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Sleep paralysis and 'demon' sightings

Posted on Tuesday, 2 April, 2013 | Comment icon 50 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Sleep paralysis can not only prevent you from moving, it can also make you hallucinate as well.

Most people will have experienced sleep paralysis at some point in their lives, the sensation tends to occur when waking up and is characterized by being mentally awake and aware but being unable to physically move. It happens when you gain consciousness but your muscles remain in an ultra-relaxed state. The experience can be somewhat unnerving, but to a few people it can also be accompanied by powerful auditory and visual hallucinations that can leave them absolutely terrified.

Once referred to as 'old hag', the phenomenon can sometimes manifest visions of an old woman or even demonic creatures, leading to stories of otherworldly creatures visiting people at night. Tales of the incubus and succubus also stem from such experiences, the sufferer often feeling the sensation of being crushed or restrained by the metaphysical intruder.

"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."

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Comment icon #41 Posted by Ad hoc on 5 April, 2013, 0:36
So... you don't believe in hallucinations, or mental aberrations you haven't personally experienced? hmm... Also, don't be too sure no one you know has experienced it. I've never bothered mentioning it to most of my friends or acquaintances. -- Anyway, I don't think I've ever had sp but I've certainly had night terrors on and off since I was young. I think it's probably the workings of my brain, rather than anything external. I had them really badly every night up until a point where I went through an internal process that involved me becoming aware of certain... [More]
Comment icon #42 Posted by Harte on 5 April, 2013, 15:06
It's a very tiny eye on your "second head." Harte
Comment icon #43 Posted by SpiritWriter on 5 April, 2013, 15:14
Thats how I feel sleep paralysis is different.
Comment icon #44 Posted by SpiritWriter on 5 April, 2013, 15:40
But I wont say demonic activity and sleep problems dont coincide, in my experience that is true. Ive only had SP like 3 or 4 times, but thats enough to know what it is. My sleep problems were nightmares.
Comment icon #45 Posted by SpiritWriter on 5 April, 2013, 16:10
The reason I feel there are paranormal reasons for SP / demons etc.. as apposed to just constructs to your mind / dreaming etc is because (for me) when I was having these problems poltregeist activity was also present. This is activity shared with more than just myself and affected my house, not just my dreams. Plus I saw the demons while awake and other things while awake on other occasions.. I do think it not unattached to our minds though because if that were the case how could it infiltrate our dreams and SP when it does happen. And like i said it caused nightmares for me... Its all quite... [More]
Comment icon #46 Posted by Ad hoc on 5 April, 2013, 16:51
True. However, on the other hand, the rational explanation is often more simple- for instance saying 'it's ghosts' gives the illusion of being the simple explanation, when that actually requires a whole giant yet illusive structure to reality that isn't straight forward at all. I don't personally think ghosts exist, at least not in the popular way they are thought about, although there may be some other genuine weirdness that to us appears as ghosts. In a strange way 'demons' is a more interesting proposition to me, in that I'm intrigued by the idea of what ot... [More]
Comment icon #47 Posted by Godzilla52670 on 6 June, 2013, 18:00
I think that the question should be is why when awakening into SP, one may have the feeling of something malevolent being around. why is it not something more is all fine and well that we can give the experience a name.."you had midnight paralysis accompanied with hallucinations.." while still not understanding at to the where is the sensation rooted? it all just a figment of one's own imagination..or perhaps what one is having is taken place on a more subtle lower vibration, which in most systems of belief attribute most such instances to lower vibration ye... [More]
Comment icon #48 Posted by Rafterman on 6 June, 2013, 18:42
Let's see - the Daily Mail with a healthy dose of misogynistic Priestly **** shaming thrown in for good measure. Is the Daily Mail your definition of "thorough"?
Comment icon #49 Posted by Rafterman on 6 June, 2013, 18:43
Very true. Of course the "believers" are all going to come back and say, "yes, but mine is different." Uh, no it's not.
Comment icon #50 Posted by belmont305 on 28 June, 2013, 14:18
When I was a teenager, I had this multiple times, to the point that I didnt sleep in my room for the whole summer as it happened quite often and was chilling. How I resolved it? I STARTED SLEEPING ON MY STOMACH AND IT NEVER EVER EVER HAPPENS THEN. The most terrifying? Well they all were but one particular one - maybe this is where "old hag" came from, is when I heard "a familiar sound" and this is a common trait, I heard lamp clicks, or casual soothing "callings" like if it were my mom or anything that wouldnt seem peculiar - almost like a trick. Upon hearing a fa... [More]

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