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Thursday, April 23, 2009 Sarah, Community Member, asks

Q: Unable to wake up and panicking

Sometimes when dreaming I'll be very conscious of the fact that I am dreaming and that I am really laying right where I am. I'll try to wake up but I feel suffocated and I won't be able to wake up. It makes me panic in my dream and when I wake up I'm still in a panic. Has anyone else experienced this?

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weirdsleep, Community Member
10/28/09 7:13am

I have it too.   It's a type of sleep paralysis, though not the classic kind - which is when you awake and you can't move your body.   The kind I experience (and it sounds like you do too) is that I'm trying to wake up from my dream or I've quit dreaming purposely and it feels like I'm trying to "pull" myself out of sleep.  Sometimes when I feel I've almost "pulled" myself out of sleep, I "fall" back into the sleep.  It feels like I'm slipping.  It's such a strain to pull myself out of the sleep, only to fall back right at the precipice.  At any rate, my best friend has it, and until your post, we have never been able to find anyone else who has it.   Sleep paralysis - which sounds a little different - seems to be caused by bad sleep habits, insomnia and depression.  it's nice to know other folks have this... it's weird, but i've learned to deal with it and i just relax and pray when i'm trying to come out of the sleep, which seems to work.

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mada4114, Community Member
12/13/11 5:08am

wow.I thought looking this up was going to be a lost caus.

glad your post is the first thing i found.

the way you described it really hit the nail on the head.

i keep seeing all this "sleep paralysis" stuff but,its not quite explaining whats happening to me tho.when i explain it to someone i tell them that it happens right as i start to fall asleep and i feel like im starting to have a nightmare so i strain

really hard to try and wake myself up to avoid falling asleep completely and letting the nightmare happen.im always successful at waking up but it was a struggle.

i have to actually sit up in bed or go get a drink to fully wake up because im afraid it will continue if i dont fully get up and move around.

its freaky.sometimes i wonder if its some kind of paranormal stuff...

who knows.i would like to do something cool with it if i could..

Adam. -adamlong411@yahoo.com

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jinajamm, Community Member
2/16/12 5:01am

omg, i have battled this for years! I have BOTH sleep paralysis (the unable to move while fully awake aspect) as well as the having to pull myself out of falling asleep in fear that i am heading into a nightmare or that something evil is going to happen if i allow myself to fall into this sleep. Sometimes, after pulling myself out, (and i literally use every bit of my being to do this, straining to open my eyes, which feel like they are being forced closed) I sense an evil presence, like i'm being observed from somewhere in the room, by what, i don't know, but it feels evil. Despite my efforts in resisting sleep, i will fall right back into this falling asleep feeling fear thing and again, struggle like a mofo to pull myself back out again! sometimes this will carry on like 4 or 5 times before I finally get up out of bed, or turn the TV on or call my mom or someone who may be awake to talk. It's so dang scary and I feel like if I were to go with it, and allow myself to be taken into sleep, that something bad is going to happen, or that I will die.

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Jamie, Community Member
5/22/12 2:50pm

That "evil" feeling of a presence is a part of sleep paralysis.  Its freaky, but won't hurt you.  I've been waking up seeing weird lines and everything looking strange.....that's a form of sleep paralysis, too. 

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gregory davis, Community Member
7/ 7/13 9:52pm

i have the same dreams,  but i see the faces of the peoples i fight in my dreams

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Breanna, Community Member
10/24/12 7:09pm

I thought I was the only one who went through this! I feel so releieved. Everything you said down to the feeling of an evil presence I experience. It's so scary I feel like if I don't wake up I'll get possesed or something. Is this something I should see a doctor about? Can it be treated?

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Hollywood.dreams, Community Member
8/25/13 10:27pm
I feel so much better hearing all these stories Reply
pramod, Community Member
11/ 2/12 8:48am

exactly same thing i am facing. this had happened to me three times till now. plz any body can help me how to get out of it. i will be very very grateful to them

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JenPatrick, Community Member
11/ 9/12 5:25pm

OMG I am so glad I found you all. I have felt so alone because no one understands what it feels like or how scared I get. People just think I need to change this or that but they dont understand that its not that easy and its scary as hell and when I wake I feel like I have just run a marathon. When I wake up I am so scared to go back to sleep in fear of it happening again. It scares me because it seems to happen when I hear my 2 year old wake up and I know I have to get up with her and will hear her crying but I can not wake myself. Gosh do I feel better to know Im not alone or crazy..

Jennifer

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JenPatrick, Community Member
11/ 9/12 5:40pm

Ladies and Gents,

 I found this site. I hope it helps all of us even if to nothing else tell us what the heck is going on. 

 

http://dreamdoze.com/type-2-false-awakening/

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marie noel, Community Member
12/ 8/12 11:20pm

omg Jennifer  you all  Thank you guys sooooo,,this happen to me..excatly as Jennifer  explained . I thought it may be some fudu what, ohh again now am really relieved that am noy alone.Yell

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raj, Community Member
12/19/12 7:10am

hi im also distrubed by the same evil kind of dreams during sleep. sometimes its try to pull me a sleeply feel then i going to sleep during the sleep something try to pull me or i feel someone came to near me but i unable to wake up from my sleep its so panick why its happen i cant find out that...what can i do friend

 

anyone say to relief from the problem

 

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Kadyvallee, Community Member
1/27/13 11:01pm
This same exact thing happened to me. For some reason everytime I fall Ito this state I can shake my foot and usually wake up its very scary an you don't want to go back to sleep but my body is always so exhausted after this that I can't help falling back asleep an it happens a couple times before I actually fall asleep thru the night. I never really remember the dreams but I know things feel evil an I get very panicky. It sucks so bad, I think about seeing a doctor or someone who knows more about this that can help me over come these times. Reply
cain, Community Member
1/28/13 5:15pm

If you ever go back to sleep during this and don't die...let me know.  i always fight my way out.  Your experience is very similar to mine.  i have been dealing with this for about 14 years and have had over 100 episodes, however, I'm on this forum because lately mine have been taking very weird twist...including 'false awakenings' and 'still image dreaming."  I'm becoming stressed at the thought of sleeping.

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sbmdiva, Community Member
6/13/13 7:11am

i feel the exact same way i have both the sleep paralysis and the one in wich i try to pull myself out of sleep because i know something bad is coming and i literally feel blocked!! as if i died and that i just can't come back it is sooo scary i literally feel dead! when i finally pull trough i be feeling SOOOO GRATEFUL and thank GOD all over the place! when i experience the sleep paralisys i noticed that fighting makes it much more intense so i just don't fight it AT ALL i let it take on BUT if you chose to let it take on it also gets more intense unfortunely it feels like something is seriously trying to rid you of your breath what i do do is let it take on and strongly concentrate all my thoughts on JESUS i call onto his name repededly until it wares off it ALWAYS works! i wish there was something i can do about this because it is clearly evil! when exoeriencing the paralisys if you succede to slightly open open you eyes you can clearly notive a black smoke/cloud in the ceiling or above your self i hate it! i hate that helpless feeling wich leads you to thikn you're going to die!

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11kevin77, Community Member
8/20/13 1:34am

I feel the same way, like something dark is coming to take over my body or soul if you believe in that. I am in my 30 now but when i was a teenager it was real bad. I would see dark shadows or hear somthing coming and then i would awake. Sometimes i would wake 5 or 6 times and still would be in the trance. I only get them when i have slept alot and im very sleepless. So im not sure if my mind is just messing with me butt i panic bad when i have the dreams of fear that i will never wake again. Here is some ways i have got my self up. I blink my eyes as much as i can or try to make my self see or do happy things or control whats going to happen and then i awake. I do know i hate having these deams of fear or what ever is happing.

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amy77, Community Member
11/ 7/13 5:47am

I just woke panicked for the third time tonight panicked. I am 36 and been experiencing what you describe for as long as I can remember. it's like I am aware I'm asleep an exactly where I am (even if I move to a different room, as I did tonight). I feel a presence of something dark or in danger of some kind. I know I'm asleep because it is so incredibly hard to force my eyelids open or to move a muscle or utter a sound. the presence is always evil. I've tried to look right at it even though it's not there, but I am aware of it's harmful intent. it's worse if there is even a tiny light on in the room I am sleeping. it's like the light allows me to see the darkness that contains the evil, though it has no definable shape to it (it's just there)  my husband has little luck trying to reassure me that I'm safe and I have to get up and do something to wake completely up. lately, that isn't even helping, as in my case tonight where I woke twice in my bed seeing a darkness in the room realizing my hubby removed the black tape I had covering the blue led light on the tv, so I moved to a recliner in my living room only to experience the same thing but aware I was asleep in the recliner this time. I feel that our subconscious is trying to tell us something, but I am not sure what. afraid to sleep tonight.

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mak3482, Community Member
1/26/14 3:29am

i also get this feeling and inability to wake myself immediately.  it goes on and on if i try to go back to sleep.  has anyone found a way to break this?  i hate it, its super scary.  especially the episodes where breathing becomes harder to do.   plz help!!!

 

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jinajamm, Community Member
2/16/12 5:05am

omg, i have battled this for years! I have BOTH sleep paralysis (the unable to move while fully awake aspect) as well as the having to pull myself out of falling asleep in fear that i am heading into a nightmare or that something evil is going to happen if i allow myself to fall into this sleep. Sometimes, paralysis does accompany this aspect, in the inability to pull myself out, feels like I can't open my eyes or talk or cry out for help (if anybody is home) Sometimes, after pulling myself out, (and i literally use every bit of my being to do this, straining to open my eyes, which feel like they are being forced closed) I sense an evil presence, like i'm being observed from somewhere in the room, by what, i don't know, but it feels evil. Despite my efforts in resisting sleep, i will fall right back into this falling asleep feeling fear thing and again, struggle like a mofo to pull myself back out again! sometimes this will carry on like 4 or 5 times before I finally get up out of bed, or turn the TV on or call my mom or someone who may be awake to talk. It's so dang scary and I feel like if I were to go with it, and allow myself to be taken into sleep, that something bad is going to happen, or that I will die.

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flgirl, Community Member
4/15/12 12:02am

this just happened to me...i have had it a few times before but this time i got really scared. i honestly thought iwas never going to fight off whatever had me locked down! now im trying to see what the hell this is and why i feel so scared. did ubfind any answers?

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flgirl, Community Member
4/15/12 12:03am

this just happened to me...i have had it a few times before but this time i got really scared. i honestly thought iwas never going to fight off whatever had me locked down! now im trying to see what the hell this is and why i feel so scared. did ubfind any answers?

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Nikotheory, Community Member
11/ 3/12 7:24am
Wow I'm glad I can comment lol .. I've gotten both of the sleep paralysis problems but the one waking up and seeing everything around u in ur room and not being able to move or talk is a lot scarier then it happening in ur dream..just a question I've realized it only happens when u sleep on ur back ? Anybody else get it in any diff sleeping positions ?i can go forever on spiritual meanings of this and scientific .. But we all have to understand that as long as we stay calm and strong in are dream we come out of it faster at first I was too scared to go back to bed I went to the ercuz I got a panic attack after waking.. Does anybody that's having these problems ever take any drugs or have alcohol or anxiety problems ? Reply
dw12, Community Member
1/14/13 6:39pm

omg!!! this is exactly what has been hapoening to me and i thought the same thing you did.  im trying to figure out whats going on bc its pretty scary.  last night i was laying on my back sleepin (i assume) then i feel like someones watching me or going to harm me so i think im waking up....i yell, scream, grab my husbands hand and in actuality im not doing any of those things (even though i think i am) im really just laying there, paralyzed. thi repeats a few times until im actually awake. its really freaking me out!!

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Tirone, Community Member
4/ 2/12 3:03pm

I'm 17 as well and this has happened 3 times in the past month...everytime at school, it took about 5 minutes for my teachers to wake me up and then I woke up all scared and felt exactly how everyone here felt...I tried to explain it to them but they all just said that it was weird..

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mark A, Community Member
4/21/12 7:36pm

it is so weird that other people experience what i have been experiencing, i thought i was in it alone. through out my life ive dreamed i was awake but couldnt talk, move or get anyones attention to help me escape that scary situation. only to awaken myself some how and find out it was only a really weird dream. the other night it happened to me three times in a row, i found myself in that situation trying to pull myself out of that dream and wake up. after the third time i was so scared i felt my daughter was not safe in the middle so i decided to move her closest to the wall because i felt that was the safest spot for her on my bed. how do i over come this? or is it something i have to cope to because it is a really scary feeling and my girl fails to realize how scary it really is ?

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krisking1014, Community Member
7/ 4/12 7:11pm

I also have it but i think its starting to become more than what i thought.

now its like an out of body experience. it started one night i was havving this dream about something dumb but after the dream i was i my dark room and i was floating over my bed looking down at my and my girlfriend sleeping. as i got closer i tried to reach out and touch my own body i went through and i started to tingle really bad and i couldnt breath, thats when i woke up in lots of pain.

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StephenIsADumb, Community Member
7/10/12 6:33am

To make a long story short, I've always had really disturbing and uncomfortable nightmares since I can remember. For the majority of my life, I've had a hard time differentiating between dreaming and real life since they are so realistic, but that has changed recently. What I can do now, if it gets way too uncomfortable, is try my hardest to scream as loud and hard as possible. It takes a minute or so, but the dream slowly starts to fade right in front of my eyes and just kind of "disappears" as I awake fully, almost as if I had just removed a "filter". I just awoke from one earlier this morning and could hear myself moaning in my sleep as I attempted screaming in the dream. Took me a good 20 minutes to shake the feeling of paranoia, but I once again was able to successfully end my dream. Here's to hoping I can gain even more control in the future!

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Amber, Community Member
9/ 7/12 4:24am
I'm so glad to see stories and responses to what I have been experiencing... These dreams have been scaring the hell out of me!! I have been having them for years now but have recently gotten worse they started with the feeling of not being able to sit up like I was being held down and nothing would move but my eyes and everything around me was the same as if I was awake the feeling was so real I still believe I was awake when this happened but I'm not sure.. Now it has happened bout six times in the last few months different dreams every time but the same sensation of not being able to move scream or get anyone's attention that is around me to help I'm terrified and just when I thought they could not get worse now I feel the presense of something not someone I don't know how to explain it really but I'm being held down and it's trying to pull me off the bed I'm so scared to go to sleep now I'll finally wake up but only for a brief moment just to fall right back into the same state what the hell is this sleep disorder or something else please help me Reply
Lady Sybil, Community Member
5/24/13 10:06pm

Hi, I haven't experienced seeing my own body sleeping. I think yours is Astral Projection or when you had the bad dream and when you wanted to wake up you didn't fight to wake up and you let yourself sleep there. How long did you experience this?

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PatrickJann, Community Member
6/ 2/13 2:43am

 

well I'd just experience Sleep Paralysis last night, actually, first I woke up, and my dog is freaking out, I dont know, she keeps on scratching the door, so I open my Door room, then she got out and look at the stair, well I was like ok? whats the matter? then I open my light and cause its 3 am in the night, gash, so I got back on my bed then, i turn the lights off, i left my door open, then suddenly, i dont know I fell asleep, then I woke up, I know I'm totally awake, something is stopping me from moving, so I'm forcing myself to move, yeah, I'm fighting it, and I'm winning, like I'm strong enough to move, then after that, its gone, I feel like some evil present is looking at me, then I Pray, after I pray, then it seems normal again.. its really true guys, just glad I found this forum, this wasn't the first time I experience Sleep Paralysis, its actually the 4th time

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dejection55, Community Member
2/28/14 12:53pm

OMG I have this too! In addition to trying to pull myself out of my dream with extreme anxiety (which can sometimes go on all night), a lot of the time these dreams are in slow motion which causes more anxiety and more need to pull myself out! I was wondering if that was unique to me or something someone else may also have experienced.

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Ispy675, Community Member
5/12/09 3:48pm

yeah, all the time. freaks me out but i have no idea what the hell it is tho

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isitpeaceful, Community Member
2/19/11 12:34pm

it all started one night, i walked over to the door. to let some fresh air in. went back to my bed, laid on my side. folded my arms. and within 4 seconds. i couldnt open my eyes. struggle begins. it happened about 4 more times after i was able to move again. but ive found a few ways to deal with it. write me if you got concerns and ill share with you my findings. isitpeaceful at yahoo

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mark A, Community Member
4/21/12 7:40pm

what have you found to work for that situation because i have been dealing with this very scary situation my whole life ?

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Maggie, Community Member
3/12/10 1:57pm

Yes. It happened to me last night. It was as though i was seeing myself asleep but wanted to wake up but felt paralyzed. I could not open my eyes and could not move. I struggled so hard to move and wake up and open my eyes and couldn't. I heard noises and thought it was a friend and i was bearly able to mutter his name. I heard footsteps walk out but no one was in the house except for me. As i struggled to move my arm i was bearly able to wake up and got up very paniced and out of breath. Still now i am very paniced and outof breath. This only happened to once before a long time ago. What is it? What happened to me?

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Salvador, Community Member
3/22/10 2:50pm

The exact same thing happened to me just the other night. I have no recollection of any "real" dream just prior to the event so it seems I suddenly became concious during sleep and experienced the same sort of " paralysis". It felt as though I was trying to force my eyes open and was slightly successful as I could barely see my surroundings. My girlfriend and I were asleep in the living room. I on our unfolded futon and she on the sofa. I could slightly see her and tryed to call out to her but could not make any sound come out of me. I could feel myself straining trying to move but could not do so. I could definately also feel the "panic" it seems others are associating with this. It was very real. It feels as if someone or something is trying to force me to stay asleep. This has happened to me before more than once with very long periods of time in between and first started when I was young. I never really looked into this until now and feel slightly relieved that I may not be the only person experiencing this strange "phenomenom"(i guess that's what this may be considered). Hope to see more posts affirming this as I am adding this page to my favorites.

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marcola06, Community Member
6/23/10 2:49pm

omg this happened to be like four times before once when i was younger and then again through out the years i thought i was the only one expericing this what does this mean its kind of crazy i did this in class once and couldn get up when the bell ring super embarassing....

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Eich, Community Member
7/31/10 9:38pm

It's nice to hear others have experienced the same thing.. it's not something u would wish to somenone else, but it feels good to know i'm not the only one.. I think I started experiencing it about 2 years ago, but this year it has happened to me like 3 times so far.. it's always the same.. i see myself in the same place i put myself to sleep, and it feels quite real, like i have awakened or sth.. but then i feel like i can't move.. i try to call someone, maybe my roomate who I know is sleeping in the top trunk, but i cannot make a sound.. and then i feel like someone is holding me against the bed, so i cannot move.. that's when i panic and try to wake myself up.. it's hard but eventually i do... and when i'm actually awake it's hard to tell whether it was a dream or not.. it's freaking scarry, if u think about it!!! i hope one day we can find a solution... if i ever find sth bout it, i'll sure post it here!!

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sam, Community Member
4/ 1/10 1:04pm

I am having the same experience last 10 years.Only if I sleep in the afternoon I am having a problem awaking up so when i am taking a nap I put a alarm or I tell someone to watch me and physically touch me and wake me up after 30 minuets. Whenever this episodes happend i try to wake up and couldn't ,try to scream but only humming sound come.

 In the beginning my kids think its funny and they thought i am dreaming. 

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blueswho, Community Member
4/ 2/12 5:40pm

it only happens to me in the afternoon, also. never at night.

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angelmyst, Community Member
4/21/10 1:59am

Oh yes! I'm SO glad I found people who share the same experience! I know I'm in a dream and I fight so hard to pull myself out.. and even IF I do, I'm so tired out by the effort that I drop back into dream-mode again.

 

And I'm always panicking because I can just feel that one of the pillows is on top of my head, or my arm is getting cramped, or I just can't breathe deeply!

 

When this happens and I finally do wake up for real, I'm so exhausted, and I stay exhausted for the rest of the day.

 

Surely there's something that can be done to prevent this :(

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KyB, Community Member
4/30/10 4:20pm

I was just googling that exact thing and came to this message board. For the past few nights, I have been having terrifying dreams and I think I'm dreaming but I can not stop the dream. In some instances, I know I'm dreaming and I will purposely try to jump out a window or something to that effect, hoping that will wake me up and it just leads to another disturbing dream. I have it at least once a week in the past. Now my life is more stressful (my mother has terminal cancer and I live in her house to help take care of her) I get them everynight and its usaually after I get up to give her her 4:30am medication and go back to sleep. Its like I know I have to be back up at 7 and I'm afraid of not waking back up so my mind is messing with me. But it was so awful this morning, I'm thinking about just staying up now instead of going back to bed in the mornings.

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ZaneInTally, Community Member
7/ 1/10 7:15pm

This is like I wrote this comment. The exact same things happen to me.I can't move but appear to be struggling.I scared the living day lights out of my 7 year old niece once.She's afraid to be in a room alone with me.I just want some help!!!!!

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desleep, Community Member
6/12/10 11:41am

I just had this experience - yet again.  It is like the fifth or sixth time.  I went to take a nap and thought I woke up, but I couldn't move my body, not really.  I felt heavy, like drugged, could barely keep my eyes open and tried to move but fell off the bed (not literally, but in the dream) and then back into sleep. It is like a dream in which I keep waking up (but never in reality).  In these dreams it seems so real and there are sometimes people there that I don't know.  One time I felt this heavy weight on my chest.  This most recent one I said a prayer to protect myself without even realizing that was my intent.  There were two people in my dream, my niece and another person - a femal celebrity, I don't remember who now.  I asked them both to pinch me because I knew I was asleep.  They did but I didn't feel it. 

 

I then, I finally wake up and I feel exhausted, scared and my heart is racing.  This dream was two and a half hours ago and I still feel anxious.  I looked it up on the internet this morning and that's how I came to this site, but I also saw info on sleep paralysis.  The descriptions match my experiences but it doesn't make sense with how I feel.

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ZaneInTally, Community Member
7/ 1/10 7:09pm

Most of the comments I read indicate it usually happens when taking a nap.the first time I had the experience was while taking a nap between working a split shift.That was over 40 years ago.I've noticed that I usually have the problem when I am afraid I will over sleep.I can see shadows of other people and hear them talking but no one is physically in the room.I feel I am screaming at the top of my lungs but have been told I sound despatate for help.As I get older, it is more terrifing because it seems to last longer.My mother was 89 when she passed and she had the problem although I did not know it.I would hear he calling out in her sleep but did not wake her because she was having such a hard time falling asleep.Had I know she was going through the terror I feel, I would have shaken her awake.I have told my family to keep shaking me until I am conscious because sometimes I can't come out of "it" even with help. Some times I am afraid to go to sleep.I am really terrorfied.If anyone has found relief, please let the rest of us know.

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Steve, Community Member
6/25/12 2:59am
Omg...that was the same thing that happened to me exactly at 3 hrs ago. I can still remember very clearly why happened. It's like I tried to force myself to wake up. It was difficult but when I finally managed to overcome it (by seemingly falling off my bed) I was back to "being asleep" again. This cycle keeps on repeating until i stopped struggling and just focus on sleeping. I'm totally freaked out by this. Not to mentioned that this also occurred to me a lot of times. And it is during the day though, when I'm trying to take a nap, or I wake up in the morning and tried to get back to sleep again. Reply
Aida, Community Member
7/15/12 10:12pm

I just had one of these today.  I've experienced it since I was small it comes and goes.  Its like I'm sleeping and dreaming but I can hear things happening around me.  Today I fell asleep and Im dreaming that Im in another state and family members are coming over but I'm asleep in the room and I'm very aware of that so I start trying to get up but feel extremely heavy, drugged, drained exhausted and by myself am not able to do it, so in my dream I yell out at my son to help me get up from bed and I can see him doing so and I actually get up and when I look back i see myself still sleeping and its a struggle all over again in my body to wake up.  I see myself throwing myself off the bed to see if I get up but it goes back to the same thing where I'm still in bed struggling to wake up.  The weird thing is that as all this is happening I can hear everything that is actually going on in the house.  For instance when I woke up I asked my son if he had come in my room twice to talk on the xbox to his friend who kept singing a song and my son did confirm that that was happening but he told me he saw me asleep when it was happening.  Anyways I finally see myself calling my daughter and asking her to help me get out of bed and this time it was for real she did wake me up and I walked out of the room exhausted, scared and still unsure if i was truely awake.   This is scary and when I do get these episodes I really do not want to go to sleep again.

 

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TSA, Community Member
5/ 7/13 4:03pm

Very weird and just happened to me. Nobody seems to hypothesis what IT is? I just had IT happen. took a nap had felt really tired. felt great to rest.  I felt I was was awake or wasn't or was and couldn't tell. Seemed to be able to hear sounds around me. I kept falling deeper asleep then trying to get awake but could not. I started to get scared. My heart was racing. I thought I yelled. I tried to get awake again and could not- thought maybe I died. finally made it "back". Really strange. Any thoughts? Never happened before that I can remember. Am not on drugs or alcohol. Thanks

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njp, Community Member
7/13/10 4:20pm

Yesterday I fell asleep for two hours. I tried to wake up I could hear my boys in the next room . I was screaming but know one could hear me i tried to move and I could'nt I was panicing even telling myself to calm down I tried but I could not. Finally after what felt like forever i was able to open my eyes and slowly regain movement. I know I was in a panic state, because my chest felt tight. I broke down in tears after it was so frightening. It has happened before as a young child and a few times as an adult,but this was the worst. I am going to a sleep clinic to see if i have a sleep disorder it will be interesting what they come up with

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Sarah, Community Member
7/13/10 4:37pm

I'm the original poster and I'm happy to say that I've only had this experience happen to me once since I wrote this post.  This time it included the screaming out that many others have mentioned.  When I finallly did wake up, I asked my SO if I had said anything or screamed (I talk and giggle in my sleep a lot) and he said no. 

Looking back I also noticed that it happened more when I took a nap.  I did a little research and the only think I could come up with was try to not sleep on your back and try to remain calm when it's happening.  I wonder if it has anything to do with anxiety becuase back with I made the original post my life was much more stressful than now.  Ugh, it just feels so terrible when it happens and I still get anxious when I'm getting ready to take a nap that it will happen again. 

Thanks for eveyone's comments, I'm glad we're not alone in this.

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Chris, Community Member
7/30/10 8:13pm

I think you are right you about this happening more often in the afternoon when napping.  I am someone who rarely ever dream.  I just saw the movie Inception last night and I have been dreaming like crazy, and long dreams.

I just took a nap and had a lot of trouble waking up from my dream.  First of all I was dreaming about something, then woke up from it, and was positive I walked over to the kitchen and started talking to my brother.  Then at this moment I realized that was a dream because my brother does not live at home. 

That's when everything went wrong.  I tried opening my eyes and they wouldn't open. After about 30 seconds of trying they finally popped open... and I was left there VERY confused. 

Apparently I had slept for 2 hours.  I spent what seemed like an entire day in my dream, and I remember it very clearly.  Usually when I had dreams when I was younger they would feel like only a few moments.  This one seemed way too real, but too weird so I knew I was dreaming.  Thats when I "Woke up" and walked over to the kitchen, then realized that was a dream too and I woke up after quite a struggle.

I didn't panick, I was just left speechless when I woke up.  I didn't know what day it was or what I had to do today, and to be honest I didn't feel a need to care about the real world for a few moments.

I think most people would be scared to have such control of their dreams, and to dream within a dream.  I'm really excited because I never have been able to dream in my past.   I can't wait to see what happens tonight.....   Setting an alarm will definitely be needed though, so this never happens again.


I should also say I have not been getting that much sleep recently.

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vshelton, Community Member
8/11/10 7:22pm

Hello,

 

I just woke up from one of these "episodes". I've had them for the last 4 years or so. Here's what I experience during my paralysis:

 

-Feeling of pressure: Sometimes I feel like someone is sitting of my legs or my chest. Other times, I feel as if someone is trying to pull me down through my mattress (as if that were possible) or pull me off my bed.

 

-Can't move at all, but CAN open my eyes....but I strain to keep them open. I consciously know it's a dream but when I feel my eyes are open, I try to look around and can't see anything. For example: I felt my paralysis while I was just sleeping on my side. When I opened my eyes, I was facing my wall--which is entirely mirrors, so I could see my whole body, my whole room--everything. But nothing abnormal was there. 

 

-Try to jolt myself awake but usually takes me at least 30 seconds. Sometimes, I think I have jolted myself awake enough to actually stay awake but I fall back asleep. nI literally feel myself slipping back into the sleep and then the pressure and/or pulling begins again.

 

-I never hear any sounds or see anything when this is happening. I know that I can't actually talk when this is going on but my conscious is speaking to someone or something.  I remember exactly what I said when I do wake up as well. When it first began I was 'saying' things like- "stop" or "get off me"... and within the passed month or so my conscious just started saying 'God still loves you even though you're doing this to me" or "You can keep trying, but God is going to protect me."---I've never been a super religous person or anything but suddenly I started saying things involving God and religion. When I mention God, the pressure gets harder. It's weird.

 

-When I completely wake up, I'm panicked and short of breath. I can recall second-by-second what happened during the ordeal (which is something I can't necessarily do when I have a normal dream).

 

Anyway, there has to be some underlying cause. I'm a pre-med student but haven't come across anyone else with problem at school. I then came across this forum and felt a bit of relief. I eat fairly healthy, take all the proper vitamins a person my age should need.....on the other hand, I honestly don't get that much sleep. It's the only thing I can think of that I may be deficient in--sleep.

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chef1639, Community Member
12/12/10 6:20am

i had same experiences when i was a kid. i would sit up not able to open eyes. I would try to open them, and start freaking out. I could see everything around me, but not move. I would force myself to lay back down and try to see if it would go away in a few minutes or something. I just know it scared me. It happened multiple times from 7yrs. old to maybe 11yrs. old. I haven't had it since.  

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Frostburg Gizmo, Community Member
4/29/12 2:26pm

 

The above response is exactly what I’ve experienced off and on for about 9 years now. I would like to add one unique quality to the way my episodes happen vs. some of the others. I 'm not sure if my eyes are really open or if my mind is projecting an image of my bedroom door however I can see everything in my room exactly how I would picture it if I had to draw it. I have one vantage point and that is because my body will not let me move. As I stare at the door and try to scream for help, I can tell that no one can hear me because for some reason I cannot hear myself. I try to pull back the covers or move my arms. Nothing happens. So then I start small. Wiggle my pinky or open and shut my eyes. Every time I feel as though I’m closer to getting out of the bed, I’m pulled back into the brutal reality that I’m not moving. After struggling for what I imagine to be 30 seconds - 5 minutes. (this seems like an eternity by the way) I can eventually move. If you try to explain this to someone who has not felt it, they would not understand. I do not do drugs, I’m not very healthy but I know this isn't normal. Its crazy how vivid the dream can be with the image of my room. When I wake up I’m always on the side with the exact image of the room that I would have if my eyes were open. Glad to see there are others who this is happening to and I’m not crazy. One thing would really suck.....to all of those who have felt this, imagine if this is what happened at death you were just stuck in that position. "Trying to wake up from a dream" not dreaming anything new or any type of change in scenery. That is what really scares me....

 

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jinajamm, Community Member
11/ 4/12 3:34am

omg, there was something about these episodes that really scared me, but i just couldn't put my finger on it. It wasn't the actual episodes themselves, but more like a fear of being stuck in them forever, and that's why I am afraid to just relax and go with it, because I always feel like if I do, it will take me deep down into sleepland (lack of a better word) and that i would never wake up. Just like death. But if this is what happens when you really die, that would really suck, because there would be no "pulling yourself out of it" like we do when they happen while we're sleeping. I hate using that term "sleeping" cuz I always know that I am really awake. But to die and this happen, whew, I dunno, that would just be awful.

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sbmdiva, Community Member
6/13/13 8:25am

it's verry ODD i had to commet after this because of the GOD comment you made for i experienced the very same thing the pressure seems to intensify as i call on to the name of the lord or jesus? how strange is that? but no matter how intense it gets i somehow aleays pull through but the pressure definitely increased as i calles onto the lord

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Eddy, Community Member
11/ 1/10 10:32am

I've experienced this phenomenon many times.  I know exactly where I am, what I'm doing, but I can't wake up.  Exactly as everyone described.  I think it is due to us being in some sort of hyper sensative state, while we sleep, where we sense....dare I say it.... spirits or ghosts.  I come to that realization when just a few days ago during my struggle to wake up from my dream I felt a chill down my spine and heard a little girls voice.  The voice whispered "mom, she's over here".  That was the first time I've heard a voice.  The voice came form my wife's side of the bed with my back towards her.  I said a prayer in my dream and I slowly felt me coming out of the dream state and slowly calming down.  As soon as I felt the presence or spirit leave, I was able to wake up.  I was completely freaking out and scared.  I am a God fearing man, who is a little skeptical about spirits and ghosts.  But, that was too freaky.  I never told my wife this because I didn't want to freak her out too.  This happened again this morning.  I started praying during my struggle to wakeup but, I panicked and was stuck in the dream state.  I struggled with all my might and strength but, I couldn't wake up.  In all the frenzy, I woke up my wife.  She said she tried to wake me up several times but, I would not wake up.  She had to really shake me to wake me.  She said I sounded like I wanted to cry.  She mocked me as she demonstrated.  We laughed about it this morning but, to me it was a little too freaky.  It feels freaky each and every time it happened to me.  Know one else has shared their opinions as to what they think it is.  I think it's a spiritual thing but, I may be wrong.  - Spirit sensor

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Cherz, Community Member
5/13/12 4:13pm

Hi Eddy,

It could be spiritual. I'd suggest you pray before you go to sleep. Where two or three are gathered in Christ's name... If it turns out not to be, at least you covered all the bases. I had an episode this morning and it was too real cause I felt I was not going to wake up from this one. I felt like was being pressed down to my bed. Still unable to move. When I finally woke up, it was very calm. Like you, I keep feeling that I was not alone, so I prayed. I started to look on the internet and I found this site and all your comments.

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cheesepie, Community Member
11/15/10 11:49pm

I'm so glad I found this.

The description given for sleep paralysis just doesn't fit well for me.

The closest I can come to describing my condition is that its like the feeling of slipping into unconciousness after being heavily medicated..The real scary part is not being able to move, scream or open my eyes. Its like I'm locked up inside myself and fighting to get out or I'll never be able to wake up again.

I don't want to lean all up in the paranormal side but there have been many times just  before I wake from this that I have felt myself fall onto my bed as if I had been floating. Does anyone else experience that?

I know it won't help much but sometimes I can feel this coming on before it gets too far and I'll give myself a good wiggle to shake it off. If you can do this and  then give yourself a few minutes before trying the sleep thing again you might be able to prevent the other stuff. Its harder once you're fully asleep though.  Lack of good sleep probably doesn't help matters either.

 

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jinajamm, Community Member
2/16/12 5:33am

" Its like I'm locked up inside myself and fighting to get out or I'll never be able to wake up again." 

 

Omg, thank you for wording it that way. I have always described it in a way that people didn't understand. I'd say "never wake up again" and they say, so you mean die?  sometimes i feel like if i go to sleep i will die, but thats not how i always feel. I feel like i just won't wake up. Not die, but maybe be unconscious in a coma, while forever being trapped inside a mind of hell being tormented for the rest of my days so I fight like hell to pull myself out of these episodes.

 

"sometimes I can feel this coming on before it gets too far and I'll give myself a good wiggle to shake it off."

 

Wow, I can sometimes feel them coming on too! There is a faint hit of it as I am starting to drigt off to sleep. I'm still awake, but feel that feeling of pressure coming on, and i will pull my eyes open, with just minimal resistance. If I go to far into it, it feels like I'm deeper down and harder to pull myself out. At this point, it is a full on struggle and a ton of resistance from whatever it is that's trying to keep me down.

 

Thanks for your vivid description. It is identical to mine.

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neversatisfied, Community Member
3/15/12 2:56pm

This is exactly me!  It just started this morning.  This morning was a nightmare I knew I was in and tried to wake up out of.  But every time I would just go to another nightmare.  Then I finally woke up I was so scared I stayed up.  I took a nap this morning because I was exhausted and had the same thing just no nightmare.  More of a dream that I sort of knew wasn't real.  After several times of trying to shake myself out of the dream and waking up but not really waking up I finally woke up scared again.  Exhausted and scared.  I tried to nap again a third time just a bit ago and had the same thing.  I even tried screaming screaming out my husband's name (he's in the living room with me) but couldn't say words. Just noise.  When I finally woke I was beyond panicked and completely out of it.  I've gone outside and had to drive to pick up my daughter on the bus but I feel so weird and out of it.  It's derealization now.  I am scared to death to try and sleep again.  I have no idea what to do!  Please help me!

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blueswho, Community Member
4/ 2/12 5:38pm

"locked up inside of myself" - EXACTLY!

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Frostburg Gizmo, Community Member
4/29/12 2:37pm

classic wording,  perfect description

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DashDaGreat8, Community Member
12/25/10 7:09pm

dang this just happen to me 5 mins ago. I just woke up but felt paralyzed. I could not open my eyes all the way or move. I struggled so hard to move and wake up and open my eyes and couldn't. I heard noises and thought it was a girlfriend and i was bearly able to mutter her name at first. I heard footsteps walk in the room and climb in the bed with me but no one was in the room except for me. As i struggled to move my arm i was bearly able to wake up and got up very paniced and out of breath. Still now i am very paniced and out of breath. This only happened to once before but like 7 months ago. What is it?

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Pam Jones, Community Member
1/20/11 12:23pm

I have this situation all the time. My eyes are open, I can hear faint noise in the background, I can yell for someone to help me but I can not move. Last night was the scariest one ever. In my dream I was throwing water on the spider wed that was on the bed post and as I was backing up from the post the spider had spun a web into the shape of a cross then the cross turned into a white dress and you could see a cross in the dress then all of a sudden I was lifted off of my feet and suspended in the air on my back and I was in a white dress. I was frighten at first then I realize that I was with God. I laid there for a few minutes enjoying God. Then my heart was beating fast and I could not catch my breath. I felt like I was dying. I started screaming for help.

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reaghanlisa, Community Member
1/26/11 4:47pm

I can relate. This seems different from the description of sleep paralysis. I can't find anything on the internet either that describe what I get. Only on this site. What happens to me is I'll be dreaming and I'll wake up but can barely move or even see. I try to "pull" myself awake. I feel so heavy and drugged and try to will myself up. never works. i'm like stuck in a dream (not necessarily a nightmare, but usually an unpleasant one) and aware that i'm in bed trying to wake up. I've felt a few times before like I was floating. It feels like this lasts a long time. I've never felt panicked, as I'm aware that I will eventually wake up, but it is an unpleasant experience. I work midnights and I notice this only happens when I'm taking a nap before I leave for work at 7pm. This has been occurring at least once a week for several months now. I guess I need to stop taking naps before work!

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deepsleeper01, Community Member
3/25/11 7:43pm

I know this is an old post but just wanted to give my thoughts on this. I experience this usually in the morning right before i am getting up. I have been experiencing this feeling for years since i was young and noticed it mostly occurs when i am completly exhausted where my body cant even hold any stressfull state. it feels like i am floating inside the shell of my body. What usually snaps me out of this state and makes me panic is when i become fearfull of unexpected things that happen in this state like familiar voices or real like things that only happen when you are awake. i have noted that sometimes the voices that you might hear are not ghosts or spirts but real people who are dreaming and talking in there sleep. Dont take my word for it but next time you experince this ask your partner or someone ho is close to you what they were thinking about and you will be amazed if they remember, that it was related to what you herd. Its almost like telepathic communication. I continue to always try to stay in this state longer becasuse i am curious how deep i can go without panicing. if anyone can stay in this state for long i would be curious how they do it and if its is simply by not letting fear get the best of you. what can i expect. is it harmfull to stay past the fear. thanks!

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jinajamm, Community Member
2/16/12 5:42am

" is it harmfull to stay past the fear."

 

I ask myself that same question. I always wanted to know what would happen to me if I allowed myself to go with it, and just let it take me wherever it wants. But I get too scared and pull myself out. I'm afraid that if I allow myself to go with it, that I'll never come out of it and be trapped inside this state for the rest of my life.

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Sarah, Community Member
7/ 2/13 5:35pm
That is EXACTLY how I feel. It's awful. I don't think I will ever be brave enough to let myself stay asleep and keep sinking deeper for those exact reasons. I am so relieved to know someone else understands. Reply
Anthony Lopez, Community Member
4/ 4/12 5:55am
It's 5:35 am and I'm reading all these post because I'm finally scared. And about an hour ago I had a struggle getting up and trying to say something but all that comes out my mouth Is like a sound as if I'm a zombie . I'm actually trying to reach out to my brother in the other room but he ignored me. I try moving and my body is almost held down I actually try to swing my arms like if I were fighting an evil spirit I always fight it I never let it consume me in fear of being subdued by this entity or disorder . I'm 25 years old as this been happening to me since I was a kid I Lways had nightmares I always loved watching scary movies aswell I don't know if this is a sleep disorder but I always felt like I was alone on this, now I see there's more people out there with the same issue. I grabbed the rosery that I had my grandmother bless when I went to see her 2 weeks ago and I never held them tighter. I don't go to church but my grandmother and grand father were strong Catholics believers. My grandpa was my best friend he passed away thanksgiving day 2010 and I need a solution to this problem because it messes with my head . I hope u guys respond to my post god bless Reply
manu, Community Member
5/24/12 5:58pm

helo, i had also the same problem when i was like 17-19 i had those nightmares a couple of times, tryed to move but couldnt, heard weird noises and like something was around you, tryied to scream, couldnt move my lips and rest of body, got nervous and closed my eyes and try to think of something else, that helped a little.

im not a very christian type of guy, but my father had a bible, i tryed to read it before i got to sleep and i didnt had those nightmares after reading it, and i also left it close to me, on the side table of bed or under sometimes, it helped me out.

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hardbizkit74, Community Member
6/ 3/11 11:50am

I just experienced the same thing.  It happened to me twice or thrice in the past.  the experience was at it's longest this time though.  it's like I'm seeing myself from my actual point of view when I was lying on my sofa. I know where my computer is and I know where my handphone is.  I tried to pull myself up from lying on the sofa or wake myself up but I can't.  I tried moving my arms and reach out for my phone. for a minute I thought I was able to do it but I was unable to. I can see my computer screen turning bright white.  I tried to scream but no voice came out and I can hear my heartbeat.  I tried to relax as it seemed to have worked in the past but it's did not work this time.  I started to pray and I even wished I could just get out of my body to get it over with.  It still didn't work.  I remembered suddenly that someone told me to move my toes if I want to wake up from a dream and I did.  Somehow it worked.  

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Anthony Bryant, Community Member
9/ 3/11 4:08am

I just had my worst experience yet with this sleep malfunction everyone is speaking of on here.  This pulling myself out of dreams/nightmares has happened many times and really started only a few years ago for me and I HATE THEM.  But they seem to happen more frequently than I'd like.  hum?

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Jeananne, Community Member
2/12/12 8:51am

This is the first time I've heard of anyone else having this.  It happened to me last night - it happened last about a month ago.  I used to be able to shake myself back to reality but now I have to do something desperate in order to wake up.  Time before last, I jumped off a cliff in my dream thinking it would either kill me or I would wake up.  Last night I jumped into a lake hoping the shock of the water would wake me and it did.  It is such a relief to be back awake.  Does anyone know what causes this or anything to do to prevent it?  I've had it happen a total of four times in my entire life but I never want to experience it again!

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Andy, Community Member
2/15/12 9:32pm

I have had these experience for my entire adult life, and I'm 51, and otherwise in perfect physical and mental health.  The experiences are still frightening, but not as much as they used to be! 

 

I used to think that I was dying, and said to myself, "OK, this is how it is all going to end."  But then I struggle - really STURGGLE -  to force myself back to reality (literally) and after maybe a half dozen attempts, where I "fall back" into this odd nether-world, I finally succeed in getting myself to "return to the world of the living" as I tell myself. 

 

When I was younger it happened early in the morning; from my 30's or so, onward, it only happens when I take afternoon naps.  I can't explain why this change occurred, but once it did, it never happened in the morning, and only happened during naps.  Before, it was 100% the opposite.

 

It is all so unexplanable - kind of frightening, but kind of "special" in a way.  I guess unless you've experienced it, you just can't really understand it.  I think I've done a poor job of explaining it here, but it is one of those things that just defies explanation, I think.

 

Glad to see I'm not alone..................

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Andy, Community Member
2/15/12 9:33pm

I have had these experience for my entire adult life, and I'm 51, and otherwise in perfect physical and mental health.  The experiences are still frightening, but not as much as they used to be! 

 

I used to think that I was dying, and said to myself, "OK, this is how it is all going to end."  But then I struggle - really STURGGLE -  to force myself back to reality (literally) and after maybe a half dozen attempts, where I "fall back" into this odd nether-world, I finally succeed in getting myself to "return to the world of the living" as I tell myself. 

 

When I was younger it happened early in the morning; from my 30's or so, onward, it only happens when I take afternoon naps.  I can't explain why this change occurred, but once it did, it never happened in the morning, and only happened during naps.  Before, it was 100% the opposite.

 

It is all so unexplanable - kind of frightening, but kind of "special" in a way.  I guess unless you've experienced it, you just can't really understand it.  I think I've done a poor job of explaining it here, but it is one of those things that just defies explanation, I think.

 

Glad to see I'm not alone..................

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Miss m, Community Member
2/25/12 4:46am
Psychologists call it sleep paralysis and attempt to describe it as a sleep disorder. I was a chronic case of this symptom for over 20 years; researching widely on it because at a point, I became afraid to close my eyes. I got cured when I became a Christian, and told God to take complete control of my life. Each time I want to sleep , I hand my spirit, soul and body over to God, and I relax, because I know he's got me covered. Reply
Miss m, Community Member
2/25/12 4:49am
Psychologists call it sleep paralysis and attempt to describe it as a sleep disorder. I was a chronic case of this symptom for over 20 years; researching widely on it because at a point, I became afraid to close my eyes. I got cured when I became a Christian, and told God to take complete control of my life. Each time I want to sleep , I hand my spirit, soul and body over to God, and I relax, because I know he's got me covered. Reply
Sarah Jane, Community Member
2/26/12 5:25am

Exactly the same thing I've been through just about 3 hours ago. I think I've experienced it for about 3 times. It's just so hard. I'm seeing my room, but I don't think my eyes were open. I thought I was already reaching my mom, but  I was not. I like to call out for help, but I can't. I thought I'm screaming, but in reality, I am not. I thought I'm gonna die. I don't want to experience it anymore. It's just so hard to pull out yourself from that state and you can't even move. It's like half of my spirit is floating and when I already back in reality, it's like my spirit came back to my body again. It's like there is two dimension, the dream and the reality, it's like you'll be choosing to be in a dream if you don't fight to go back to the reality. The dream is continuous and it's like you have a choice, you stay with the dream or fight getting yourself out of the state. Earlier, what wakes me up, I just said this many times, Jesus, I wanna wake up, consistently and firmly. It worked. After several minutes, I just cried and cried because I don't like what was happening to me. I think that force that pushing us down is the devil or evil spirits. We now have to always pray before we sleep that Jesus would cover us with His precious blood and ask the Holy Spirit to protect us. Even if you're not really close to God, you have to believe. God loves us and He doesn't want us to be in that state. It is the dark forces. I'm now talking about the spiritual realm because when we are in sleep, it's already a spiritual thing. You see dreams. Your soul is the core thing. This is spiritual things. We are spiritual human beings. So ask God for protection. God bless everyone. Hoping that it won't happen again. Have faith. Jesus is the solution. :)

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brandiann, Community Member
6/27/12 11:33am

Hi Sarah!  I have done this for years.  I am now 45 and remember doing it in High School.  I have the feeling of being trapped and want to wake up and just can not!  My son and mom are very in tune with what is going on and if they are near me when it happens, they know to wake me up and make me sit up! If i do not sit up, and they leave the room, I just fall right back into it.  I can hear them in the room or in another room walking around and I scream their name and "Wake me up!"  The more I scream and the longer it takes for me to get their attention the more I panic.  When I am alone, I start asking God over and over again to wake me up!  When He does I thank Him!  My mother and son both said that they can hear me making slight noises but inside my head or dream of whatever it is I am SCREAMING!!!!!!!!  I have a seizure disorder that is controlled my medication and I talked to my neurologist about it because I believe it is more "brain" related and never have thought about it being "spirit" related.  He gave me a name of what it is and it is not sleep paralysis and I can not remember what it is.  I do have it written down at home and will find it for you so you can research it.  Whatever it is BRAIN of SPIRIT related I am so THANKFUL that we can ask God to wake us up and HE does.  Our God is a Good God All the time...and He certainly protects us all the time, even while we are asleep!

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Laura Frizell, Community Member
3/22/12 7:44am

I had it my first time a few weeks ago and it felt like there was someone else in the room with me, i saw a figure in the corner of my room as my eyes were open and im sure i was awake but i couldnt move, my eyes were struggling to open but i was fully aware as my room was the same and i could hear the tv downstairs and my mum moving around.. I was trying so hard to scream but i pysically couldnt like i had no voice. It felt like i was being pushed down all over and i couldnt get out of it for ages. As i finally did i ran downstairs gasping as i was so shook up. Then again last night i experienced the same thing again but worse as this time there was another person in the corner of my room and i have a wardrobe on the right side of my bed where another women was standing peering round at me, she didnt move just stood there looking at me, i was trying to hard to scream for my mum in the room next door but i couldnt shake myself out of it for ages. I finally did and felt sick with fear, i ended up sleeping in with my mum as i was so shook up and scared it would happen again, i dont know wether this is just a bad dream or actally real being spiritual or just plain hallucination.. Im only 17 and i feel really confused on what it could be. Someone further up said it could be to do with depression and bad sleep patterns which ive both experienced in the past, im so glad there is other people that are experiencing the same thing 

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Tirone, Community Member
4/ 2/12 3:01pm

im 17 as well and this has happened 3 times in the past month...everytime at school, it took about 5 minutes for them to wake me up and then I woke up all scared and felt exactly how everyone here felt...

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blueswho, Community Member
4/ 2/12 5:37pm

this is crazy, the experiences written about here are pretty much exactly the same as my own.  it has been happening to me for about 4-5 years now.  it never happens at night, ONLY when i nap during the day.  I realize i am sleep, want to wake up, struggle with everything inside of me to wake myself, often i think he hear someone (usually thinking it is my partner) and i will say their name - sometimes scream their name (which i am not really doing because he has been around when this has happened and later said that i made no sounds), I THINK i am awake.. will head to the bathroom to brush my teeth, or sit up in bed and start telling my partner that it happened again, and all of a sudden i realize i am not awake, i'm still sleeping... i go through this cycle 3-6 times before i FINALLY really wake up, and even then it is still a struggle to fully wake and lots of times i fall asleep again quickly (because i literally can not keep my eyes open, even though this time i am for sure waking)... and the cycle starts again.  sometimes when i finally do for sure wake up, its like my eyes pop open and i have to sit right up and get out of bed quick for fear i'll fall asleep again.  i have done lots of research and can not find anything official on this, i have no other major issues with sleep, i sometimes talk in my sleep (only at night it seems) and i sometimes have pretty realistic and frightening dreams. so weird!!

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andyrox, Community Member
10/15/12 4:48pm

I am just wondering how you are doing and if you have found any answers. This is exactly what I experience. The worst part is the heaviness I feel when I finally wake myself up, to the point where I have no choice but to slip back into it and have it happen all over again. In my sleep I believe I kick and scream to try and wake myself up, but my husband says I am laying still. Also, this is almost exclusive to naps and usually when really exhausted. There must be some link to REM sleep. I do not have typical sleep paralysis, as I dont think I am actually awake, I think I just think I am. Very odd.

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Sarah, Community Member
4/ 3/12 8:34pm

This the original poster and after almost 2 years of not having an episode like this, I did today, this afternoon while taking a nap.

 

I had just awoken from a nice dream and my dog came up pn the bed and laid beside me.  I was lying on my stomach, which also seems to be a trend of my sleep paralysis, and without noticing, I fell back into the dream/paralysis state.

 

I knew I was right where I was, I knew my dog was right next to me.  I felt like I couldn't breate at all.  I thought I was going to die.  I tried to roll or move or get the dog's attention hoping to wake up.  Suddenly, I did, gasping for air and quite upset.  

 

Do you others who suffer from this have vivid dreams regularly?  I do, and I wonder if it's somehow connected.  Why does this mostly happen during naps?  I wish there was something I could change, because now, like a lot of you have mentioned, I'm afraid to go back to sleep.

 

So I thought I would share.  Reading many of your stories over the years has made me feel so comforted, knowing I'm not alone in this. 

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cheesepie, Community Member
4/ 6/12 12:22am

I don't dream every time, but I don't really see any difference in vividness between my paralysis and normal sleep visisions. They are both pretty equal in that department.    

 

The paralysis dream setting always begins the same for me.   I have much better control over things.  I think its the same as what is called lucid dreaming.

 

The normal sleep dreams are more unpredicatable and I can't really control them well.

 

 Some people have told me not to sleep on my back because supposedly this triggers it, but  I'm unable to sleep on my back because something blocks my airway when I do and I can't breathe.   I have to always sleep in the fetal postion and still the paralysis happens.

 

 

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I'mASleepyHead, Community Member
4/ 9/12 8:54am
Go see a neurological sleep specialist. These are typical symptoms of Narcolepsy. You will need a to take a series of tests and an over night analysis.  Reply
Penny Rene, Community Member
4/10/12 10:09pm
I am 40 and this has been happening to me since I was 8. This condition is a very light form of narcolepsy. It is scary and usually involves very vivid, sometimes lucid dreams. The good news is that it is controllable. As you get used to it, the panic subsides. Some people who have these episodes almost hyperventilate during because they get scared. But if you want to control it, here's what you can do. 1) Get adequate sleep. You are settingyourself up for an episode if you are very tired. 2) Lower the temp of the room where you sleep. 3) lower your stress. 4) have a drink. Lol. Honestly, one drink is enough of a depressant to settle your brain. It's proven that small amounts of alcohol help. 5) stay away from caffeine. It may interest you to know that this is a chemical imbalance in your brain that causes this, but it's very common. It is mostly hereditary, like regular narcolepsy. In my family, it skips a generation. It usually starts around puberty, gets worse in times of stress and will sometimes disappear for years, only to return. Reply
Terrazita, Community Member
4/13/12 11:51pm

I'm glad to see I am not the only one!  It comes and goes but is always scary!  I used to sleelpwalk as a toddler but grew out of it by age 7  I do have vivid dreams sometimes as do others in my family.  the past couple years though my sister and I both started experiencing this nightmare paralyzed sleep - mine would be I would find myself in a nightmare and be trying to scream at the top of my lungs and sometimes if I could scream in the dream then I would start to pull out of it kind of like peeling away one layer.  My lungs actually hurt from trying to scream - only one time was someone there when it happened this fall - my ex woke me up because he said he had this feeling that I was trapped in a really bad dream so he woke me up.  This afternoon I took a nap and experienced it again its a different dream but this time I fel like I sort of departed I tried in my mind to jump through my bedroom window but it was like I was stuck in the space between awake and asleep.  I know sometimes when I do dream it is like travelling across time and space to different places and guides take me there and send me back but the nightmares I don't know where they come from or what triggers them - possiby when you expand your spiritual awareness and awakening to see through the different veils of reality the darker side wants to scare you or you wind up lured into a place where they try to harm me and then I can't wake up or call for help.  does this make any sense????

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Rick13245, Community Member
5/ 1/12 3:14am
Yes it does medical practice calls it sleep paralysis i call it astral projection i have recently found out that i subconsiously do when i sleep in the last 2 years. Its like riding a bike you don't think about it you just start peddlin. I did a study of my own researched it and tried it what i did was started recording what i thought were dreams one night i ran into someone from my childhood in elementary i didn't know what she looked like i hadn't seen her for over ten years i didn't even know what she looked like i seem her so when i woke up i immediately got on my computer record what had happened and looked the girl up on facebook. I was shocked to what i had found, i was looking through her pictures and i found a picture of her in the exact clothes she was wearing in my projection i was kinda freaked out stunned if you will. Call me a cooke if you want but it is real and there are good and bad spirits in the astral realm good and bad things happen Reply
Rick13245, Community Member
5/ 1/12 2:49am
Yes i have, i was laying on the couch in an astral state ( call me fucking crazy i dont give a shit) all the sudden i feel this heavy pressure on my body like something was on top of me first thing i did was roll over and started struggling to crawl to my roomates room to wake them up it was less than 10 feet from the couch i was sleeping on i crawled into their bedroom and grabbed onto one of their legs. Then all the sudden i was back on the couch with the same pressure and i proceeded to do the same thing but this time when i got into the room instead of my roomates there was a woman in a dirty night gown with long black hair floating over the right side of the bed and a little boy with blonde hair a bull cut in pajamas sitting straight up with a blank look on his face. Well i crawled up onto the bed with the two figures and for some reason i crawled onto the little boy and looked right up to his face and he moved his and looked down at me and said boo and i woke up on the couch my heart beating fast as ever i was scared shitless so fucking scared i couldn't sleep right for a couple weeks it was the worst feeling i have ever felt. Whoever says i'm making this up can believe what they want it happen it was no dream. Signed, Ricky James S Reply
Alinaa962, Community Member
5/ 7/12 1:04am
I kinda have the same thing.. It started last year, every Wednesday and each dream would last 20 minutes. It feels as though I'm being sucked into my bed, except the dreams are different now then they were back then. Last year I could move, but I was stuck in the dream no matter what I did. I killed myself repeatedly, but continued to wake up in the same dream. It was until I physically opened my eyes, which took about all my will to do, I woke up. In those dreams I'd wake up in my bed then be dragged out of it or try to run out to get help. Now, it's just me lying in my bed while I spazz out fearing something(I usually believe a ghost or demon) is about to strike--like in all of my dreams. Last week, again on a Wednesday, I saw a little boy watching me, and another one that night of me falling out of my bed in slow motion(irrevelant dream, I know); then again with the fight of waking up, then I didn't sleep for the rest of the night.(Next day school was hell, considering I had all of about 40 minutes of sleep then waking up at around 11) Reply
Mari J, Community Member
5/14/12 12:30pm

I have the same situation happen to me but it only happens when I take a nap during the day.  I wake up thinking I'm awake and I can see the room.  I feel my arms and body moving but they actually aren't.  I know I'm still sleeping but it's so wierd because I can feel the bed and hear everything around me.  I usually struggle for a bit and then once I get my eyes open and feel that I have really awaken i quickly get up.  THis only happens to me during the day not at night.  

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sjaydee, Community Member
6/14/12 9:44am

This is exactly what happens to me to! Only during the day. And then when I finally manage to get up I feel horrible all day. 

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jazzmeeh, Community Member
5/25/12 5:09pm

i also do have these kind of sleep problems that i almost cry of panicking that i cant wake up myself, how much im trying to just move a finger or utter a sound.before when im using Jesus or praying it helps but recently it doesnt.I also feel like I am being possess wd demons or too frightend from a devil or ghost.I know what is happening and i know that i was sleeping that i can even see myself how i am sleeping.It also appears like a triple dream thing i was awake already but im not.It always happen mostly when im having a nap during my breaktime.I started having this since highschool and im 34 yrs old now still it happens that makes me afraid to sleep most of the time.A while ago my mother wakes me up coz im screaming.I always feel so tired, nervous and frightend after it happens.I am planning to consult a therapist to help me and im glad that i see your post.

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fimmey, Community Member
6/28/12 2:38pm

I think its genetic. Both my grandma and I have this. Normally when this happens your breathing gets really soft or can even stop. Which is probably why you feel suffocated. If it keeps happening stay clam realize your dreaming and try to think can I try to wake myself up. When this happens to me its hard to tell if im dreaming or not since I fall in and out of sleep but I sleep with my eyes open so I see everything around me when Im sleeping I just end up hallucinationg. Its freaky. However, Ive learned that when this starts to happen I start to take a lot of deep breaths to make sure that im getting the oxygen that I need and then I start rocking back and fourth until I wake up and Im able to get out of bed. Once I do this I have to stand up so that I dont fall back to sleep. Now when I have them I dont get scared. I find that I have most of these dreams when Ive slept to little (only 3hours) or to much (11+hours) in one day.

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fimmey, Community Member
6/28/12 2:38pm

I think its genetic. Both my grandma and I have this. Normally when this happens your breathing gets really soft or can even stop. Which is probably why you feel suffocated. If it keeps happening stay clam realize your dreaming and try to think can I try to wake myself up. When this happens to me its hard to tell if im dreaming or not since I fall in and out of sleep but I sleep with my eyes open so I see everything around me when Im sleeping I just end up hallucinationg. Its freaky. However, Ive learned that when this starts to happen I start to take a lot of deep breaths to make sure that im getting the oxygen that I need and then I start rocking back and fourth until I wake up and Im able to get out of bed. Once I do this I have to stand up so that I dont fall back to sleep. Now when I have them I dont get scared. I find that I have most of these dreams when Ive slept to little (only 3hours) or to much (11+hours) in one day.

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Michi, Community Member
7/ 6/12 12:14am
I have never had this happened to me just twice when I was small but it was different. When I was small I don't remember the dream but I know it was the same and I couldn't wake up, I couldn't move my body or talk even when I tried very hard untill I just finally did. But this night I woke up my body felt weird like it was making me fall asleep and made my body like freeze up or something, and when I wOke up I was going to get a drink but it felt like my eyes were being forced to close and my body force to stay still and sleep, and I was trying to call out for someone or move but couldn't, untill I finally just did. But I didn't feel scared or anything, just panicki cause I couldn't get up or move or talk or open my eyes. What was that? I've never felt that before /: Reply
Lana7005, Community Member
8/23/12 2:16am
I am so glad I have found soapy people who will be able to understand what I and my mother are going through with this kind if disorder. I've experienced it several times, but for the past few years it didn't happen to me, but my mom has been having these "paralises" on a regular basis. Last night she went beyond the fact that she just couldn't wake up. She heard my father trying to wake her up from being trapped in her dream and usually it would help, but suddenly she became totally limp, wasn't breathing and as she said later she couldn't hear my dad's voice anymore. When he sprinkled cold water over her face , she woke up and felt very weak. Please, if you know anything about how to prevent this or how to treat it and what it is, please email me at lana7005@gmail.com Reply
Lana7005, Community Member
8/23/12 2:19am
I am so glad I have found so many people who will be able to understand what I and my mother are going through with this kind if disorder. I've experienced it several times, but for the past few years it didn't happen to me, but my mom has been having these "paralises" on a regular basis. Last night she went beyond the fact that she just couldn't wake up. She heard my father trying to wake her up from being trapped in her dream and usually it would help, but suddenly she became totally limp, wasn't breathing and as she said later she couldn't hear my dad's voice anymore. When he sprinkled cold water over her face , she woke up and felt very weak. Please, if you know anything about how to prevent this or how to treat it and what it is, please email me at lana7005@gmail.com Reply
Alicia b, Community Member
9/17/12 12:06pm
I have this happening to me I'd happened to me a few times in the past but it happened again to me last night I googled it when it first started happening to me I typed in cant scream or move in sleep that's when I found out about sleep paralysis it is a very scary experience for anyone to have. I have been tryin to coup with it but when I first started having these dreams they were actually very scary. I felt as if something was taking over my body . I was able to open my eyes well i believe that my eyes were really open and see my room but not able to move so scared wanting to scream for help but nothing to call out. My dogs were sleeping with me last night I wanted to nudge them with my legs but they were unable to move at all .. It's last for a few minutes but when it's happening it feels like forever . I'm actually surprised by reading this website how many people this really does happen to . I feel it comes to me when I am sleeping face up they call it the supine position. Some dreams I have with this are very scary and they feel so real does anyone think this is a evil spirit or what do you think ? I would like to know other opinions that this happened to Reply
Alicia b, Community Member
9/17/12 12:01pm
I have this happening to me I'd happened to me a few times in the past but it happened again to me last night I googled it when it first started happening to me I typed in cant scream or move in sleep that's when I found out about sleep paralysis it is a very scary experience for anyone to have. I have been tryin to coup with it but when I first started having these dreams they were actually very scary. I felt as if something was taking over my body . I was able to open my eyes well i believe that my eyes were really open and see my room but not able to move so scared wanting to scream for help but nothing to call out. My dogs were sleeping with me last night I wanted to nudge them with my legs but they were unable to move at all .. It's last for a few minutes but when it's happening it feels like forever . I'm actually surprised by reading this website how many people this really does happen to . I feel it comes to me when I am sleeping face up they call it the supine position. Some dreams I have with this are very scary and they feel so real does anyone think this is a evil spirit or what do you think ? I would like to know other opinions that this happened to Reply
seflores, Community Member
11/19/12 12:48am

omg thank you all soo much! i have been searching all day for exactly what it is that im experiencing. I'm 21 now and i've been experiencing this since the 3rd grade. Some things sound like they could be close, but this hits it right on the head. For me when it happens, I will be starting to fall asleep, and then everything will start to kind of shake and i can literally feel myself being pulled from real world to dream world. I will try my absolute hardest to stay in real world then all of a sudden i'm in. ill open my eyes and i'll be in the exact place i fell asleep, only its not real. Somethings there. An evil presence. sometimes i can see it, and sometimes i can't, but i can definitely always feel it! one time, and only one time was i actually attacked during my nightmare. On rare occasions, (usually during a day nap) it was happen, but there will be no evil presence. I just will be paralyzed and wont even be able to open my eyes. Anyway, i'm glad i'm not the only crazy that this happens to. Whenever i explain it to my friends, they all look at me like i'm lying or like i'm insane. Someone even once told me I should go see a therapist because they sound so awful. 

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mary, Community Member
12/14/12 10:02am

I just experienced this for the first time this morning, and I'm still quite shaken from it.  The biggest difference I've noticed with what happened to me and what you guys are describing is that I was aware the entire time that I was dreaming, yet couldn't wake myself up.  In my dream, I couldn't speak, but could move, and after pinching myself didn't wake me up, I actually grabbed a fork and stabbed myself in the thigh.  That did it, and as everybody else described, I jerked awake and was terrified that if I feel asleep, I wasn't waking back up.  There was definitely a sinister feel to the whole thing, like something was actively fighting against me to keep me trapped in my own mind.  

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mistyled, Community Member
12/16/12 8:17am

i have experienced this state of paralysis twice now in the past month...the only difference with me is i hear people talking to me. it makes me feel as if there are people in my room with me. totally scary. 

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mistyled, Community Member
12/16/12 8:18am

i have experienced this state of paralysis twice now in the past month...the only difference with me is i hear people talking to me. it makes me feel as if there are people in my room with me. totally scary. 

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IBJ2012, Community Member
12/17/12 6:47am
Omg I'm glad I found others like me! I get the same episodes feels like outer body experiences, evil presence in the room with me, sometimes I see them, hear them & I struggle to wake up :( but this time I actually felt it touch me. It's really scary, has anyone else felt it?? I do pray to god to help me out of my dream. Reply
Carla h, Community Member
12/19/12 5:21pm
Omg I thought I was the only one. It seems like a lot of people have experienced what I have been experiencing. My dreams usually follow the same pattern. They start off with a high-pitched loud noise and I already know it's going to be one of those nightmares, I tried to make myself not to go to sleep but by then i'm already in the dream. These dreams are very vivid I see the setting where I'm sleeping exactly how it is In real life, Then I feel an evil spirit. I immediately start to scream and yell and pray really loud, But nobody else can hear me besides the spirit and I. I just had one last night and I was sleeping right next to my Boyfriend, And he said that I was crying and It seemed like I had just read a bad text message About somebody dying, But then he realized that I was still sleeping so he woke me up. When I woke up I let out a scream and screamed his name too, He told me I was crying I didn't know was crying I checked the corner of my eyes And in fact i had tears. These dreams are really scary, I dont know if the spirit is trying to talk to me or hurt me all I know is that I want to get out of there. Praying usually works. Reply
Renee, Community Member
12/24/12 7:56am
I hate to sound harsh, but this type of sleeping isn't a type of condition at all It's this devil an the only way to deal with these demonic dreams is through jesus an lots of prayer. The fact is when you put a label like a sleep disorder on this type of sleeping your showing fear an allowing the devil access to continue feed off you. The next time you have a dream like this fall on your knees an give god the glory. Reply
Abi_anicaB, Community Member
1/17/13 8:20am

i've also experienced that kind of sleeping disorder..!!

i feel terrified about it.! Cry
And unfortunately, i think its the KARMA that hunts me while im dreaming!

But now I found this site, I'm so encouraged to know that I'm not the only one struggling right now.I hope it will help!

 

*I want to repent about all the bad things that i've done!*

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alexxgoesrawrr, Community Member
2/18/13 11:56am

I seem to get a combination of whatever you are describing and sleep paralysis. It always happens when waking up from a nap in which I am sleeping on my back. Recently, i have been taking a nap on the couches in theblounge at my college, and I when I wake up, I either wont be able to move, or i will only barely be able to move, it will take all my effort to move my arms, and I am unable to sit up. Other times I will wake up and be unable to move completly. I dont get this panicked feeling that everybody else describes, i just get annoyed that i cant move. Im usually in a room of people so its kind of awkward for me to be struggling and trying to wake up.

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K, Community Member
2/18/13 10:43pm

I have the same exact feeling. 

I will be asleep and then it's like I'm snapped out of my dream (I don't remember what the dream is). Then it's just black and I realize I'm sleeping.

I try to wake myself up or get out of the blackness, but I can't. I start to panic and then I can feel my breathing get all short and spastic and then it's like I can't breathe at all.

When I wake up, I wake up with a start, like jerking my head or body.

It's really scary. 

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katclark, Community Member
2/26/13 12:21pm

wow....i experience something quite similar to the other posts, but i have one key part that no one else has described. when i wake up in the "bottom layer" of the dream i am exactly where i fell asleep. i know immediatly that i am dreaming and stuck. i can walk and move but it is very difficult like i weigh hundreds of pounds, the world is also foggy around me. i cant talk or make any noise. if i scream it comes out like a squeek. the only way to force my way another layer up is to hurt myself ie banging my head on a dresser or killing myself  (once was with a pair of scissors to my stomach. each layer i get more and more frusterated and each layer of consciousness i have to rip myself through. its a mentally intensly painful and i am always exhausted when i wake up. has anyone ever had something like this? anyone know WHY they happen?

 

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sopha1993, Community Member
3/ 4/13 11:13am

I get the same way. But i feel soo heavy that I cannot get up to hit myself on something. I wake up scared to go back to sleep. and sometimes im just so worn out that it just happens. When I close my eyes I get the weirdest sound and feeling going through me and have to open my eyes again if I can. And It happens every night to me -.- 

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sopha1993, Community Member
3/ 4/13 11:11am

This has been happening to me every day for the past 2 weeks. Everyone here thinks its a joke and funny. . . But I am seriously scared to sleep. . . Idk what to do. 

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Sarah, Community Member
3/ 4/13 11:14am

Most of the posters here don't find the situation funny. It's scary to feel in a panic, like you can't breate, or like a demon is possessing you. I suggest keeping as calm as you can when this is happening, that's helped me in the past. Once you get out of it, stand up, walk around and do your best to shake it off.

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Aimee M., Community Member
4/ 3/13 5:43pm

This happens to me several times a week, every week for the past two or three years.  I really hate it.   Sometimes my husband and daughter shake me awake.  And it is exactly how you say, it feels like I am almost able to wake myself up, and then I keep slipping back in to the dream.  It is almost painful.  I am going to keep reading the posts looking for some suggestions on how to help this.  I would love to hear if you have tried anything that helps?   

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Meganlynngreene, Community Member
4/23/13 12:56am
Im 17 years old and this is the fist time this has happened to me. And It just happened to me so I googled it and I'm so glad I'm not the only one that has experienced it.. It was probably the scariest thing that has ever happened to me. first I dreamed that my mom walked into my room and was talking to me and touched my leg trying to wake me up the touched my shoulder so I tried to tell her I'm trying to sleep but I couldn't talk nor could I push her hand off me or anything. It felt like someone was literally holding me down against my will yet i am home alone. And then every time I would struggle to wake up I would feel like someone was squeezing my jaw as hard as they could then when I finally forced myself to wake up I was scared out of my mind and I felt so weak and my jaw hurt super bad and I was short of breath. Such a scary experience that I don't even want to go back to sleep ever again... I don't know what I'm going to do... Reply
shay, Community Member
4/28/13 7:54pm

its been happening to me ever sinse i was about 12 yr old and it still does today im 20 years old and i wish i had the answer for u but i dont but im just letten u know u not in this alone im so scared becuase it happens almost every night 

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Steve, Community Member
5/ 6/13 5:41am

Hi Sarah

 

 

I'm 23 and I've has this exact same thing happen to me since I was about 16... I would be dreaming and then suddenly come out of the dream, realise I was sleeping and then try and wake myself up.  I wouldn't be able to see and I would try to move my arms and legs, sometimes I would think Id been able to move my leg but not sure if this was real or just imagining it.  The only thing I truly know I could control is my breathing... I would sometimes try and breathe really fast short breathes and eventually this would wake me up (while gasping for air every single time)  it feels like if I try and concentrate really hard then I'll eventually wake up but yeah sometimes it feels like im so tired I can't get out of bed when I wake up and I just keep falling into this pattern until I actually tell myself  'this time make yourself get up'.  It seems to happen on a weekend when I'm having a lay in and I don't have work... I very really have it when I have to get up early for work only when I sleep more than 8/9 hours usually... Also this doesnt happen week in week out, it could go away for weeks and then come back...I would say I think it may have something to do with the fact my nose is constantly blocked and I can't breathe out of it (may be nothing though).  Its really interesting to find people who have the same thing as the internet is mainly filled with different scenarios but Sarah yours seems to be spot on with what's happening to me.

 

Also I used to have this thing where I'd jump up in the middle of the night gasping for air (this is when I was feeling very stressed and anxious). Also I would jump up and literally be standing on the bed then awaken feeling embarrassed lol. 

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glad i found you all, Community Member
5/ 7/13 6:25pm

im so glad i found all you guys. it just happen to me bout 4 hours ago so i searched it. this has happen to me bout 4 times that i can remember. feels like some thing evil is there. my eyes a all like dizzy or  like blurry and it feels like some thing is holding my arms down and i try push up but cant. when i get realy scared i try calling out too my gf who at most of the time is sleeping on the couch when this happens but when i try and call out to her it feels like some one starts to choke me so i cant call out to her. i just keep fighting it till i wake up or come out of it. but it realy feels like im fighting some thing, i realy thought i was alone so glad that im not puts my mind at ease  

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jaqsan, Community Member
5/11/13 3:23am

i always do have this kind of dream. i always feel paralyzed. as i surfed the net about what happened, i found out that these may indicate depression. It is termed as "paralysis dream". But what's weird is that everytime i try to pull myself from sleep, which i always fail, i found myself doing the same thing.. struggling.. the objects around me starts to move by themselves.. i feel that something is there with me but i don't know what really is it.. i am also aware that i am shouting loudly in my dream but i also know no one heard me.. tssss... maybe we need to have a healtheir lifestyle to somehow avoid or at least minimize paralysis dream.. God bless us all :)

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jaymz, Community Member
5/18/13 1:28am

i was in alot of confusion when I had first expiereced this feeling of not waking up and sufocation paniking feeling as if I would never come out of it and this just happened to me tonight but this time it was more serious it scared the crap out of me it was as if I was dreaming watching myself pulling myself out into the hallway of my parents house screaming out to my mom but could not make vocal type words as if i was being choked and I felt as if the madder I got myself the stronger I could be to pull myself out of it just to feel as if I'am being sucked back in and starting over again. I finally had woken up to find myself gasping for air and ameaditly found that my hand was under my pillow and had cocked my head into a postion as to where it was cutting off my air way I now have come to my conclusion as to may be the reason why I had felt that I was being choked or sufficated in my sleep as if I was having a hard time comeing out of it 

heres the scary part if I would not have moved in my sleep the way I did I could have died as a result of not moving my head its because that feeling your getting is called going in and out of conciousness I was blacking out and coming to in my sleep the only way you would know If I'am telling the truth here is if you have ever felt as if you was passing out and trying to come to the type where it causes you to fall down... 

heres another example or this deal I just had a major leg injury I had almost lost my leg to a major infection I had a broken shin bone so you can imagine the pain I am in at times when I would go to sleep in my dreams I would feel as if I was having surgery on my leg and was waking up out of anistia and remembering a doctor showing me my leg was cut off and showing me the reasons why they had to cut my leg off.. I'am willing to bet everyone in here that at least 95% of you including myself that has expierenced these kind of dreams that have been mentioned in here including myself all have a form of serious sleeping disorder and it will get worst as the older you get its where you have episodes of periods of time where you just stop breathing in your sleep for no reason at all or it is prevoked as in my case it was something as simple of my hand propping my head in a way to where I could not get proper air down my to my lungs as to where I wasnt breathing and in result causeing these nightmares to occure go get checked out rite away. if you dont want to then try better sleeping habits loose weight and make sure you prop your head in a certain way to where you know you will not have your head slip into that position to where this happens to you 

 

here is a small artical to read that backs up what I'am talking about here 

 

over 89,000 people die every single night in there sleep and never wake up due to OSA.

because they had Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA causes them to stop breathing many times during the night,

 

Losing your breath during sleep is very serious. Besides the danger of loss of breath during sleep, the risk of dying is a threat and the person is seriously deprived of restful sleep.

Lack of rest nightly is a health problem. It’s a medical problem that’s far more serious than most people believe.

One can be tired all the time and never suspect why. Lack of adequate respiratory ventilation is usually not a need for surgical intervention but can easily be diagnosed with a one-night stay in a hospital sleep lab.

If one wakes up tired all the time or wakes up at night with a start, diagnosis for sleep apnea is in order. It could actually save your life.

 

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jaymz, Community Member
5/18/13 1:34am

i know my spelling and grammer is way off whos wouldnt be just having the crap scared out of them and trying to reasearch afterwards lmao

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jaymz, Community Member
5/18/13 1:42am

just another example of this kind of dream expierence thing that happens and you don't know why but it does and I'am being totally serious in no way shape or form im I being funny.. here 

have you ever had a dream that felt so real as you felt you could reach out and touch it feel it and it feel so real like for instance having a sexual dream that felt so good and wonder why you woke up before the good part its because your blood presure had rised up enough to pull you out of your sleep your emotions had allowed you to feel that it was so real that you went through every emotion that there was that even the heavy breathing and so forth and you woke up because of it im I rite?

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Tammy, Community Member
7/ 1/13 12:30pm

This just happened to me about 15 mins ago.  It is happening so often I decided to type actactlly what I go through and hopes to find someone else that had or has this experience. I found these posts which are the closest to decribing it anything else i've read.  Sorry that anyone has this, but also glad I am not alone.  I do not remember dreaming.  The only thing I remember is the experience of the fight to totally wake up.  I it very scary to me.  I have to stand and walk around because if I were to close my eyes it would easily happen over and over.  Terrifying !!!!!!!!!!  I have never thought or seen anything "Evil" and I hope I never do.  Though who knows now that I have read the posts of the people that do exprierence that "Thanks"!!!.  I truly believe that my mind is awake....my dog was sleeping on my legs and I felt her.  I also tried screaming her name.  I have tried everything.  Just letting go (relaxing), using my mind to make my feet or legs move, scream as loud as I can....though nothing is coming out...I promise.  I asked my husband if he heard that after one experience and he said what....I just said nevermind.  Little did he know I had been fighting for my life the last 20 to 30 mins while he was laying next to me watching a movie.  I would love to know what causes this.  It scares the living hell out of me every single time it happens.  Even the fact I know I will wake up at some point...does not make it any easier.  

 

Please let me know if anyone has more information on this as I have been searching for along time now.  Thanks for letting me share!!!  Help!!!!

 

~Tammy~ 


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Tammy, Community Member
7/ 1/13 12:35pm

I just posted a comment. 

 

Thanks again, Tammy

 

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Andy, Community Member
7/ 5/13 9:36am
Hi Tammy, I'm Andy and am trying to figure what these episodes are all about. The way you described yours was interesting. If you wouldn't mind me asking, how many episodes have you had and when do they occur? Reply
Sarah, Community Member
7/ 2/13 5:27pm
This has happened to me many times in my life. I am a stomach or side sleeper, so that's the position I'm in when it happens. The dream I'll be having is usually "menacing" but not overtly scary. During the dream I'll begin to have a sensation of extreme heaviness and a sensation of sinking. At that point I am aware that I am dreaming, I get frightened and try to wake myself up because I fear that if I don't I will sink deeper into unconsciousness and maybe never wake up. I wake myself by yelling wake up as loud and forcefully as I can in my sleep (not out loud) and after several tries I usually wake up very slowly with a feeling that I will easily fall right back into the dream if I let my eyes close again. I can't move for several minutes so I lay there and fight to keep my eyes open and to fully wake up. It's an awful feeling, all of it, and I am so relieved to find out that so many other people have experienced something similar. I wish I knew what it was and why it happens. Reply
Andy, Community Member
7/ 5/13 9:25am
Hi all, this is my first time on here. I've been having these "dreams" for almost 10 years now. They started when I was around 20 yrs old and they suck honestly. Like many of you have described, I feel completely powerless and unable to awake. There is usually an evil presence which I sense. I've come to somewhat deal, I've tried to will myself out but it doesn't seem to work and only causes me to panic and become fearful (this is the first step to losing power). You don't want to be relaxed either cause what ever is trying to trap you (and it feels like a trap) only takes advantage. The best way out and fastest that I learned is to focus your thoughts on ONE thing of word or phrase. Like someone here had mentioned, I focus all my attention and energy on repeating the phrase "In the name of Jesus Christ I bind you". I repeat this in my head over and over and I feel strength by doing this. Well I repeat this I struggle to wake up and it usually happens. This works about 80% of time for me. Like I said before I've been dealing with this for a while now and have learned to deal. I'm writing on this post because as of an hour ago something much similar to this happened...but it was worst. This time, I felt like I was awake in bed and suddenly fell into this nightmare. I wasn't in my bedroom and I saw nothing but black with odd shapes around, I couldn't see my body. I heard sounds all around me; I recognized the sensation and thought it was like a normal episode. Tired of living in fear I wanted to search and find answers so I struck around and let whatever had pulled me into that state show me what it would....it was almost peaceful and tranquil. Even so, I didn't want to be there anymore so I out up a fight-almost instantly I came back to a normal episode, it was as if I had gone deeper than ever before. I fought my way out of the 1st level (the darkness) and now was trapped in the second or normal state. But this time I was not alone, I was on my bed with somewhat able to will myself around, I looked at the edge of my bed and saw the most horrific image/thing/being I've ever encountered. I'd rather not go into to details cause I'm sure it will sound crazy. I was able to escape this second nightmare per my usually tools...focus all my thought on the prayer. The point is that....I don't know what these episodes are but I know what they are not, they're not "dreams" as we have been told. They feel different and most frightening, real. I'm reaching out to anyone whose experienced these to try and figure them out. I'm was very pleased to see so many people share my experienced but troubled that not one of them seems to have encountered the second level. If you would like to talk about recent episodes or just don't want to feel crazy I'm available (please be stable and don't abuse this email) secondtoolast@yahoo.com) also not I WILL NOT OPEN LINKS so don't bother. Best of luck and pleasant dreams. Reply
Wazabooz, Community Member
7/18/13 9:32am

What really helped me was information on astral projection. Many people meditate for years trying to have an out-of-body experience, but you are right on the cusp of it with no effort. Just google astral projection.

 

I understand that it may seem frightening. I was lucky and had no "nightmare" although the feeling of something approaching was creepy and scary at times. If you go along with the initial phase to the 'vibrations' (some of you mentioned a buzz or tingling) then you can sit up in your astral body and explore your surroundings. Usually it starts with your own bedroom and goes from there.

 

Unless your religion tells you otherwise, understand that the "creatures" can't hurt you but they do feed on your fear. Respond with love or curiosity or simply redirect your attention elsewhere.

 

I can't tell you for sure if any of this is "real" - best I can figure, it's a sort of alternate, non-physical plane (although you feel that you have a normal human body).

 

99% of the time this happens while lying on one's back, so if you want to avoid problems, roll on your side.

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Wazabooz, Community Member
7/18/13 9:32am

What really helped me was information on astral projection. Many people meditate for years trying to have an out-of-body experience, but you are right on the cusp of it with no effort. Just google astral projection.

 

I understand that it may seem frightening. I was lucky and had no "nightmare" although the feeling of something approaching was creepy and scary at times. If you go along with the initial phase to the 'vibrations' (some of you mentioned a buzz or tingling) then you can sit up in your astral body and explore your surroundings. Usually it starts with your own bedroom and goes from there.

 

Unless your religion tells you otherwise, understand that the "creatures" can't hurt you but they do feed on your fear. Respond with love or curiosity or simply redirect your attention elsewhere.

 

I can't tell you for sure if any of this is "real" - best I can figure, it's a sort of alternate, non-physical plane (although you feel that you have a normal human body).

 

99% of the time this happens while lying on one's back, so if you want to avoid problems, roll on your side.

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Lover boy, Community Member
8/ 9/13 10:02pm
I stared to experience this after playing in an old house where every family that lived there died at the house. there was still police tape up in the garage of the house where the last teenager boy hung himself. I started having these cold feelings of raw fear, the kind that left me paralyzed and empty. Couldn't yell, couldn't even move a pinky. Had them for many years off and on. This next part is something you can choose to believe or not, I don't care... I went to the beach alone back in 2004 and had a nice condo on the 11 th floor ocean front. I had a great relaxed evening, went to bed, and....... Cold, raw fear struck. Something was there with me for sure. I tried to fight it, I was we'll aware the I had been sleeping and was trying to wake up, I knew what was happening... I felt the presence of pure evil amongst me, and after trying to wake up many times, I was tired of fighting off this evil and I decided to submit to its darkness. So I let myself go. I was then able to open my eyes, and when I did, I saw a tall dark grim man in the corner of my room. It was dark in my room already, but much moonlight, in the corner stood a tall figure of a man, almost the height of the cieling, his arms were pulled tight to his sides, he was slender and had pointy shoulders and was all grey. His head was oval shaped, but he had no face. When I saw this I fell out from sitting up in the bed, my arm hit the side table... Wen I could finally snap out. O all of this and turn the light on, the nighte table had been disturbed, and my plugged in phone on the floor. It really happened. I spent the next several years in and out of jails, and trouble with the law. In 2011 I went away to a Christian rehab program where a couple Christian counselors had asked if I had played with witch craft.... Long story short, a very gifted lady came to see me and said that I had encountered the face of death through the enemy. Se and a few others prayed on me on the alter of our chapel, they prayed in tongues. People said I had a glow about me ever since. Never experienced it again....... Until tonight. I tried to yell out for Jesus, but failed..... Reply
11kevin77, Community Member
8/20/13 1:53am

I am no body butt i would say some kind of evil is trying to take your soul and have your body. Stay possitive and happy and yell to the things you might see that you have no fear. 

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Amber, Community Member
8/14/13 5:49am
Very interesting stuff on here, haha. Thought this was normal until i read tons of answers and actually thought about it. It happens whenever i have a nightmare its like i fought myself through the tiredness to wake up and then when I'm awake I'm fighting not to fall back asleep. And yes i have fallen back to sleep..You wont die lol. It just puts you back in the same shitty dream which I question because i find that pretty weird. So when i wake up i make sure I'm staying up because the nightmares are pretty scary. I never thought anything of it because i always figured maybe it's something with REM sleep and it's just really difficult to wake yourself up from it. Probably completely off, but thanks for sharing your answers id like to study the topic more thoroughly. Reply
Akatsukigirl88, Community Member
8/16/13 1:37pm

I have something like this... I will be awake and then kind of drift off (so I'm not in an already sleeping state) and randomly I'll start hearing things like people talking to me who aren't really there. I'll be aware that I'm "dreaming" but can't wake up. I feel almost comatos and panic. One time I "dreamt" my boyfriend came in from work (even though I dropped him off only an hour prior) and he'ds talk to me and hug me and I felt it... But finally when I wake, I feel paniced and know none of that happened. I have no idea where this is coming from or what it's called. I literally just had it happen about 20 mins ago. This has now happened 4 or 5 times total within a three month span.

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11kevin77, Community Member
8/20/13 1:39am

I have them only when i am restless and i hate them. Sometimes i will think i snapped out of it 3 or 4 times before i wake up. Then i have to stand up before i fall right back into it.

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11kevin77, Community Member
8/20/13 1:46am

IT feels like something is coming for me when i have the dreams of fear. I call them that because i know i am dreaming and i am right there in my bed and i can hardly move. I fear i will never wake and i panic. They only happen when i have had too much sleep and im restless.

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kyle2013, Community Member
8/21/13 1:18pm

I just had the same thing happen to me.

I lucid dream quite a lot and ususally love it, but tonight I woke up about in about 5 or 6 layers of dreams. the final 2 were the scariest, both being set in my bed..

 

The second to last was me dreaming that i was slipping in and out of sleep, but actually i was still very much asleep. Usually when this happens i can either control the dream and have a bit of fun doing whatever i want, or wake my self up really easily. but this time was different..

the last layer was really scary.. I was in my bed with my girlfriend sleeping next to me, and i kind of knew i was asleep but i wanted to wake myself up at the same time. So i tried to move and shake myself awake, but just ended up contorting my body like i was having a fit.
With all of my strength I was able to try and grab my girlfriends hair to try and shake her head to wake me up from my dream, so shaking head head with her hair in my hands i tried to scream and call out to her but all that came out was croaky groans and moans like i was a zombie or something.
This happened for what felt like about 5 minutes in my dream, then i finally woke up!
but after ACTUALLY waking up it felt like if i didnt sit up or keep my eyes open i would have slipped back in to the terrifying dream!

So i sat up to keep myself awake, my ears are ringing, my head is really wavey  and i feel dizzy, like i have a really bad flu. I walked around the house feeling very freaked out and i checked every room for some reason.
i even had to wake my girlfriend up and ask her about 3 times if i was actually awake!

this happened about 40 minutes ago and im still feeling strange, I am a 26 year old man and i feel like a kid home alone at night!

i have had only a few dream like this before no that i have been lucid dreaming for a while but this was the scariest on yet.

i hope this helps someone, i am going to try and get some more sleep.
and sorry about the bad grammer or the writing doesnt make much sense, writing isnt my strong point! 

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ceci, Community Member
8/28/13 9:19am

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypnagogia

 

 

 

Scroll down to Sensory phenomena.

 

 

Ive had the tingly pull me through the mattress feeling and struggle to break free by wiggling my toes or fingers for years.. im not religious and it happens mostly when i drink caffeinated drinks in the evening, read an ebook or watch tv late. 

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ceci, Community Member
8/28/13 9:20am

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypnagogia

 

 

 

Scroll down to Sensory phenomena.

 

 

Ive had the tingly pull me through the mattress feeling and struggle to break free by wiggling my toes or fingers for years.. im not religious and it happens mostly when i drink caffeinated drinks in the evening, read an ebook or watch tv late. 

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ceci, Community Member
8/28/13 10:00am

http://www.m.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/sleep-paralysis?page=2

 

 

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Fuckedupsleeping, Community Member
9/ 4/13 12:36pm

Today this morning I woke up for work, but found myself not being able to move at all. My eyes, my hands, legs, feet, anything. To make matters worse, I could barely breath. *note this* It has happened before. So I controlled my breathing (because I always panic when it starts) and began by concentrating; first by moving my fingers and then hands, feet, legs (attempting of course) anything I could. By doing this I'm able to jerk my body and twitch like a retarted seal that got shot in the mouth; and finally breaking free of this situtation. Everytime it happens It feels like I'm fully awake, but not able to voice my wife so she can shake me (if that would help). So yes, this has happened to me numerous ocasions. Not sure why. But I can only describe it to be a living traped hell when it happens. Also, MOSTLY always happens when i'm laying on my stomach. I've tried telling my wife to wake me or shake me when ever she sees me like that, but the ocasion never exist when we want it. I know by consentrating and trying to jerk free does help, but it seems I run out of air for some strange reason (but does help).

Hope this helped.

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trilla806, Community Member
1/10/14 9:17am

this morning at 4 i awoke from a horrible nightmare/sleep paralysis. i dreamt it was the end of the world and my dreams get so vivid,, that i believe its reality,, and i scream in my sleep and turns out im screaming my lungs out in reality, til my brother woke me up,,  i too notice this happens when i sleep on my stomach,, i hate having these dreams but it happens to me atleast 2x a week, yesterday it was about a shadow of a cat,, like a demonic cat, watching me sleep, but i couldnt move or wake up, and i was scared to death,, tonight it was the end of the world,, with spirits floating in the sky,, tornadoes,, grey clouds forming triangles, and guys in corporate suits pulling up to my house with their guns drawn peepin in my windows,, i dont even want to go back to sleep,,, i own a dreamcatcher but i guess its safe to say those dont work,, it dont matter if im at my moms sleeping, or grandmas sleeping or even in jail sleeping, these dreams always happen to me

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Sarah, Community Member
9/17/13 5:38am

I've also been experiencing this same thing for a while. What gets me is that the dream is so real. I try to wake myself up but I can't.  To figure out if I am in the dream I try to wake myself up by doing a flip because I find that since I cannot do them in real life, my body does not know how I should be feeling (ie, being upside down) and it confirms that I am asleep. Then, I do my best to get away from wherever I am in the dream.
The dreams used to feel demonic but now are more like I am being hunted. Even when I wake up I have difficulty at first believing I am really awake.
The worst part is being pulled back in. I may only sleep for 1 hour but in dream time I have experienced a full day.
For a long time I have felt like someone is doing this to me.  It's been happening more and more frequently and the dreams are getting more frightening.  I feel drugged and as though someone is in my mind producing the dream.  Like it's not coming from my mind but someone else's.
There is only one thing that makes makes sense to me. Google "Donald Marshall clone" and when you see what he has to say about cloning, it will scare you but also make a weird kind of sense.
I believe in God and demons and for a long time I thought this was some sinister force trying to hurt me. 
To me, what Donald says hits a chord. In my bones I know it's the truth.  

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Brittany, Community Member
10/17/13 1:12pm
I have been having a dream I get into a car accident wake up in a big house and I can't wake up until my mind isn't clouded anymore. I try hard to wake myself up and just can't I took a nap with my three year old and he woke up before me I was having the same dream as the night before and he was shaking me and I could feel him shaking me in my dream it took him what felt like in my dream a good 5 minutes to wake me up and he says mommy your crying? What could this mean Reply
Yoel, Community Member
10/18/13 10:58am
Okay I don't know what this is but maybe you guys can help me out since your stories seem to be almost like mine. It feels like I'm in a deep sleep I try too wake from it but I can't. When I finally do I'm thinking everything is good but I'm still asleep, in my bed I try to wake up and I'm still in my dream this happens alot a good 4-5 times before I actually do wake up. But when I do it freaks me out because I think I'm still in my dream. I don't know what it is maybe you Guys can help. Let me get into a more detailed explination. I'm in my room in my bed trying to wake up it's really hard but when I do everything feels normal but I'm still asleep! Still in my dream, if I wake I even get up from my bed n roam my house but I'm still in my dream trying to wake up! Maybe it sounds weird I'm hoping someone can relate because this is really freaky. Thanks guys I hope someone can help me. Reply
Kayla Berrios, Community Member
11/24/13 5:55pm

omg this is  exactly what happens to me its like i think ive woken myself up but im still asleep and i walk around my house and talk to my family and everything then when i really wake up i am so scared and i fall back into  it until finally i stay awake

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Vee414, Community Member
10/25/13 10:39am

I've had this SAME problem inconsistently for the past few years as well! Being able to wake myself up from a dream/nightmare, and unable to open my eyes or move my body. I tried numerous times to throw myself onto the floor or toss the covers off of me to maybe awaken myself with the cold. I've even taken it to the point where Ive tried to scream for my mate to help get me out of it. Hopeless! (They couldnt even tell I was going thtough it.) It is NOT sleep paralysis (because I can't see during this time) OR false awakening (because, I know I AM awake, and not dreaming). I deal with it by focusing deep on God, praying to awaken, and when I am fully awake...put my mind on a calming tv show, or conversation, that'll put my mind to a better rest. I find that when I stay in the dark my body FORCES me back into this sleep within a matter of seconds! It is a VERY eerie evil kind of feeling! And what confuses me more is the time I awaken from it.. 3:33a. Thank God I have faith!

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Gjwra JaVu, Community Member
11/ 2/13 1:27am

This happens to me on occasion. It happened again today while taking an afternoon nap before work. It typically happens when I know I shouldn't oversleep. The feeling of panic is decreasing for me. When I begin to feel the rigor mortis like feeling set in & become aware my conscious stratles between a dream state & waking state, I start to realize how strange the mind is. In the physical room where my body lays sleeping I have always been alone yet I sense the presence of other characters around me. Sometimes I know them. Other times I don't. I have never felt threatened by any of them, however there was one unidentifiable creature that crawled through my bedroom door & made its way atop my body before I was able to jolt awake. For me, the less pressure I put on myself to move, the easier it becomes to wake up. The more I give into the thought "Oh God! I CAN'T MOVE!", the more concrete my paralysis seems to be. Try to relax even though your body seems unresponsive. Your consciousness is HUGE aspect of your being & when you sleep it tends to explore this multidimensional universe aka dreamland. When you try & force it all back into your body at once, it struggles to fit. You have to slide it back into your body the same way you would slide into a pair of pants that were too small. Start with your toes or wiggle your fingers & work back to reality. 

You don't need to be afraid. That heavy feeling means your body is deeply relaxed. If you don't want to let it sleep then kindly wake it up

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Gjwra JaVu, Community Member
11/ 2/13 11:29am

I have also heard of people who use this type of experiance as a method of astral projection(out of body traveling, if you believe in such things).. http://www.erinpavlina.com/blog/2006/02/astral-projection-my-first-experience/

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Rayna, Community Member
11/ 3/13 1:58am

OMG! It gave me goosbumps when I read this.. I have the same exact thing, to where I never want to fall asleep again! Nearly 3 times a week this  phenomenon happens. It started about a year ago, and I remember the first couple of times I would try to calm my self down and remind myself that I would wake up soon, but as these dreams start to go on the less calm I get, and the more I start to freak out.. Sometimes, I set alarm clocks to wake me up every couple of hours, and it won't happen as often.. My mom has the same things happening, but she tends to hear people talking out of her dream, only waking up to find that nothing in her dream ever happened... Mine are more extreme to wherenow that I am sleeping, and I can hear people really talking outside of my dream, trying to get them to wake me up!!  Surprised Anyways, Thanks for posting this..

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Lexi G, Community Member
11/ 9/13 8:53pm
Yes I was asleep and I was trying Sooo hard to move. Like I was aware I was awake it wasn't a dream. I couldn't move my eyelids or move my fingers or legs it was like I was paralyzed from the head down and I panicked and even tried to scream but I couldn't but I finally woke up I was so scared and never wanted to sleep again but has happened a few times even suffocating in a dream id try to breath and wake up and once again I could feel my self trying to move but couldn't never could I breathe but I finally got up very scary but happens very rarely now Reply
Lexi G, Community Member
11/ 9/13 8:57pm
Thought I was dead or something Reply
Kayla Berrios, Community Member
11/24/13 6:02am

i have it to and its been happening ever since i was a little girl.. actually it just happpened now  and scared the crap out of me so i went looking for answers. im afraid that one day i wont be able to pull myself out of my sleep when im completely aware that im laying on the bed..just unable to move.. every time this happens im begging in my head for someone to come in my room and wake me up.. but no one ever does. and then sometimes it feels  like ive woken myself up but really im just dreaming that i woke myself up. its really scary and sometimes  when im at the brink of waking myself  up.. i fall back and it  feels  like im going to die so i start panicking but then i finally wake up and my heart is always racing.

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mimey0407, Community Member
12/ 8/13 2:11am

Yes omg! Im not alone!  I'm an 18 year old teeneager and I've had this for as long as I could remenber. I havent had it for a while now. But usually what happens to me is that i start to drift off and it starts to feel like im being pulled into a dream. And im very concious that im not asleep, but im not awake either. ( I usual thought about as like if i'm half asleep, half awake type situation *body is asleep, but concious is wide awake*) So anyways way when i start to feel that pulling feeling, I start to panic and trying to pull myself out of the "sleep" and I've been successful every time.  Im scared to just let it happen because I feel like something bad is going to happen. As a kid I wouldnt think much of it, and even now I dont. I just wake up and do something to fully WAKE UP and then go back to sleep normally and, sleep through the night just fine. But I thought I was alone here. Thank God im not the only one.

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billy, Community Member
12/20/13 10:02am

THIS IS HOW YOU WAKE UP

VIGOUROSLY ROCKING YOURSELF (IT WILL WORK FOR A WHILE)

 

IN THE DREAM FIND SOMETHING TO THE FALL OF (MOST DREAMS END WITH FALLING) DONT GO TO THE EXTEME AND JUMP OF THE EIFEL TOWER,  A TABLE WILL DO

 

I HAVE BEEN HAVING THESE DREAMS SINCE 1997  BUT LAST NIGHTS ONE WAS VERY WEIRD IT TOOK 15 MINUTES TO GET OUT OF UNTIL I FOUND A TABLE STOOD ON IT AND LEANED BACK THEN MY MY EYES FINALLY OPENENED BUT I WAS NOT FULLY AWAKE SO I ROCKED OUT OF THE DREAM

 

THEY ARE ONLY GETTING WORSE AS THE YEARS GO BY ONE DAY I MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO ROCK  WHEN I WAS A PRUDENT CHRISTIAN I WAS SLEEPING AFTER READING THE BIBLE AND HAVING A SHORT PRAYER I FELT A PRESENCE COME IN MY ROOM AND HOLD ME DOWN JUST AS I WAS ABOUT TO START ROCKING AND PANICKING I FELT A STRONG WIND COMING FROM MY WINDOW IT KEEP RUSHING THROUGH I WAS THINKING MY WHOLE ROOM WAS GONNA BE A MESS ANYWAYS I FELT THE EVIL PRECENCE BEING BLOWN OF ME, THAT WAS THE ONLY TIME I WAS ABLE TO GET UP WITHOUT STRUGGLING , ROCKING OR PANICKING THE WEIRDEST THING IS THAT MY WINDOW WAS CLOSED.

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Wierddreamer, Community Member
1/ 7/14 6:56am
Hey i just experienced this !! I can even tell you that i fell asleep with my headphones on with my music loud and i could hear the music in my dream ! And in my dream i was in my room for the most part in my dream when i wanted to wake up but my body wasn't letting me get up. And when i did get up it was in my dream and i would try looking at my phones but everything around me was faded as if i was on drugs . It was honestly scary. It felt as if it was real life . Everytime i tried waking up i felt as if someone was watching me so i tried waking up but i couldn't i was still in the dream because id try going to my parents room but id fallout of the setting in my dream and dream about something else then when id try to wake up i was back in my room but it was hard to wake up i felt like i kept waking up from one dream to another but like i said it felt as if it was real life and i would get up at times but everything was slow motion and i could hear the music that was playing on my headphones in my dream . I dont know if anyone else has had a similar dream i feel so weird haha i felt so relieved when i woke up as if i was alive and loved being alive in real life right now! Ive had other weird dreams but nothing like this one i just had Reply
Gift, Community Member
1/25/14 10:25am

i literally just woke up from a dream exactly like the one being described on this page. it is so scary and i felt like something was holding me down so that i cant move, wake up, scream or think! it was as though there was an evil feeling around me. something was not right.i have had a few of these throughout my life but there is one thing that has helped me. praying. God can give us power to rebuke the devil and keep him from having power over us in our sleep. it is dangerous to not fight this. i advise that we all seek God before the devil gaind control of us through fear of the unknown.. prayer is the answer. God will take this away.

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P, Community Member
2/ 8/14 3:57pm

I think I experienced the same thing. What I experienced was I was asleep and could not move my head like I was frozen could not move. So I was trying to wake myself up by screaming. I could not scream either. When I finally could scream, I woke myself up and I was just fine. This was weird. I wonder what this all means? 

 

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crazywolf53, Community Member
2/12/14 4:46am

Don't worry folks. Its not as bad as you think.

 

I've had the same experience many times. The first time it scared the crap out of me. I didn't know what was going on and I thought I was blind and paralyzed. I fell asleep in a class in college and couldn't wake myself up. But I found that if I focus really hard on moving just one part of my body, then it breaks the paralysis.

Unfortunately, when I focused hard on moving my leg and managed to wake up in class, I accidentally kicked the desk in front of me and simultaneously flailed both my arms up in the air... Everyone looked at me, so I played it off as a yawn. lol

Ever since then, it happens to me occasionally at night, but I don't let it freak me out. In fact, its quite the opposite experience for me. I look forward to it and it excites me because I've been able to experiment and explore that mental state.

It is almost a sort of lucid dream/meditative experience. I find that as long as I stay calm, I can deeply access my imagination in a way that is not possible while fully awake. I can easily visualize mental images clearly and it gives me a heightened awareness of my body and every one of my senses. I can also effortlessly dismiss the paralysis and wake myself at any time.

However, I actively try to prolong the dream state when it happens to me, becuase no matter what I do, it never lasts for more than a few minutes.

 

So my advice for the next time it happens to you is don't panic, calm yourself down, and then explore your own awareness. If it does not appeal to you, then at most you'll probably wake up in a few minutes on your own. But even on the off chance that it lasts longer than that for you, just calmly focus on moving any one part of your body. When it moves, it will wake you up.

 

The mind is a mysterious place, so don't miss the opportunity to peel back your own consciousness and look deep into it.

 

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I and I, Community Member
3/26/14 3:32am

I do not pretend to be an expert, but I do believe that I can shed some insight on this particular question. Although many of us experience this phenomenon of sleep differently, I believe for many of you it is not related to a medical issue and something that you can work through and understand without medication or seeing a doctor as some of you have further suggested. The awareness of such sleep phenomenon is growing quickly. This is not only happening to you, but also to those who are not conciously aware of it. The simple fact that you are talking about it, sharing information and investigating it further is allowing it to happen more often and allowing others to pick-up on it. Please remember that although we have created quite a complex world around us, there was a time where we were more collective and these are signs that your conscious mind is powerful enough to realize that your are not only contrained by your physical surroundings.

So let's get to what you want to know. When you awake in such a state for simplicity let's call it a place between that of your waking world and your dream world you are allowing your body to become out of sync from your non-physical self and your physical self (your 4 layer bio-body suit). You are in a sense separating the vibrational levels that would otherwise match up nicely and keep you in your physical self, unaware of the fact that anything else out there exists. 

Before I move onto the actual experience and how to change it into a more positive and enjoyable one you must learn to teach yourself that the world is not a place that is happening outside of yourself, but rather what is happening within your body and brain that is conciously creating your reality. You may pray to the god you believe in to help better your experience, but in essence what you are trying to do is speak to your higher self and your own divinity to help you supress negative energy that you are for a lack of better words projecting in a time in which you have more control than you can imagine; that brief glimpse of your non-physical. The physical world we live in especially in western culture breeds negative energy and it is not uncommon for our fear and negative energy to get in the way of possibility and self understanding. Trust me you all do it in a waking state as well. 

We are struggling with small steps to a greater level of conciousness. Something that I will guarantee you will not happen to everyone, but will likely happen withing your lifetime. Do not be scared of it; you are creating your own fears perpetuated usually from how you behave in the physical.

 

I just came back from Jamaica, I travel there 5-6 times per year, and in my time there went far up into the hills and made time on more than one occasion to spend several hours within a cave that carries some very heavy vibrations for me and given that I carry a considerable amount of negative with me; I experienced exactly your experience as I have many times before when I went to bed and struggled to overcome that and move past it.

It is not easy even for me, but the key to remain calm and get rid of the fear; it is not really there, stop creating it. The strange noise you may be encountering is your vibrations feel them as they become stronger and you will experience some amazing things whether you fall lucid or find your astral non-physical self. If you have trouble with getting rid of the fear or apparations then you need to try and live with more love; love is the highest and that is your light and it gives you the confidence to take your concious plain much higher. If you are not ready to face that and get past it then just try to remind your higher self that you do not want that experience or loose yourself in your busy material world and it will halt it. My suggestion though would be against and work towards empowering your mind to new heights beyond the initial hiccup. It is of course not easy and requires hard work, but will surely help. I would keep on the subject if I too didn't have to go to bed; there is so much more to talk about, regardless  I am hoping someone finds something useful in here, I don't think I have ever written a blog or answer before so there it is. 

Good Night!

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Jon, Community Member
4/23/14 7:19am

Omg i just started having this feeling and i feel like if i dont wake up ill get possesed or something so i breath loud and force myself to get up ughhh i hate this its not cool :( 

 

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By Sarah, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/23/14, First Published: 04/23/09