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Thursday, October 02, 2008 Andrew Fitz-Patrick, Community Member, asks

Q: Waking up and unable to move or speak.

I have recently been waking up in the early hours unable to move or speak no matter how hard i try. Sometimes i can hear things moving or noises in the bedroom and sometime i see things like heads in the bed. its as if i have woken up but still in a dream state.  i have also noticed that i am drenched in sweat. its quite destessing and scary at times. it started happening about once a week. but now it has got alot worse, lasts longer and happens 3 or 4 times a week. Any idea what it is or why it is happening?

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Reuben Ray, Community Member
10/29/09 11:45pm

They call it hypnopompic Hallucinations - a hallucination so they say, that you see when waking up - could be in the middle of the night. Oftentimes a figure from your dream or bugs/spiders, etc appears in your room accompanied by sleep paralysis. I experience them for are 15 to 30.

No one can explain why it happens. My mother use to tell me it was demons. I didn't believe her until I started studying the bible.

I'm 33 now and haven'n had any since then.

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Reuben Ray, Community Member
10/29/09 11:48pm

They call it hypnopompic Hallucinations - a hallucination so they say, that you see when waking up - could be in the middle of the night. Oftentimes a figure from your dream or bugs/spiders, etc appears in your room accompanied by sleep paralysis. I experience them for are 15 to 30.

No one can explain why it happens. My mother use to tell me it was demons. I didn't believe her until I started studying the bible.

I'm 33 now and haven'n had any since then.

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zap, Community Member
12/23/09 11:12pm

I know the feeling!  It is a horrible sensation trying to wake up from a dream state....as if you're stuck in cement.  I have them now and then, usually when I'm overtired.  Haven't been drenched in sweat as you shared, but I too can see images and hear voices.  Just happened today...I was napping due to a bad cold and in my dream was trying to wake up.  I was fighting against myself as if I could see myself trying to speak yet no sound came out.  I heard my husband and mom speaking and felt myself getting out of bed.  It's strange, because in my dream I'm aware that this is happening....like a dream within a dream.  So I told myself to calm down and breathe slow and I did think of God and tried to connect to His peace.  It eventually worked.

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Rose, Community Member
2/ 5/10 9:13am

Do you always have visions in the paralyzation, because i'll be dreaming that i'm awake and then i'll suddenly paralyze like a stick.  It doesn't work up a sweat, but i'm paralyzed, trying to call for help, but I can't.  But I am totally awake when the paralyzing happens.  I wonder why it happens because it feels like I'm dying in everyone.  It happens about 1-2 times a week. I mean, I just turned 18, and I hope it doesn't last a long time, because it's definately scary, and my parents don't care about them...much like they don't believe me

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zap, Community Member
2/ 7/10 9:39pm

Hi...I'm understanding that you're DREAMING that you're awake (almost like an out of body experience) and when you try to talk, etc you can't speak or move. 

 

 But I am totally awake when the paralyzing happens  -- do you mean you're awake IN your DREAM?  As I described above.

 

If I understood correctly, then yes I've experienced that.  There are times the dream is unsettling and I'm trying to get help or escape and I find that I am cemented down.  Strangely enough there are dreams that are pleasurable, and I try moving yet I have to force movement (all in my dream).  I then awake and find I was dreaming.

 

I know it can be scary.  I have found prayer helps a great deal, or maybe relaxing music before bed....try to avoid overstimulation (tv, video etc)...and practice in your dreams relaxing.  When you feel yourself in the cement mode, practice communicating to yourself to breathe and, if you pray, then release the dream to God.  It doesn't always work for me, but I have been able to succeed at times.

 

good luck with this...it might be hard for your parents to believe you, if they've never experienced those dreams.  My mom understands because she has them...my husband looked at me like I had 2 heads  Smile.  maybe try journaling when you have them, what occured before bedtime and what emotions the dreams evoked.

 

Take care!

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brandon430, Community Member
10/24/10 12:20pm

I have not heard or seen anything but I have fallen asleep and not been able to move or talk. I cant tell if im spleeping or if I really have woken up and cant move or speak. In any case Im lying in bed and the only thing I can move are my eyes from side to side and when I have called out for my girlfriend to help me nothing comes out of my mouth except air, no sound.  I have also had a friend stay at my house a while back and he later told me the same thing happened to him. That he was on my couch asleep and he couldnt move so he tried yelling to wake me up and help him but no sound would come out of his mouth.  This has happened to me atleast 3 to 4 times in my life and it is not very pleasant, I still wonder if I am really sleeping or if Im awake when this happens.

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shady, Community Member
4/ 3/11 7:42pm

i hate this when i was very young this happened to me once that i can remember the image i saw at the end of my bed was a giant cat standing like a human that looked like the cat from shrek - puss in boots. My family tell me i used to listen to kids cassette tapes of which puss in boots tale was one of them. Im 21 now and this experiance happened to me again yesterday after 15 years except the cats face with an evil grin was right up against my face, couldnt move speak or anything and yet i am 100 % positive i was awake. I tried to force myself awake and for a while felt like i managed to scratch the bed covers with my fingers. I cried. 

 

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Dave M, Community Member
5/18/11 7:03pm

This used to happen to me 2-3 times a week. It was definately NOT a dream. I didn't sweat, but was completely unable to move or speak.  My wife is a light sleeper, I tried to scream as loud as I could, and was able to get out a loud enough grunt to wake her up.  DEFINATELY NOT A DREAM. Before we were married, I told her this had been happening.  She was skeptical, but not after the first time, when she was awake and this continued for several minutes before it went away. Hasn't happened for about 8 years.  Beyond any medical explanation, the only thing I can say is the mind is a powerfull, misunderstood, and mostly unexplored thing.  People will use whatever is tied into their religious beliefs to explain it, if that is something they accept, that is the answer.  Good Luck:)  

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