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#16    Lars Johansson

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 09:03 AM

I have SP's all the time. I first look around the room and find outthat I have sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is different than lucid dreaming since it looks 1) totally real and later when 2) SP is over the light in the room matches what I saw during SP exactly in that angle that I just could see but not move during SP. During lucid dreams I can be at another time area or another place that does not match the real world. During SP I, as I said, first look around and when it's apparent to me that I can't move after a few attempts, I close my eyes since I don't want to see anything there when I can't move as my guess is that it will be very unpleasant. I then check if I can move, and then for a few seconds I feel a little panic since only some muscles can be moved at first and I can believ that I can move, while it's just a finger or a foot, which is not enough to stand up then I feel alright when I can move. Sometimes I have to run away to another room or the kitchen in panic, but mostly I feel alright anyway. I don't feel bad but it could be connected to migraines somehow, they tend to turn up a while after SP or so.

I want to ask grendals_bane how you can move the blanket over your head while you are paralyzed.

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 04:25 PM

I've only had SP one time when I was about 16 years old. At the time, my aunt was visiting us from out of town, and she was sleeping in my room, in a bed just across the room. I went to bed as normal, well after everyone else had gone to sleep in the house, and I swore that my aunt had sat up on the edge of her bed to smoke a cigarette. I didn't think anything of it until I tried to say something to her and no sound came out. I tried to call out her name, trying to force myself to scream, but I couldn't.

I turned my eyes upward, and it looked as though there was something hanging from my curtain rod (the window was just over my bed). It reminded me of those ghost Halloween decorations that people hang from windows that are made out of rags. My version of Old Hag syndrome, perhaps?

I tried to move but I couldn't.

It's been a long time since this happened, so I don't remember if the feeling passed or if I just ended up falling asleep. I know that the next morning, still convinced that my aunt was ignoring my cries, I asked her if she noticed me trying to speak to her. She looked at me as though I were nuts and said she was fast asleep and that she never just wakes up to have a cigarette.

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 05:42 AM

Im 15 and ever since I was little I'd have what I thought to be dreams where I'd wake up not being able to move or speak, usually feeling suffocated. It wasn't until yesterday that I looked it up. Last night it happened again, this time I remembered reading symptoms of hallucinations and hearing noices, so I tried to open my eyes which I had never though about trying before. I was surprised that I could actually move my eyes and opened them. But then I started hearing thunder like noises, I wasn't really scared even though that had never happen before. I was on my back and my head was turned to the right, I moved my eyes to the left.. Then i realized why there was so much pressure on my chest... There was something sitting on me, I couldn't breath. I started to panic, then I just closed my eyes hoping it would disappear, a few moments later I woke up extremely terrified. D:

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 01:51 PM

I went through a period of frequent S-P experiences back when i was around 17.

It was a stressful time in my life, i did'nt know what i was doing, i was in trouble with the police etc. etc. i'm fine now :D

but anyway I would be having these episodes of s-p about 3 nights a week.

i can think of 3 times where i've had it and my visions absolutely terrified the crap out of me, the first was a huge wolf that walked in and walked around my bed backwards and forwards as if sniffing around for something on the floor and then it disappeared, i was still paralysed n started panicking as to where it was and then it jumped up onto the bed and just stared me in the face SO close i closed my eyes at that point.

Another time it was a hood gyspy-like woman who came in and leaned over my bed and started whispering into my ear in a language i couldnt understand in the most creepy voice.

another time i could hear my whole family downstairs screaming for my help but i couldn't move, this lasted for ages and i heard each one of them get killed as if beheaded. the last one to die was my littlest brother and the way he was sobbing still haunts me to this day.

anyway i started to research s-p and decided to get into it to try and understand why it was happening to me.

I would sleep in a position that would guarantee i would succumb to sp and then try to LIFT my soul out of my body and walk about as a "spirit" if you get me.

I was extremely successful in this and managed to leave my body MANY times, i could walk around and make things appear it was the most amazing thing i've ever experienced. The furthest i got was all the way down the high street where i lived.

After a while my sp period just stopped, i couldnt get myself into it and i've never experienced it again.

im suspicious it was due to stress that my sleeping was so F'd up, because after i won my court battle my sp stopped shortly afterwards

thanks for reading if you did i know it was long lol

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 11:39 PM

I have had many SP experiences, well I know it's SP but I will add I don't think I've fully experienced the power of a FULL BLOWN SP episode (like the full on visuals and auditory hallucinations) I have had these but not too extreme, although mine HAVE been extremely terrifying.
I notice a couple of things when it happens to me, most of the time I wake up in my bed (ofcourse my surroundings are as per physical reality and not dream like) so it definitely feels as though I have woken up completely, I can't move my body and the horrible things start to happen to me.
Sometimes, I wake up in my bed and I feel the SP coming over me like a wave (this is really hard to explain), if I have woken up enough (as in not too drowsy) I can sometimes but not often escape the SP episode or prevent it from happening, as I feel the wave come on in that split second if I try really hard to get up and open my eyes I can avoid it but if I'm too drowsy I don't have the strength to get up, an SP happens! This is something I haven't heard anyone else say happens to them.
Another thing I get EVERY SINGLE TIME is after every episode I feel like something has drained ALL energy from me, so the SP experience absolutely terrifies me and then when it's over and I can finally move my body, I usually can't from exhaustion, so I lay there terrified and exhausted until I fall back to sleep.
And can I just add that until I looked into my symptoms I didn't know about SP, I am so pleased to realize that I am not crazy and that the scary experiences are not evil entities harassing me :D
The other thing about SP that seems to be very clear to me is, within my own experiences and also hearing other peoples experiences, we describe it at first as if it's evil beings, there's an apparent reality that there is definitely an evil presence in the room, it's not like we create this and go with that thought it really feels like a "knowing" that there's an evil presence (I believe this is a result of a combination of the extreme paranoia from the fear and the fact we can't move), this starts us off to living through some really scary experiences which like I said, we explain it away with something paranormal because we don't understand it, (because until SP is explained to us that's all we have to put it down to, there's so much crap out there about demons and entities etc but very little about Sleep paralysis so our brains can only recognize that it must be demons or entities, even if we don't believe in them) these episodes are/seem very very real to us so at first it's hard to be told it is a result of your mind. Anyway, what I have noticed is that the terror that we experience seems to be the most terrifying of situations one can go through, and seeing beings come close to you sometimes right up to your face or grabbing you and holding you down and laughing or growling etc but they never seem to actually harm you, no one says this being came into my room he looked really evil and he cut my arm or anything like that it's always that the evil presence just terrifies the hell out of us to a significant point but no actual harm other than instilling fear is done, which is why it makes sense to me to assume SP is infact a result of your own mind.
It terrifies me and I still try to avoid letting that wave get me when I can just because it's so damn terrifying, however, now that I seem to understand it a bit more I am glad that I get SP, it seems to me like another way of understanding myself and my mind or just an opportunity to have fantasy like experiences (it's scary, but exciting when you think about it) you know it's not going to harm you and you will go on with your life as normal the next day.

This is all just they way I see it and my personal view on it (SO FAR), I definitely am no expert!

I really did try to keep this short but I failed, lol apologies.

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 03:52 AM

I could have sworn I've had about two episodes of SP, but I only remember the one I had last week. I remember waking from a long nap in the middle of the day and being blinded by the glare the snow makes on my window during the daytime. Immediately upon opening my eyes I heard a strange growling sound in the room to the left of my window (which is right by my head). I glanced over and saw the dim figure of an old man with his head cocked to the side; he was growling at me! And I couldn't move!

It wasn't his creepy growling (I swear he sounded like a mix between a human and a dog!) that got to me, but how he was completely still with his head cocked to the side (like his neck was broken) that creeped me out. I could tell I was still kind of dreaming at this point, so I growled back at him (LOL). Our growling contest only lasted a few seconds, though. I blinked and he vanished.

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 12:55 AM

I have had SP for like 5 years and more than I can count on one hand, One of them I can remember is that I had just got out of school and was about 17 and I took my usual nap around 2pm then I look towards the mirror and seen a grayish slim lady with long black hair open her mouth wide and screamed at me and it scared the sh** out of me, even though it was broad day light outside I refused to continue my nap that day lol

Another time which was more recently I was laying down then I began to dose off next thing I know I could not move and I made many attempts to yell and groan hoping that the sound would wake me up and the harder I struggled to get up the worse it got and I felt stuck, then I seen some kind of figure over my closet door, next thing I know I try to pick up the phone to call my boyfriend and actually heard the voice mail and the operators voice sounded like the phone was under water yet I was still in SP mode, the next morning I looked at the call log and saw that while in SP that I was aware of it to make a call. Kind of weird.

What I have learned from my SP is that once you are aware enough that you are experiencing SP that the less you try to move out being stuck the faster you will be able to move almost similar to quick sand, U get it?

Thats just from my perspective

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 03:09 PM

I've had it once - fairly textbook case.

My Dad was living in this old house that he was renovating and I was visiting one weekend.  Since only one bedroom was finished, I slept in the living room on the couch.  On the wall was the portrait of an older gentleman from the 1920s or so.

I had been asleep for about two hours.  I remember waking up, not being able to move, and gasping for breath (like the wind had been knocked out of me.  The overhead light in the room was on, but it was really dim - although there wasn't a dimmer on the switch.  But here's the weird thing, I looked at the portrait and the eyes were glowing red.

I struggled a bit and then fell back to sleep.

When I woke up the next morning, I remembered everything and thought "sleep paralysis - cool".

There was nothing paranormal about it.

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 05:14 AM

I've had this happen to me twice before. Neither times did I ever see any aliens. The first time, all I saw were some really blurry rainbow lights and I couldn't figure out what the hell was going on, then my brain went, "Ooh... I saw this on TV a few months ago. Weird..." And the second time, I was having a dream that involved a thunderstorm and I woke up and I kept hearing thunder and seeing lightning outside my window and I was convinced it was raining. That happened two nights ago and it rained today so I'm convinced that the second time was a psychic vision. :rofl: (not really but, I thought it was a neat coincidence.)

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 06:43 AM

I've had one experience with SP, and like a previous poster said, it's a pretty textbook case.  One day last summer, I was sleeping in my apartment, laying on my side with my back facing the window in the bedroom.  I always kept the blinds drawn on the window because I tend to be kind of nocturnal, and the sunlight coming through the window makes it tough to sleep.  Anyway, I woke up around 9 am and even with the blinds drawn the morning sun was very bright coming into the room.  As soon as I woke up, I realized I couldn't move at all, and I had this overwhelming sense that there was a 'grey' type alien standing outside my window peeking in at me.  For a moment I even saw the shadow of the head against the far wall.  After a second or two of panic I realized what was going on (as a long-time reader of these boards I'm pretty familiar w/ the symptoms of SP), and calmed down.  A few minutes later, I saw the shadow of a bird fly past my window & immediately I was able to move again.  After reflecting on it for a few minutes in the "Oh cool, I just had my first SP experience", I fell back asleep.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 03:42 AM

I haven't posted on the board before, so here goes nothing! :)

I have experienced sleep paralysis since I was a small child (I'm 40 now) and always thought it was part of the paranormal so I didn't mention it to anyone, not even my parents, since I grew up in a very religious household and it would have caused more grief than it was it was worth. I never had any visual hallucinations just audio ones and the feeling of evil being in the room.

I read on line recently about how sleep paralysis is a sleep disorder and can be sometimes linked to insomnia. Now, I have only had insomnia for the last 5 years, but recently started seeing a sleep specialist for the insomnia and finally told him about having sleep paralysis. I also explained that I never sleep on my back and still get it at least twice a month. He gave me prescription that would somehow do something during REM that would stop sleep paralysis from happening.  I haven't had a single episode of sleep paralysis since and I do not miss it in the least!

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 02:53 PM

After experiencing SP many times and having that overwhelming since of fear I had decided that the next time I would encounter SP I was going to try and hang in there, so heres what happen.

I was sitting in the living room of my dads house where I stayed at the time relaxing watching a basketball game I think anyway I ended up drifting off to sleep and shortly after the next thing I remember is opening my eyes and seeing nothing but pitch black I quickly thought to myself ok don't be scared go with it, there was still a since of fear burried in my head and after a min I started to chicken out a bit but couldnt seem to get myself to pull out of it almost as if something was playing with my head it was a very differnt feeling so that triggers the "fight of flight" feelings. With out another single thought in my head I began to try and stand up at first it was like trying to move to wake yourself but after a few seconds I began to push my self up from my stomach which is the position I had fell a sleep in then all of the sudden I had what I would describe as a break through feeling at once I was on my feet I remember standing there shouting "alright, show yourself" as I slamed my arm down onto the couch I got off of I remember thinking breifly that that may have not be the best thing but I was filled with this feeling a anger and rage then the living room and the kitchen came into view darkness was gone I began to take a couple steps my second step was by the stairs quickly I was knocked down the stairs I could feel my each body part hit the stairs just as if was happening but the impact was not hard or painful it was like a numbing sensation and mild pressure apon each hit. Once at the bottom of the stairs I was on my stomach kind of freaked out a bit the weird thing is as I hit each one of the steps I just had that feeling like you know that would have boke your neck the next one my back hitting my head hard on the floor in the basement then. Maybe after 2 seconds of not trying to move cause I was numb all over it felt like I get this feeling as something is on my back reaches out grabs the back of my head and jerks back as if to attempt to snap the neck. Instantly I woke up and I have to say I gave it some thought before going straight back to sleep after that.

Its a crazy story this is the only time anything like thats has happen I have never seen anyone during SP as most ppl seem to see shadows of other human figures. After this episode it took a couple more times for me to decide to hang in there and just go with it but now im glad I did you can eliminate that feeling of fear right away and actually use this as a way to explore with the astral body I have only done this a couple times it takes a min to get down but watching your astral arms lift from your physical as you atempt to raise you arm its a crazy feeling really kool.

Thanks for reading storys about were interesting to read, I actually don't know a single other person who has SP so its nice to see some ppl who know what the hell im talking about

Edited by Josh2018, 04 March 2011 - 02:57 PM.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 06:38 AM

 Caligraphy, on 12 January 2010 - 07:52 PM, said:

Many people suffer from Sleep Paralysis, be it they are aware or unaware they are even experiencing this strange phenomena. Some see things that their afraid of in an awake state of mind, (such as spiders, bees, snakes, ect.) and other's see things that would be classified as Paranormal

This has happened to me at least two times, when I was in my 20's.

The first time I remember being awoken by this bright light, and I couldn't move. I could only think and move my eyes only. I remember being scared and thinking what if there is a spaceship outside. Am I about to be abducted?

The second time was few months later. I was laying in bed. (We lived in a haunted house) And this black spirit floated into my room, and started choking me. I was scared couldnt move or fight it off. I remember trying to scream for my mom, she was downstairs getting ready for work (4am). I tried and tried, but either nothing came out, or the being made it to where no one could hear me, somehow? IDK?
So, I kept thinking I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die, I can't breathe so, I cried out to GOD, please help me, I focused on Christ and started to pray again, please help me; then a brilliant bright light came into my room, and the thing stopped and it left me alone.
I ran downstairs and started yelling at my mom. I was choking, I couldnt breathe something was trying to kill me, why didnt you try and help me. I was screaming and yelling for you, she said, I never heard you make a sound.

And as for the seeing spiders thing, I have done that my whole life. I wake up in the middle of the night ALL THE TIME and jump up and turn the light, then rip the blankets off the bed, throw my pillow across the room. My wife is use to it now LOL she says its just a dream go back to bed. I always so NOOOOOOO
there is a huge glowing spider that was just about to land on my head. She says you were snoring its just a dream, I said it was real, I seen it. Its always a huge spider like from the size of my hand and its always glowing I can see it in the dark. And its so hard to sleep afterwards, cus I think its under the bed, or blankets, or under my pillow. So i keep looking for it so i can kill it, so it wont crawl on me.

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 09:13 PM

I will have dreams from time to time that demons are trying totake over my body and I will wake up quickly sometimes and when I do I can't move. I remember one time I woke up I saw something drifting away from my bed and I tryed to scream but couldn't. Another time it was like this eerie choral music that I heard resonating from my body. I swear I could feel it in my soul. It was horrible. It just sang "Satan" and a tear was rolling down my cheek. It was a disgusting feeling. I hate when I wake up like that. I feel so helpless. I just pray. It just proves there is a war being waged for our souls and our bodies. It's scarry business.

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 12:29 AM

I had one experience of SP and I will never forget it.

I fell asleep with my eyes open and started hearing voices of one of my guy friend's and his parents talking, coming from the right side of my room. I managed to turn my head though the rest of my body wouldn't budge. The voices kept getting louder and louder as if they were getting closer and then it suddenly stopped. I managed to turn my head back to the position it was before, looking at the ceiling. Suddenly, a black cloaked figure slowly comes through the ceiling, floating. It was as wide as my queen size bed and twice as long. The edges of it were as if it was rippling fog and as the figure floated down to me, the cloak began to widen and the hood of the creature turned down to my face as if looking at me, but there was no face inside except the blackest darkness I've ever seen. While it was coming down to me, my body felt like it was getting electrocuted from my toes up to my head. I tried to scream but my mouth just opened and tears rolled down my face then I suddenly felt the cloaked "reaper" lay on my chest and try to "soul" suck from my face. I tried to move and rock from side to side and finally managed to wake up suddenly and take a huge breath and scream. My nerves were so completely shot that my whole body had a massive breakdown.  My bed was soaked from massive cold sweats from head to toe and somehow managed to have the biggest panic attack I've ever had (I only know that because my hands, feet, and face were numb and my eyes were twitching).

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