Do you have Sleep Paralysis: The Old Hag Syndrome Explained

Is the old hag responsible for your sleep problems?
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Have You Been Bewitched?

Sleep Paralysis is a condition in which a person is unable to move. He or she senses the presence of an entity just before falling asleep or just after waking up.

The problem with sleep paralysis is that many people do not understand and don't want to believe that they have this condition. Instead what they do believe is that they are being abducted by aliens or being possessed by an evil spirit. This is how it got the name "Old Hag Syndrome". But is there really an old witch doing this.

For years, this sleep disorder was not understood by science and there is a lot which still needs to be explained. But one thing is clear; this Old Hag Syndrome has nothing to do with an old hag or witch. It is just sleep paralysis.

Take a look at these statements and find out if you have ever experienced an episode of sleep paralysis.

Has this ever happened to you?

You have just hit the pillow. And you find yourself unable to move.

You wake up and find yourself unable to move.

You try to scream, but as hard as you may try, the best you can maybe do is murmur a little.

You try very hard to move your arms and legs. Even after trying your best, you are not able to move any part of your body. Or the best you are able to do is wiggle your toes or fingers.

Why Does This Happen?

If you think the old witch has put a spell on you and has you totally under her control, you are absolutely wrong.

Inability to move is the main symptom of sleep paralysis.

Here’s what happens. As most of us know, we dream during the deep REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep. During this stage, the brain turns off most of its body’s muscle function. This is done to prevent a person from actually acting out his/her dreams.

This way dreams remain dreams and don’t become actions. This is called muscular atonia. It basically means that the body becomes temporarily paralyzed.

However, sometimes when we wake up during REM sleep, the brain does not come out of the dream state. This is what leads to sleep paralysis. So the person is conscious but is unable to move. Beiieve me, it’s not because the old hag has cast a spell on you.

Have you experienced these symptoms?

As you find yourself unable to move, you experience some or all of these strange sensations:

You feel the presence of something or someone who is closely watching or monitoring you.

You see a shadow or a black and cloudy entity floating near you or hovering above you.

You are unable to breathe and you feel as if someone or something is trying to choke you.

You feel a pressure on your chest. It feels like someone has put a very heavy thing on your chest or as if someone is sitting on your chest.

You feel as if someone is trying to pin you to your bed. As if a strong force is trying to hold you down.

You feel as if someone is trying to drag you out of your bed. You are floating in the air. Or you are having an out-of-body experience.

Why does it happen?

So, you really think that the old witch is responsible for making you float in the air? Please don't because here is what actually happens.

If you have had any of these experiences, it just means that you are having hallucinations. These hallucinations are known as hypnagogic and hypnopompic.

As mentioned before, sleep paralysis occurs when your brain is still in a dream state. You are conscious but unable to move. So you are in a half-asleep and half-awake state.

You wake up and you find yourself unable to move. Since you are unable to move, a sense of fear and anxiety takes over you. This is, of course, quite obvious considering that you feel that you have lost all control over your body. The natural reaction of the brain, which is still dreaming, is to panic.

Combined with your past beliefs and the brain’s dreaming state, this sense of impending danger takes the form of hallucinations. In reality, there is nothing there. No witch and no demon. So, you still think that it was witch which was sitting on your chest?

How to get rid of the old hag syndrome

So what should you do if you have had these episodes of sleep paralysis? If they occur way too often, they may be associated with disorders such as narcolepsy in which the individual suffers from excessive daytime sleepiness.

If these are isolated episodes, then there isn’t much to worry about. A regular sleeping schedule, getting around 8 hours of sleep, and keeping your stress under control will help. Also most of these episodes occur when the person is lying flat on his/her back. So sleep on your side.

Whether it’s a constant occurrence or an isolated episode, it is always a good idea to consult your physician about your sleep paralysis. A good physician who understands this phenomenon will be able to give you good advice and much needed assurance.

Remember, whatever others may tell you, there is no demon or witch trying to possess you. It's just simply sleep paralysis. Your sleep paralysis episodes are going to be worse, if you believe the old hag story. Also remember, that an episode may seem to last for hours, but in reality it actually only lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes.

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liss1979 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA (unfortunately)

Yes, I have this about once a week. It is very scary

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Lisa Wilks 7 years ago from El Cerrito, California

Yes, I have experienced sleep paralysis maybe half a dozen times in my life, when I was younger. It was fascinating to read what the actual cause was, and I appreciate this information, thanks.

Donna 7 years ago

this has been happening to me since I was a child. I do not believe its clinical. I here foot steps approaching my bed and then something leaps on to my back and i can't move or make a sound but I fight as hard as I can until they give up and leave. I have to stay awake for a awhile and then I can go back to sleep. I think its the devil trying to steal my sole or something like that.

Peter 7 years ago

The old hag syndrome is not a medical issue as too many people experience the same complex symptoms.

I have first hand experience with the issue and my wife will verify a black shadow above me as i struggled in my sleep to wake.

This condition can be tackled medically as can “voices in the head” but don't patronize your audience with tales of the brain in confusion etc. especially if a credible second person can verify sightings.

Rain 7 years ago

Aye aye Peter... I quite agree... I have this happen MANY times...

Michael 7 years ago

Peter, If I could contact you by email, that would be greatly appreciated. I wish to discuss this situation. You share my mindset completely.

Derrick 7 years ago

I experience this 4 times my entire life and I kind of believe what they are sayig but in my situation i actually hear them talking saying bad things.. i even experience a time where i was pinned down and he betrayed his voice into my grandmother because he knew i loved her the most and he kept saying let me in? let me in? i couldn't scream move or nothing my heart was going a million beats per secnond but eventually he found out i wasn't going to let him steal my soul i finnally call on Jesus and I woke up and my heart was back to normal... It happen again for the first time again 10/23/09 where a woman came one night and a man the next night they both tried to stick their hands in my mouth. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN????? email me please if u read this

Bradly 7 years ago

I have taken many psychology classes and am well associated with sleep paralysis. However, I am also a very spiritual person. One night when I was sitting on the couch watching television, I felt a dark presence enter the house and could see a sort of figure coming towards me from my left. The figure was cloudy in nature and some how it quickly came towards me and it was if it entered my chest. I was thrown flat on my back and could not move so much as a finger. My arms were straight by my side and it was if something was not only sitting on my chest, but my entire body. I am very aware of my surroundings and am not one to panic in any situation. I took note of the fact that I could feel myself being pushed into the couch. I remember feeling the soft material of the couch rubbing my skin and the pillow that was beside me falling to the floor. My friend was sleeping in the next room and I tried to call to him, but could only manage an unrecognizeable moan instead of his name. I fought and fought with everything that I could muster for what felt like forever when suddenly I was released. However, the shape had not left. It was hovering right above me and slowly began to move across the room toward the kitchen form which it came. I could still see the dark, cloudy figure, and watched as it went straight through the wall unscaved. For days I thought about the situation and couldn't seem to come to an answer. I'd written a research paper on sleep paralysis in school, I'd heard stories of the hag, and I had made up my mind that no such demon existed, but after that night, I'm not sure. I've never been one with problems sleeping. I do have dreams of things to come, and have had several situations in which I told my friend Stubbie something was going to happen and he was quite "freaked out" when it actually did, just as I had predicted. I'm not crazy. I don't think I was "abducted by aliens", but something did happen that night, and it wasn't merely sleep paralysis...

david stillwagon 7 years ago

I had heard of the old hag syndrome before but wasn't quite sure what it was. good explanation!

sergio 7 years ago

im so confuse this happens to me almost every week sometimes this happen 2 to 3 times a night, i feel like something is pushing in my chest like something trying to enter me, so when this happen i get scared and i cant talk or anything, but every time this happens in my mind i say god will protect and say that i wont give up no matter what, right after i say thos things in my head, it stop pushing and then im able to move again. i just don't know what to think, i need help contact me at my email

Alayanna Perez 7 years ago

I have experienced this old hag feeling. It is very scary. As of this day I still experience it. Most of the time I be scared to go to sleep or sleep by myself. If you just believe in God and forget about that old hag it is a possibility that it won't happen again. Just have faith.

matt 7 years ago

I have had this frequently since about the age of 9. I always believed that the people that thought they were actually dealing with entities (ETs, dimensional beings or otherwise) just did not understand their own minds very well. As the sleep paralysis continued into my 30s I had learned to fearlessly gain control of the experience and turn them into OBEs. The OBE experience is similar to the sleep paralysis in that the perceived world is a mixture of dream and reality. The main difference is that I am totally mobile (fly and go through or sit on walls) and the pressure,noise and ambient fear are gone. I have had this experience in unfamiliar physical settings where in the OBE I went into unknown rooms/spaces that I could later verify as reality the next day when awake. One of the most interesting things to do in this OBE state is to find a mirror and look at my reflection. I have no face just kind of vibrating skin that is somehow confusing to look at but I cannot explain how so. I don't know what the hell that is all about but I have never seen my face in the mirror in an OBE. It is ALWAYS the same. The rest of my body is perfectly normal- although I am floating. Clocks are also strange like this. Digital clocks just swirl and watches with hands are broken off and loose under the glass of the watch face. In this state I have also had prophetic type experiences but it is rare. So, as a result of all this, my views have radically changed on the otherworldly nature of sleep paralysis. Speaking of otherworldly, I started regularly seeing UFO about a year ago. I always thought UFOs were even more silly than I had previously thought taking SP entities as real. Now I know UFOS are real. I usually see stationary star sized flashes above my at 90 degrees or slightly lower. The flashes are randomly spaced and stay in the exact same spot for sometimes over 20 minutes- then just stop. So, because I am the same guy that has always experienced sleep paralysis, I am beginning to wonder if the sleep paralysis/alien abduction phenomenon is not an either or question. Instead both theories are needed to grasp the meaning of these experiences.

Dan 7 years ago

Its human nature to explain things away from the spirit level.I would like them to explain why we see the same thing? I had an experience with this thing once and that was enough!It was an old woman and it was up to no good!It really didn't want to kill me.It seemed to get stronger on my fear,and let me tell you it had enough to feed on.Its face was shriveled up and it had no eyes, like they had rotted away!It floated and smiled.Wicked and twisted....

fahim 6 years ago

I just had this experience. What is it?

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dafina 6 years ago

I just had this experience, and it wasn't the first time. I always call on Jesus and talk as if telling someone that Jesus is Lord and He will save me. I walways win whatever battle is going on because i scream to God and Jesus. i'd like to have an explanation from a Christian point of view. if anyone finds out forward them to me to

Joanne  6 years ago

i have had sleep paralysis before a few times in my life. I am in my mid 20's.

there was only one occasion where i thought i saw a white smokey figure - but it did not give me a bad feeling and i quickly got over the incident.

last night however, my experience of sleep paralysis for very different from the rest and it has left me thinking about it which is how i stumbled upon this website.

during my sleep paralysis - i felt extremely uneasy, i cannot pinpoint what it was but i was scared and tried to turn my bed side lamp on but as we all know, we are cannot move during this experience. after some attempts i dream that i fall off the bed.

the next part of my experience is that im back on my bed again. i look up and and there is a black shadow. instinctively without hesitating i challenge it to go away as if i knew it's evil. it was very instinctive. just like in the past where i instead saw a white figure and felt no fear at all.

i am eventually able to wake up properly.

reading this article i really do hope it is purely scientific.

kevin 6 years ago

Iv'e suffered from this horrible condition for nearly twenty years and am convinced it's NOT a medical condition.

On at least one occasion iv'e had something in my bed gripping hold of me every time i fell back to sleep and whenever i woke there was an evil oppressive smell in the bedroom that was so awful i had to leave the room ; my other family members have agreed theres a vile smell .

sometimes it smells like rotten cabbage or mouldy potatoes and other times like a gassy propane smell which also smells a bit like garlic, or sometimes mouldy pasta and rotten tomatoes . It's got that bad that recently iv'e resorted to using holy water whenever the smell comes and it soon vanishes , my son is witness to this phenomenon .

If i put holy water on my forehead i never suffer from these nightly visitations .

Often i get a feeling of pressure but also feel like i'm being pulled out of my body .Ive even vividly felt a boney hand gripping my wrist on several occasions.

Chanting mantras in my head gets rid of it straight away but whatever it is , it will come and get me when i'm least expecting it .

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kimh039 6 years ago

I didn't know there was a name for this experience or that other people had it. Understanding what it is, what causes it and how it happens is very helpful. I love the way you presented the information. Very well written.....and apparently a lot of people agree!

karenconway917 6 years ago

I like you have had this happen to me a lot in my life, my son heard me one night saying the our father and saying help me over and over he was 8 at the time and it scared him to death as well as myself,I have heard a lot of explained reasons that doctors believe, but I was horrified to sleep I went to a sleep clinic no help there. I believe something does hold you down i could not move my arms legs feet or anything. I still sleep with the light on and I am 53 now still a little scared at night, I feel better knowing there are others out there like me thank you for you stories

Christine Morey 6 years ago

Right now as I am typing this...I get the feeling as if someone is trying to choke me and its making it harder for me to breathe and I do not like it at all. I felt like this even during my end of pregnancy. I need some help into why this happens to me!

Kaitlyn 6 years ago

Does anyone feel an intense vibration while these figures are around you? I have had dreams in the past where i would try to speak and couldn't or my movements would be abnormally slow or to the point where i couldn't move at alll but now my dreams are including ghostly figures that either crawl onto my bed and sit on my back which feel like im being shaken only its an intense vibration feeling rather than a thrashing feeling. last night i had a dream that i was laying on my back and a dark figure of a man was hovering over my head holding onto my wrists. i tried to move and scream but couldn't and then once again i felt the vibration and a noise that sounded like a vacuum. i wasn't completely terrified in the dream but when i woke up i was hesitant to go back to sleep. i layed on my stomach and pulled the covers almost completely over my head and i was able to sleep with no reaccurance. my question to the scientific explaination is.. why would we all be dreaming of spirits holding us down or sitting on us, why not just be in a non-threatening setting such as in a park not being able to move or something like that. if it is purely scientific why do the dreams include spirit-like figures??

anonymous 6 years ago

but how is it that we all of the same hallucinations? many people perceive what is dangerous or frightening to them so why do many different communities who speak many different languages all over the world feel a presence in the room?

anon 6 years ago

ive had it a few times. i hear chanting in my ears and sometimes get bruises from it. once i even manage to free myself and i could feel its face when i pushed it away. i hope it is just a hallucination.

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lucieanne 6 years ago from Boston United Kingdom

There are some interesting explanations on you tube about this. I personally don't believe in the supernatural, there has to be a logical explanation for it. The mind plays a lot of tricks when we are at out most vulnerable. All it is is the brain shutting down the muscles before we drift off. or just before we are fully awake. There's nothing to be scared of. I get it myself and I've learned to control it.

The Story Teller 6 years ago

This topic has become the subject of my short stories. Hopefully more readers might recognize some familiar characteristics and share their experiences too.

rose 6 years ago

I started getting (Sleep Paralysis) when I was 17 years old. My first experience I actually thought I was awake as I could hear my radio on and the next thing I knew I had a young girl wispering in my ear telling me not to open my eyes other wise she would make me suffer she said she would count to 5 and if i didn't try to open my eyes she would hurt me. I was scared but stubborn and I decided to see what she would do, well she jumped on my chest and I could not breath properly this made me rethink my situation so when she repeated to me to open my eyes after 5 secs I did and I saw her fly out the window. I then realised I was awake as the place was silent and the radio was off. Whatever it was was evil and laughing during this process and I do want to believe it has something to do with the "brain" but how can you explain the fact that I saw her face!

I have also experienced a time where I thought I was awake but could not move and I Knew what was happening becouse I have these experiences all the time, I was not afraid instead I embraced it and saw 2 young spirts flying around the room playing when I started to say a verse from the bible I woke up straight away. Another time I heard the door bell ring so I tried to get up but could not move I realised then I was going through another experience. I then heard the toilet flush and 2 people standing by my bed when I tried to move I could not but somehow I was able to move onto my back to see my grandfathers face looking at me. the next thing I knew someone was hugging me (my grandmother) by then I was getting scared as both had passed away once I got scared I woke up. I have also been touched unappropriately during these episodes during other times so how can science explain this? I really do want to believe that it is something that science can explain but I have had good experiences aswell as bad, I suffer from these a lot but I have learnt to deal with them I never knew other people went through the same thing its good to know that Im not the only believer out there and I can make sense (sort of) of what's going on...

Dean 6 years ago

a couple weeks ago i was lying in bed, still awake but trying to fall asleep, and i heard someone walking. then it felt as if whatever was walking actually sat on the bed. i could actually hear the noise that a bed makes when someone gets on it and i also felt weight of something in my bed so im not sure if i was hallucinating or not. then it felt as if someone had a grip on my neck and was trying to choke me. this type of thing has happened to me before except nothing tried to choke me. just sharing cuz i didn't know this was a common thing to happen to people but it scared the shit out of me and i don't even believe in ghosts or anything like that.

tcinthahouse 6 years ago

I have experienced what seems to be sleep paralysis on numerous occasions. It tends to happen a lot of times after I have eaten something sweet and fall asleep shortly thereafter. The experience of 'sleep paralysis'(if that's the case) is very frightening and seems to always have some kind of plot to it. What I mean by that is most times I always seem to be awake within a dream, however still unable to move, unable to talk, and sometimes difficulty in breathing. During this state I feel the want/desire to just close my eyes and go to sleep, but I fear that it will in fact be the end of me and I may never wake up. I never let my eyes close within this state but I fight hard to try to get a handle on my body so that I will wake up by a slight movement or something. Eventually I feel like my effort worked and I do wake up, but of course after the experience I am reluctant to go back to sleep. During the fighting and waking up process, I feel myself going through different stages in slow motion it seems. For example, I may manage to move a finger slightly, then a hand, and so on, all in slow motion until I finally awake. Another occasion of 'sleep paralysis' I seem to be completely aware of my surrounding. For example; one morning I woke up and was awake for about 30 to 45 mins watching a movie, there was a fan going in the room also. I dozed off and dreamed I was at a baseball game, I was about to sit on the bleachers and I slipped and was falling but about to catch myself and I awoke to non-movement however I saw everything that was happening in the movie that I fell asleep on and the curtains were moving from the fan being on. I was aware of all of these things but I was unable to move, I called out to my cousin (he was the only other person home) but my voice sounded raspy and very very faint. I later asked if he heard me, he didn't. That was the very first time I had experienced it and I too thought there where evil spirits lurking and what not, but now that it happens more often I'm not sure if that's still the case. Perhaps I should do a sleep study or something, because it happened again last_night-this morning. First I went to sleep late about 4am or so. I dreamed I was in another room but I couldn't move and everything was telling (psychologically) to just go fall asleep because within the dream and paralysis state I felt really sleepy and just wanted to close my eyes and sleep. Still I felt if I do this, it would be the end of me therefore I fought through it until I woke up in reality. When I awoke parts of my body where numb, my arms fingers shoulder. I was really sleepy when I awoke in reality and nervous to go back to sleep. This time I could not fight it, I dozed back off and the soon experienced the same thing. This happened a total of three times within a two hour span. On the third one I was awake in my room and fighting to move, trying so hard not to fall asleep, it was so tough fighting the sleep, but I managed. Still during this time I was just facing the wall my mouth was open and I felt my body just shutting down I seriously thought I was a goner. I was just praying I wake up and get out of the state I was in. I finally woke up and I'm not going back to sleep at the moment. I have an 8am class that I may be late for, due to this comment I'm posting. So I am pushing on about 1-2 hrs of sleep. I woke up around 6:30am and been up since then. I just wanted to share my experience after stumbling across this blog. I am opened to any statements or suggestions if you all have any.

lynn williams 6 years ago

i had this experience last night and i had just closed my eyes when it happened even though i know that it is scientifically explaned it was still a little daunting

anne betts 6 years ago

hi, im 18 and this has been happening to me for about a year and half now. everthing i have read on here makes sense to me i completely now what u are all talking about. it really scares me and i can always feel it coming on, my hart starts to beet very fast but there is nothing i can do, i carnt move i am being held down and carnt say a word.i have seen figures and faces i feel a presense there, the more i panik the worse it gets i have learnt to try to relax and not fight against it for it to not last as long. witch is hard. it upsets me and does make me not want to go to sleep. and i do belive something very weird is happening. x

midnightmoon 6 years ago

i have this a lot but i think it is demons because all my dreams r nightmares one night i dreamt of my family being tortured right in front of my eyes and alittle girl looked at me i begged here to not kill them but she just smiled and slit there throughts i begged her to bring them back but all she siad was i like u so i wont kill u them she reached for me and i woke up screaming, thrashing around and crying it felt like my soul was being pulled out my body what does that mean?

ben smith41 6 years ago

OK, i'm only 12 years old and experienced this a few nights ago. The day this happened was the day me and my cousins were at a water park. it was a very long and tiring day. so i fell asleep and had a very weird dream about my friends jumping in the air 50ft high inside a baseball field, when someone suddenly threw a pipe at my friend and he was falling to the ground letting out a terrifying scream, then i started to yell to the person that threw the pipe, "you killed him, you killed him!!" then suddenly a ninja attacked my friend and everything went black. i was half-awake, half-asleep, my eyes rolled up into the back of my head and i could see very little,i could not move or yell as is something were trying to choke me and pin me to my mattress, i felt as if i were vibrating and being dragged out of my head by my foot, and when i looked to my side i saw a black cat staring right into my eyes, the cat left and i woke up,exhausted, this all lasted about 5 seconds. can someone tell me what happened or how to prevent this? email me at

Tamara 6 years ago

I have had these experiences for well over 17 years and although the sleep paralysis is a plausible concept, it doesn't seem completely sound as I have seen these entities while completely lucid and despite forming a manner in which I can escape certain nightmares involving demons or entities of a ghostly nature.

It happens to both my sister and my mother and it's pretty frightening stuff, I am getting ht eidea though that it is in fact spirits trying to gain access into my vessel if you will...

The smells definitely occur and they're not pleasant, so I wouldn't denounce the medical theory altogether but if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, chances are it's a duck...

gary 6 years ago

i have had this for twenty five years and have seen things that nobody ever wants to see just believe in god and have faith, if not you will see it for real when you die, this is no joke just a death experience and satan is waiting to take your soul .

gary 6 years ago

i forgot to put my email down for those who have questions as i no exactly what this is

Sophie 6 years ago

I thought i was alone on this one so feel a lot better knowing others have suffered this. Last night i was sleeping at my boyfriends alone, i have trouble sleeping every night but this night i knew exactly what was happening. The first was at 6am when i was being hugged feom behind, but then squeezed and suffocating me but my whole body was numb and i couldn't move or scream out, a minute later i could finally scream 'get off me'....was really frightening.....the second experience at 7.30am (when i woke up 100%) i seen a figure open the bedroom door, which is securly locked, so i closed my eyes and thought no not again, i was dragged up in a sit up position in the bed....then was pushed slowly back down where i tried so hard to try and bang my head purposely on the bed post to escape. I woke up moments later. I always sleep on my side not my back. I really felt i was being possessed as i was paralysed and truly scared. Ive been told to sprinkle holy water around the room. X

dpeace 6 years ago

it use to happens to me every night but after i turned 21 it stopped happening as much now it only happens once every two months

quanesha49 6 years ago

this happened to me about 4 times , but i don't tell any one because they may think iam crazy because of my age iam only 17 and i don't know what to do or who to tell i reallly want this to go away, it happened when i was sleeping during the day in the afternoon and i feel asleep but i knew i was awoke because i saw my grandmother walk by i couldn't breath nor move anything and i tryed to talk it was like as if i didn't kno how to, i begged for help but it was a mumbble and this happened to me for like 2 mins and it felt like some one was holding me down but i didn't see anything..

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Brad 6 years ago

I am 18 years old and this happens to me from time to time. Usually like three or four nights in a row. I am so used to it now. I start to mess around with it. Just the other night I was woken up by a horrid loud crashing screeching sound that was right behind me, I had enough strength to tip myself over so I could wake myself up, so I did, but i wanted to mess with it so I laid on my back and sure enough, I feel myself slowly starting to paralyze and the ceiling turning wavy purple. I began to float up out of my bed towards my door because I wanted to fly to see if I could see anyone in my house. As I was floating I hit my drum set and the noise woke me up and I was back on my bed. I was super exited. I love sleep paralysis and OBE's.

belle 6 years ago

really happened to me.. its scared me. i thought it was demon...

wonderingg 6 years ago

well im glad to heard this explanation because i was freaking out that i did not know what was happening but one thing im still not clear is that in my episod of sleep paralizis is thaat i heard a scrachy rought voice calling out my name it this part of the hallucination n well last time i recall i had one of this was about a year ago around this time aswell but i did not hear a voice so this time really scared me

tato0o0t 6 years ago

me to0o0,,i thought i was the only 1 experiencing that kinda dream,,,exactly wat u all sed,,,a friend told me that a black shadow caused all that dreams,,,almost every night i dream of that,,,im scared,,,til i saw this i understand,,i don't fully believe but somehow it ease my burden,,,d feeling of being crazy???^_^,,,,before i don't know wat to think,,,i don't understand if really dreaming of entities or im giong crazy na,,,tnx for tha blog!it helped a lot..

Vini 6 years ago

I just had this experience again and have been having this for quite a while recently so decided to do a search on the internet. I can clearly hear people telling me things and giving me new information that is very logical and down to earth, things that I can act upon and which would have a beneficial effect in my life. I can also hear music very clearly, like there is a radio playing and the music is clear and sharp and loud, starting from the beginning to the end. There is also music that I have never heard and in a language that I don't understand, but sounding very musical and real. I can also feel someone hugging me very tightly, and caressing me and holding my hand. Sometimes I feel it trying to pull me of the bed, but always very gently. I don't know how to explain these things but I could be sleep paralysis or something paranormal. In these situations I never panic but just observe the feelings waiting for them to go away. I start panicking when the hugs get really strong and I can feel fingernails in my back or when my hand gets pressed very hard. However, I will be resilient and have a good heart and hope nothing bad happens to me.

Jackie 6 years ago

I've had this happen to me too but I've never actually seen anything of heard anything. No dark figures no little girls, however I do feel something sitting at the end of my bed and it weighs it down a lot, and I've had things paralyzing me. One time it tried blowing my hair out of my face! All You can do is pray to god and it stops

Steph 6 years ago

This happened ot me twice. I didn't see anything, but I did hear some VERY scary voice. It was worse than the paralyzation and evil presence. So I willed that voice to GO AWAY!! And it did. I knew if I couldn't wake up(I knew it was a dream, or something) the voice would come back. So I focused all my might on moving one finger. My finger twitched and snap! I could move my whole body. In a flash I had my bedside table lamp on, and scanned the room. Empty. I was all sweaty and shaky. I did not sleep the rest of the night, and slept in a different room for three days. I went back to my room and in a week had the same thing happen, but instead of a voice it felt like something was trying to pull me out of my bed. That one was less real, much more dream like.

I was terrifyed of sleeping, then I had an idea. I am a Christian, so I started to pray to God every night that I would not have that nightmare. I haven't had it since.

I don't know if its demons or sp, but that was my solution.

teresa 6 years ago

its the breathing throughtout the paralysis, i cant breath, and had to try do a mighty shift to me body to wake my self up,thats what i hate. i cant breath

Me 6 years ago

My condition isn't as bad, but it is bad enough. Luckily my vision isn't clear enough but I swear I get this pretty often. My worst was when I had sleep paralysis, I heard children laughing and my legs were lifted up. The voices kept getting louder and louder and louder... Ahh ):

I was pressed on reallly hard I couldn't move. I will always struggle and try to move, and I COULD only move a little bit. After I am awake again, I would hold my sister's hands so that when I experience it again and couldn't move, I would press on her and she will shake me till my body's free.

I just found out about sleep paralysis. Damn ):

I thought I was a freak.

J DOG 6 years ago

Kevin, did you soil yourself? that could explain the bad smell.

S. Thomas 6 years ago

no hallucinations but definitely a sleep paralysis i guess. Its extremely hard to get up and that's when I start to panic like hell. Scary indeed and I had breathing inability always when I got through this, which makes me panic the most. But I think all I ever do every time is just to keep the calm (after all the panickings) and it'll soon b alright :)

Seth 6 years ago

We all had this experience in one way or the other. The only sure answers can come from the Word of God, and as a believer in Jesus im very sure science cannot reason this out, i don't blame them for trying, after all thats their job. This experience happens to both believers and unbelievers, its a spiritual activity that takes place, demonic oppression is what happens, its more than a dream, actually in the spiritual realm its taking place, and if it succeeds in the spiritual it will manifest in the physical. This requires spiritual solution, not a religious or scientific solution. Always when it happens I use the name of Jesus and speak in tongues it always works and sure enough I feel the presence of peace and easiness thereafter. At times its so intense you cant even speak, but in your sleep keep calling Jesus and your body will eventually conform and resist the demons. The Bible says 'resist the Devil and he will flee from you' in the epistle of Peter and it even tells us how. If you are not born again this experiences will be a norm when you die. Jesus said you must be Born again, its not an advice its a spiritual instruction. Email me if you want to discuss:

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Iontach 6 years ago

I can't believe that so many people suffer from this condition, I used to think It was just me. I even wrote a Hub about it!, but it also seems I'm not alone there either! You have some great info here and your layout is very clear, great hub! Voting up

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cmartinez1981 6 years ago from Alabama

Just last night, I experienced this for the first time. I had IMMEDIATELY falling asleep and it started. I know because by the time I was able to 'wake' and get myself back into reality, I remembered the time that I had turned in. It was 2:00 am when I went to bed and this event lasted until around 2:10 am.

It was the most terrifying experience. I would try to lift myself off the bed ; and sometimes I couldn't, sometimes I could. When I could lift myself, I felt extremely restrained and terrified because I knew someone was doing this to me. I even remember trying to lash out at this 'thing' trying to do the same to my children (maybe I felt the threat of it or something, not completely sure). I grabbed the phone and called or tried 911 but the 'thing' kept changing the numbers on the phone and made my arms and fingers feel like 100 pound weights. Then I started to jab the phone into my eye!!! MY EYE!! The phone is cordless so I was using that small antennae. Finally what felt like hours of torture, I woke up terrified. I called my mother to tell her but no answer; wasn't even considering it was 2 am. Please reply if you want; but it still has me shaken up.

Chad 5 years ago

I just woke up from my 2nd sleep paralysis experience today, and read articles online once again for a quick shot of relief.

Yeah, it is scary but also mysterious and somewhat exciting on a sadistic note. LOL. It's like a boss fight and you challenge yourself to take control of your body.

Today's experience was a bit different though. I was sleeping on my side with my face against the wall, then I suddenly woke up upon feeling someone hugging me in the back. I actually thought it was a real person because I got that tingly cuddly feeling. I wanted to look back to see who it was, and that's when I knew I was paralyzed. I tried not to panic (as sleep paralysis has been a friend for years already) but I started to hear whispers I couldn't understand, like from a suspense movie or something.

I actually thought it was too good to be true. What's to benefit from me being possessed? That 'thing' should go for Noynoy or any other something instead. Haha. Nonetheless, I struggled to take control and just considered this an episode.

I don't really care if it's just my mind turning a screw loose or the paranormal manifesting itself on a boring person, just as long as I'm alright in the end, it's no biggie. I still have work to do and a life to live.

Billy S 5 years ago

I think its a good explanation of hy we are paralysed but it doesn't expain why people all over the world see the same old hag, long black capey dress thing n long grey hair. I've had it a lot of times and the furthest she got was upto my chest, I seen her coming towards my bed n closed my eyes. I felt every place she put her hands and knees as she climb up me and the blanket tightening at those points. I counted to 3 n tried to get up a few times till I was able to. The fear of this happening worries me everynight lol

andra 5 years ago

I have been having this happen to me for years. I thought maybe it was the grim reaper coming for me to take me in my sleep. Sometimes it would seem that someone would sit on my bed or I would feel someone that I could not see pressing me down. I could not move, or scream but even though it was a struggle to find my voice, whenever I could utter Jesus, it immediately broke the hold over me. I was embarrassed to talk about it for a long time and then one night I asked my son if he had ever had a similar experience and he said he had. I told him there was one word I could say that would get me out of it and asked him what he thought it was and he said "Jesus" because that was how he was breaking the hold as well. We are living in the same house all this time and it was happening to both of us and neither of us knew it. I have since asked others about it and they have had the experience too. It always happens when I am laying on my back too.

Nancy 5 years ago

A friend of mine said that when we sleep aliens enter our bodies.

I have had a few of these experiences, last night as i slept alone, i felt the heavy presence on someone beside me in bed and hugging my waist; i thought it was my boyfriend but when i stuggle to open my eyes and finally did, no one was there. I fell off to sleep again and felt the same thing this time i tried to push this thing off me and it infact placed extreme pressure on my leg.

I also felt a child like hand sort of hugging my neck when i pushed against it the strenght got stronger resisting to be moved. Eventually i awoke again.

This is not normal.

Are we being invaded by aliens? Or does this have anything to do with high blood pressure and stress? Just asking?

MS BENZ 5 years ago

As interesting as the information is on the research that has been done on sleep paralysis, I'm not convinced what I have experienced is a medical condition.The information has an explanation for the moments that you are not able to move ( sleep paralysis).

But explain lying in bed sleeping feeling something creeping toward you feeling the indentions on the bed as it positions itself to climb ontop of you. Once its on top of you it holds you down and tries to get inside of you or at some points has tried forcing you to have sex with it. All I can do is scream out the Lord's prayer or Pslams 23 and in doing so its screaming just as loud as I am repeating what I'm saying. IT has even told me when I'm crying out for God to help me that God can't help me, whose going to help you now? Once it sees that I'm not going to give in it eventually goes away... It doesn't come as often as it use to, in which this has been happening for years. I can tell by its' presence and demonic tone that it is evil.... As a christian I am fully aware that we are in a spiritual warfare.

It's good to know that I'm not the only person that has had this experience. At least now I know that I'm not crazy or that something is wrong with me....

Bob 5 years ago

Is this common? cuz I have this issue almost every night and it's really getting to me. I swear, I feel like I'm going to die, and yes, it feels like someone's innaporpriately touching me

Ms. P. 5 years ago

I am so happy that I found this website. This has been happening to me for many years and I am in tears right now. I can't believe so many people suffer with this. This morning it happened to me AGAIN!! It felt as though someone came on the bed to cuddle with me and was holding me very close while holding my hands. I tried not to panic and I was saying Psalms 23, it did not help, I started to say "I rebuke you in the Blood of Jesus", it did not help and then I just kept saying Jesus, Jesus, Jesus and I actually felt it fleeing away. I scared me so bad that I went in the shower and left the house. But I called a friend and she told me it was spirits. She will come to my house on Saturday to bless my home and said that she had a spiritual warfare prayer that we will say in my home. She experienced the same situation before but not anymore. This can not take over our lives and have us fearful. God did not give us the spirit of fear and it has to stop. Anyone who wants the prayer that she is going to give me and need instruction on how to bless your home so this could end, please e-mail me.

Melissa 5 years ago

I am just in shock reading these... I have been experiencing this for 30+ years and I didn't think anyone else did. I used to feel something pull mgr out of the bed by the hands and I would wake up on the floor with my feet still propped up on the bed. I still have similar instances, but now I am screaming in the "dream" saying "I rebuke you in the name of Jesus Christ!" and I wake up. I don't know if I have just trained myself to deal with the nightmare or if this is truly a demonic attack.... I am a follower of Christ and I know He will protect me from any demons. I wondered if it is just stress or just being overly tired and my mind playing tricks on me.

Crystal 5 years ago

I also have had these episodes for years, when I was a kid I was always told it was the devil riding my back and thats what it seemed like since i was sleeping on my tummy, there would be long periods of time when it didn't occur. I never expirenced voices or figures Im just pretty much attempting to fall asleep, After reading all your post I hope I don't start seeing and hearing things. It makes sense to me that when your body has been working all day, your brain may shut it down to rejuvinate its self, it also makes since that it could be something demonic trying to win you over, but it could be your worst fears playing into the situation causing you to see, feel and hear these things, but just remember the devil is out to cheat, steal and kill but we as God's soilders need to fight back and our weapon is thd blood of Jesus Christ, call on his name when this happens, it may seem to not work but keep jabbing that name at the enemy, God's angels are protecting us as we sleep, the devil may feel he can get us when we are at out most vunable state all cuffy in bed, this has happened a couple of times this week, I sleep on my side, it never happened while i was preggo and i don't recall it taking place when my boyfriend and I shared a bed, now its my three small sons and i make sure to have some part of my body touching them, so when it happens and im praying they are being covered as well, im gonna have my mom place annoiting oil on our heads at night before bed. I beleive Jesus is Lord, and I know he will protect me during this time of uneasy fear. Email me if you have questions or want to share.

Drizzy Dre 5 years ago

When this happens i say a bible verse 23rd Psalm Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. now i know im not walking but it kinds help me out an if try to say it enough it works

amanda 5 years ago

I have too have had this dream twice i feel as if something i cant see is draging me the ankles towards the window in my mind i know its the devil in my head i am saying the our father as i finish it it always releases me,then i crawl back into bed.

At this point i am awake as i lie there confused if this was a dream or not,my husband is a deep sleeper so has never witnesed anything i googled it tonight to see what it what it meant and stumbled across this.Although i want to beleive it is sleep paralysis i cant accept it i sleep on my stomach always have if feels to real i cant understand why i would have the presence of mind to recite the our father.I would also like to add i to am very intunenitve and often know something is going to happen before it does even when there are no warning signs there.

Azwi 5 years ago

I used to believe that it is satanic related things and that the devil is busy planting some stuff inside me, thanks for the clarifying that, much appreciated.

lily 5 years ago

hi iam 21 years old and this sleep paralysis is been happening to me since i was 17 years time in the happening i was sleeping and felt something hold me down and my eyes were close but i could still see was going on outside my dream i seen wat going on i seen the grim reaper it was the scariest thing that happen to me my sister told m to start praying and it stop for a while but it still happens to me

Grace Valentine 5 years ago

I've been having these experiences since I was 16. It has happened 4-5 times, and I'm honestly almost not afraid. I has this happen last night and for the first time I was facing down. I also so myself dropping things on the ground to wake my sister up, but then realized those things weren't there. The time before last night, I actually heard it speak in some demon like voice, and had orange glowing eyes also a long nose. Every time this happens I try to move my pinky and curse and even though it's bad to put Gods name in vain I say things like "Please God fucking help me" in my mind. I asked one of my teachers who is a spiritual priest and he said that one of the reasons why this might happen is that some one in your past who was a witch or used black magic is checking up on you. Well, I would love ro talk more about this, don't hesitate on emailing me at

Grace Valentine 5 years ago

I've been having these experiences since I was 16. It has happened 4-5 times, and I'm honestly almost not afraid. I has this happen last night and for the first time I was facing down. I also so myself dropping things on the ground to wake my sister up, but then realized those things weren't there. The time before last night, I actually heard it speak in some demon like voice, and had orange glowing eyes also a long nose. Every time this happens I try to move my pinky and curse and even though it's bad to put Gods name in vain I say things like "Please God fucking help me" in my mind. I asked one of my teachers who is a spiritual priest and he said that one of the reasons why this might happen is that some one in your past who was a witch or used black magic is checking up on you. Well, I would love ro talk more about this, don't hesitate on emailing me at

Imani 5 years ago

This happened to me too , I woke up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I looked at my phone and I go "haha, it's witches hour" because it was 3:28am and right when I flopped on my bed onto my stomach and 2 secs later I froze up and I can feel sharp fingers on my back and that was the ONLY thing I could feel. I had sleep paralysis 4 times in my 16 years of life this would be my 5th. 5th one was the worst. I couldn't move , see , and I was hearing static getting louder and whispering to me that i couldn't understand in my ear. Usually i can see a little and just be frozen but this time was I tried new techniques to help me move- none worked. I started to pray "Lord, Jesus, angels anyone save me , save me , save me! - it got worse! I started to shake violently so right there i freaked out .. I continued praying and the shaking got harder and the static got WAAAAAAY louder . I get frustrated and start cursing my ass off in my head like " I KNOW YOU FUCKING HEAR ME GET THE FUCK OFF OF ME !" I get tired and I try to relax to see if it will stop . I started to go unconscious - so i say NO that is not happening because it did not feel right because i couldn't breathe and my heart would drop when i relaxed so i didn't. This went on for 30mins of me going unconscious and conscious on and off. Then whispers started to come and mixed with my thoughts saying "imaaaani....listen....kill.....go...give UP..."im am just loosing it now ....I feel the hand or whatever move from my back to my mouth an like pull my lip. then i could open one eye little and dark shadows were EVERYWHERE ! SO I CLOSED IT QUICK . i scream in my head GET THE MOTHER**** OFF ME NOW ! then suddenly i could move i get up quick and the shadows scatter everywhere and a big thump was on my roof . I started crying all over and ran to the light screaming for my mom ... PS - i did mess with ouija boards -_- but it was 5months ago.

lonnisha 5 years ago

i use to think that i was evil or something because geople use to say the witch is riding your back when i would tell people about this i have mixed feelings about it being paralysis, because of the images, i have had some of the same ones

Erika 5 years ago

If it happens again to any one please mention this name and it will end I promise Jehovah please help me and I promise it'll go away

Phillie 5 years ago

I'm 17 years old & I'm pretty sure I'm experiencing sleep paralysis almost every night. I don't see or hear anything I just feel like I'm being held down & sometimes can't breath, it usually last from a few seconds to a few minutes. Can anyone tell me if this is sleep paralysis or something different?

Donna 5 years ago

The first time I experence this was about 3 years ago at someone else house that I visted for the first time. What I felt was something like a cat creepy on the bed and then it was on my chest and I couldn't move, I was also trying to scream and nothing would come out. Talk about being scared, and when I told people they thought I was crazy. Well this happened to me twice since then, last nite being one of them. It is very scary because it feels like someone is holding you down and you can not move. I also was trying to scream and nothing would come out. I did not know what to do, I really thought I was going to die so I started saying the Hail Mary and the thing was gone.

Vst 5 years ago

Makes sense.

One learns something new everyday. Thxs.

nicole 5 years ago

i have and still do experience this i have heard about the "old hag" story, read about it but it all seemed unbelievable, i was wondering if there are any other things that can trigger sleep paralysis like having a bad experience or something, or is it possibly just caused by stress, i am 17 years old and it does frighten me because of the fact i cannot move or try and call for someone.

Tamara 5 years ago

This has been happening to me for about 10 years now and I had no idea it was happening to so many people.. makes me feel a little better, but I must admit I don't really think it's a medical condition. So far this week it's happened twice.. always very early in the morning when I'm in and out of sleep, but I never realize I'm actually asleep until it's happening because my settings havent' changed one bit. the last time I was lying in bed and started to hear a voice.. then there was a loud noise and everything was vibrating.. it was sooo loud I was sure others in the house would hear it. I could barely breathe, I was gasping for breath and something was pulling very hard on my right arm and I just kept struggling to get away. when it started to subside I saw a white cloudy image hovering over my bed and I had a feeling of dread. I was out of it all day and couldn't quit thinking about it because it was probably the worst incident I had in the ten years this has been happening. I googled " something tried to pull my soul from my body", because that's what it felt like..

Thanks everyone for sharing your stories

April 5 years ago

I get this now and then. I've never seen anyone/anything, but I can feel a presence, it picks me up and moves/throws me around the room. Usually it all takes place in my bedroom, and I am malleable, almost like a liquid, being pushed against my drawers or under my bed. Sometimes I end up outside my room, on my staircase for example. It's rarely scary - in fact I tend to think it's quite cool/fun. It's like having an out of body experience.

Julie 5 years ago

I've had this happen to me many times. It started when I was about 14, after my mammaw had passed away. I remember the very first time it happened. I was wide awake, i Wasn't falling asleep or waking up. i thought someone was coming down the stairs because i heard footsteps.Noone ever came & then i experience what the rest of you have. It really does scare me though.

Damiana 5 years ago

I used to experience this a lot when I was between 10-14, then again when i got into my 30's. Often times it felt like someone was sitting on my chest & holding my arms down, but other times it felt like someone was lying on top of me holding all of my extremities down. There were times when I couldn't talk, and even though I would try to scream, not a peep came out of me. I always associated it with some type of entity/unknown force that was trying to suffocate me and or take over my body/soul.

Just a few minutes ago my boyfriend of 2 yrs was sleeping on the couch and all of the sudden he woke up and told me he felt like he couldn't breathe, his head & chest hurt and he couldn't move his extremities. I personally think it was some demon trying to "get him"! He is VERY superstitious and scared of anything "unknown", be it aliens, ghost or demons, so i opted to tell him he was experiencing sleep paralysis, just so I didn't freak him out. Like I said, I used to experience this A LOT when I was younger, and to this day I STILL remember exactly what it felt like, and to me it felt like I was being held down by some unknown force. Also the fact that I've actually seen entitys over the years (usually tall, with a black hooded cape), I KNOW that there is definitely "something" out there besides US! That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

N. Nav 5 years ago

I just wonder why is it that everyone sees the same damn thing, the hooded shadowy figure hag thing. I can understand if random things happened while in that state. But you have to wonder why its always the same experience. And... when most people have never even heard of this prior to having their episodes. Must be something we don't yet understand that crosses the supernatural boundry. Could be an old hag from the next dimension who is in charge of scarying the shit out of us. The enzymes produced in that scared state probably cures cancer in that dimension. She gets paid to cross between the dimensions. If she doesn't meet her quota of 417 souls per night, she gets eaten by baby turtles who rule the planet there.

jasmin 5 years ago

I just had one of this and i thought i heard someone scream.i have this almost every night its very scary.but now that i know what it is im glad its not a spirit or anything else.

noway 5 years ago

had my first episode: my background late 40' the sex every 6 months mode with hubby of 20+ yrs. Watching Game of Thrones marathon on HBO...OMG should be rated XXX anyhoo...drifted into sleep...suddenly awoke as felt like something heavy on top of me having sex with me and choking me!!! What was that!! totally freaked me out but I blew it off as my subconscious...hope it was a hot ghost...YES, I'm super Catholic...nothing is going to shake my strength, belief and faith in God but this sleep paralysis thing is totally weird and freaky...I know I dozed off and was obviously in an intrigued state of mind with all the sex scenes...point being mind and body react to their stimuli and conditions...

elpayne 5 years ago

I love the explanation, it made me feel at ease then started reading some of the comments and am now slighty uneasy. I have been feeling what feels like a big strong arm wrapping round me holding me down. I am 32 and never experianced it before. It's been almost every night for the past 2 weeks just as I'm falling asleep, I wake myself up, and scaredto go back to sleep, last night I screamed out in fear. I'm quite a spiritual person but do believe the mind can play tricks on you so don't know what to think.

Chris 5 years ago

Can someone help me? I've had at least 3 people at 3 different times that my eyes turned completely black. The WHOLE eye. The white part and everything. Every time I was completely angry. I'm a very spiritual person. I have good morals, and I believe I am a good God fearing person. I'm human and I do get angry. I really believe my eyes turned black, and I know there is no logical way that my eyes turned black. Like, I know that my pupils didn't dilate to cover the complete eye, white and all because it's not possible. My question is what is it? Am I possessed? Do I have a demon that resides inside me? How do I get rid of it? Can some one help me??? Please

roman13 5 years ago

well, i had this experience more than few times already. i am quite reasonable person, and also thought that this is some kind of sleep paralysis. few time i felt like something is pushing me down and i think i was sinking deeper into the bed. but still i wasn`t convinced that there is something trying to enter me. till one time. i was lying on my side. i started to realising that is here again. i couldn`t move. but suddenly my body moved across the bed about fourty centimeters. thats when i got really scared. usually i try to wiggle my toe and than i am able to move my leg and release myself from the paralysis. after few years i thought that i might have been imagining that something moved me. but than i had few more experiences. one time i fell asleep, and it happen, i got paralysed. manage to release myself. fell asleep again, and same thing. this happened about seven times in row. as this was happening more often i stopped to be so scared. i just calm myself, and wiggle my toe. but than it changed. i can feel the black cloud in the room, even before it gets to me and before it paralyses me. i would get goosebumps on the back of my neck and feel scared. one time didn't even helped when i manage to release myself and turn on the lamp. i could still feel its presence. than i went for hypnosis. i told the guy about my problem. at the end of the session he simply told me that i will no more have this experience. it worked. for about two years. three nights ago, as i was sleeping, i felt the cloud`s presence. it was going to me. this time i wasn't really scared. i got some goosebumps, but i was trying to remain strong and was repeating to it - go away, go away. then it came really close. it was really dark in my room. but i could feel that my blanket was lift on the side and then was flapping in the air. i could feel the air moving on my face. after i said to it to go away few more times(in my mind) it was gone.

as i said, i thought myself that this is just my mind playing tricks, but when you feel that you are sinking into matrace quite ferouciously, or that you moved sideways quite fast, or that your blanket is flapping in mid air, you can get bit sceptical that is just simple sleep paralysis. if someone has better explanation, please send me an email to

hehe, some of the stories i read above are also quite scary. well, its strange. btw i saw this kind of cloud also when i was not sleeping. twice. once were two of them. kinda grey but bit transparent they were moving quite fast about fourty cm over the ground. at first i thought they were dogs running. and i could almost hear swooshing sound, but not really hear, more like was in my mind. that happened in sentosa island near singapore where was killed lot of people in ww2. second time was more like brown. it crossed my path when i was cycling near cemetary in germany. but the one that comes in night is much darker and has more energy. well there is not many people you would tell this to. so at least i could share my experiences here...thanks

trr1979 5 years ago

What's the difference between sleep paralysis and old hags syndrome? Im 32 and had my first experience with something last night. I was terrified so i been researching all morning..

Shah 4 years ago

I am 24 and It happens to me half a dozen times or perhaps more. I don't understand one thing that what kind of weight it was? Everything in this article sounds very reasonable and i am convinced. But why there were tears in my eyes when i was choking. Choking was real.

Janine 4 years ago

I have sleep paralysis and i woke up at 2:30 am and i saw this black figure with long skinny arms, very tall,and faceless he was on the side of my bed he didn't say anything to me and he was silent.

martina 4 years ago

i just woke up and im still freaked out. in my dream there was a little boy with blonde curly hair, that i don't know how, but i understood is the son of a woman who was raped by cops?!?! the boy was trying to go inside of me, in the beginig smiling but then became evil. after a while i couldn't see him just feel him in the bed, in me, all around me! i tried to speak or move, i couldn't. i tried to call my boyfriend the minute i took the phone the bat was off. i took the second one, and that one went off too. i couldn't breed couldn't move and i have no idea how at the end a managed to turn on the phone...thats when i came back to normal. the thing was that i was holding my mobile while the other one was really turned off.

i didn't have this expirience for couple of years now, before was all the time black shadows in my room, next to my bed, talking to me but i could never understand them so i wasn't scared. this boy had the evelest smile ever, while looking so cute...whatever it is, i hope not to have it again! im not stressed and i sleep enough...

martina 4 years ago

the boys face from time to time was changing into totally red, devilish looking face.when i say red i don't mean blushed red, but blood red. and he was howing me how he enters into oder people and takes them over, right before it disappeared in my bad, or in me

gogohu 4 years ago

have had this once sooo scary like something hops onto my back and tries to control me and i cannot make a sound

casper 4 years ago

i once cut two holes in a sheet and went trick or treating,it was fun i got a redskin bar and some caremals from some old bitch,

Gemma 4 years ago

I've been suffering from this for the past 20 years, I'm 24 now. I used to have bad hallucinations when I was a lot younger as well as seeing the black shadow floating over my body, I always put it down to the fact that the house I was living in at the time was really creepy and I thought it was haunted. I moved out of there when I was 14 and I thought that all of that would end but as soon as I was settled into my new home the hallucinations happened again, this time without the black shadow but instead with the not being able to move and wanting to scream but can't. When I can't move I can hear a loud buzzing in my ears as well as chanting. This doesn't happen as much as it used to since I've got older, but it happened to me again tonight. This time I was having a nightmare (about being possessed) I tried waking myself up but couldn't, then my partners arms wrapped around my stomach so tightly that I literally couldn't breathe, I tried pushing him away but couldn't get him off me. Until eventually he woke up and realized what had happened, (my partner has also experienced sleep paralysis) Since that's happened there's been a real uneasiness about my room. I refused to go back to bed! Glad I found this site! Makes me feel less like a freak.

Gemma 4 years ago

Forgot to add this too, every night for the past year I have woken up at exactly 3am, not sure what that's all about but it does kinda freak me out.

Quinn 4 years ago

It's been happening since last month. I walked into my room and was thrown around, then realized I had already laid down. Hallucination. Then it started again last weekend, while I was asleep. Now, since Wednesday, it's starting to happen while I'm awake. The hallucinations, too. It's scaring me. I can't do anything about it. I don't want to sleep or even be in bed; it's getting a lot worse. All I do is lie down, black out for like ten seconds, then it starts. I'd rather become an insomniac than deal with it anymore.

Quinn 4 years ago

I'm seventeen years old, a senior in high school, and my episodes of sleep paralysis are escalating.

Alejandra 4 years ago

Ive been experiencig this for about a year now and personally i think this is spiritual, they are demons trying to take over.

Theodore 4 years ago

I started to have these dreams once a week when I was 15 years old. I was paralysed and very scared, one time I clearly saw a black figure. I talked with a priest about this problem, he told me about three possible options:

1)It happens because I'm under a lot od stress.

2)Someone close to you is practicing black magic or someone from your family who is dead..

3)If you're mother had an abortion, that kid is messing with you because it didn't had a chance to live unlike you (this was my problem). Priest also prayed with me and nightmares stoped for about a year. Then they came back but they weren't so often, once in 3-4 months maybe.

Nightmares stopped one year ago and I'm now 24. My opinion about this after reading all comments is that this problem is not medical. I'm a hystorian and I have to tell you that in almost every legend or myth is a little bit of truth so I think there is something going on with that Old Hag. First you have to realize that demons are probably beings from other dimensions and not from hell, call them aliens if you want. Proof for that are vibrations that some of you wrote about and the smell. Vibrations help them to progress to our dimension and because they have different body composition they smell like rotten eggs or sulphur(that's why people connect them with the devil). Other dimensions also vibrate in different frequencies. It's very difficult for me to write about this because I believe science can explain everything and because I'm highly educated person, but obviously science cannot explain this phenomena. I do not know what they want or how they choose their victims and unfortunately I don't know how to stop them. Luckily, they don't bother me anymore, but they will probably return someday.

P.S. Sorry if my english is bad, it's my second language.

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OMGirdle 4 years ago from United States

I have the symptoms of feeling like someone was sitting on the edge of my bed, the bed shaking, and the sensation of someone rubbing my feet. These events take place every day at the same time of the morning. I know I'm awake when I go through this experience because I told the thing I wasn't scared of it. When I told it that, it started happening everyday. I can also move my legs as I have tried to get them out of the way so the thing can sit. I recorded 3 hours of my morning sleep time and could not see anything supernatural. I thought maybe it was sleep paralysis, but I don't think so because I can move. And it would be strange to say it's a hallucination because it only happens between 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.; precisely every day.

Andreea 4 years ago

My experience is quite different. I do not know if its about sleep paralysis, i found it more as a hallucination. Because I had to work as a night shift, during the day time i was strugling to sleep. I took the help of a sleeping pill (totally non harmiful). So during almost all day I was sleeping. I mention that it was the end of a week night shift and I was really tired. I understood that all this facts are leading to a scientific explanation but what I felt was too damn real.

My boyfriend had to come home around 22.00 pm so beeing still in bed i checked the clock. I woke up with this thought in my head and it was around 21:30. I heard the door from the entrance and after how he open the door from my room.I was so real! But because usualy im fooling around with him when im sleeping I didn't wanted to show him that i wake up. just that I felt how his shadow was moving in the room like searching for something but without making any big noise. and i felt how he was going around the bed.till one moment that he vanished. I thought that he left the room not to wake me up.

But the real thing whas that... when he camed at 22:30 pm, he said to me that he wasn't in my room before and that it was the first time coming home. I was in shock and i asked him like 20 times... couldn't belive how real was everything. I check after all the doors of the house...and nothing.

can somebody explain to me why or how it is possible to be awake and to feel this things?

I mention that i didn't felt panic or i wasn't afraid ...thinking all the time that that entity was all the time my boyfrind.

mark 4 years ago

I have sleep paralysis every once in awhile. Kinda scary when it happens. My girlfriend and i have codes to tell her when i have this. I told her that if she see's my toes or legs wiggle or twitch when I'm sleeping that I am awake but cannot move. The first time she saw me have this she was watching me sleep and thought i was having a bad dream.

Evelina Jonsson 4 years ago

I have had this happening to me since I was about 2 years old. I am now 19 years old and I normally get this 5 times a month. I have a really weak immune system and get sick very often so it normally happens when I'm feeling very weak. When I was little I told my parents of these "dreams" but they just thought that they were normal nightmares, they didn't believe me. So the more often I got these episodes the more I felt alone and extreme it felt. It normally happens when Im laying on my back right when I fall asleep and my entire body and head vibrates violently. I can't move, speak, scream but I am completely aware of my surroundings and my eyes are open about half of the time. I have awoken from these episodes many times and have had bruises and stratches. Sometimes I am looking at my body from above. Its a very demonic experience. Always seems to be a normal dream and then all of a sudden there is either a very angry man or woman screaming at me with and extremely high pitched noise in my ears. I have learned to wake myself up from these now but every once in awhile I can't which takes a turn for the worse and gets very intense. My boyfriend has watched me while I have had these experiences and he said that my eyes are open whether I think so or not and my entire body and head is shaking intensely. He said it is very werid to see and wakes me up when he notices. It's a truly werid experience but I believe I got this pasted down from my grandmother because she has episodes when she sleeps that she is very angry and will scream foul language and actually walk around and sometimes grab a kitcken knife or grandfathers gun and pull it on him. But when she wakes up she doesn't remember a damn thing. (They have slept in different bedrooms ever since I could remember because of this haha) My email is if you any questions or comments. I believe it is nothing to be scared of if something was real it would have done something to me already haha it is just the mind being werid.

jill 4 years ago

i have experienced sympyoms of sp of old hag syndrome for 6 years now on and off, it usually happens when im sleeping on my back on my back, i feel like a presence hovering me,i cant move and it feels like something is pressing on my back and plus when i wake up i usually see odd blackish grayish shadows by my bed i don't know if this is because of scientic things or spiritual things all i know is its scary and there must be some kind of truth to it if the similar thing is happening to a lot of people

pf 4 years ago

When I was in my 30s I had this experience a lot. As I was falling asleep I felt I was being strangled or suffocated and I saw a shriveled devil-like person kneeling on my chest. I knew if I didn't wake up I would die. At the time I was going through a bad time and I was a bit underweight. The experiences stopped when my life improved. I've only had one experience lately (some 20 years later) .

It's horrible and I feel sorry for anyone going through this.

Alouis Beale 4 years ago

This is fantastic. You all truly have nothing to fear. Hope you can understand it... These are merely dreams. Every time your mind dreams and hallucinates these delirious visions of evil angels, it is because you are entering deep rest, in the mid-state of being just deep very much half-awake and half asleep. How could being inside a dream state, being asleep make you more aware like, of such spiritual things? Entities? Don't be so crazy or superstitious. Surely everyone on here at some odd point or another has had a dream where they can't make an escape or run away from something they fear? Entirely, the truth of this is it's only because your sleeping legs don't work while you're sleeping. As I say we just go with it, embrace the dream, let the angels hold onto you and take you away, why fight? It's merely excellent visions, a lucid dream, and the deeper you go now - the more fantastic the landscapes arise will be. You should follow the shadows, you have nothing to fear. Often tales of fear and are spread to frighten us all. Under any normal circumstance, these stories are simply spread around to caution us from doing wrong, that-or to lead us to a conclusion which the powerful religious establishment maintains control over anything we all do each day we go about our daily lives. Seeing many such personal accounts here-perpetuates the fear. Fear not.

mariss12 4 years ago

this happened to me a few months ago were it felt as if somenthing was pushing agains my chest an i could not move any part of my body an i tried to shout my voice had gone an , i also felt as if somenthing was hoverig over me this happened 3 times in the same night ,, then a couple of nights ago i had dreamt that i got thrown out the bed and a dark hooded figure appeared over me i suddleny woke up or felts as if i woke up as it felt so real , then i went to grab my phone to check the time and a dark arm had grabbed my hand from under the quilt to stop me , this felt so real ?

Anon 4 years ago

Well, yes, I know of sleep paral. I only had it happen to me on one occasion, and being the rational person that I am, I decided it was a subconscious thing. IE, sleep paral.

But also because I'm overly-curious when it comes to shit I don't understand, I thought I'd do a test. To see truly if it was my mind and nothing else.

But I'll get to that later. Here's the story straight from the beginning:

I moved out of my dad's house to stay with my Cousin's family for a few days before I would fly out to Cali to live with my aunt and uncle. My cousin is married and has two cute kids. At the time the oldest was 3, I believe. Sweet girl, she loves Harry Potter. xD She calls her dog Lupin.

She suffers from sleep paral and lucid dreaming. It runs down my mom's side of the family. And specifically for my mom's older brother (we'll call him Dan). Which passed down to his first son (we'll call Lance). Which THEN passed down to Lance's first born; daughter (We'll call her Luce). It was Lance's house I was staying at.

Also living at the house, other than his wife and kids, was his younger brother (call him Brandon).

I was to sleep in Brandon's room that night, which had previously been Luce's room, but she was waking up every night screaming and crying from nightmares to a point she became afraid to sleep in the room, so they switched her to a different room and gave her old room to Brandon when he moved in with them. :( She'd wake up claiming weird things. Like a man was trying to get her to go through a hole in the wall. Or a man in the corner trying to get to her. I was so disturbed when her mother told me, I almost cried. xD But laughed instead when she joked to "watch out" when I went to sleep that night. She also briefly mentioned that any girl who'd slept in that room would wake up so chilled, they never wanted to sleep in there again. She said herself included. I joked that she was using me as a test dummy. I said, "Well, if I die, then I guess you'll know for sure you've got a ghost problem.". Lol. I really wasn't that put off about sleeping in the room. I forgot about it a few minutes after it was mentioned. And when I went to sleep that night, I still didn't remember the convo. Consciously, at least.

Well, I lay in his bunk bed with the lights out and door slightly cracked for about an hour. Everyone else was alseep by then. I couldn't sleep, but that's normal for me. It takes a while for me to go to sleep at night. What was different though was weird tingling sensations all over my body. Almost like tickling. Or crawling ants. I at first thought my body was just being it's weirdo self and spazzing for no good reason. Sometimes it will twitch or hurt or sting for no reason. Normal misfiring of nerves and such. But it continued for so long I considered bed bugs. lol. Yeah, I was like, "I wonder if Brandon knows he has bed bugs in his bed?" I was pretty convinced at that point it wasn't my nerves. It really felt like an outside thing. I scratched at all the spots, examined them, but nothing seemed amiss, and the tingling kept spreading. From my wrists down my arm. From my feet to my upper leg. From my collar bone area down. Even my face tingled. I though I might be allergic to the fabric on the blanket or pillow, so I threw off the blanket and let it sit at my feet. And same with the pillow. I felt really awake. I remember trying to relax myself and failing. Then after such a long time, my right hand started twitching. Totally didn't freak me out, because that's the norm for me. It happens once in a blue moon and now seemed as likely a time as any. But the twitching wouldn't stop. Then the story came back to me and I /knew/ it was all a subconscious thing. I got so mad at myself. :/ I was angry I'd let my subconscious fool me into thinking the tingling was outside me. So I stopped the twitching after reminding myself it was just my sub doing it. And I got the pillow and blanket back and lay down to go to sleep. The tingling sensations didn't stop, but I tried to ignore it.

It took a number of minutes, but I was finally relaxed and ready to sleep, when the twitching started again. And it was my legs this time, then my arms! Like, literally, they just moved of their own free-will. There was no way I could stop them. My legs opened and my arms moved to my sides and lay pinned flat onto the mattress. I wasn't as scared as I should have been. But I never really am. Curiosity always gets the better of me. I wanted to test this situation. To know what was happening. I battled the twitches. I closed my legs back up. But they were moved back open again. I wondered why they did that. Still don't understand why. I did this several times. I turned on my side, but the twitching and movements would continue. I tried laying on my hands even. I didn't think about leaving and getting someone. I was still convinced I was somehow subconsciously doing this. Eventually it just stopped. Twitching, tingling, everything. I thought my sub must have gotten bored. XD

I lay back onto my back and nearly fell asleep, when this pressure slammed against my chest, and my heart rate sped up so much, I thought I was gonna have a heart attack. The impact or whatever you wanna call it, woke me up completely, but I could not sit up. I could move my arms, legs though. It was like having a really fat man lay on your chest. Oh boy, I was quite concerned at this point. My reasoning skills sort of just flew out the door. Literally.

I let it press down on me for a few seconds. Maybe ten at most. Then I couldn't take it anymore. I could feel my back touching the mattress springs, so I knew I was literally being pushed down. There was nothing there above me that I could see... I felt, at the time, so scared, but still I felt since this was the only experience I'd probably even have with it, I should not let my fear cloud my mind too much and to take note of everything I could. For evidence later.

So, ten seconds, my heart beat even faster. I got pushed down even farther. Then, I mustered up as much mental and physical strength as I could, I remember thinking the words, "Nope. Not tonight, buddy," in my head, then i pushed up and broke the weird hold I had, not even taking a second to collect any of my thoughts, I hopped off the bunk bed, disregarding the ladder, skipped out of the room and found my cousin, Brandon, sleeping on the couch and woke him up. I tried to gather my thoughts and not sound like a crazy idiot, but I'm not sure I was successful. I told him I didn't know what happened, but I wanted to trade spots with him. And that there was a pressure on me and it freaked me out and I wasn't going back into the room. At first he gave me a really weird look, then said "Let me wake up Lance and his wife." I was shaking by that point, and I had delivered my message with very shaky breath to him. I felt stupid though. For being shaky. When he got them, they asked if I was okay and I said yeah, I just didn't want to sleep in that room again. And we made some jokes about having them stay up with me to watch Disney channel like they'd do with Luce when she was scared. I said, it was alright, I was a big girl now. But then his wife got very serious and said, "do you want me to keep the light on out here?" I replied, "no" and laughed. Then she said it was just lucid dreaming, and I quickly agreed with her. Lance said he had it so bad one night he woke up convinced there was a zombie clinging to his back for the longest time. His wife had to calm him down until he woke up completely.

This reassured me. And I soon was able to calm down, stop shaking, and think clearly.

I did other tests that night. I think they were inconclusive, so there's no point in going into them. I was scared anymore after that. But I didn't sleep in his room again for the rest of the time I was there. Just encase.

Lorna 4 years ago

I'm happy to hear that i only have a sleep disorder. Now i can stop sleeping with my mother. The fear will be there no more now that i know that its not a demon that is trying to take over my body. I would feel like something is holding me down many, many times. It would feel like forever. I would feel like something evil is trying to hurt me. They would pull my hand, close my mouth shut from calling out for help or praying. i would wake up and cry and pray to God what i could do to help this situation. I thank God he led me to the truth.

Robin 4 years ago

I think that science is always trying to explain the unexplainable. This is a very scary place to be. I have had it happen to me on numerous occasions and the only way I can get out if it, is when I instinctively call on the name of Jesus. When I do that, whatever it is goes away. So, since calling on Jesus dispels it, the only thing it could be is something demonic in nature. We do not have answers to everything that goes on in this world. We are all experiencing the same things without knowing one another so something other worldly must be going on. No doctor or scientist can convince me that it is some disorder!

garcia 4 years ago

I'm 21 and I have this every day about 5 to 8 times. I sleep with the lights on bc of this.

garcia 4 years ago

Also, I've never heard of this before nor about the old hag syndrome but I've seen an old lady before, 3 times actually, same lady. And this happens to me not only when I sleep on my back but any other way.

Lisa 4 years ago

Just had the scariest thing happen to me, I woke up to the sound of voices only to discover I couldn't move at all, the voices continued and then I thought My partner had come home, cos I felt him jump onto the bed behind me.

Then, as he started pushing into my back, I realised it wasn't him, it was 'something' that felt evil. The pushing continued, I'm trying to move, I can see the time on my bedside table but I can't move.

Then, suddenly I am somewhere else standing in a room, not in our house, this pushing on my back continued. I realised then that I was in danger so I called for help, then I saw a light purple light come towards me. A pair of women's hands land on the floor in front of me, nails painted dark purple.

Then, I'm back in bed, I try to move again, I push and push and cry out, trying to turn to see what is behind me, then it is gone and I can move...this lasted for approx 30-40 mins....Wtf was that!!!!!!!!!

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Jakebrap 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

I've just written an article on the subject as well :] so decided to browse and see what else people had written on Hubpages.

Really great read anyway, it's a terrible thing to happen because sometimes it can really damage a person mentally.

Anyway once again great hub, sad to say mines not half as well written haha!

Herbert 4 years ago

get off the drugs peoples...

esepablo 4 years ago

sometimes when i get sleep paralysis , right after i wake up from it, i hear as if someone is walking on my roof (roof creak), these roof noises have been heard at least 3 times now.

naimeh 4 years ago

i always had the same things going on since my childhood but the only difference is that i don't see demons or wiches i see normal people that i know sometimes its my friends sometimes family member i often wake up after my paralyse laughing so haarrdd

nobody 4 years ago

One way to "come out" of the paralysis that works for me is to consciously interrupt your breathing pattern. Once you do that you can jolt yourself awake.

This is no disorder 4 years ago

You will experience this usually if the house is old, or once upon a time(it can be a few months, a few years or a few hundred years ago) there was a painful death in the house such as murder, suicide, etc.. This is no sleep disorder. There is a ghost/bad spirit in the house. Believe me.

Clayton 4 years ago

Back to work tomorrow after a great weekend of drinking up the river...

Anna 4 years ago

Last night just a little before 2:30am I was sleeping on my side, I felt something come up behind me, it put one arm under me and the other over me. I thought it was my housemate sleep walking into my room but when I tried to move him off I was completely paralyzed. I tried to say his name but nothing come out. I tried screaming and still nothing. I could feel myself burning up. I don't really remember If it hurt anywhere else besides my chest. My chest was obviously being pushed on being why it hurt and why I couldn't breathe. I finally muttered out who's out there. I was so scared, boiling hot, I felt like I was going to pass out not just fall asleep but I felt like I was so dehydrated from fighting it. I don't know if I was imagining this but I vaguely remembering feeling like there was something black that went out my door. I got up and got a drink and checked the time and went back to bed and all was fine. Same sort of things have happened to me a few times over the years. I know I've become paralyzed numerous times but I don't remember what else was happening. The other day I had a nap through the day and I had the paralasys and the vibrating I thought I was having an epileptic fit and each time I tried to awake I'd fall back into it. I don't have epilepsy but reading all these other comments everything is starting to fall together. When I was 9 (I'm now 22) i seen a male figure walk to my door then back towards me and when it seen me notice it he walked out my window. He was wearing a black suit but I couldn't see his face. Nothing bad happened but I know there's things out there and it scares the crap out of me. It has nothing to do with the age of the house or whether someone died in it or not because no one ever passed away in my parents house where I seen the figure and this house now is a beautiful new 3 year old apartment. Now that i think of it I have also seen the old hag, I remember waking at another house saying what's that to my ex and he could see nothing. She did nothing but I seen her and another night that week I seen big colorful spiders and webs all over my room and again woke my Ex who said nothing was there. The last house I lived in, none of this happened but I believe it was because I lived with a very spiritual psychic who frequently blessed the house and burnt sage in each room to ward off bad spirits. I have just messaged her and am waiting for a reply to see what she thinks. I'm extremely scared to go to bed now. If I hadn't of read any of these posts I would just believe it was a bad dream but now I deffinetly know there's weird shit going on in this world that can't be controlled. Please email me on I'd like to speak more with people having similar problems. I don't want just anyone emailing me I want genuine people.

samesame 4 years ago

I have had this since i was 12, now 26. When i was 18 I found away to get out of it. And that is to hold my breath. I can feel myself going to pass out but i just hold it then i gain control of my body again. I have the ones where its a black human figure. i know its a man. i have been strangled, my chest has been pushed so hard that it hurts. other things as well but that's for me to know about as they are not nice things. BUT the not so nice things stopped when this figure realized it doesn't bother me cos i know that this figure isn't real. its not human therefore it cant actually physically hurt me. once i realized this, i have no fear. i am not scared when it happens to me. It laughed at me the other night but i just held my breathe then i gain control again. i think the trick is to not be afraid at all. in order to do that you have to face it. just test yourself. face this figure this fear. it doesn't make it stop. so fear as written in the article is NOT the trigger that creates a black figure its not an hallucination. its evil that much i know. just don't be scared. anyone wants to contact me you can at i am a roman catholic but. but weather you are religious or not it happens to anyone. i think sensitive souls are acceptable to the non living. I think there is no right answers and no wrong answers. but for someone who doesn't suffer from this disorder can not in my opinion have an opinion on what it is we all have.

Nathan 4 years ago

This has happened to me numerous times. Infact it happened again tonight. I have a mirror by my bed, which I have removed from my room. To digress, the first time it ever happened stuff came out of my mirror, i.e. a creature that looked like golum or something, a snake, etc. these are followed by irrational fear, i am horrified, etc, and feel like I am being attacked but unable to move. I have had this happen since I was 19. I am 23, it has happened more than 1000 times. As I said it has just happened tonight, I am literary terrified, and am considering seeking help.

tom 4 years ago

Nathan, praying for you tonight; please also pray and begin to study the His work. Accept Christ and you will be protected.

MEEE 4 years ago

thia happened to me just last night. I had just recently fallen asleep and then i started to grab someones hand and then i "woke up" and there was a lady in a white dress coming near me and i was trying to yell and move and i felt someone pull my blanket and a deep pressure on my chest as if someone were trying to choke me and then the LED light on my phone fully woke me up

Nat 4 years ago

Cooking lamb roast for dinner,smells yummy.

Nat 4 years ago

Cooking lamb roast for dinner,smells yummy.

gavin 4 years ago

this happened to me last night & it terrified me,this is why i have looked this up. I woke up & something black & smokey wrapped around my wrists & held me down, I tried with all my strength to force whatever it was off but I just couldn't move. I am not a believer in any of this, but i've not felt myself all day & i'm worried this will happen again tonight. i have tried telling myself it was a bad dream but I really don't believe it was, something was holding my wrists & I could feel the grip around them, surely being paralyzed I wouldn't be feeling a grip of something around my wrist

... 4 years ago

This has happened too me a lot lately, and I will wake up unable too move or scream, no matter how hard I try. All I can see is darkness and I am not able too move my eyelids. I feel as if something is laying on my chest and I have too breathe quite rapidly and fastly too feel my limbs again. I also have too wait a while before I go back too sleep as I can feel my body slipping into the same state as before if I go to sleep straight away. Last night it happened too me again, and it scared me. I feel like crying about it. I am only 14 and I don't know what to do!:/

trent 4 years ago

this happens nearly every night coming close to ending my life cant deal with it anymore by the time this is read I shall be no more.

Disciple of Christ 4 years ago

You can be free from this oppression and be sure that there is nothing evil permanently harming you if you trust and believe in Christ Jesus. God's Word, the bible, says "Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." - (John 14:6) ... Also, "all scripture is given by inspiration of God". (2 Timothy 3:16). ... God's promise to us is that we only need to ask forgiveness for our sins, and trust in Jesus who died for us as payment for our sins and sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. God also commands us to read the bible and know his word, because the Word of God is the sword of the spirit that we can use to defeat the enemy - "Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." (Ephesians 6:17)

we rise 4 years ago

been inducing this experience as a means of fighting fear head on

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Hudson Pierce 4 years ago from United States

This happened to me once while I was staying at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Okd place built 1879. I woke and something had it's arms wrapped around me and squezzing tight. I could not speak or move. When I finally managed to rasp out a sound, it immediately stopped. Afterward. I heard three large clicks which reverberated in the high ceiling room. I finally figured out it was the sound of the latchs opening on the sun porch. I fely an evil presense as well. I don't believe this was natural. Never had it happen again.

gabby 4 years ago

this morning before i woke up, i felt as though something was holding me down, i couldn't move, my eyes wouldn't open, and it felt like something paranormal was around me in my room, i tried to yell for help but all that came out was a snoring noise.

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James0O1 4 years ago

Went to bed around 1:30am. Then at around 2:30am. Suddenly had to wake myself up. The feeling of being held down. Being Held down by some dark figure. Am I dreaming or am I awake???? I swear I was just dreaming like a normal person then this happens. This is the second time this year. But worse. The first time I was able to wake myself up with only a little bit of fight. It wasn't all that bad. When i finally woke myself up i sat rite up. This time was harder to break free. Every time I would get close to being awake or breaking free the harder I was held down. I am not sure if anyone could hear me or what the heck. I was trying so hard to scream at it. I was saying a lot after I realized I had to fight for myself. "F off" "Go Away" "Go to Hell" "Please leave me alone" "Get the f off me" Trying to say my brothers name. . . Anything. It felt so bad and dark. Like it was evil. I could almost break free and feel that force over me get heavier pushing me harder trying to stop me from moving or even speaking. As if every time i tried to speak it would gasp me. I am not sure what to make of this. I woke up just like damn and speechless. This is the second time this year and its only March\19\2012. I was dreaming before this had happened. I remember clearly my dreams. Then i slipped into this situation. I have trained myself over the years to remember my dreams and to be aware. But this new thing is starting to worry me. I only wish it would go away. I am only 26 years old.

brlyn 4 years ago

I'm so glad I read this article! This happened to me just before daylight this morning. I felt as if this was a dream. I was in bed beside my husband and my left side-in particular my left arm, was being pinned down. I couldn't move the left side of my body. I was frantically trying to get his attention to help me...trying to call out his name, get him to touch me, anything. For the life of me, I could not do anything but mumble. I could hear myself mumbling but couldn't form any words! I finally stuck my right foot under his leg and instantly…I immediately woke up! I remember looking around and feeling as if something just had to be there because it simply felt like I was being held down. I didn't see or hear anything after I woke up though. I didn't even bother trying to go back to sleep. My husband confirmed that I was indeed experiencing something because the first thing he asked me once he woke up was "what kind of dream was that you were having last night”? I told him about it and he said I was indeed talking gibberish and mumbling in my sleep. He also confirmed that he felt me when I touched his leg and I instantly woke up. What in the world?! I'd also like to add that this sort of thing has happened to me before. I have experienced this around 3 or 4 times in the last 5 years or so. It terrified me each time because it's like I know perfectly well this is happening to me and yet I can matter how hard I try...break out of the paralysis to move or speak or get up or anything! On one hand I hate that others have experienced this but on the other hand, it’s comforting to know that I am not alone and I am not crazy! Thanks to all who have shared and at least made me feel better!

jack 4 years ago

i am very happy i have seen this article i had one of these last night,i was a sleep and i awoke to a dark shado passing me at the side of my bed this freeked me out when i tryed to move i couldent,i tryed my hardest to shout and kick out but all that i could do was to make a mumbling noise it was like something was pushing on my chest and holding me down i have never had this befor and thanks to this websit i now know it was this and not a poltigist trying to hurt me :)

hehe 4 years ago

This has happened to me many times, I lost track how many. It's a relieve that there's a medical explanation here and that I'm not the only person experiencing it. But the black thing, in my case, a man in a black dress; the little voices in my head, someone pushing my chest and others, which aren't isolated cases are really creepy. Before I tried to move my fingers to make me awake, but now, it doesn't work for me anymore. Now, I try moving my head, it awakens me but its harder to do.

Disciple of Christ 4 years ago

Some of these things may be purely "medical", however... not all of them. There is indeed such a thing as Good and evil. If you follow the one true God and follow Jesus Christ, you can be sure you are on the good side and be free from any evil. Follow science or anything else other than the one true God and you are doing nothing but following demons. "The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons." (1 Timothy 4:1) There are always battles, spiritual and otherwise, between good and evil.. but as it is written, Good triumphs in the end. Pray and read your bible, the more you learn of God's word and what it all means as a whole, and the more you obey His word, the better off you will be.

Gazza 4 years ago

Can anyone lend me 20 dollars..

Gazza 4 years ago

need to get a bag.

dudena 4 years ago

i do believe this it's all because of the medical reasons ...

Emily 4 years ago

I had this experience tonight I don't really know what to believe but I do believe praying to god help, I'm a pretty spiritual person and I still feel like there is a heavy pressence around me, even as I write this it is so scary not being able to control ones body I tried to see i can see anything but nothing just the choking, heavy feeling I hear a wooshing sound and another sound which is hard to explain over this but medical terminology can be correect our brains are amazing things and if we have been through tramua or are experience underlying stress it can be a coping mechanisim I think we just need to relax breathe and remember we are here in the present and nothing can harm us. It just makes it hard to get back to sleep which is my problem now anyone got any tips email me

kaylynn 4 years ago

i had it as well i woke up and couldent move than some one was behind me takeing really fast and it sounded like the devil thank when it was done it scratced my neck than i woke up and told my brother and friend and they found a scracth on my neck what dose that mean?

4 years ago

you are all just learning to astral project look it up you shpuld b happy and learn to control it

Lauren 4 years ago

This has been happening to me since I was six, sometime it happens several times a month, sometimes some months will go by without it. It has nothing to do with the house for me, as Ive lived in two different homes and a few apartments. It happens no matter where I am, friends houses, etc. unlike the majority of you though, my episodes are never accompanied by a being of any sort except for one a few weeks ago, and even then I never saw anything. Fit me it's just always been a feeling. I clearly remember the first time it happened to me. I'm also co

Alex :3 4 years ago

Yeah. I get this every night! Before I Fall asleep, its like I am being watched over and possessed, I also see the dark clouds. Every night, I have some nightmare where I am getting murdered or something bad. I try as hard as I can to scream, but I never do. It gets so bad that I wont sleep for days. I'm glad I read this.

andre 4 years ago

ive been having this since i can remember,maybe once a month or more,never seen shady figures or heard voices,bt always pray when it happens an i get this feeling like my body is vibrating then it lets bigest fear is never being able to wake up from it n being buried alive caz they think im dead.i know it sounds crazy.

Imran 4 years ago


I am a software engineer and my routine is very tough and some times i work 2 to 3 days continously over the computer and i felt not sleep no hunger and no feeling cool or hot but if when if i feel to sleep i was fedup as followed by you sleep paralyze...

I am just fedup from this as if i need a great sleep long long sleep but u cant sleep bcz of sleep paralyzm. In ISLAM its sunnah that have a sleep on right hand over the heart side i don't know but this really work as if you sleep on right arm side you i will aleep fine...


Please reply...

Ashish Babbar 4 years ago

Ah! not sure about Sleep Paralysis but yes it all depends on your mind Whatever you think u will trust on it so be positive and think positive..:)

God Bless you All..:)

Marc 4 years ago

I had this sleep paralysis, so. I dreamt of something thT i cant rremember now, then after that dream i just suddenlywoke up thinking that i was really awake ,..i tried to move but i cant. My body cant move but i know i was awake. Allthe lights wer closed and its dark. I ried moving as hard as i can but i cant. I could feel that someone was gonna come. But i haven't seen any shadows i just know tht someone was gnna come for it just lasts for i think sseconds. I could only move my head left to right ...riht after that suddenly woke up again...for real i was awake.. What i would like to know is,, is it bad having 2dreams thinking tht ur awake but finding out that your not? Pls email me :

Cameron 4 years ago

I have experienced this on a few occasions. First when I was 14, I had stayed up for approximately 36 hrs with no sleep. And remember passing out on the floor at my mothers house. I recall waking about 30 minutes into my sleep, totally paralyzed. My eyes were open and I was snoring. I was overwhelmed with fear as it felt like I was choking ( possibly because my throat was so relaxed?). I watched my mother walk past me and attempted to yell out for her to wake my body, but was unable. After a few minutes I had given up hope of surviving and can remember crying, then suddenly my body was able to move and I started breathing normally. Since then I have experienced a few different occasions all varying in symptoms ( hearing things, seeing things, and feeling things). It terrifies me on all occasions

tor tor 4 years ago

This is. Freaking me me out. I'm tired of seeing this black figure long haired woman with a shredded black long dress on in my corner ceiling or something next to me & bends down when I sit up.

kris 4 years ago

I didn't know it was so common. I started having these problems when i was young. Haven't had it in a while. I use to pray while it was happening to me cause it's scary.

Cameron 4 years ago

Hi I wrote on this hub lastnight, a short while before sleeping. I had it on my mind was frightened that it may occur again, it did. I was wondering If anyone else has had the symptoms induced by anxiety about the symptoms. As embarrasing as it is I am a 23 year old male living in Australia, and I am currently in fear of falling asleep.

kris 4 years ago

I didn't have the heavy feeling on the chest though that everyone says. I had this feeling of being shaken by the transparent organic black mass that was floating above me. I do still believe it is spiritual in nature. I do believe in the constant battle between good and evil.

Daniel Spence 4 years ago

Explanation: What you're experiencing is a demonic attack. I've been experiencing these since I was a boy and now I'm a God fearing man.

These occur because you've done something known or unknown that attracted the evil spirit to you. One major reason demons enter your home is porn or demonic music.




Email if you have more questions:

p.s This is not medical that is a satanic lie!

Leen 4 years ago

I guess I've experienced this just now. Initally it's a dream. I could sense the setting to be kind of dark. My mother drove us to a dangerous town, where anyone was at risk at getting shot or brutually murdered. I told my mom we had to turn back as we were approaching, but she wouldn't. The sun had already set, and it looked like it was getting dark. I saw a rapid ghost pass by my mom's side window. I pointed it out and asked her if she saw that little boy. I sensed danger thereafter, and immediately jumped from the passenger's seat to duck down in the back. My mother saw him and rolled down the window to speak to him. I got up and decided to take a look, as we were speaking to him, he would mock me as I tried speaking to him. As we got off the vehicle, we were transcended into this simple looking house with many doors to choose from. As I kept going through door to door, I felt like I was advancing until I was deceived by another similar looking door and felt right through it. I wasn't sure at this point who fell, but it was an aggressive and loud fall from who knows how many floors up exactly. It felt like it was either myself or someone close to me. I did notice a man going through the doors as well, as if he was searching for someone beloved to him. I could sense fear in him but also a determination to find whoever he was looking for. I woke up resting on my side, as I decided to look up, I saw this dark round mass floating above me. It looked to have static or something rotating around it. I wasn't really paralyzed. I decided to get up and shine my cell phone light to it and then turned on my room light. I still feel creeped out because I've experienced this before once after watching a show on ghosts. New Orlean's ghosts to be specific and they did mention the history of voodoo and other witchcraft. I'm not sure what I did to have attracted this again. But I think it liked messing with my mind rather than with my senses, if that makes sense. I felt like it was limited to doing that much.. or maybe not.

Anyways, It was really interesting reading others experiences. I see it's common to mention God's name and feel a sense of safety afterso. I think this sleep paralysis cannot be defined with just science itself. That's just the basis. Why is it that we can clearly sense the twisted and sadistic tactics of such happenings. We can sense it is evil. It manipulates, it creates a sense of a fear, it provides you with the most horrific sensories. I'm not sure about everyone, but science doesn't justify much on why exactly this happens. Maybe it's a taste that spiritual beings do exist and just how strong they can be like some scriptures describe them to be.

Marissa 4 years ago

Oh wow, I am so glad I am not alone in this. It is honestly the freakiest thing ever. The other night I guess I fell asleep with my arm above my head and it felt like someone had put a huge heavy board over my entire body. I was trying to lift my arms but they were stuck, like I was being pinned down. Then usually my heart rate increases. Sometimes I think I am going to go into cardiac arrest.

Lilly 4 years ago

Normally I would consider this to be true, and I would be comforted in reading it. But I had this happen while I was fully awake and reading my book. suddenly my legs went tingly and a strange force opened my mouth, I couldn't talk or close my mouth... how exactly can science explain this?

Ree 4 years ago

I used to have this almost every night. I made my mom sleep with me so I could get as close to her as possible. It still happens once in a while. It is the scariest thing that has ever happened to me.

Teash 4 years ago

I don't feel most of these symptoms but I can tell you all that if you feel like you are floating you shouldn't be afraid. If aliens were to abduct you, I bet they would make sure you wouldn't remember. I have felt frozen, stuck while concious trying to sleep, my reaction to move is unresponsive for about 5 seconds. When I do fall asleep I feel like I'm in a higher conciousness. I used to think its the weed, its not. My dreams are vivid, and they have a lot of meaning according to my history. I am starting to think our ancestors memories could be part of our memories. Perhaps we live on in any way possible when we die, maybe the after life is just as much a journey as it is to drive across the country in a nice car.

Meow 4 years ago

It's just your mind messing with you. There is no such thing as demon or your grandfather trying to pinned you or whatsoever. You wouldn't be able to read this if the real evil really tried to 'abduct' you, do you think you have that much power to fight them (if they were real)? You realize what was happening to your surrounding because you were half dreaming. The explanation is crystal-clear, it's hallucination that caused you seeing stuff.

I often experience that actually, and I must admit I was afraid and called Jesus' name. But if you really believe calling Jesus' name when you were at the freakiest moment, that means you admit God's greater than evil. Therefore, you won't deny Him. You can keep on believing it was evil then xD

But seriously, it's not real. You said you saw creepy things because that is human's nature, to imagine stuff they fear when they feel they are at the edge. For example, I feared long-haired ghost and once when I experience SP, I was unable to move and there was a 'vacuum-like' noises around me, and the ghost walked pass my bedroom from bathroom to the front door. That was scary hahaha! But if I fear clown, the figure would probably be clown. It's anything we fear that our mind recalls when we were afraid.

Keep your faith in God, people. But you don't need to fear ghost or anyone who passed away. Hehe.. Peace!

Jane 4 years ago

I thought I was dreaming last year but one night I was talking to my exboyfriend and it happened,like something heavy came n me and I was screaming and calling out but all he heard was me mumbling...then my aunt said coz I was a single young girl it was da devil looking for a wife....but now I realise its sleep paralysis and its such a relief to know that there are others who are facing the same problem

Cooper 4 years ago

Welcome to my world guys, it happens to me almost everyday.

TC 4 years ago

Last night I was trying to go to sleep but was unsuccessful I was awake for almost 2 hours before I felt my body go into paralysis. My chest felt at an extreme amount of pressure lying on top of me and I was shocked because normally when that happens I’m asleep and I’m suffering from a nightmare. I only managed to twitch my fingers and my right foot every few seconds and after a while I jerked my head slowly to the right and all of sudden I heard a cluster of whispers in my ear. I heard full sentences but I was too freaked out to decipher anything that was being said. I then suddenly was able jerk my head in full direction and gained back all my motor functions. I'm really curious how that can be explained.

4 years ago

I have this happen to me all the time. A lady that is in all black, pretty much like a widow at a funeral is what I see. The people that beleive this is a "medical condition", if a doctor told you to jump off a cliff its healthy you would do it. You probably beleive everything the government says. Perception is everything. And mostly all of us see the same stuff. I don't think we can all hallucinate the same thing.

SEW 4 years ago

I have had this problem since I was a kid. I don’t know how many times because I believe I’ve forgotten quite a few of my episodes. I had forgotten the one I had last night till a few minutes ago.

I don’t know how long I had been asleep. In the dream I was laying down in someone else’s bed in a low ceilinged room that was shaped like a tunnel. The sheets were green, like mine, but a lighter shade. The room was green too, but many different greens. Someone I knew was sitting next to me. I think it was my brother. All I remember is carrot color hair. He mumbled something and then I couldn’t move and my lungs stopped working. I panicked and tried to force my way out of it, but couldn’t. The red head was still beside me. I became aware that I was sleeping and it felt like I was in two places at once. I was in my room and the strangers. I could not see him but my brother was in my room and I tried to tell him to wake me. I still wasn’t breathing. When I called again, my brother had gone and my girlfriend was laying next to me. I called for her and from the strangers room I heard myself mumble in my own. I blacked out and a little later woke up fully in my own room and the instinct to struggle had me pushing my upper body off the mattress. After that I laid back down and blacked out again.

I was at the apartment by myself last night. My girlfriend was at her place and my brother was at his. I don’t know what to make of these dreams. Although I felt my brain sending signals, I couldn’t move. This was nothing like falling asleep on my arm and waking up with it limp. I could feel myself trying to move…. weird… What's happening with me? The dreams are never really the same.

jay 4 years ago

I just had a dream very similar to all. Except one thing. I grabbed thatbla k figure! And once I did. I felt how mad it got and that's when I couldn't move or anything. I think it got scared that I wasn't scared. And I was able to scream out for my gf once and the next screams were all muffled. I am 100% that these are all spiritual experiences. Someone email me if you have ever tried to touch or fightback.

MR K 4 years ago

I had several experience was I was at home-not paralised at all, these were entities (I know these were not human or had a body like me or you) they were trying to get into my home and instinctively I when into full protection mode and of course they did not get in...I never used Jesus or Gods name.

Crystal 4 years ago

Oh my goodness. Thank you so much. I've been Googling logical reasons behind this and all I get are silly stories. Everything here makes perfectly good sense... I can't even begin to explain my relief!

jacob90210 4 years ago

i have these dreams all the time it usually happens after a night of drinking , but i still get them on a normal week night not consuming any alcohol. and the figure i see will always be the same and in the same place.

roja 4 years ago

I feel like such a dumbasslol I thought I was going to be took to the underworld by satan

VDA 4 years ago

I think it' kind of right thinking.

Theblackfigureyouallsee 4 years ago

I want your soulssss! I will consume you...

Anissa . 4 years ago

This doesn't happen to me often , but when it does happen to me i'm froze for about a good 5 ti 10 minutes . & i feel as if someone is watching me & is trying to hurt me . so i close my eyes until i fall back asleep , & i wake myself back up & just walk around my house , for a while . this was very useful , i thought that i was being possessed by something or as if a witch was lying on top of me . this explains a lot . thankyou very much

anon 4 years ago

i feel like most of this page should have been written on parchment paper .most of your frightening experiences are brought on by nothing else than your own fear of the time it happens remain calm because sp cannot harm injure or choke you to death in your bed.i know it may seem scary and uncomfortable but remember have you ever heard of anyone coming to any actual physical harm through this experience?unless you want to count gary up there who im sure has awoken many a morning with satans face etched on his arse cheek... just remember the next time it happens remain calm ,know that your going to be fine and unless you feel like experimenting a little just be strong and will it over.

tarry 4 years ago

This happened to me last nite I was laying down. I fell into a deep sleep then I awoke but I was still sleep then I. Get approached by a figure of some sort he talks some jibberish is he evil mabye but definly scarey looking so I try to get up to get my mom but it feels like I'm drunk or gravity increase by like 1000 it forces me to the ground I scream nothin comes out so I decide to grab something and knock it over to wake someone in the house but I can't lift my arm eventually I get. Up and screeam as loud as I can but wen I scream I wake up an screamm foreal

MayraJ 4 years ago

This used to happen to me in my teens. I had two experiences, they are called outter body experiences. It is when your soul leaves your body you see everything around you, your bedroom and your body. You try going back to the body but you have a hard time, and your soul actually feels the negative forces around you making it impossible for you to return to your body safely. The negative forces try to scare you, choke you and when you actually wake up your body feels like you've actually been battling someone. I used to be a very negative thinker, and even thought someone had cursed me, that was all in my mind I was creating a negative atmosphere for me to live and even sleep in. It is very scary, I used to ask myself why would I feel this? It is simple, I am now 25 years old, and never have I felt those experiences ever again. You can't let them control your mind, the more you think about it and actually believe its real that they are doing this to you, the more they will feed off of you. The mind is very powerful and will attract whatever it is you're thinking. If you think and feel that they are out to get you, chances are they will. I became very spiritual in a different type of way, I have been practicing different forms of spirituality including meditation and have developed a strong relationship with God and the angels. There is no reason for anyone to feel like this, it is horrible and evil spirits should not control you or take over your life. DON'T LET THEM. If you ever feel like this again, call upon archangel St. Michael the Angel who battles bad spirits. If anyone wants more information and would like for me to share more stories, please ask me and then I will post my email. Thanks blessings to you all, may everyone find the light in their lives...

Norma 4 years ago

Mayra J. please e mail me at

Polish 4 years ago

I've been trying to find anything out about this. These strange occurrences have been happening to me for about 22 years and im28. When I first read that it was just sleep paralysis I was overjoyed but knowing that I'm a gateway for spirits good and evil I knew it couldn't be that simple. I've had the same spirit following me around since I was 14 and not just every now and then. Even if I leave my house for a few weeks, it finds me and lets me know that it is not happy that I left it behind. If anyone has any good info on the sleep thing or my gateway theory and spirit following, please e-mail me @ I would love to talk to you if you honestly believe and have some good input

james 4 years ago

Having a faith and trusting your intuition is important. I once let an entity in because I was sick of battling without it and I had trouble le sleeping for weeks. I say prayers or tell it if its not a good spirit then its not welcome. I've only really seen orbs of colorsbut I know the feeling during sleep paralysis when something evil is lurkingl

Shianne 4 years ago

I have all the symptoms explained above but I feel as if I keep rolling back in forth in bed and my legs are straight in the air, I guess that could be the floating sensation.... Tried to scream for my husband to help but all I could mumble was the word can't when I was trying to say help? It is very scary but every time I ask god to make this go away help me and protect my family, then it goes away and no joke then I can open my eyes and finally me if u have any info.

Qwerty 4 years ago

At first, after reading this, I thought what was happening to me was simply explained scientifically. Then I read the comments by other people and their stories and thought this can't be.

How can these all just be hallucinations?

Well maybe it is, maybe it isn't, but you can't just deny that there isn't any evil entities. There are many things in this world now, and not all are good. Not everything can be explained by science.

This morning I was having a dream, and then it was if I was awake but couldn't move, although I could hear me breathing. I'm sick, so my nose is a bit stuffy, maybe my mind was playing tricks though. I tried getting up because I felt as if a ghost was lurking waiting to pop up beside my bed. This is because this house has always had some kind of entity scaring my mom and her boyfriend, so whenever I spend the night here I always go to sleep a little scared.

Yesterday, she said she woke up and opened her eyes. She was 100% sure what she saw was real, a toddler popped up beside her bed and try to climb up it as my nephew would do. She had quickly turned away and it was gone. It looked like him but wasn't him, it couldn't be for he doesn't even live here. He did visit that day but left to his home. It seems to always change to peoples forms she thinks, because similar things have happened like this before and not only to her. Her boyfriend's last wife had said she was sleeping and saw him sitting across the room, when he was really sleeping right beside her. Another time, my mom was sleeping in the guest room and saw him standing across the room just making a weird noise. When she reached out to him he vanished.

Anyways, back to where I was. So in this dream I was having.. my niece popped up beside my bed trying to climb up beside the bed. Then she was gone and I was trying to wake myself up but I was struggling. I knew it was all a dream but it was annoying that i couldn't wake up. I was moving my fingers kinda. Then I was staring at the closet door, everything felt so realistic at that point but I was just laying there still, unable to scream liek I wanted to. Still scared that about seeing my niece disappear, knowing it was my head playing tricks on me, my breathing got louder and I was finally liek "JUST WAKE UP ALREADY" ... I woke up and now I'm here.

I think this is sleep paralysis, but when I was at my real house it was different. More scarier actually. Probably because it wasn't in the daytime. Wow I'm typing alot but there's more lol..

Okay so at my house, sleeping. I was in my bed and I woke up, not sure if it was an actual dream that time. It felt So real. Something dark and devilish was lifting up my covers. My arm was rising up and it was trying to take me with it. I felt my body/soul leaving and I couldn't do anything. I called out for Jesus to help me, then it was gone. I laid there for awhile then I could move. Could this be from being shocked or this sleep paralysis idk.

Another time I was sleeping on the couch and I kept waking up in the same dream. I was sure it was a dream and I wasn't awake. I couldn't move but just kept staring up at the ceiling. Something was watching me. It was a black shadow thing. I kept trying to wake up. I kept waking up to the same thing in the same dream like 10 or more times till I finally woke up for real.

I'm used to waking myself up when I have a dream I don't liek. Not all the time I can do that but most times.

Then again another thing happened when I was a little kid, about 5yrs old maybe? I'm about to be 17 now. My mom woke me up and asked if I wanted to with her to an appointment, so I don't have to be alone with just her boyfriend. [Not the same one as now though] I said no because I was tired and then she was heading out the door. I saw him and felt liek something was bad about him. I tried calling to my mom, but I then couldn't move or talk. I wanted to go so bad but it was too late. She was closing the door. Gone. So how could I speak and say no before? Then not speak when I tried changing my mind saying yes come back? I was crying almost. I felt liek something bad was going to happen so I just went back to sleep.

Years later I found out that he used to do witchcraft. He had things around him. A creepy monkey he used to see. Only he could see it though. My mom said that he once told her he saw the house on fire. He was staring at it then he fell backwards ... [okay I just misspelled "he fell" as "hell feel" coincidence? I think not] but yeah, he fell straight down backwards, without bending his knees, which is pretty hard to do. There was stuff all around the house too. The monkey laughing? I kinda forgot the whole story.

I know this all seems ridiculous but everything I have said so far is true. The only time I get liek this is when I'm around negative stuff. Liek this house I'm in now has to have something, it's always bothering my mom's present bf and her or liek long ago, her ex used to mess with witchcraft/sorcery which is all evil.

When we moved away nothing liek this would ever happen though. Then when we moved back in with her ex, stuff liek that started happening again. Even though he is gone now, you can still feel your energy getting drained in that apartment. You'd get that feeling that you aren't alone and in this house too, but more stronger you also get that feeling too and of it being too cold.

So now I think there's more to it than just this random sleeping disorder. Or maybe the reason why is because there's something doing this to us. Maybe its a combination of both or something idk but as long as you have God with you, you have nothing to worry about.

Oh yeah. Sorry if this is a little tl;dr [toolong;didnt read] or is confusing. I tried my best explaining this and its all confusing to me also.

Will 4 years ago

There are a lot of people thinking this is some spiritual phenomena. I really doubt it as it. I've had it happen to me once or twice and yes it's scary, but I'm not going to suddenly jump to the easiest explanation and say it was an evil spirit pushing me down. That's why this website is here, to explain what the old hag syndrome actually is!

txnick 4 years ago

Iv been havin experiences like this for prolly couple months but nothing like where I feel like am being choked or paralized an can't move, but jus couple mins ago I was watchin tv laying down in my room an had turned the tv off an turned on my side towards my wall an was tryin to go to sleep an not even 5 minutes pass I feel like somebody entering my room even hearing foot steps walkin towards my bed an I felt lik somebody was standin next to my bed just staring at me or something den I feel like a little shrug or push on my back or shoulder which causes me to jerk my whole body an after dat happend I saw either shadow or cloudy substance or something on my wall which I was facing leave or pass a light which is on my celing in da hall next to my room an heard a felt somebody or something leave my room hearing footsteps again an after dat I jus turn on my tv an basiclly ignore it but at same time I am a little scared an dis wasn't only experiance I had oh an my eyes were open the whole time., another time my first experiance couple months ago I layd down to go sleep round 4 or 3 in mornin which I normally do an was facing my door way laying down an heard footsteps walking towards my door an into my room an since I heard footsteps I keept my eyes open to see who it was an had seen nobody wen da footsteps stop I see either black figure or cloudy subtance which was blockin the light in da hallway next to my room (smoke detector small green light) an jus ignored it an closed my eyes tryin to go to sleep den 1 minute or 2 pass by an felt something push down on my head wit strong force pushin my head into my pillow an held me there fo couple seconds til I fought it off an I got up off my bed frightend tryed to reach for my light swich to turn the light on an felt like I was in slow motion or something an I couldn't get to my lightswich an felt something tryin to pull me bak into my bed after I finally turnd my light on I went straight into my restroom scared shitless an noticed a medium size red bump on my neck on the same side I felt my head being pushed down on I even woke my parents I was so scared an to show dem my neck an dey noticed da bump too an I told dem bout wat I heard an saw an felt den my father calls a like lady in mexico dat works on dat white majic oppisite of black majic an she told my pops dat dare was a evil bad spirt in the house an dats wat had pushed down on me kuz my house was unsettled wit bad vibrations kuz I was smoking weed in my room blowing out my window my parents tryd to tell me it was da drugs messing wit my mind but nah fuk dat I know wat I saw wat I heard an wat I felt an dat shit not normal an definatly isn't no scientific explanation. An dis only occurs to me which is jus feelin little shrug hearin seein something or somebody present in my room wen I forget to pray b4 I go to sleep at night. Creepy shit

El Ray 4 years ago

I've had a few of these "Old Hag" experiences where I couldn't move/couldn't speak/couldn't breath because some force was trying to prevent me from moving/breathing/speaking. You can call it "sleep paralysis" if you want to, but I believe there was something demonic about these experiences. Even though I was asleep and dreaming, I was aware of it as well as being aware that: (1) I couldn't move my limbs,(2) couldn't speak even though I was trying, and (3) couldn't breathe or was struggling to breathe. Also I could feel the presence of something dark, demonic that was forcefully trying to prevent me. The only way I was able to break it's hold on me and to wake up was to cry "God help me!!" out loud (I know that I did this outside of the dream, because my wife told me she heard me cry out to the LORD). God delivered me, because I belong to His only begotten Son Jesus Christ by faith through grace. No power is greater than God, so the demonic force had to release me & flee.

Polish 4 years ago

Hey Will. I'm sorry but the easiest explenation to jump to is Sleep Paralysis. There's a whole lot more going on here then just that. All these people from different areas on the planet having the same exact hallucinations is very unlikely don't you think. You can't just hide behind science because you don't or won't believe that there is a spiritual world out there. This is a lot more complicated than waking up during your REM sleep and Thousands of people will agree. Who's with me that this isn't simply S.P.? Cause if that's all it was then everyone would have their own Hallucinations and not the same ones!

Polish 4 years ago

One thing that differs in my experiences from all the ones I've read here is that I've never felt like I can't breathe( but now that I said that watch it happen t me next time :) ) but instead it always starts off with me starting to feel my body start to vibrate and the whole room buzzing. That's when I know it's starting. And most of the time it feels as if something is trying to pull me out of my body. The last time this happened, I just let myself leave my body but I made a concious decision that I was in control and I was actually able to move around freely but only after I had left my body. All the other times before, I fought like hell to not let it pull me out of my body because I was so scared where it might take me and that I may never return. Has anyone had that feeling before. If so feel free to email me. My address is in my first posting a few days ago. I would love to talk to more people that have had these experiences and share my same thoughts on the subject that it's not as simple as sleep paralysis.

Polish 4 years ago

One thing that differs in my experiences from all the ones I've read here is that I've never felt like I can't breathe( but now that I said that watch it happen t me next time :) ) but instead it always starts off with me starting to feel my body start to vibrate and the whole room buzzing. That's when I know it's starting. And most of the time it feels as if something is trying to pull me out of my body. The last time this happened, I just let myself leave my body but I made a concious decision that I was in control and I was actually able to move around freely but only after I had left my body. All the other times before, I fought like hell to not let it pull me out of my body because I was so scared where it might take me and that I may never return. Has anyone had that feeling before. If so feel free to email me. My address is in my first posting a few days ago. I would love to talk to more people that have had these experiences and share my same thoughts on the subject that it's not as simple as sleep paralysis.

Roohi Khan 4 years ago from India Author

I wrote this hub for the sole purpose of giving a different point of view to what many people believe to be a paranormal experience.

Just reading the above experiences indicates that there are many people around the world who experience sleep paralysis.

Now, it is upto the individual whether they want to call it as the "old hag" trying to kill them or "sleep paralysis".

My only request to people who are bent on believing it as something paranormal is to at least think of it differently. Why? Simply, because just believing it to be paranormal and accepting that there is nothing you can do about it is only going to make it worse for you.

It's kind of a learned helplessness. You may want to read this article that I wrote on this concept right here:

If you accept that you are helpless to do something, the experiences are only going to get worse and worse.

So, instead of making them worse, do yourself a favor and look for ways to get out of an episode when it does occur.

Keep in mind that the article is my opinion, just like everyone here has their own opinion.

Thank You!

laketta 4 years ago

This isn't no sleep paralysis, this is something that goes bump in the night. I had this happen to me a couple of nights ago. Long story short, I was on my side in bed, and that's when I couldn't move, didn't felt like I was choking or anything except that I couldn't move. First it set on the edge of my bed, then it crawled up behin d me and pressed against my back so hard. I tried fighting it off but when I did it seemed to have got stronger. It then started to pick with me like, scratching me, kicking me, I tried to yell but nothing came, then I start praying in the name of Jesus and that's when it seemed to get mad and even bite me, then it stopped. I jump up in panic and could feel where it had attacked me at. This was nothing but a demon, no sleep paralysis had nothing to do with this.

IKR... 4 years ago

As like many of you here, I had it happened to me lot of times. It started when I was 12, I'm 24 now. I would hear strange voices, like deep sounds, like vacuum like noise. I will start hearing foot steps coming towards me and doors closing and opening. A shape of a man or dark being stands over me and then start to attack me. Couldn't move an inch nor make a sound come out. This is a scary place to be and I doubt if any medical problems have something to do with this, this is supernatural and there or things here that we thought that don't exist, really does exist.

Megan 4 years ago

Yup, I have this from time to time. It's just exactly what the article says it is. Super terrifying and feels real, but it's just us in a half-awake, half-asleep state.

I have never seen a person sitting on me or anything, the most I get is the inability to move and the sense that someone/something is there, watching me, or approaching me. Terrifying.

I could hear slow footsteps and "know" something is coming towards me (because it's coming from inside our own brains, you know. exactly like how we "know" things in our dreams).

and i just plain don't believe anybody who says there were dark figures and other people can verify and blah blah blah. if that were the case you wouldn't live in your own houses anymore and you'd probably check yourself into a mental institution. if you honestly saw something of pure evil that was VERIFIED to be truly there, i'm pretty sure you'd be making a bigger deal out of it than you are. but you're either lying or a part of you knows/suspects that it was just something to do with sleep. that's my opinion, there's no need to go on scaring people with things like this.

Constantin 4 years ago

The ,,all experince the same hallucinations(ghosts,shadows,demons) so sleep paralysis must be paranormal,, argument is complete bullshit.When you can`t move and panic in the SP your brain brings to life your fears.If you are a christian the fear is represented by the demons(that idea is stong after years of christian education) and the subconscious will create the nightmare scenario.Prayng was taught to be the solution in some situations so when they pray the hallucinations disapear because they feel strong,helped by God and not afraid anymore.when i was little i was afraid to sleep alone in the dark but when i swiched my lamp on all my irrational fears dissapeared,think about this thing.Ghosts are frightening for all the people,you see movies with ghosts,you hear stories,after that this new fear will form in your mind.The thing i want to say is that these common hallucinations are the deep fears of your mind because of the negative influence you recieve every day,and people have some fears in comon.SP is not paranormal.

PS:I do not think is something wrong with the christians,i am one.Allways when i sleep on my back i have nightmares.

nelmar 4 years ago

I have experienced sleep paralysis once in my life. I overheard a family friend describing it to my parents once when I was young, so I was aware of what was happening. I saw no ghosts, demons or hags. However, it was the single most terrifying thing I have experienced in my life. I was lying next to my wife who was reading a book. I was screaming and screaming and trying to move any part of me, to get away, escape, run, but I was trapped and fixed and could not control my body. I was scared to sleep for a few weeks in case it happened again. I'm glad it never has.

I have experienced lucid dreaming nightmares before and this was infinitely worse because it was real, and I knew it.

If people want to accredit this experience to supernatural phenomena, that's up to them. I won't argue because if it works for you it works for you. I stand by the REM awakening in a dream state with muscle disassociation theory; it fits the symptoms.

That doesn't make it any less terrifying...

cara 4 years ago

last week, twice its happened where i was feeling like im being pulled out of my bed.. and on my calf i kinda feel where someone would have pressed their thumb.. last night it happened where i moved about a quarter down my bed, but in the same position.. and tonight too.. ive never felt the whole chest pain thing nor have i seen anything. about 5 months ago i used to wake up at exactly 3am every morning.. so i started sleeping with the light on. im starting to think im gonna do it again. i can't sleep afterwards and go through my day of work and driving school tomorrow.. im contemplating asking my doc for sleep meds so if it does happen i dont know it ..

this happened to me tonight around 3:45-4am. it really scares me ..

if anyone knows anything more or any related story or something, PLEASE email me, id like to connect with someone about this..

Britt 4 years ago

So I don't know if what I had was this or what.

I was laying flat on my back and I could not move. I felt a tingling sensation in my body,

I tried to scream but I could not talk. I tried to bang on the wall to my sister's room but couldn't.

When I finally could move I felt tingly still.

Can anyone explain this to me?

Roohi Khan 4 years ago from India Author

Hi Britt,

Please read the article. You probably experienced sleep paralysis.

Violet 4 years ago

I had this yesterday and I'm only 11. I woke up at 7:00am then went back to sleep I woke back up at 12:00 and I heard my bedroom door move I tried to move and I couldn't it felt like something was holding me down to my bed. I was to afraid to open my eyes so I just sat there I tried to scream for my mom but I couldn't this went on for about 10 sec and when it stopped I ran downstairs I didn't tell my mom bcuz I was afraid I first told my sister and she said to pray to god. It was very scary I hope it doesn't happen again

mario 4 years ago

the last time this happened to me it was 9 months ago. when I paralysed I saw a black shodow that entered into my chest and was moving inside my body brutally and heard demons scream inside me. when the demons left i started moving again and couldnt sleep all night

Toxicreapa 4 years ago

Its happened to me with the vacuum noise and intense only 12 years old.I do not have it anymore thank stopped when i got closer to god.this is no sleep paralysis.this is a demon trying to take over.i had a dream i walked in my kitchen and it was daytime.i tryed to talk but couldnt.i bent over and some man screamed "IM GOING TO GIVE YOU A SHOOOOT!!"then everything blacked out and i vibrated intensively and heard a vacuum noise for about 5 creeped me out!i woke up and stayed awake and went back to sleep.oh by the way this happened to me when i was 5 years 5 old. i went back to sleep.i saw the devil!he had black horns sticking out of his head and he was bleeding from there.he was a black man i kid you not!he had the body of a horse-like shape and had the deepest and horrible laugh he came fast as lightning toward me then i said 'i love you god help me!!"i woke up and felt so much better.i was baptised and never had an experience like that again.its evil peeople trust me god is the answer.:)

4 years ago

I know this is what i have. I use to think it was demons or a wit h when i was younger. Now im 30the qand i have it almost every night for a mknth it go away for couple months then come back. Im crying because im tired of the restless body, sleep problems. I even hurt all over sometimes. Im happy in life have the normal stress. But im happy this is starting to be to often im getting help. Go to tge doctors friday. I even thought i had a seizure my eyes closed and i felt a vibration went to er they say my heart rate to low. So im not letting this kill me. It becomes stressful and stress is not good on the heart ir body. I truely wish you all the best because this is stressful.

4 years ago

It has been happening to be for 6 years, since I was 14, now I'm 20.Throughout this years, different variations of hallucinations have occurred. But the worst one is when I feel some creature trying to take over my body and in order for me to kinda protect myself I need to have sex with that creature It's scary.

anabella thorne 4 years ago

Yea i know it sleep paralysis. This happen to me all the time. But before i read more into it i was petrafied of demons. This happened to my brother like a couple weeks ago. He said he was dreamin while this happened .but during that dream he turned his head quickly and that woke him up. So hes thinking a demon is bothering him. I dont think so cuz thats happened a million times to me in a regular dream. Ok with some stories some might have a demon problem but alt of times it is sleep paralysis, cuz it does strange things. To those who have demons use Jehovah's name.

Stronggirl 4 years ago

Guys your dealing with a demon called jathom he is the one responsible for attacking people during their naps.

Solution: memorize verses of Quran bible or Torah and read them in ur mind while the attack.

But if it tryes to communicate and start showing it self then it's not the same demon it is another type of demon with another intention all intentions are bad they have the ability to harm and transform into a member of your family


Make sure ur clean specially after sex take a shower and never go to bed unless u say your prayers.

Quran has the most powerful vers that protect u either all day or night called the thrown verse it is in the baqarah in the Quran if you play an mp3 of it or read it demons will run away and leave for 3 days cause it will gard ur place for 3 days with angels some verses of the Quran can burn them a live extremely powerful it is their worst fear

Demon r very weak but very tricky and evil they mostly live in ur bathroom or any sink they also like the cornesrs of ur place u can add salt in every corner to kick them out and always say in the name of god befor poring hot water in the sink to worn them so u won't harm them or they harm you.

When having sex or master... Make sure u take a shower to prevent ur body from being venerable.

Say ur prayers before bed times.

Demon are organized they all have jobs and all to distroy our life. Some target married couples to seek divorce. Some tries to prevent u from being close to god. Others enjoy ur suffering and fights with others. Some would try any thing to force you to kill ur self so u end up in hell.

And other type of demon are not really demon they are Jin they have different religions mind their oun business but if u mess with them or hurt them they try to attack you. Demons have all forms some r divers others fly some take forms of animals like black cats or snake or dogs others take humn form and they mostly live in abanded places or top of mountains or valleys , desert and some live on every roof of a house they r harmless unless .,,, and mostly they love dirty stinky places like bathrooms and cemetries

Every spirit u communicate in life with are demons never human the only time u can communicate with a human spirit is when ur sleeping in ur dreams and they r harmless

Further question

My email is

God protect u from any harm

Francisco 4 years ago

Hi um I'm. 15! And I just had this happen at 3:45 and it's 4:29 I'm preety freaked out in scared just trying this I feel a big of comfort hearing my neighbors conversate well I only experienced this like 3 times the first time it was as if God wanted to take me up to heaven but I was saying in my mind please I can't I want to go just not now! And I can't remember the other one but I some what recall it. And just not too long ago I geared like a dog whistle and then it happen I was on my back side and I had my arms over my head and feet positioned straight I felt like something was trying to possess me I tried yelling fir my dad since I have my door open for that same reason since my last episode and all that happen was kind of a little moan and after it just stopped im scared to go to sleep and not planning too I need way more info in this and advice I'm way too young for this please help.

Roohi Khan 4 years ago from India Author

Hi Francisco,

Just the fact that you woke up immediately after you let out that moan means that you can end it if you want to end it.

It is definitely a scary thing but it is not out of your control.

Don't be too scared, just be prepared. You can stop this. As mentioned in the article above, avoid sleeping on your back.

Whenever it happens, just try to wake yourself up. Wiggle your toes or fingers. Try to scream. Do anything that will wake you up. Once you do wake up, it will be all over.

Before going to bed, just pray to God and take the above steps to end these episodes when they happen.

Please do tell your parents about this. A visit to a doctor may help put your mind at ease.

Remember, if you begin thinking that this is a demon or a witch, it will become more difficult for you.

Toni 4 years ago

After just awaking from yet another episode I realized this one was different in a few ways. I was laying on my stomach I had taking a ambien and when I awoke with pressure is my chest gasping for air I thought I was having a seizure the way my mouth would let me make anything but gasp and my fist balled tightly I pulled myself to the edge of bed I believe because I heard my hand not felt but heard my hand hit my metal night stand. I was reaching thinking I needed to call 911 even if I couldn't speak they would come. Suddenly the paralysis gone I can move. I was very confused and oddly felt famished I needed to eat something. Is this from the ambien or just another night terror as I usually refer to them as considering I've felt the demon on my chest, the animal breathing my last drops of air out of my lungs, waking up in tears ect. But I was always on my back. I'm sorry for all of you whom experience these things. I guess I find a bit of comfort I'm not alone in this

Roohi Khan 4 years ago from India Author

Hi Toni,

It is the movement that helped you stop the sleep paralysis episode.

Just make sure to either move or scream whenever you get these episodes, you will be fine.

If you are under a lot of stress or depressed, please consult a doctor and take steps such as exercising and relaxation exercises to help you control the stress and depression.

Toni 4 years ago


Thank you. I am dealing with a lot more then usual so I suppose I have been pretty stressed. I believe that you are probably right a little bit of Sunshine and excersise will hopefully do the trick. Thank you for the advice.

Mat H. 4 years ago

For the last three days i have been experiencing this. Im in a pleasant dream then. The same woman shows up and she begins to argue with and curse at me it soon becomes assualt. I awaken from this nightmare but before i can leave my bed, her voice fills my head telling me im not going anywhere suddenly im pinned down. Today i noticed a shadow on the wall closest to me. Yesterday and the day before it was a tall shadowy entity with no distinguishing features on the other side of the room. I haven't experienced these things since i was a child. I dont even remember "it" being so close to me... Should I be afraid?

Roohi Khan 4 years ago from India Author

Hi Mat H.

You really don't need to be afraid.

As mentioned in the article, just try to scream or move. Put all your energy into doing these two things and the nightmare will end.

It may also be worthwhile to ask yourself what this woman represents for you. There must be something or someone which has been troubling you or maybe some feelings that you have suppressed? Something that is making you feel that you are no good at all?

If it continues for more than two weeks, consider going to a therapist who may be able to help you.

Just don't be afraid. You are not alone. You are not abnormal. You are experiencing something that many people around the world have already experienced and will continue experiencing.

Take care.

james 4 years ago

I had sufferd from sleeo paralysis for years ahjd always have verry viveid dreams and night terrorrs. _ also rem evry dream evry night. I am also a verry spirtual person and cannot provide a scintiffwic gexplanatio forw evry account. What i can say is once i reseawrched what s p is and whatt the syptoms are i have neever had it happin again. Yewt i still to this day wont sleep flat oj my backu. I appoligize for the spelloing in this paraqgraph im typing onu my new trablet and it takes tooto long to go bacrk and fix using a touch screen. Mayy its just me but tuis will be the laset titme u wtight wih this pos tabylet

Roohi Khan 4 years ago from India Author

Hi James,

Just goes to show that if you want it end, it will end.

If you decide to stay helpless, it will keep on troubling you.

So, the idea is to do something about it and not consider oneself helpless against it.

Do read my article on learned helplessness here:

It may give you further insights.

Anton de Waal 4 years ago

First of all I'm not spiritual.

But I just saw a pentagram in my sleep, although I can't say it was a dream because it felt completely different. It was like a vision, where the upside down pentagram became more and more detailed, where after I 'stopped' breathing and felt like I had to struggle for air and panicked for a short period.

EXPERIENCED 4 years ago

BOTTOM LINE HERE IS YOUR INCORRECT ABOUT SOME THINGS.and it's not a medical or mentally tripping out issue I "guess" its safe to say its hallucinations just like you could say everything is a hologram!truth? i have too much reason, to believe that the "ENTITY" that hovers over you and looks like an old person is YOU!

with women,its an old lady, with guys it's an old man. i couldn't tell if it was abraham lincoln, jesus, or just some old guy.i realized it was me, coming back into my body via forehead area( pineal gland) i have had many experiences like this. when i got the nerve to open my eyes and was able to stare at my own soul for about 5 minutes which seemed like forever just becuase it was so amazing. i was not "in shock" anymore after the first minute. i was very logical with myself, went through an entire "checklist" if you will, of ways to make sure i was in a relaxed, awake, state. then i concentrated on moving my fingers, when i was able to make that happen, i was instantly able to move my arms enough to grab the blankets and cover my face for about 30 seconds until i jumped up and said to myself.. WOW. how many people are in THAT state of mind when going through this experience. sometimes when entering back into your body you wake up before the process is finished..that's all. its eerie..but harmless. more of something that you should actually enjoy and THAT will open your mind. some of you might even see your silver cord if you wake early enough ha! i wanted to keep this short,but some stuff you said are incorrect..and sleeping on your side is bad advice..i believe you should sleep on your back and you have a much better chance at astral travel. its natural..ever seen someone laid to rest on their side? that just LOOKS uncomfortable.heck,

sam 4 years ago

well i had this experiance i woke up but wasnt awake? if that makes sence i could only just have my eyes open anywayz i had a dream my girlfriend rang me crying saying she had a bad dream but it was like a guy putting on her voice and after a bit of it crying i wake up or wateva and i see this black shadow not touching me or anything just hovering ontop of me with its hand out like its draining me or something and i usualy sleep on my stomach with a blanket over my head and usualy wake up in the same position but it was like i was flipped over was very wierd but good experiance at the same time... i remember having them as a kid

Jay T 4 years ago

Just had my second one, the first time I was being held down and chocked. This time although I couldn't move or talk, I could breath. I did hear something in my recently deceased grandfathers voice saying either dad or dead.

Simona 4 years ago

Thanks everybody for sharing your stories, I been having this problems for years, had one last night. I'm feel better after researching it, and there more people out here, with the same situation. "It's sleep disorder " the crazy shit I was thinkin. Lol!!!!!!!

Rich 4 years ago

I have had sleep paralysis for the past 10 or so years but I'm worried since my experiences have become more and more intense and unexplainable.

They started off simply with me being paralyzed but very much aware of the noises around me. My natural reaction has always been one of fear but I have rationalized it in my head and always try to force my leg or arm off the bed to snap the cycle.

However, since moving houses I have experienced some very terrifying moments. Only last night I felt that I was being pinned down and opened my eyes to see a clothed arm pin my arms down together (whilst on my side) and another push my head into the matress. Before this occurred I was also aware of my bedside drawer being open and shut several times and items being moved and knocked in my room.

The most terrifying experience of my life however was some months ago. I "woke" up in a state of paralysis to the sound of knocking at the foot of my bed. Then I felt the duvet by my feet being slowly pulled. I opened my eyes and as if noticing my awareness to this the duvet (which was under me at the time) was swept off the bed, taking me with it. Terrified I shut my eyes and got back into bed with my duvet only for the same thing to happen again just 10 second later. What made this so unexplainable is the fact that I was central to my bed, facing to my right hand side and yet I was pulled from this central position backwards to the floor, removing any possibility that I just fell out of bed.

These experiences have made me think there is a quite mischievous entity either at this house or that is following me. What scares me most is that it seems quite malicious. It thrives off scaring me. My worst fear is that this entity is following me irrespective of where I live and that the attacks are getting more and more severe.

If anyone has any experiences related to my story, any advice or any notions then please contact me at

Samantha 4 years ago

This has just happened to me :-( it happens a lot & has done for years so i can relate to most of what everyone has said. I also have dreams that come true too. Not pleasant ones either. Its usually to do with death. As much as i would really love to believe it is down to sleep paralysis, i find it odd that it only happened to me once in my life until i moved to the house i live in now, that was just over 2 years ago & ever since i have had this happen at least twice a week. The black shadow, the feeling of being squashed/held not being able to make a sound or move, it really frightens me. If it was medical, why did it happen just once until i moved into this house, surely a medical

Condition? Too scared to go back to sleep now :-( i heard a man whisper during tonights episode too :-/ i hate it happening :-(

Roohi Khan 4 years ago from India Author

Hey, Samantha, sometimes a change of residence can be stressful and something that you may not be happy about.

So, when one episode happens, you may just associate it with your current residence and then it keeps on happening again and again.

You may be having premonition dreams. Consulting a psychologist and sharing your dreams and fears with him or her may be helpful.

All the best!

Brad 4 years ago

I'm 17, and I've had this experience a few times, all of them have been different, My mother suffers an extreme case and has one almost every night. I still remember the first time i ever had it, I "woke" to the smashing and banging of the door and window down stairs, as if someone was desperately trying to get inside the house, the banging stops, I'm paralyzed except I could move my eyes, and from my bed I can see the top of the stairs, i saw a shadow race up the stairs, it made a loud buzzing noise, I had no idea what was happening, and I thought, "this must be a dream" I tried to force myself awake before feeling like something was sitting on my chest, but all i saw was a blury shadow right near my face, the next thing to happen was by far the scariest, the weight on my chest lifted, and I look towards my door, to see a figure standing there, I thought it could be my dad trying to wake me to see what was happening, maybe I was screaming and he came to see what was going on. But my eyes focused on the being, and it was like a flmaing skeleton from memory, and it was pointing at me, i managed a whimpy scream and the next thing i knew the creature was gone and I had regained movment and was awake. I slept on my back that night, so I think that plays a big part in it, i now only sleep on my side, and have only had one experience since then, and it was like i was floating in the back of a car.

Samantha 4 years ago

Thankyou Roohi. I did go through quite a tough time purchasing this house, it was long & drawn out & very stressful and its never felt like home like my old house did so maybe that explains it. I am hoping there is a scientific explanation for it because the alternative leaves me consumed with fear. I have had many premonition dreams and i tell ppl most of what i dream and they are equally shocked and taken aback when some come true. And as its usually bad things i then feel guilty & think i must be partly to blame somehow. I would rather it not happen at all. I would never dream of going to see fortune tellers or spiritualists & mediums. The thought of that makes me have a really uneasy panic feeling and always has done for some reason. But if there is a 'spirit world' then i dont want to even acknowledge it ever so next time i the sleep paralysis happens i am going to keep it in my head that its just me waking up before my brain has given me back muscle control & hopefully i wont feel as frightened.

Samantha 4 years ago

Last night i was lying on my stomach and i was aware that i had put my hand out to the side of me and up flat on the pillow. As i did it i had a bad feeling and felt exposed and knew i needed to get my hand into the covers then straight away the black shadow came towards my hand as i was looking at it and i couldnt move my hand. I tried to fight to move harder than i ever have before and tried to use mind over matter and it didnt last as long, i managed to shout "fuck off" then it stopped but as soon as i felt myself falling asleep i felt it happen again istantly so i forced myself awake and got up. When i was walking out of the bedroom i heard a man whisper one word. I knew what the word was at the time but couldnt remember after. Ive never heard a mans voice before. Only a little girl whispering sometimes. Thankfully other than the dark shadow i have never seen anything else which has scared me. I woke up once the night before i got married and saw my grandad (who had passed away) sitting right beside me. I rubbed my eyes and tried to check if i was definitely awake and he was still there, his face was quite close to mine. I didnt feel scared though, just very calm. Then he went. I was quite shocked at how calm i did feel. Im not saying that he was actually there though. The mind can play tricks so who knows.

Roohi Khan 4 years ago from India Author

Hey Samantha,

Please don't be afraid of your premonitions. You are not to blame if they do come true. Maybe if you can try to make good use of these premonition dreams, for example, warning someone of the impending danger, it may help you feel more empowered about these.

In fact, you have given me an interesting idea. I may just do a little bit of research and come up with an article on premonitions as soon as I get the time.

All the best!

Samantha 4 years ago

Whatever it is i definitely feel relieved that it is happening to many other people and not just me. I now have a name for it too. I am definately going to think of it as just sleep paralysis now. That gives a good explanation and an easy feeling about it all.

Samantha 4 years ago

That would be really good for me to read if you do. I have thought about warning people before but i dont want to be seen as a 'crazy woman' lol. A few of my friends who have been aware of dreams i have had before they actally happened make light of it by asking me to dream what the lottery numbers are lol, if only eh! I googled my 'symptoms' last night whilst trying to stay awake after it happened. Glad i did now too. Its made me feel better and not so alone with the whole thing.

OT 4 years ago

I am 23 and have a disturbing history of suffering from sleep paralysis - it used to occur several times a night, on a nightly basis, when I was 13-19 but in becoming an adult it has since become less frequent. I have had countless nightmares preceding sleep paralysis and have experienced a few supernatural encounters in the process. Over the years I learnt to switch on the radio after finally being able to 'break free' every night and found that more often than not the paralysis did not set in a second time - whether or not because the music was soothing or I felt less alone I am not sure. In general, however, my sleep pattern was horrible - to the point that paralysis was natural and expected every night. When my family got a dog around the time I was 18 his presence on my bed helped eased things quite a bit; while it was still a nightly occurrence at that time, my dog never failed to make me feel more fearless unless I was out doing things teenagers do and came home only in the morning.

At 20 I went abroad to pursue my studies and now shuttle between 2 countries, of which the time difference is 1 hour. While sleep paralysis is no longer as big a problem as it used to be, in the past 2 years I have had periods whereby for months I will wake at +/- 3am, regardless of the time I went to bed and my level of exhaustion. Whether I am in my home country or in the country where my school is based, I am awoken around the same time. As of now I have been waking up at 3 every night and am starting to become annoyed all over again for I always remain sleepless till 7, which then prevents me of actually acquiring proper rest for I either have classes or things to do in a few hours. My history of sleeplessness has naturally been nothing but highly disruptive.

Despite having been brought up in a Christian family I am far from religious but definitely still hold God somewhere in my heart. I don't know if this decade-long battle with sleep has been a result of him trying to tell me something (though I don't suppose God would disturb a teenager nightly when she has school the next day, and for years at that), of the devil and his contemptible attacks (of which I don't understand why because I'm sure he's rather delighted that my way of life hasn't exactly been godly), or simply of a disorder in my body system.

While there are many nights in which I stay up till dawn, after all this time I just would like a restful sleep whenever I do go to bed early. I hope that in elaborating on the history of my sleep someone will be able to provide insight on what has been happening to me these past years and what I can do to stop waking at 3am, especially since I can never go back to bed. Thanks very much

Roohi Khan 4 years ago from India Author

Hi OT,

It seems to me that you need to consult a sleep specialist for your problems. He or she would be the best person to guide you.

In the meanwhile, you should also take steps to manage your stress levels and the fact that you are just not getting enough sleep.

It is quite a vicious cycle. You go through an episode of sleep paralysis, you don't sleep after that, you are tired and exhausted because you did not get enough sleep, you probably end up not performing at your best levels throughout the day, you get frustrated because you were not able to accomplish things, you go to bed frustrated and stressed out, you increase the chances of nightmares and sleep paralysis episodes.

Try practising some relaxation exercises just before you go to sleep. Meditate for about 30 minutes (just keep your attention on your breath) in the morning.

You should also try changing the time you go to bed. See if it helps. Expecting that you will wake up at 3 am will make you wake up at that time. So, just try changing your sleep timings a little.

Also, get a physical check-up done to rule out any physical problems such as hypertension.

Hope this helps.

Shayna 4 years ago

I have had this happen to me on 5/6/2012 and once about three years ago. The first time it occurred it was me waking up from my sleep and I felt like I couldn't get up forcing myself for about 10 seconds. Then the last time it took place, I heard my beads move in my hallway and no one was there then I was already wide awake then I felt a force pushing me down couldn't move any extremities, couldn't speak out loud and my my eye lids was able to barely stay open! I kid you not, this lasted about 15 seconds. I knew off top it was a spirit then I started to feel well, all of the signs may be sleep paralysis. Just the night before I was watching a segment on tv on spirits attacking people, then the next morning it happens to me, ironic! So that's why at first I thought it was a spirit.

My question is if it is a spirit or whatever, would it be from a loved one passing, a random spirit or could it be someone wishing evil spirits on you? Because I really don't know...

Biniam G 4 years ago

I am A tax preparer and i was staying At a company house with other co-workers from the states. i came home after a long day at the office. it was about 9pm. i laid down in a pull out bed sofa, that was placed in the dinning room area and my co-worker Zach was laying down in the living room sofa. i was reading the book "the secret" just before it happend to me i was repeating a phrase from the book over and over again. " i am the master of my mind" . i put the book down and laid on my back, i never closed my eyes, all of the sudden i feel pressure on my whole body, i can not move nor breath. im screaming at the top of my loungs, i feel blackness all around me, in the middle of that i was thinking maybe me chanting "i am the master of my mind" made the devil pay me a vist, then some black creature is hovering over me. i scream my co-workers name zach! numerous times. im thinking why is he not responding to me when im screaming help! then i finaly snap out of it gasping for air like i was being drowned/or choked. I tell zach yoo you didnt hear me scream your name?! he said No! i told hime exactly what happend and he said, no theres no demons, you just need to adjust your sleep scheduale during tax season, and that i was hullusinating. i didnt think that was the case becuase, i never went to sleep this happend while i was wide awake. i belived its becuase i was feeling greatly about what i was learning about myself from the book. i was thinking that demons are sent out to thoes who are realizing there minds potentials and using them for good instead of evil. i havent told any of my friends about what i think about this situation so please, i would like to hear any responses from you have expierenced this. thank you

hhudson 4 years ago

i have had these expieriences since i was 9 years old, i am now 16 and these happen on a regular basis.

i consistently have someone or something holding me down by my neck almost like they're trying to stop me talking, i feel someone/thing holding my legs arms, and chest down.

i hear clearly whispers in my ear by more than what it sounds like 3 people, whispering to me " i will kill you" or "i want to kill you" whenever i try to defend myself in this experience. whenever i hear them words i can feel and see my body being shaken by black figures.

i do recall being inappropriately touched on several occasions and sometimes waking in nothing but underwear. when i look for the clothes i fell asleep in, they're no where to be seen for at least a month and will suddenly appear.

it started off just one figure i could see in my bedroom through these traumatic events but now for the past 6-12 months it's been 2-4 black figures, all standing around my bed almost like they're performing a ritual.

it's almost fortnightly that i have someone who i believe is my great great grandfather visit me in my sleep- when i have OBE'S.

i can see everything in my room, move around and i can feel the spirit touch my leg like they're rubbing it better. they then stand at the head of my bed and watch me as i lay there.

this is all very scary as whenever i wake from these i can feel presences in my bedroom and i call out to someone in my house such as my mum, but i can't.

i also have bruises over my body from where i felt like i was held down.

it's very traumatic and it makes it all a little bearable that others suffer from these experiences too.

jennifer l 4 years ago

this is my first and only experience with sleep paralysis. i have read most of your stories, but not the super long ones (im tired lol) .. anyway heres mine: i left my fan on in my room and i dreamt papers were flying everywhere and that a spirit was trying to enter my body. i was unable to move or speak but i saw everything. apparently i was spinning. i couldnt tell if it was real or not. i yelled gods name and it stopped and i awoke. i thought i had slept under the covers but i awoke above the covers and halfway off the bed with my hair and bangs messed up(prob because the fan blowing). i am freaked out and def not going back to sleep tonight. but if this were real wouldn't my papers be all on the floor and not in order? our body does strange things when we are asleep and i know some friends of mine who do talk in their sleep. i do believe that this is sleep paralysis, but like you guys discussed why does it have to be demonic? maybe that is the first thing that comes to mind but we have all woken up from it unharmed. and i read someone had bruises ? well i sometimes hit my arm on my nightstand while sleeping lol. and bruises can come from doing things like that. im just not going back to sleep because its scary eitherway.

Mehran 4 years ago

At least I know what it is!! I cant breath, whole body shakes then cant move. Also hear voices....Kevin are you sure you haven't messed yourself??

Gemma 4 years ago

Kevin the vile smell you speak of seems to be food related so could be the release of gases from your bowel. This may explain why it can also be noticed by others. The smell could be the cause of what puts you in a half awake and half sleep state? I think you have nothing to worry about.

Glenn 4 years ago

There's nothing paranormal or demonic at work here. The explanation at the top is accurate. The fact ur scared and in a semi dream state explains why u see bad things. Ur mind can't produce what u can't imagine. If I read of black smoke and hags then that's what ur gonna see when u think that's what happening. Much like religion or aliens, people ignore the rational explanation with evidence and just jump to "demons did it" and they must call god to help. It's only cus u believe god can help that it seems to work. Believing anything could help u and would have the same effect as its all mental control. Its just fear combined with a dream state and things uve read or believe that make u see these things. And seeing it strengthens that belief thus a vicious cycle tht makes u less likely to believe the truth.

Dimza-DJ 4 years ago

HAHAHAHAHA i get this sooo often and i never knew what it was until last year when i heard doctor karl explain the symptoms on jjj radio. i never once thought it was something trying to enter me, or something spiritual etc cos when you're dead, YOU ARE FUCKING DEAD! but what i did know is that if i stayed up for too long or endulged into too many chemicals over a weekend i knew science would hold the answer as it always does.

now i get sleep paralysis even when awake in the middle of the day while im talking to people. i feel it coming on and i twitch and jump my way out of it. just get yourself more sleep. i would stay awake for 5-7 days at a time which explains why i was getting it whilst at work and shit. such a simple answer. stop the spiritual bullshit cos them just like god... just another of your imaginary friends!

Roohi Khan 4 years ago from India Author

Thanks Glenn and Dimza!

Glad to see that the article makes sense to not just a few but many people in the world who experience sleep paralysis. And no, it isn't demons or witches.

Brandy 4 years ago

I have been having these episodes since about the age of 7 or 8 and I'm 34 now. I've noticed people here saying that it only happens when they are sleeping on their back. Well I'm a stomach sleeper and I always have been. I sleep with my arms under me and my face pretty much pressed into the pillow. It is terrifying to wake up and not be able to move when your face is in the pillow. Your first instinct is to panic which doesn't help matters at all. When I was younger and it first started to happen I told my mom who is a Jehovah's Witness. She told me it was demons and to just call Jehovah's name and they would go away. Well that use to work immediately. Now it doesn't. Last night every time I tried to fall asleep it would happen. I tried calling for Jehovah and praying repeatedly but nothing would work. I sleep with a mask on because I'm sensitive to light when I'm sleeping. Well I definitely saw a hooded figure. I couldn't see a face or hair, but it was a cloudy, hooded figure. I was trying to scream and say help so that my partner would hear me but that didn't work. I also thought that my partner was looking at me but didn't want to wake me. When I was finally able to move I took my mask off and nothing was there. My partner was also facing the wall sleeping not facing me. When I am in SP I feel as if something/someone is holding me down. I don't feel actual hands on me, just something holding me down. The hallucinations are terrible. I was so scared and frustrated every time I would try to fall asleep and experience this that the first thing I did when I woke up was to google it. I don't know why I've never googled it before but I'm glad I did this morning. SP explains everything for me except seeing the hooded figure. I feel so much better now that I have more information about SP. I've also learned some new ways to cope while I'm having an episode. So thank you Roohi Khan.

Gabriella 4 years ago

hi i am a 15 years old and i have experienced this 3 times in the past two months. The first night it happened it happened right after i laid down to fall asleep. I could not move an inch and i could not breathe. I was able to break the thing that was holding me down but then it came back and happened again that same night.Then it happened about 2 nights ago and i had just laid down and all of a sudden i could not more or breathe. I felt my phone on my ear and i heard my mom talking to me. This whole time i was aware of what was happening and knew it was night time and my phone was on my dresser and this "thing" was happening again. In this sleep paralysis i heard my mom loud and clear in my ear as if i was on the phone with her but i could not speak. She told me she was as my Nanas house and shed be home soon so go unlock the back door and my auntie anna was in the back round and she was like is she alright. Then i heard a loud hair dryer and i felt like i was moving really fast like fast forwarding and then i was able to break the force and 2 second after i called my sister and made her sleep with me. I am scared to sleep now i honestly felt like i was going to die because i am unable to breathe. Does anyone know if every time you go through one of these sleep paralysis does it worsen?

Roohi Khan 4 years ago from India Author

Hey Gabriella,

It does not have to get worse every time. The more scared you are, the worse it will get, yes. The more you are prepared for it and know exactly how you should get out of it, the easier it will get.

As mentioned in the article, just put all your efforts into moving your fingers or toes and in screaming as loudly as possible. It should do the trick.

It is scary, I know. Just don't let the fear get out of control. That's all.

Asking someone to sleep with you is a good idea. If they do notice you acting strangely while asleep, they should just wake you up. It would be over. Having someone around is also a great comfort. So, that in itself may help reduce the episodes.

All the best!

HookooEkoo 4 years ago

I used to be able to travel out of body when I was younger. It started one night when I was around five or six. I awoke to what looked to me like a demonic torso pulling...well, pulling me out of me by hands. There was another figure with the one pulling on me looking down on me from behind the main one. Being very frightened I tried to scream but no sound would come out. When I came to the realization and the understanding that I was now half way out of what I knew was my sleeping body I fought back. I went back into my body and got up to try and wake my brother in the bunk above mine but something was keeping me from waking him. So I ran for the door to try and get to my parents room across the hall. When I got to the open door and tried to go through it I was stopped, it felt like a combination of quicksand on the floor and running through jello. I knew who was stopping me from leaving and I turned around to see the two figures looking at me from the head of my bed. The one who was pulling me out of my body had his arm stretched towards me seemingly using some sort of power to slow me down. I can't remember how I got through the door but I did and went straight to my parents bed. Of course they reassured me it was a bad dream and we went to bed. They didn't close their door and the door to my room was still open, I saw the two figures come out of my room and stop at the door to my parents room. I heard noise of some kind, can't remember if it was words or just odd sound but I closed my eyes and went to sleep.

This is how I was opened to the OOBE but it is far from how I learned to do it at will. I believe now that those figures were from a place that can affect our reality. If they had not attempted to abduct me from my human body, for what reason they had, I believe that part of my brain/soul or whatever makes us able to travel out of body would not have been switched on.

After that I was able to "travel" at will but not without great fear. You see I used to have lucid dreams of being paralyzed and being bitten all over my body. The sensation was so frightening I would have to wake my self. This would happen only when I tried to sleep on my back with my arms at my sides. This went on for almost two years...same thing all the time. One night I decided that I was to old to be scared anymore so I suffered through the biting to see what would happen. The ability to travel out of body is what happened. The biting sensation and the feeling of impending doom was my immature mind trying to rationalize what was actually going on.

So this doesn't turn into a novel I will say that the ability has helped me through some of the toughest times in my life. Some where out there is an ex-girlfriend who can attest to an experiment I did. I had her write down whatever she wanted on a pad of paper in another room while I stayed in the bedroom. She then came and sat next to me while I traveled to the other room and read the message she wrote me. When I got back to my body I sat up and said "porkchops", she gasped, hit me and then told me to go to hell. I walked into the other room, grabbed the note pad and gave it her. She was upset I tricked her, I was happy because the note said "what do you want for dinner?"

That was the last time I traveled out of body, I had just turned twenty. I don't know if I forgot how or what but I have tried many times since then and no luck. I am now thirty four and I think my time is out for anymore OOBE's.

TK 4 years ago

this has happend to me so many times only on one occasion i gave up and i had an outer body experiance i then told my mum who then told my grandad who claimed to have been in the spirit world he then told me what iam able to to is a gift not a curse he then went on to explaining the world we live in has many spirits good ones and bad ones at constant battle with each other the good ones can see the ones who can travel outer body and will attempte to make us aware of what we can do but the bad ones will try to scare us from useing them something about how we pose a threat to them and oh yea all u poepple out there who has this ability u might wanna do sum research about your family tree couse my grandad did black magic he was in a whole load of fucked up shit my dob is 14/12/1985 iam 26 years old and its still happening to me for a while it stoped but 2 days ago it started up again when i started missing my mother who has passed away that night i felt a presence in my room i was watching a movie on my laptop wen i heard my blackberry move and straight away i new i was not alone around 5:30 maybe 6 am it happend the feeling

Mattgalm 4 years ago

I had all the same symptoms of the above, besides the floating part. This creepy black thing just moving fast all around me whispering shit in my ear. I tried to tell it to fuck off but it wouldn't. I was freaked out at first and then it sat on my chest. Then I must have over came my fear and I wanted to have sex with it. then it left..but I heard voices after that. Being completely paralyzed still..

Ruth 4 years ago

I really am quite annoyed at the theory most professionals have about what happens during a sleep paralysis episode. It makes no sense to someone who actually has experienced this phenomena. You are awake because you feel, hear and see. You are 100% conscious except for the fact you cannot move. So that means there are more senses working and proving you are awake than not. Professionals wake up and listen to the people the experience is one of evil and demonic!!

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thoughthole 4 years ago from Utah

Roohi Kahn, I checked your article out as promised, very thorough, nice work. I read many comments, but there are oh so many I did not read them all. I hope that some of the commenters may find this helpful, as I found it helpful in my case. During a Paralysis episode though verbal speech is out of the question the ability to project intention through thought is still well in tact, instead of struggling merely say in your mind with intention "What you are looking for is not found here, you are not welcome". As I said in my own hub on the subject I am not sold on any particular theory but personal intention is a powerful thing no matter what the root cause of the phenomenon may be. I have had the best results by using this technique. I am hoping that maybe some prior commenters might see this, you got nothing to loose by trying.

Roohi Khan 4 years ago from India Author

Thanks thoughthole for stopping by. Your comments are indeed appreciated. I am sure your suggestion will be quite helpful to the others who have commented here. This is especially since you have actually experienced these episodes.

For everyone who stops by please do read this article on sleep paralysis as well.

Holly 4 years ago

Has anyone seen the movie the fourth kind? This may sound dumb but in that movie they have footage of actual events that sound a lot like what you guys are experiencing I would put a tape recorder in your room to record your next incident.

martinnitsim 4 years ago

hello tommy it took me ages to find it this is there link

and some info , they have a deal on at the mo ,tell them martin n told you to ring

Ellie 4 years ago

I had my first experience with this a week ago. Only thing is that I know I wasn't sleeping because I was awaken to the feeling of being choked. I couldn't see any type of figure, but I knew something bad was holding me down and choking me. When I tried to scream some unseen entity grabbed my face and starting screaming directly into it. That caused pain starting in my head and radiating throughout my entire body. I have since had two more similar experiences.

Roohi Khan 4 years ago from India Author

Hi Ellie,

What you have experienced is definitely sleep paralysis. You feel you are awake and you feel there is something that is choking you or just hanging around in the room. Just avoid sleeping on your back, control your stress, exercise and avoid eating 2 hours before going to sleep. Basically, stay healthy and you should be fine.

TilHanzo 2 years ago

Hi there, does any parent have any tips about the best method to get their baby to sleep all night?

I have read various websites with suggestions but I am still finding it very hard.


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