons?"<br />
When I answered all of them she, in so many words, called me a liar.

I used to have night terrors when i was a child. It was like having numbers inside my brain, impossible mathematical operations that would kill me if I didnt fix them fast. I had that feeling that something really bad was going on. It was like an impossible task to achieve. Difficult to explain.<br />
I know this is hereditary. My siblings, my mother and her family suffered it too.<br />
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Sometimes I use to have sleep paralysis since 21 years aprox. Now it seems to be less. It is another scary thing in were I wake up (but in reality my body still sleeping) because I think someone is attacking me. I want to scream out of fear but I have no voice. I want to move but I cant move a muscle.

My wife experiences night terrors on a regular basis. The first time that it occurred was shortly after we were married, and I think that I was more terrified than her... In fact, she had no recollection of the ordeal, whatsoever.<br />
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Over the years, I've been able to sort of study her, and this baffling phenomenon. Most of the time, she has no recollection of the occurrence, though one thing is for certain and that's that there is no perfect play guide to night terrors. Even after all these years, she'll still occasionally surprise me. Many times over, however, there are recurring themes - such as spiders, snakes, or creepy people in the room.<br />
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When she does remember the night terror, she helps me understand the experience from her perspective and I can relate it to the behavior that I've witnessed.<br />
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As I've mentioned, her night terrors often include people, bugs, or snakes in the room. Sometimes, she'll be frantically trying to save me from one of them, or she'll be trying to get away from them whilst physically tearing apart the bed.<br />
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One intriguing difference that I've seen between her night terrors and my regular nightmares, is that 99.9% of the time, my dreams occur in a completely fabricated environment - be it a haunted house, a spooky forest, or whatever. In contrast, her night terrors nearly always occur in the setting of our room as it appears with the lights on. She is keenly aware of the room, and can even move about it in the pitch black as though the lights are on.<br />
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Something else I've noticed - contrary to what I'd been told about night terrors - is that, while she's having the night terror, I can often communicate with her and receive a reply! Interestingly, her replies are almost always angry and snappy, and even more interestingly, as soon as she snaps out of it, she totally changes back into her normal disposition and happily snuggles in, completely unaware that the whole event even happened. On an eerie note, it conjures memories of the exorcist - only without the spinning heads.<br />
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After awhile, her night terrors became almost predictable. I would often just lay there and wait for her to snap out, then call her back to bed. However, recently, she surprised me and entered a new "tier" of night terrors that I had not previously witnessed. I'd seen her climb down a ladder in pitch black night with a nine month pregnant belly as if it were easy. I'd seen her shred the blankets and jump up on the bed at the ready screaming at unseen bugs. I've had her try to drag me off the bed to save me from evil orbs. I've had her tear through the house shouting curses at some floating faces, and snap angrily at me when I asked what she saw, only to snap out of it second later and be totally happy, wondering why she was in the living room. <br />
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This and many other things I'd witnessed, but this new thing has me somewhat perplexed. She has started speaking strange languages. I don't mean that she blabbers gibberish, like a child, or slurs like a drunk... I mean she speaks fluid, elegant sounding statements, with polished inflections, in some strange language. In the waking world it is impossible for her to roll an "R" sound. Not so in her night terror. The language usually sounds somewhere between French and Russian, but there are no recognizable words, as far as I know.<br />
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I want to record her, but she's shy about her night terrors, and even angry and embarrassed that she has them - even though I've been totally supportive and positive about the whole ordeal. She doesn't speak like that every night, and sometimes she'll just shout out a single word, or sometimes a word followed by a statement, like she's calling out to someone. Usually, she wakes me out of a deep sleep and I can never remember what she said, or how she said it. Recently, I caught her calling out, repeatedly, "Estra! Estra!" (With the inflection on the "r" sound. She followed it with a long clear string of words, I couldn't understand, and couldn't remember.<br />
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A couple of times now, she has remembered calling out in her night terror, but she says that she was yelling in English. What I heard was NOT English, nor was it some muddled sounding gibberish.<br />
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It's all very fascinating to me, and even though I tend to think it a mere medical condition, I'm sometimes left scratching my head, going, "HMmmmm... I almost wonder if there's more to this than we think..."

I have suffered from night terrors ever since i was about 6, i am now 23. i must say though, they have gotten a bit better as i have gotten older. For example when i was younger i would scream the house down pretty much every night, i would see scorpions, spiders, animals, you name it i've seen it! it would scare me so much that my heart would beat so loudly i could hear it in my head and i would sweat. If i ever watched a scary film, i would see images of it almost the whole night through, and no matter who was telling me it wasn't real, to me it was very real!! I still wake up a lot of the time now and see all sorts, the most common thing i see is people stood outside my window and i would wake up and just stare, it was as if i couldn't move, then i would somehow snap myself out of it, i have no idea how though. I get myself so scared at night because i can never tell whats real and what isn't. People who have commented on this website are dead right, if you say you 'think' you've had a a night terror, believe me, if you've had one you will definitely know! I can't explain everything that has happened to me as i don't have enough room to write, but what i can say is that it is very frightening, even more so when you are on your own at night. Its great to hear about other peoples experiences, at least i know i am not the only one!!

I used to have night terrors, and just resently started having sleep paralysis. <br />
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When you are tired, and you get that fear sensation, and then just cant move, that is sleep paralysis (obviously). when it happens to me it last like 10-30 seconds and i feel like i am trying to move my legs so hard, but nothing. Then I finally do and snap out of it real quick. freaky thing is it will happen like 5,6, sometimes 7 in a row before i can actually fall asleep. I read up on it and it isn't really bad or a side affect of something more serious, its usually just bad sleep schedules or anxiety.<br />
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Night terrors on the other hand were horrible. Right before it would happen I would have a thought on some impossible task. example (fitting a 300 pound man into a key hole. Then I would "wake up" partially but reality would be distorted. Pillows and blankets felt like porcupines, my bed would appear to be twice as big, tehn twice as small. Time felt like it sped up. I would count (with my eyes closed as slow as humanly possible but i would get to ten in what felt like 2 seconds. Plus this overwhelming fear of death, or wanting to die so the night terror would end. One time I rammed my head into the wall at full force 3 times in a row and it didn't faze me or snap me out of it. <br />
After I went through puberty it stopped. After about 3 years it happened 3 more times in a 2 year span and each time i could grasp reality a little better until one time it happened, i sat there calmed myself down and it went away.<br />
I was the same way when it came to sleeping with someone or the tv on, and for some reason, I never had one when I slept on a couch.<br />
BY FAR one of the most frightening, hard to explain, experiences ever.<br />
there are some people out there who say they "THINK" they have had a night terror, but trust me, you will know if you have had one

I used to have night terrors, and just resently started having sleep paralysis. <br />
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When you are tired, and you get that fear sensation, and then just cant move, that is sleep paralysis (obviously). when it happens to me it last like 10-30 seconds and i feel like i am trying to move my legs so hard, but nothing. Then I finally do and snap out of it real quick. freaky thing is it will happen like 5,6, sometimes 7 in a row before i can actually fall asleep. I read up on it and it isn't really bad or a side affect of something more serious, its usually just bad sleep schedules or anxiety.<br />
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Night terrors on the other hand were horrible. Right before it would happen I would have a thought on some impossible task. example (fitting a 300 pound man into a key hole. Then I would "wake up" partially but reality would be distorted. Pillows and blankets felt like porcupines, my bed would appear to be twice as big, tehn twice as small. Time felt like it sped up. I would count (with my eyes closed as slow as humanly possible but i would get to ten in what felt like 2 seconds. Plus this overwhelming fear of death, or wanting to die so the night terror would end. One time I rammed my head into the wall at full force 3 times in a row and it didn't faze me or snap me out of it. <br />
After I went through puberty it stopped. After about 3 years it happened 3 more times in a 2 year span and each time i could grasp reality a little better until one time it happened, i sat there calmed myself down and it went away.<br />
I was the same way when it came to sleeping with someone or the tv on, and for some reason, I never had one when I slept on a couch.<br />
BY FAR one of the most frightening, hard to explain, experiences ever.<br />
there are some people out there who say they "THINK" they have had a night terror, but trust me, you will know if you have had one

I too have night terrors. I am only 17, and have had them since i was around the age of 5-6. At least, that's as far back as i can remember having them... It's so strange, and it is completely paralysing - both physically and mentally - to know that you are definately awake, yet all of these things are occuring which would be much more befitting of a nightmare. Due to these, i do not sleep, i do not rest, i can't be in a room without having the light on as soon as it gets dusk, i have to have some sounds - radio, tv, or music... I hear things as well as seeing them... I've tried all sorts to overcome them, but nothing has worked so far... And, yes, you do kind of get used to it... in a strange, this-isn't-the-first-time-this=has-happened-and-i-know-none-of-it-is-real-but-what-the-heck-i'm-still-gunna-scream-because-once-again-i'm-terrified-and-i-can't-move way... IF you get what i mean by that... if anyone's wanting to talk, wanting some advice or has some advice to offer about coping with this, then please don't hesitate to contact me.

pink, the same thing always happens to me. i get terrified, so i try to scream but i always feel like i have no voice, it only comes out as a dry rasp so i keep screaming hoping it will get loud enough for someone to hear, or if i am actually conscious that it is a night terror (which never reduces that amount of fear i feel) that it will wake me up. when people hear me, though, they always say i had been screaming or moaning, so maybe me perception of my own voice when i am having them is wrong.<br />
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good, i have also seen things. different things, usually people. once, a man sitting and watching me, another time a girl like the one from the ring. i woke up from that and even in my waking state when i turned my head to the side i saw a girl with black hair crouching and looking at me. i sat bolt upright at that point, wide awake, ready to run out of the room if i looked back and still saw her. but it was gone. i also once saw my room all lit up with these thin glowing wires that covered the walls line veins.<br />
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i also tend to have them more when i am stressed or haven't been getting good sleep. for example, my first semester of college, according to my roommate, i had them all the time. she said almost every night - that may have been a bit of an exaggeration but it was probably a few times a week, at least. it was also weird because i usually remember when i have them, and at that time i did not.<br />
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anyway, if you ever want to talk about this, feel free to message me. i know it have be a really unnerving experience.

I've suffered from night terrors since I was a teenager. They have gotten worse. I'm 27 now and they are unbearable. I used to dream of someone chasing me and would scream for my mother...over the years I've begun screaming uncontrollably....I want to scream in my dream but I feel as if I've lost my voice...sometimes I feel like there's a presence speaking to me and I have to get away...It's so scary...but it also scares the people around me.

people m so glad to find u guyz ... i just cant sleep at nights all alone ... i dont that i dont share a room with a roommate ... i sleep all alone ... but i keep the light on and TV on .... every night .... <br />
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i feel exactly the same like firenice described ... i do not have hallucinations ... but i just imagine that something would happen ... like ghosts ... n m soo scared ....<br />
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if anyone can help ... plz do tell me something tht would help ....

That's not crazy. Paralysis is actually quite normal with Night Terrors. A persons heart can beat up to 170 bpm when in this state. I hope you never have them again!

I too have night terrors. I think the main reason why I have never managed to stay single for long is because I can not sleep by myself. I feel like if there is someone there, they will somehow keep me safe. When I did sleep alone, I slept with a light on and the TV on. <br />
I think the strangest and scariest thing that has happened (on numerous occasions) is I will be completely awake, and have a sort of dark and evil sensation sweep over me and i will want to move or cry out for someone and my body feels like it's paralyzed. I can't move a muscle, I cant open my eyes, I cant cry out. It lasts for several minutes til I'm at a point where my heart starts beating so fast and I am drenched in sweat, then I just kind of snap out of it. I know it sounds crazy, but it happens and it is terrifying.