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My Sleep Paralysis and Experiences (please share if you have some as well!)

 
chazbone
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My Sleep Paralysis and Experiences (please share if you have some as well!)
So I've had "sleep paralysis" for as long as I can remember. Most of the time it's me "awake" in my body not able to move. I would freak out and do the silent scream and eventually regain control of my limbs.

As It happened more I got more used to it and let it last longer.

After high school it stopped completely except for two other experiences which I wanted to share with some people.

1st. This was my first sleep paralysis that I can recall and the most vivid. I was under 7 years old and had just been put under anesthetic for the first time for tooth removal. That night I was lying in my mothers bed relaxing and passed out.

I awoke to "shadow" figures all on the side of me, my hands were pinned down and I couldn't scream. But I remember picking my chest up off the bed even though I was still pinned @ the arms. Eventually everything gave out and I was free. I ran crying into my mothers arms trying to explain what happened, got passed as a night mare.

after that I would get the paralysis quite often almost nightly, but never shadow figures or being pinned down.

2. About 4 years ago (and 3 years since I stopped having paralysis) I woke up in my bed. I had the tv on still and a pillow slightly covering my face. I woke up to feel a heavy, heavy pressure on my chest as if something was sitting on me.

There was an instant fear in my head that told me I did not want to move the pillow. I started to freak out as it became more intense and I swear on my life that I heard a growl. I was freaking and start of repeating in my head "im not afraid of you sick fuck", eventually it disappeared. Everything was extremely vivid in my head, I swore it happened but still don't know what it was.

3. This was about 3 weeks ago I was sleeping in my hotel room while my GF was taking pictures for a wedding we were attending. Once again I woke up in sleep paralysis, I heard the hotel door open and some shuffling. In my head I was okay, the GF must of come back early, I was still half asleep. I even heard it get close to the foot of the bed, TAP MY FEET. Then a few seconds later I have the pressure on my chest again and my wrists like Im being pinned down again.

This time I immediately in my head was like, "okay, get off of me I am not afraid." I literally was thinking the words "happy thoughts" anything positive and eventually the pressure disapeared and no growl this time. I wasn't nearly as afraid cause I had experienced before and every time nothing damaging happens. But the fear is always there initially.


So I came here to see if anyone else had these experiences, remedies, explanations, thoughts, phone numbers for a psychiatrist? lol

Really just curious to see what other people have to say about this.

Thanks guys.
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No one else has had these experiences?
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One cause of sleep paralysis, is sleep apnea, where you have shallow and contricted breathing.

What I discovered, is once I got a fan, and an angled pillow (this cause the head to tilt and mouth to stay open), this reduced the sleep paralysis by over 90%.

Also I found fear, seemed to induce the paralysis, so have ways to combat fear.

Are the shadowy figures we see during the paralysis, real entities, or just part of the mind?

I don't know.

It's speculated, that during the paralysis, a part of the mind is still asleep and dreaming, but another part is awake.

So since a part of the mind is still sleeping, you may literally start dreaming, with eyes fully awake and aware, hence you seeing these figures.

But I'm still not certain, if these entities we see are real, or just a product of the mind.

There's a case where 2 brothers, both had sleep paralysis in a home, at separate times. Both described seeing, a woman, and they both described her exactly the same. They did research, and found a woman died there. They saw her picture, and discovered it was the same woman they saw during the paralysis. If true, this shows, what's being seen, is much more than a product of the mind.
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Regarding you not being able to move, here's another explanation.

During sleep, a part of the brain keeps you paralyzed, to prevent you from acting out your dreams.

So during the paralysis, a part of you is still asleep, and a part of you is still keeping you paralyzed.

However, this is frightening, since another part of the brain, is fully awake.

So it's an unusual state, between awake and dreaming.
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I was told to be calm & simply say "no", in my early twenties. Like you, my adult experiences are few & far between. Saying "no", releases me within seconds.

A word of advice: if you cover your head with your covers/pillow before you go to sleep (on a gut feeling), you're pretty much telling yourself you have an appointment that night.
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I was told to be calm & simply say "no", in my early twenties. Like you, my adult experiences are few & far between. Saying "no", releases me within seconds.

A word of advice: if you cover your head with your covers/pillow before you go to sleep (on a gut feeling), you're pretty much telling yourself you have an appointment that night.
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Yeah that's the common variable. So strange I wonder why that is.
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Many years ago I heard a low growl/purr like sound. Sounded like it was right in front of my face. I can't say I have ever seen anything during an episode of it. I know that it's sucks. Sometimes now I just try to go back to sleep instead of trying to move and awake fully. I don't have it as much as I used to.
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move the tips of your fingers and toes. it tells your brain you are awake and it will immediately free you

and not being scared will make nothing appear or only happy things appear
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Call on Jesus to rebuke the encounter.
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Call on Jesus to rebuke the encounter.
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don't give people pointless uneducated advice please.
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I was told to be calm & simply say "no", in my early twenties. Like you, my adult experiences are few & far between. Saying "no", releases me within seconds.

A word of advice: if you cover your head with your covers/pillow before you go to sleep (on a gut feeling), you're pretty much telling yourself you have an appointment that night.
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Yeah that's the common variable. So strange I wonder why that is.
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Apparently, we give permission in the first place.
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peel out and ride out... enjoy it
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Yes I do and I hate it. I am not as scared of it anymore but I still don't like it. I try and call out to get my partner to touch me as that wakes the asleep part of my brain up. I sound really scarey though, as it is an enormous effort and comes out sounding like a monster. LOL! Makes me scared my partner is going to die of shock, or run away thinking I am possessed by a devil. Hahahaha! As you can see I have developed a sense of humour about it. My partner still hasn't.
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Yes I do and I hate it. I am not as scared of it anymore but I still don't like it. I try and call out to get my partner to touch me as that wakes the asleep part of my brain up. I sound really scarey though, as it is an enormous effort and comes out sounding like a monster. LOL! Makes me scared my partner is going to die of shock, or run away thinking I am possessed by a devil. Hahahaha! As you can see I have developed a sense of humour about it. My partner still hasn't.
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My step brother and I shared a room. I woke him plenty of times with blood curtling screams of me trying to force my self out of it.
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move the tips of your fingers and toes. it tells your brain you are awake and it will immediately free you

and not being scared will make nothing appear or only happy things appear
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I agree whatever it is fear does not help.

What happy experiences have you had?
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My boyfriend is 52 and strong and tough as an ox but he has these same type experiences since childhood and it still freaks him out. He says he feels like he's dying when this occurs and it happens frequently. I feel for him and there's nothing I can do for him. I mean sometimes it really scares him. He calls them panic attacks. He sleeps best if he had a few beers. It usually occurs if he doesn't drink.
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That pressure in your chest is your heart chairs activating. That always happens during an out of body experience.
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*heart chakra
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Call on Jesus to rebuke the encounter.
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This. There are tons of sleep paralysis and ufo abduction testimonies like this. Jesus is the only name that has power over demons... It sounds like he really is the Lord.
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Don't be scared of the sensations you feel.if u want to break out of the sleep paralysis, focus on wiggling your big toe and that will wake your body back up.
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I have experienced this many times. I think it's a failed spontaneous out of body experience or astral travel. Failed because I don't leave my body, I'm paralysed within it. I've seen and heard so many things while in this state but I'm always in the room I'm sleeping in. Usually the lighting is different to reality.

I haven't had this happen in a few years and I find its more likely to happen of I sleep on my back. Also when I'm heavily involved in spiritual subjects and meditation.
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Yes I do and I hate it. I am not as scared of it anymore but I still don't like it. I try and call out to get my partner to touch me as that wakes the asleep part of my brain up. I sound really scarey though, as it is an enormous effort and comes out sounding like a monster. LOL! Makes me scared my partner is going to die of shock, or run away thinking I am possessed by a devil. Hahahaha! As you can see I have developed a sense of humour about it. My partner still hasn't.
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Can he hear you? I always thought the sounds we make are part of the Hallucination.
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It's often accompanied by a vibration or buzzing in the head.
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Oh yes
KINGDOMS, NATIONS AND KINGS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT DOWN TO THEIR KNEES WITH ONE GLANCE FROM A WOMAN.

I WEAR MY SKIN OF ARMOR SO NO ONE CAN GET IN AND NO ONE CAN GET OUT.

HOW CAN I MOURN YOU, WHEN I HAVE NEVER LET YOU GO, monster 1991-2008 RIP
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Yes I do and I hate it. I am not as scared of it anymore but I still don't like it. I try and call out to get my partner to touch me as that wakes the asleep part of my brain up. I sound really scarey though, as it is an enormous effort and comes out sounding like a monster. LOL! Makes me scared my partner is going to die of shock, or run away thinking I am possessed by a devil. Hahahaha! As you can see I have developed a sense of humour about it. My partner still hasn't.
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Can he hear you? I always thought the sounds we make are part of the Hallucination.
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Yes. It takes enormous effort on my part as I can't move anything. It takes all my willpower to get that sound out but even that doesn't help me move. It is only when I am grabbed that I can move. During it I can't move a finger - it really is scarey at first. Now I know what it is, I don't fear it but I hate it. It is horrible not to be able to move anything.

But yes I can get an audible but horrible sound out. Op said he woke his step brother so I guess he can too.
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i had missing time during the day over and over after a first hand sighting with friends, and these happened every day for months always when i left work driving home. i got scared and did some research, only to find out how common this was.

about 2 years after the sighting i had 3 days that seemed to me to be one long nightmare with creepy fuckers in a strange place, i woke up from this 3 day sleep (without knowing it had been 3 days) and rubbed my head as i often do after something startling or surprising, only to find a strange bump in my forehead. one of my friends egged me on to put a magnet to it and it stuck, 7 years later i still have the bump, its never decreased, increased, hardened, or softened, still today you can roll it around with your finger. i havent experienced the missing time on a regular basis since then so i havent really worried about it.

the way i see it, whether it was milab/4th kind/paranoid delusion manifested into reality, i dont care. as long as i dont mess with it, seems there is no reason to mess with me.

i have however meditated/asked for explanations about this with no answers, no response, no compulsion. so i just let it be, since i have no control over the situation regardless. its there, im here, what am i supposed to do about it.
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ive had 3 experiences 1st i was asleep but awake i couldnt move but i saw something evil float past my door
2nd experience i started floating out of my bed
3rd experience i ran down my street started to fly up i could see my house and the main road and the houses near my house that was the best dream ive ever had
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Yes I do and I hate it. I am not as scared of it anymore but I still don't like it. I try and call out to get my partner to touch me as that wakes the asleep part of my brain up. I sound really scarey though, as it is an enormous effort and comes out sounding like a monster. LOL! Makes me scared my partner is going to die of shock, or run away thinking I am possessed by a devil. Hahahaha! As you can see I have developed a sense of humour about it. My partner still hasn't.
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Can he hear you? I always thought the sounds we make are part of the Hallucination.
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I don't think it is an hallucination. Nobody ever sees a big cuddly bunny who only wants to give them a hug and candy and tell them to have a nice day. If it was hallucinations you would experience that one would think at least once in awhile.

It's always evil, some kind of assault is involved. I had one. I was able to move, I felt it as it jumped on me. I heard the water slosh around in my waterbed as it pushed me down. If there is paralysis it's not because the victim is asleep. It's like what happens when you're walking down a road and turn around and there's a car about to run you over. You freeze in utter horror. If you're lucky the car misses you.

I know what I saw that night, I know what I did. None of it was a dream.
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It's often accompanied by a vibration or buzzing in the head.
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Funny you say that. The one I had hit me in the throat after it jumped on top of me. My ears started to ring immediately after really loud. I thought it stabbed me at the time. I thought it was an actual person, a robber or something. It was only after it got off of me and rushed off and disappeared without a trace into the darkness that I understood it was something else altogether.
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That pressure in your chest is your heart chairs activating. That always happens during an out of body experience.
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*heart chakra
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I concur. You can bring about this experience without sleeping first and without the fear element being present. Precursor before OBE.

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First off, thanks for sharing. I wonder, do you sleep walk?

I have experienced sleep paralysis once in my life, and though I didn't see anything in mine, it was still extremely disturbing.

I think I was probably stuck on my bed for about one to three minutes. When I opened my eyes everything had a green film to it, and I was in my early teens so I hadn't been drinking, wasn't sick, or on drugs or anything. Heck, my parents didn't even allow me to have caffeine really so it never made sense.

Anyways, I wake up and at first I'm terrified because I can't move my body, but I had a history of really disturbing nightmares, so I slowly started taking inventory of the situation to make sure I didn't make it worse by freaking out. After the initial shock wore off I began to go through a mental checklist to assess just how serious the situation was.

"Am I still breathing?"

I couldn't determine that without moving but I didn't feel any pressure on my lungs so I figured everything was okay.

"Am I injured?" Again, couldn't be sure, but nothing hurt so I moved on to more important things.

"Can I move my mouth? Can I move my eyelids? How long have I been like this?" etc. All answers came back no or not sure, though since my eyes weren't burning I figured I must not have been awake all that long.

For awhile I just laid there and thought, "I'll just wait until someone comes in to check on me and they will see my open eyes, realize something is wrong, and get help" -- but of course that quickly grew old, so I decided to count to three and try moving every muscle in my body at once.

"1-2-3...." I counted in my head, only to whiff the first time and still feel paralyzed. Absolutely nothing moved.

I counted up to 3 again and this time my limbs exploded away from my body in miraculous full body spasm.

To this day I do not know what that was about, but I have a HORRIBLE track record of having sleepwalking lucid dreams. I walk around, asleep, recognize I am dreaming, but slip in an out of recognizing it. I talk to people who aren't there, have voices talk to me, only to wake up and realize I actually walked to where I was headed in my dream, and just didn't realize I was dreaming.

My last WTF moment was about a year ago. I woke up not feeling well, and marched myself down to the bathroom. Immediately upon reaching the bathroom the room began to spin and I said something like "I'm going to throw up," as I clutched the sink to stable myself and possibly splash some cold water on my face. "That's what he wants," a kind sounding voice told me, and immediately I woke up and the spinning stopped. I was already at the sink, so I splashed some cold water on my face and gave myself a couple minutes to adjust to being awake.

The brain is a funny thing. I find I sleep better (for some reason) if I do it during the day.

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