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Sleep Disorder Makes People See 'Demons'

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 08:39 PM

When filmmaker Carla MacKinnon started waking up several times a week unable to move, with the sense that a disturbing presence was in the room with her, she didn't call up her local ghost hunter. She got researching.

Now, that research is becoming a short film and multiplatform art project exploring the strange and spooky phenomenon of sleep paralysis. The film, supported by the Wellcome Trust and set to screen at the Royal College of Arts in London, will debut in May.

http://news.yahoo.co...-152946861.html

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 08:58 PM

I had sleep paralysis a few times.... Demons is not the only thing you see.

When I had it the last time there was a bright light in my room and it felt like it was stopping me form moving. Freaky stuff.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:26 PM

Funny, I experienced sleep paralysis frequently in college. From stress or excessive drinking or both? Idk
And even later in life, it is still something I'm not unaccustomed too.
Yet, even when I had no idea what it was and felt like a weight was on me and/or could not move, I never once
thought about demons or the paranormal.
Curious? Yes. But I just accepted it as some odd physical or psychological response by my body.
Also, if I'm in bed almost asleep and I hear the door open, my heart races like it's going to explode out of my chest, even when I am not at all afraid and know exactly who it is.
Again, that happened a lot more in college too. But if my husband worked late it sometimes happened too. Have no idea why.


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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:59 PM

Oh heck, if I don't get enough sleep I don't see demons...I become one! Posted Image

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 11:44 PM

What do you call it when you are wide awake standing on the bed screaming at a demon or something?  I've had sleep paralysis before and I know what it is but this was nothing like that.  It happened in a apartment I use to live in.


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Posted 01 April 2013 - 11:49 PM

View PostStill Waters, on 01 April 2013 - 08:39 PM, said:

When filmmaker Carla MacKinnon started waking up several times a week unable to move, with the sense that a disturbing presence was in the room with her, she didn't call up her local ghost hunter. She got researching.

Now, that research is becoming a short film and multiplatform art project exploring the strange and spooky phenomenon of sleep paralysis. The film, supported by the Wellcome Trust and set to screen at the Royal College of Arts in London, will debut in May.

http://news.yahoo.co...-152946861.html




Good, considering so many people get their education fro television, maybe this will do some good. I doubt it will get much attention, it is not fantastic enough.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 12:44 AM

View PostHilander, on 01 April 2013 - 11:44 PM, said:

What do you call it when you are wide awake standing on the bed screaming at a demon or something?  I've had sleep paralysis before and I know what it is but this was nothing like that.  It happened in a apartment I use to live in.

mental illness of course!!! [/sarcasm]

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:06 AM

I see them when I'm wide awake . Outside even . Dark out light out . My episodes with sleep paralysis ,or even nightmares involved no demons what so ever.
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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:25 AM

I often feel as if I'm drowning during sleep paralysis.  But sleep disorders can make you see things, I had night terrors as a child which has given me nyctophobia in my older age.  I would often wake up and have a 'turn' as the doctors would call it.  Sometimes I wouldn't remember and sometimes I would.  I would literally live my nightmares to the point I'd vomit uncontrollably.  I remember once my mother came into the bathroom when I was seven, and I didn't see my mother.  It was some...thing and I remember it vividly.  Now I know it was my mother, but it's a surreal feeling.  I also used to see things which are very hard to explain, objects, people I guess.  It was like a horror movie, I'd see things crawling out of the manhole on the roof, or something coming out of the cupboard etc.

Other time's when I didn't remember I apparently got violent, screaming and lashing out at people calling them things and wanting my mum.  I walked under a hot shoulder, put my hand on a stove etc, and these are only the one's I've been told of.  

So sleep disorders can make you see, feel and live some pretty crazy stuff.

Thankfully I rarely have nightmares any more, and even when I do they are far removed from the horror movie like one's I had as a child


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:26 AM

yep it still doesn't explain the other phenomena of ghost/possessions/etc.

These things seem to occur frequently

http://www.dailymail...ssed-devil.html

If you do a thorough search, you will find a lot of these kind of stories, even videos of it occuring.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:33 AM

I can barely sleep at night, and yet I hear many noises and see figures darting from view. I have never had sleep paralysis, but I can see many things awake. maybe it's my psyche beginning to crack, but I'm not sure.


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:43 AM

View PostHilander, on 01 April 2013 - 11:44 PM, said:

What do you call it when you are wide awake standing on the bed screaming at a demon or something?  I've had sleep paralysis before and I know what it is but this was nothing like that.  It happened in a apartment I use to live in.

Sounds like night terrors.  I have them on occasion but usually don't remember the nightmare after waking up screaming and flailing.

Eating very rich or spicy food can trigger these episodes for me.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 04:37 AM

View PostLava_Lady, on 02 April 2013 - 01:43 AM, said:

Sounds like night terrors.  I have them on occasion but usually don't remember the nightmare after waking up screaming and flailing.

Eating very rich or spicy food can trigger these episodes for me.

Yeah night terrors, I remember some of my nightmares lol.  They make good camp fire stories.

Though some people don't believe such crazy nightmares are possible -_-

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:42 AM

View Postkrypter3, on 02 April 2013 - 04:37 AM, said:



Yeah night terrors, I remember some of my nightmares lol.  They make good camp fire stories.

Though some people don't believe such crazy nightmares are possible -_-

I bet a lot of horror stories began as nightmares!

Night terrors are actually classified as a sleep disorder.  Check out these people:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSVwmSzxKtU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

One guy even has a leash on him for when he gets out of bed


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 12:11 PM

Having suffered from sleep paralysis at intervals and experienced the classic symptom of sensing an intruder in the room which I perceive to be malevolent in nature I have often wondered could sleep paralysis not account for an array of apparent supernatural incidents for example demonic possession which was advanced as a possible cause of sleep paralysis in previous centuries?

I am also led to thinking that sleep paralysis could be a direct parallel to modern reports of alien abduction. In folkloric beliefs sleep paralysis is purported to be caused by malignant supernatural entities such 'incubi' and 'succubi' which sit on the chest of the victim. Given the centuries in which these folkloric beliefs regarding sleep paralysis arose was a time when the prevalent religious imagery oft of a demonic character must have impressed heavily upon the subconscious of the general populace it is of no surprise that the sleep paralysis was perceived to be supernatural in origin. Now in modern times sleep paralysis is still likened to a supernatural episode but with the gradual lessening of a religious belief system weighing down on the collective psyche sleep paralysis may be becoming attributed to alien abduction and alien visitation in accordance the zeitgeist of the age.





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