Sleep Paralysis. Scary or mere mind games?
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    I'm a sufferer of sleep paralysis every now and then but it mostly happens when I fall asleep on my back. The experience is usually very terrifying and most often I can't go back to sleep after it occurs. I avoid it by mostly not falling asleep on my back. Is there some evil force behind such experiences or is it just our minds playing tricks on us? Also it would be interesting to see what other people experience when they have sleep paralysis. Share your experience in the comment. 

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    Posted on 21:58:18 - 22/07/17 (1 year ago)
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    I too am a sufferer of this. I have been experiencing this on and off for 16yrs.

    Mine is usually triggered by sleep deprivation and stress. It often starts with a ringing or buzzing in my ears followed by what I can only describe as whispers but I can never make out what is actually being said.

    Then comes the feeling of cold hands touching me. At this point panic kicks in and I try to force myself awake. Only being able to see around the room but not move I also see a single shadowy figure moving just out the corner of my eye.

    Sometimes just having a bad episode can make me sleep deprived and even more anxious to sleep the following night which in turn makes the next episode even worse. Luckily I dont have these every night like some people do. Its comforting to know someone else is out there understanding this condition.

    With regards to evil forces, I try to stick to the scientific explanations. I think if I were to start believing evil forces were at work, I wouldnt want to sleep ever again.

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    Posted on 23:00:10 - 22/07/17 (1 year ago)
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    I used to be terrified of sleeping as a teenager. My sister and I both had horrible bouts of sleep paralysis, night terrors and sleep walking when we were 16-20odd.

    The whispering that khaos mentions rings true for me, one of the scariest ones that I remember was of a load of voices whispering words I couldn't make out. After a while I could hear them saying "can he hear us?" And the voices were getting agitated. Then one really loud one came close and hissed "He can hear us!" ****ed me up good and proper that did.

    A technique I read about which I never managed to use was to wiggle a small toe or or finger. Focus all your energy on moving something on your body and hopefully that will snap you out of it. 

    I never maintained enough composure to do that and would most often be woken up with a quick slap from my poor twin brother who never once had this kind of shit. Apparently during my night terrors, I'd leap out of my bunk bed and screech like a ****ing eagle while throwing the furniture in our room about. Haha.

    I don't believe in any dark meaning behind them. I would put them down to an overactive imagination to be honest. I seems to have grown out of it all now, my wife says I still have my moments of crying out at night but no running around with my arms flailing. I wouldn't recommend sleeping pills or anything by the way, if you can avoid them. Always make me feel like shit the next day.

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    Posted on 23:16:21 - 22/07/17 (1 year ago)
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    I've have it now and then, haven't found a way to avoid them but holding my breath always wakes me up within a couple seconds so they never last long for me.

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    Posted on 23:22:13 - 22/07/17 (1 year ago)
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    I used to be terrified of sleeping as a teenager. My sister and I both had horrible bouts of sleep paralysis, night terrors and sleep walking when we were 16-20odd.

    The whispering that khaos mentions rings true for me, one of the scariest ones that I remember was of a load of voices whispering words I couldn't make out. After a while I could hear them saying "can he hear us?" And the voices were getting agitated. Then one really loud one came close and hissed "He can hear us!" ****ed me up good and proper that did.

    A technique I read about which I never managed to use was to wiggle a small toe or or finger. Focus all your energy on moving something on your body and hopefully that will snap you out of it. 

    I never maintained enough composure to do that and would most often be woken up with a quick slap from my poor twin brother who never once had this kind of shit. Apparently during my night terrors, I'd leap out of my bunk bed and screech like a ****ing eagle while throwing the furniture in our room about. Haha.

    I don't believe in any dark meaning behind them. I would put them down to an overactive imagination to be honest. I seems to have grown out of it all now, my wife says I still have my moments of crying out at night but no running around with my arms flailing. I wouldn't recommend sleeping pills or anything by the way, if you can avoid them. Always make me feel like shit the next day.

    It must be very unsettling to watch someone go through an episode of sleep paralysis. A friend of mine from years back (a few months after it started happening) said I looked like I was having a seizure. Fingers and toes twitching (im assuming thats the part I am trying desperately to snap out of it) and my eyes were rolling around in my sockets.

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    Posted on 23:02:53 - 05/08/17 (1 year ago)
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    I doubt the evil forces behind this but people who experience this are advised not to sleep alone so they can get help when needed.

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    Posted on 22:31:51 - 06/08/17 (1 year ago)
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    I've experienced sleep paralysis a few times, and posted my stories in an older thread. While I don't necessarily believe it's a strictly paranormal phenomenon, the shared "hallucination" of the old hag/witch makes me wonder. I'm sure there's a scientific explanation for most/all of it, but I've yet to find a satisfying explanation as to why so many of us see the exact same thing.

    I've seen the hag. I want to know why I saw the hag, and what it means, because I didn't just see the hag. The hag saw me.

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    Posted on 16:00:37 - 07/08/17 (1 year ago)
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    I'm a sufferer of sleep paralysis every now and then but it mostly happens when I fall asleep on my back. The experience is usually very terrifying and most often I can't go back to sleep after it occurs. I avoid it by mostly not falling asleep on my back. Is there some evil force behind such experiences or is it just our minds playing tricks on us? Also it would be interesting to see what other people experience when they have sleep paralysis. Share your experience in the comment. 

    I've experienced this multiple times in my life and it's a terrifying feeling. I believe it has something to do with a Demonic presence but I'm not %100 on that. That's just my belief

     

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    I've experienced sleep paralysis a few times, and posted my stories in an older thread. While I don't necessarily believe it's a strictly paranormal phenomenon, the shared "hallucination" of the old hag/witch makes me wonder. I'm sure there's a scientific explanation for most/all of it, but I've yet to find a satisfying explanation as to why so many of us see the exact same thing.

    I've seen the hag. I want to know why I saw the hag, and what it means, because I didn't just see the hag. The hag saw me.

    The Night Hag has been around for centuries. Even across different countries and beliefs, she still exists. Though I try and steer clear of these beliefs, and stick to good old reasonable thought, it often makes me wonder...

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_hag

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    The Night Hag has been around for centuries. Even across different countries and beliefs, she still exists. Though I try and steer clear of these beliefs, and stick to good old reasonable thought, it often makes me wonder...

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_hag

    Yeah, I had read up on it a bit and it really spooked me. I had never heard of her before I experienced it for myself. In fact, I didn't know she was a recurring theme until I saw Dead Awake (or parts of it...) and decided to do a bit of digging.

    2spooky m8

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    -Khaos- [2063067]

    The Night Hag has been around for centuries. Even across different countries and beliefs, she still exists. Though I try and steer clear of these beliefs, and stick to good old reasonable thought, it often makes me wonder...

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_hag

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    Yeah, I had read up on it a bit and it really spooked me. I had never heard of her before I experienced it for myself. In fact, I didn't know she was a recurring theme until I saw Dead Awake (or parts of it...) and decided to do a bit of digging.

    2spooky m8

    I haven't seen Dead Awake yet. Im still yet to pluck up the courage to.

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    I haven't seen Dead Awake yet. Im still yet to pluck up the courage to.

    I haven't watched the whole thing yet. I just poked through a few scenes to check the video quality, and to see exactly how low-budget it is. Eventually I'll watch the whole thing.

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    Posted on 15:48:21 - 27/08/17 (1 year ago)
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    I'd say I suffer from sleep paralysis, but I dont suffer, I actively set up the conditions for it to occur a couple times a week. I've found laying on my back on a couch for a nap with my knees on the arm rest and feet hanging down will induce a sleep paralysis > 80% of the time. I enjoy these states, as well as how easy it is to transfer from a sleep paralysis to lucid dreaming state. Am I the only one? Am I crazy?

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    I'd say I suffer from sleep paralysis, but I dont suffer, I actively set up the conditions for it to occur a couple times a week. I've found laying on my back on a couch for a nap with my knees on the arm rest and feet hanging down will induce a sleep paralysis > 80% of the time. I enjoy these states, as well as how easy it is to transfer from a sleep paralysis to lucid dreaming state. Am I the only one? Am I crazy?

    That's not the sleep paralysis we're talking about.

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    Posted on 15:44:08 - 04/09/17 (1 year ago)
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    I both 'suffer' from sleep paralysis- where I think i am awake, but everythings weird, i can get out of bed with tremendous effort, then i get whooshed back to my body again-  completely paralysed and unable to emit even the smallest sound. It can be terrifying, and feel like it will never end. 

    Area51, i do similar- meditations etc.  to induce lucid dreaming/ OOBE/ Astral travel and have experienced these as mostly pleasant, unlike sleep paralysis.

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    Posted on 03:01:47 - 13/09/17 (1 year ago)
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    If I'm unable to transfer states, I'll admit it can be frightening, but I still enjoy it, like a scary movie.

    Any of you habitually eat a couple of table spoons of peanut butter before bed? It'll make any dreams you have much more vivid, intense, and easier to remember in the morning. It's like it turns the dream up to '11' as it were

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    Posted on 07:50:39 - 21/09/17 (1 year ago)
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    I had this on and off for 5 years. And now, for last 3-4 years, I haven't had any of these episodes. 
    Just take an average of 6 hours sleep. Don't oversleep and try sleeping on your bad. 
    Chances are, you have a comparatively superficial artery system. I.e. your arteries are closer to the skin than normal. 
    Now while it's not a danger, Sleeping awkwardly (that is in awkward positions) can reduce the amount of blood going to brains. 
    And since you are already asleep the brain reduces your body functions starting with the ones you don't need, so as to save energy and not burn out, natural process don't worry. But soon it reaches the option of temporarily shutting your motor/reflexive abilities. 
    But if you continue to block the blood flow and brain doesn't receive as much oxygen as need, it wakes you up in cold sweat. 
    Wake up, relax, take deep breaths, drink a glass of normal water, and relax. Or drink a glass of water in the morning.

    And you waking up to this event is usually uncommon, cause this happens to a lot of people who sleep through it. 

    In short, it's nothing serious to be concerned about. But make sure you spread your legs, and sleep in a good way. 
    Refer internet. 

    Also as a forenote, it might be a good time to invest in better mattresses, you would require a good quality, soft mattress. 


    Sources : My entire family consists of doctors and engineers. 

    Last edited by Cynide on 07:52:36 - 21/09/17

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    Posted on 08:22:32 - 30/09/17 (1 year ago)
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    I've had night terrors all my life theyre a bit different than sleep paralysis but they're just as terrifying. I've been woken up in the middle of the night by friends or family or my boyfriend looking frantic asking me if I'm okay I'd wake up in different places in the house in tears I'd hit myself and talk in my sleep 

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    -Area51- [312782]

    If I'm unable to transfer states, I'll admit it can be frightening, but I still enjoy it, like a scary movie.

    Any of you habitually eat a couple of table spoons of peanut butter before bed? It'll make any dreams you have much more vivid, intense, and easier to remember in the morning. It's like it turns the dream up to '11' as it were

    Seriously? o.O

    *puts down the jar of peanut butter*

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    Posted on 18:42:49 - 03/10/17 (1 year ago)
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    I've had sleep paralysis before, and most of the time it happens when I'm lying on my back, but don't worry hallucinations like that are normal.

    The mind cuts it's link to the body, so that you don't accidentally go around acting out your dreams and hurting yourself. Sometimes your brain is still awake when this happens, which tends to occur for a variety of reasons. So basically, you're mind is semi-awake so you're technically dreaming when you hallucinate.

    The shared hallucination of a witch/hag is mostly due to different cultural perceptions and anything else is mostly due to being influenced by reading about this kind of stuff.

     Don't worry sleep paralysis, while not 'normal', isn't paranormal. Just do your best to snap out of it in the way that people have suggested.

     I've learned over time to snap out of sleep paralysis and nightmares almost immediately, although I rarely get nightmares anymore.