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Sleep paralysis: The devil, the ghost & the Old Hag

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By Thomas Heffron  |  Jul 28, 2009
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You’re waking up or falling asleep, and suddenly you’re unable to move. Your body becomes paralyzed as if an unseen weight is upon you.

You may be unable to move your arms or legs, body and head. You can breathe and think, but you may be unable to speak.

The paralysis may last for only seconds or a few minutes. Then it disappears and you are able to move again.

This describes a typical episode of sleep paralysis. It is a common sleep disorder that is classified as a “parasomnia.” Episodes can cause you to feel intense anxiety.

Sleep paralysis occurs when the line between sleep and wakefulness is blurred. Normally your brain paralyzes many of your muscles during the stage of rapid eye movement sleep – or REM sleep. This paralysis is called “atonia.”

You may experience sleep paralysis if atonia lingers as you wake up from REM sleep; it also may occur if you transition quickly from wakefulness into REM sleep.

Sleep paralysis may occur together with hallucinations. You may imagine that you see or hear something; you even may think that someone else or something is in the room with you.

Across cultures the strange sensation of sleep paralysis has evoked some vivid descriptions. In 1664 a Dutch physician published a case history of a woman with sleep paralysis. “'The devil lay upon her and held her down,” he wrote.

In Japan sleep paralysis is called “kanashibari.” The term is rooted in Buddhism; long ago it was believed that Buddhist monks could use magic to paralyze others.

In Newfoundland sleep paralysis has been called an attack of “Old Hag.” In China it has been labeled “ghost oppression.” A new study reports that in Mexico people may say that sleep paralysis feels like “a dead body climbed on top of me.”

Sleep deprivation may trigger an episode of sleep paralysis. Other related factors may include stress and sleep related leg cramps.

Sleep paralysis tends to be only a mild problem; there are no medical complications. But it also can be one symptom of narcolepsy.

Learn more about parasomnias.

129 Comments

  1. 1 Sheela Malaysia 19 Oct
    I experienced it when I was 5years old.I was sleeping on my back and facing the ceiling with my parents.I was in the middle.I suddenly saw a huge monster kind figure..hairy with horns and ugly face..looked more like a beast.It jumped on me and sat on my tummy and strangled me.I was screaming loud and trying to reach my mum and dad but cudn't reach them and they cudn't hear me.after a few seconds the creature flew up the ceiling again.I still remember it having huge wings.I told my parents and they told me it was a bad dream.After a few years I had the same experience a few times when I was pregnant..And later..when I became spiritual and closer to God I did see it a few times but this time It did not attack me but stood a little far from me and when I looked at it..I saw it more clearly it had soo much of sores on its face..and filled in holy spirit when I said go away in Jesus name..I am here you do not have the right to be here...it just left..I know it is difficult to belief but it is the thruth.Actually after years..I was just telling all my experiences to my son..after I told him..it made me curious to look online what was I seeing and experiencing..and here I found soo many stories similar to mine..Please do not make fun..it is the thruth that we experienced..and I belief there is ghost and supernatural power in us..because in later part of my life..I did not see it in my sleep or dreams but present at my house at the staircase and once at my gate.
  2. 2 Jacq 14 Oct
    I have had a few episodes in my life where I can’t move in my dream, feel paralyzed and I am trying to talk and I think I am scared, but in reality it comes out as a wailing, literally like an old woman wailing and sounding ghost like. We heard my grandmother edit in her sleep once and my husband tells me I sound like that. I can kind of hear myself and there’s a conscious disconnect between what I’m trying to say and what’s coming out (bc I’m feeling paralyzed) 
    anyone else get this? 
  3. 3 Darae Park 13 Oct
    I've never knew what sleep paralysis was until one day my friend told me about it in 2013 when I was in grade 7. She told me about seeing shadows and unable to move or speak and it shocked me because I thought I was the only one to experience that. I had my first sleep really terrifying paralysis during the start of the school. I had such a messed up sleeping schedule and one day my two younger sisters decided to play monopoly in my room until late (3am). I fell asleep on my bed (on my stomach, never slept on my back) and I woke up in a weird state. I remember being strangled so badly and being able to see myself from the top corner of my room being strangled by a dark figure. I had my light on in my room (a lamp) so I could see a faint yellow light on my desk and everything else around me was complete grey (like black and white). It was so terrifying because I felt being strangled and I could see myself being strangled at the same time. I screamed, tried to move but it didn't work. This went on for a minute and when I woke up I yelled at my sister for not waking me when I screamed for help. They were so confused and after that I never questioned it. Then that's when my friend told me about it, I explained to her my experience and I decided to search it up, SHOULD NEVER HAVE. Just made myself shit myself again. Never search up sleep paralysis on google at night, especially the images. My second most memorable sleep paralysis was when I moved to my new house years later (2016). When you wake up in sleep paralysis, you know. It's that eerie feeling, the atmosphere is built different. I woke up and automatically knew I was in it even though I never had it in a long time (had two more experiences before but wasn't too impactful). I woke up and just knew I was in sleep paralysis. The more I get sleep paralysis, the more prone I get to it (It's harder to get out). At this stage I'm able to move VERY slowly, like i'm able to move my fingers and certain body parts VERY slowly. it's like i'm in water trying to run or when you have a dream of running and you gradually feel like you're running slower. Basically I moved my leg (sleeping on my stomach, always do) and I feel a leg on it's knees on my bed, AS SOON as i make contact, the body moves and crawls onto my back and starts to strangle me. The body felt small, like a boy, it definitely wasn't older than the age of 9. Here I am dying and trying my best to wake from it and then I feel another entity on the left side of my bed. It's a little far from me (around 2m away) near my desk. It starts to whisper to the "boy" and the boy stops immediately. I'm SHOOK because I have never heard anything during my past sleep paralysis experiences. Hearing things during it wasn't in my dictionary. But I heard whispering and when the boy stopped and was LISTENING to it communicate I also tried my best to understand it. But i couldn't, it sounded like a language but I couldn't comprehend it. Best way to describe it is it sounded like whispering. I completely freaked out because these two were COMMUNICATING IN FRONT OF ME. The person who was whispering felt like an older man, definitely. Idk but I woke up shortly after that and couldn't sleep for the next 2 hrs. I had a few more after that, but I recently just got two this week which is very unusual because i don't get them often. I basically had someone strangle me, no audio and no other entity. But yeah I got into a lot of spiritual content and activity since 2017 and this might sound crazy but I sometimes wish I can get sleep paralysis on command. I tried to communicate the last two times but when I tried saying "hello" it doesn't react. It's like it can't hear me at all. Me and my friends talk a lot about this since we're all so spiritually curious and my Chinese friend told me it's bad to sleep with a mirror in front of your bed or facing you when you're sleeping. I have a direct full body length mirror in front of my bed facing me. I also have crystals (bought them for fun, didn't believe in the healing or magic of it that much) in my room with my tarot cards and when I put them away to charge (apparently we need to charge them under the moonlight) at my window, I get sleep paralysis that night. This probably sounds psycho lol and unrealistic, but it's 100% true whether you want to believe it or not. Keep in mind my sleeping schedule is usually very messed up when I do get sleep paralysis. Science can say all they want about this topic and back it up, but sometimes I feel like we have this portal that allows entities to pass. Like something from a different frequency or dimension. Also these shadow beings don't have any features to them, for me anyways. I can only point out height, but otherwise it looks straight up like a shadow (normal weight), nothing unique. I also saw these shadows when I was completely sober in the daytime. In grade 4 I woke up and when I wake up I go straight to my parents room which is right next to mine. If i leave my room i'm facing the washroom and onto my right is my parents room. I remember waking up and seeing a shadow that reminded me of my dad and i followed it down the hallway. it disappeared then re appeared, but this time it reminded me of my mom then it disappeared right when I got to the door. I remember thinking wth? and then ran to my parents room. I never questioned it because it was so fuzzy and it didn't scare me. But that was my first time seeing shadows (wasn't sleep paralysis). I've only seen that shadow twice including that one time, but it's been almost 7 yrs since the last time I did when it was fully daytime and I wasn't in sleep paralysis. 
    Honestly if anyone were to experience this, the last thing you want to do is freak out. This also might sound crazy but experience it, don't just freak out and go ape. That's the last thing that will wake you up. You want to freak out to an extent, focus on waking your body without freaking out. I've tried moving my fingers and it doesn't work anymore. At this point I'm able to move certain body parts. So you want to focus on your body and really pull your body to wake up, making a sound wont do anything either. I usually get my chest area or upper body to move suddenly. I also woke up from sleep paralysis by calming down then sinking into my pillow, i sort of gave up trying to wake up and just laid there then woke up. Tonight i'm removing my crystals and sleeping in the complete dark, I need answers. This can't be just some science reason to why we get it. But yeah if you want to know more or want to talk about it email me! aimelver1@gmail.com (it's a stupid email but would rather give this than my business email lol). I'm pretty amateur to the spiritual community but I have a lot of experience with sleep paralysis and sensing spirits, especially since I have spiritual friends too. 
  4. 4 Lourdes 07 Oct
    last night I was sleeping on my stomach, I felt my body being squeezed tightly with my blanket and felt a body against mine, it felt like someone was right next to me. I tried to scream and I tried to open my eyes but I couldn't do anything, it was very frightening and this is like my 3rd time ever. I was suddenly able to open my eyes and move normally, it was very traumatizing and scary. It really felt like there was someone there with me.
  5. 5 Amanda 23 Sep
    I had sleep paralysis light night. I was sleeping on my stomach and I “woke up” to noises, as if there were several people in the room talking at the same time. I noticed a shadow figure that looked like a little girl right next to me, just looking at me. I was able to kind of make another shadow person out a bit further away. I began to notice that it was getting hard to breathe. It felt as if someone was sitting on my back, and my lungs were being crushed. I felt a bunch of hands grab me all of over. I attempted to make grunting noises and call my boyfriends name (he was sleeping right next to me). I’m not even sure if the noises that I thought I was making were real or if it was just in my head. My boyfriend didn’t wake up to them but, then again, he’s a very deep sleeper. Finally, with what felt like several long minutes later, I was completely awake and able to move. I sat up and I was panting. I’ve had sleep paralysis before but I was always on my back and never had an issue with my breathing. This episode really freaked me out. Kind of scared to sleep tonight. 
  6. 6 Supremovik 18 Sep
    I experience this and currently I am in a state where i tell myself that it is a dream and always try to come out. What i also realised is, this normally happens to me, when i eat lot of carbs rich diet before sleeping. Try to cut your carbs and sugar rich dinner and check if this helps you.
  7. 7 brittany 11 Sep
    so, last night (well, tonight really because I'm still laying in bed shaken up, unable to go back to sleep) i was having a really bad dream. my husband and i were in our room in our house, and there was this force that would come through, almost like running rounds, and every time he would come he would kill us. but we couldn't die and pass on. we would just be reset again, living in fear that the thing would be back to kill us again and again and again. it was a really messed up dream. but i woke up from it. there was no paralysis, no confusion, no seeing entities. i was laying in my bed, perfectly awake and aware, trying to readjust myself, get cozy and fall back asleep. i rolled over from my side onto my back and closed my eyes to go back to sleep when i felt it. several hard, shocking pokes on the bottoms of both of my feet. like someone was tapping or jabbing me hard on the soles of my feet from the foot of the bed. and THAT'S when the paralysis set in. my husband was asleep on the sofa on the other side of the room and i could see him. i kept trying to call out to him to help me and i felt myself screaming as hard as i could, but i couldn't get the sound out passed my lips. it was like someone had their hand over my mouth. and the harder i would scream, the less i could see my husband, like the hand moved up to cover my eyes too. and then finally i was freed. i immediately woke my husband up, freaked the fuck out. but i was like stuck with fear. i couldn't move.i didn't know if i had fallen back to sleep without realizing it and maybe the whole thing was just some dream but it all felt so real and i don't recall a point of falling asleep or a point of waking up. it all just feels like an awakened, paralyzed state. I'm really shaken up.
  8. 8 Caroline 08 Sep
    Can you have this happen and still be able to move and  speak?I wokeup the other nightonly to seea person dressed as asoldier by mybedroom door he was pointing a rifle at me. It gave me quite a fright as you can imagine but I have a dressing gown hanging on the back of the door so rationalised that that it had something to do with that and it was my imagination I turned over and went back to sleep. When I lived In my previous house I used to wake up all the time in the night and see strange black mist floating above my head. I used to reach up and wave my hand through it. I used to ewake up after falling asleep on the sofa and see large spider things and shadow people. But I used to be able to get up immediately upon seeing them and walk around the house. No paralysis. Incidently I used to also see shadow people in the house when I was awake during the day. Im trying to think of a rational explanation for these occurrences.,obecause sincemoving to a new house I don't see theshadows anymore. Making me come to the conclusion that my last house washaunted.!So can these things happen without the associated paralysis?o
  9. 9 Arleth bejarano 07 Sep
     Alright guys I get sleep paralysis once twice to three times a day And I understand it can be traumatizing but if you don’t learn to overcome your sleep paralysis you’re always going to be scared of falling asleep. So the first time I got it  I remember opening my eyes and seeing a white fog 3 feet away for me I heard  whispering and I’m used to seeing spirits so I thought to myself what is it looking for because I felt looking for something  when I tried to speak I couldn’t that’s when I realize I couldn’t breathe and that’s when I panicked but I didn’t know what to do.  Then I started seeing dark shadows demons trying to suffocate me a girl standing and staring at me a dark shadow staring at me knelt down next to my bed.  EVERY TIME YOU GET SLEEP PARALYSIS JUST REMEMBER ITS NOT REAL JEEP TELLING YOURSELF THAT THEN WHEN U ARE READY TELL YOURSELF TO WIGGLE YOUR TOES!!! AND REMEMBERED ITS NOT REAL. SOMETIMES YOU CAN FORCE YOUR EYES SHUT AND THEN WIGGLE YOUR TOES ! it has nothing to do with religion sometimes it’s not enough sleep, insomnia, narcolepsy etc. 
  10. 10 Bridget 04 Sep
    I would wake up in the middle of the night and struggle to fall asleep afterwards. After an hour or two of lying awake, the room would become unbearably hot. I would take off my night shirt and alternate between covering myself with blanket and kicking it off my body. Throughout this time I would get a sense that Im not alone and sometimes feel a spank on my behind which would make me wonder if I had fallen asleep for a moment and dreamt the whole thing. Yet the slap on my behind felt real and made me jump. At times I would hear whispers on my ear in a language I do not understand and a touch on my back, slight but heavy on my soul as it feels me with fear. I would then be unable to move and pray out loud. Pray the Lord"s prayer and when no relief is comjng I would shoutout Jesus's name and ask for His h
  11. 11 Sally 01 Sep
    I came to this site searching for a similar experience that happened to me. I have been having headaches, changes in my blood pressure and tachycardia often since around 2 months (I'm currently treating me) But, last night I went to sleep with a headache, woke up next day still with the headache, so I decided to sleep again. As a I was sleeping I felt that my headache increased, I felt as if heavy objets where falling down on me, I tried to called for my mom to wake me up, but she wouldn't hear me, I probably was only dreaming that I screamed but in reality I couldn't talk. Then as half awake half asleep, (this is where the weird part comes) I saw a red light as if coming from the ceiling lighting me, it had like an inverted triangle in the middle, and it was reaching me, and I white light was coming from inside my, I felt it as coming from my chest, I saw this white light leaving my body and then a small arm (the left one) came from the white light which was leaving my body and tried to hold on to the red light, and I started to feel a pain in my heart, as if my heart was like leaving my body, it felt like dying. I panicked and I said I don't want to die, not now, so I forced myself to wake up before the white light fully left my body and before the small hand leaving my chest reached the red light. I woke up with my headache still and probably tachycardia, but didn't want to fall asleep again. Someone has a thought to this???
  12. 12 Anonymous 30 Aug
    The first demonic dream was a few months ago. I was at a museum and I approached a werid painting of a dark shaded eye, I stared at the image and my brain had a panic attack, forcing me to wake up. Waking up in my dark room I couldn't move, I looked around and saw a dark image of a woman dressed in black. She had a tilt neck that appeared to be broken, she spoke to me, cannot remember the conversation but it was related to painting. The woman wanted me to go back to sleep and look at the painting. I know I shouldn't have, but I did, my brain was in so much pain I woke up again back to the creepy demonic woman. She was getting really angry and I had tears in my eyes. Once more again I closeed my eyes hoping to wake up but the painting was still there, making my brain feel like it was fire. I quickly woke up and the woman began to talk in a werid language really fast. With all my willpower I fell off the bed and crawled. Strange entity force pushed me back from the bedroom door. The woman said  something to me, that I will never forget " see you soon". I finally wake up in my bed confused and creeped out as if I had a dream within a dream. Please explain what happened to me
  13. 13 Larie Dawn Oaks 30 Aug
    Had dream about a dark spirt holding me down could not breath or move, I was trying to yell help but nothing would come out then a light came and I woke up and was gasping for air, and heat pounding like crazy.  I went back to sleep and the same dream again.  I had the same dream 3 time though out the night.  
  14. 14 Larie Dawn Oaks 30 Aug
    dreams about a dark spirt holding me down could breath then a light came and I woke up and was gasping for air
  15. 15 Caneron 24 Aug
    about a couple of nights ago I experienced what seemed to be like cinderblocks on each of my limbs, needless to say I could not move, my eyes were open and so were my mouth, I could not speak, only see. I attempted to shout for help but all that came out was silence, it was as if something was holding onto my vocal cords. I had attempted to get out of bed but still nothing budged. my vision soon started to fade like a vignette. Before I knew it my eyes had wandered to a corner in my bedroom, it did not matter if the room was lit up, the shadow was extending itself as if it was trying to reach me, such blood thirst in its eyes, it even had a smile stretching from the farthest corners of its eyes, no face, just blood lust and a smile. the more I tried to move the more my vision faded, no matter how many times I tried to yell, still just silence. When my vision had reached the smallest circle of light my computer screen was giving off my eyes shot open and so did my body, as if it was all a dream, but in reality i know it wasnt. It's not that im scared of this shadow but more excited, ive even tried calling for it to make its presence known again, but nothing. As if im not worthy....
  16. 16 Aogee 13 Aug
    Watch the film from 2009, Ink. Trust me.
  17. 17 Billi 06 Aug
    Something relatable has been happening to me a everytime I go in my bed I literally feel an unseen force against my body coming up my bed and just before I was unable to move or scream and all I heard was these weird sounds .. I was Wide Awake!!
    I'm also in a treatment facility and sober for over 3 months but I have 3 other roommates and I think they are starting to believe I'm going a little bit cuckoo
  18. 18 Misty Marley 05 Aug
     I have had the same dreams for a long time just recently I had a fire real close to me and it made no sense as to what caused it nobody can figure it out and I'm not ignorant I am highly educated and I didn't see any reason for it either, and curtains were above my bed and melted and passed the and of my bed  were burnt above me but I wasn't I don't know what woke me up but something woke me up i was barely able to  put the fire out  shortly after I've had things move in front of me; and I had the same dream you guys have; except I'm getting held back while standing up and demons are facing me screaming finally it progressed to where I was able to scream back at least i thought i was but no sound was coming out I was told that I even have to give into it  or keep fighting I don't have a choice my grandfather used to be a preacher so I understand a lot about that part 2 can anyone help me with this. You have a boyfriend to is Indian who even tried smudging and right after he did that it got worse so I don't know if he made it worse by doing that cuz from what I've looked up you can make it way worse if you're not sure what type of entity you're dealinall the tim e!! with and I know mine is as evil as it gets and it follows me a
  19. 19 Lloyd Coleman 05 Aug
    I experience this last night... I was awake but not awake trying to move, but I couldn’t, I even tried to scream out for help, but only found myself making a noise what I can only describe as someone heavily sedated... then while laying there my eyes turned towards the door in my room and a figure open the door.... it had a normal human outline but it was black and the only thing I that stood out was it was wearing a blue with white numbers American football jacket... I could sense it was evil as it started to walk towards me, but then I some how woke up... it’s interesting to hear I’m not alone and so are the stories.
  20. 20 Brandon Gresham 01 Aug
    About 10 years ago I went thru a divorce and moved into a an older house near Rusk, Texas. Something always seemed weird about the house and always saw shadows there. I have twins, a boy and girl, that were 5 at the time and their room was right beside mine. Well, this certain night I was asleep and it was pitch dark in my room, I woke about 3:30 and couldnt move any part of my body, only could scan with my eyes. Totally paralyzed. My girlfriend at the time was next to me asleep and the twins were in their room. I couldn't make a sound or tap her to wake her or anything. I felt this pressure on my chest and couldnt make out a figure on me but I felt it, it was evil I felt. Finally, I could move my arm and I woke her. I still couldn't really move much but she hugged me and I told her what happened after I got my speech back. She was disturbed as was I. I never said a word to my children about it. And oddly enough 10 years later my one of my twins, the boy, was talking to my mother and I heard him talking about when we lived at that old White House. He told her that he saw something in that house that haunts him to this day. Well he goes on to tell my mother that one night he woke from a sleep and saw this huge black beast that had huge red eyes and his veins on his neck were bulging, and that it had weird hooves legs that bent weirdly and it was staring at him while it crept down the hall toward my room. He then went on to tell me that he knew that me and my girlfriend were in there but he closed his eyes in fear and waited until daylight. I cant help but wonder if that was what held me down. And wonder if that was on the same night. My son isn't one that is scared easily, and never one to make anything like this up. Does anyone have any theories they could discuss with me on this? It scares me to death when it crosses my mind.
  21. 21 Cyndie 27 Jul
    I was having a nightmare I remember vaguely, I woke up terrified. I was on my side to something jumping on my back and side. I couldn’t breath or move. It lasted only 10-20 seconds,but it terrified me. I can’t explain it,and I don’t remember it happening since. I was out drinking that night,my mother told me it was a deamon. I assumed it was god trying to wake me due to drinking to much,and possibly stopping an OD.The more I thought about it,and the dream I had,it wasn’t god.In my dream it was an old man holding some kinda pill bottle with writing,and numbers. I remember him talking to me,but can’t remember what he said.Shortly after my friend died then my 18 year old niece died,then less than a year after my niece another friend died. I don’t know if any of that has anything to do with each other,but I think it was a warning.Any feed back would be appreciated.
  22. 22 Cherryl 25 Jul
    My experiences go very far back.  To about 7 years old.  Over the years they have increased in intensity to now understanding that I am fully ‘awake’ whilst dreaming.  More of a nightmare.  I am always lying on my stomach when I fall asleep or on my side.  My favourite positions.  On instance was reading a book, wide awake on my stomach when I started to hear a faint buzzing in my ears.  It started to increase and at the same time I felt as though someone was laying a lead blanket over me from feet to shoulders.  Suddenly I could not move.  The buzzing increased as though my head was right up against a car engine.  I fought the paralysis by starting to move my thumbs.  After about five seconds (which seemed like 10 minutes). Though I cannot recall the time.  I managed to pull myself out of the horrid experience fully awake.
     
    Another episode was far more a physical attack while fast asleep but I could vividly recall the bedroom down to the little ornaments, the chest of drawers and the door being open (as usual). Even my husband lying fast asleep next to me.  One minute I am in bed, but I get up to go to the door, only for something to pick my up and throw me against the cupboard doors and press themselves against me with the most incredible malevolence breathing into me.  I knew I was asleep and started to scream for my husband which to his opinion came out as though I was drunk.  He brought me out of my nightmare, yet this has not ended.

    A few weeks ago I yet again experienced this horrid ‘paralysis’ where something suddenly lay on me out of no where, though I knew it was there.  I recognised it and it knew it.  Yes I know you all think I am crazy.  Next thing it is on me with such a loud deep growling? Pinning me to the bed.  That is when I turned towards that noise and actually ‘confronted’ it.  I had enough and started to listen and ask myself what it was.  Although I was scared, the anger I suddenly felt help me confront this sleep paralysis and (touch wood) I have not suffered since.  Though I do feel now and then it lingers around.  Since then I have experienced while awake strange things.  But that’s another story.
  23. 23 Deborah Shelton 19 Jul
    I was being tormented in my sleep some years ago, I could hear myself screaming and crying out for help.  There was something holding me down, and I was unable to wake myself up.  A few minutes later while still sleep, my father came into my room, sat on my bed and woke me up.  He told me everything was alright and it was just a bad dream.  The next day while at breakfast, I thanked my father for coming and waking me out of my sleep and telling me everything was alright, my father looked at me bewildered and said, baby I never entered your room.
  24. 24 Jayden 17 Jul
    When I was 5 years old, I had a terrible  expirience at night. I remember me just waking up and I heard the old mcdonald song. I figured it was nothing and I tryed to go back to sleep.  I closed my eyes and imediently opened them to the sound of a ballon poping. By this point, I got scared. I tryed going back to sleep. I blinked and then after I opened my eye again, I saw it. A apperition with a sweater on hanging from my head. It screamed "MEA!" I yelled. I still remember that day.
  25. 25 Ernestina 15 Jul
    I will always see a man in a black long coat with no face ...and last month i heard my kids father screaming in agony telling me help me and certain things noone knows and he kept saying dont leave me hear follow my voice ..and mind u i was sober ! And i saw him a day later he said i was crazy 
  26. 26 Shem 10 Jul
    It had happen to me several times but last night was the worst i could'nt move for about ten minutes until i feel like giving up n then i saw someone with me beside my bed. He was bery tall with no face at all n he wears a suit, i got so scared that i started shouting at him n he told me to come with him n i deny n i just prayed thinking that this was it n i got back to my senses n i could move. I was shaken n terrified but then i got angry that that happened n went to sleep n woke up next morning with a vengance to whoever that was that happen to me last night.
  27. 27 Aly 06 Jul
    This morning I was talking to my gramma and was laying in bed. I started falling asleep and suddenly I started hearing whispers in my left ear. I tried to move my head up but I couldnt. While this was happening I could still hear my gramma talking and I was laying on my stomach..i tried to scream and scream and each time I thought it was real but my gramma just kept talking. I could blink but that was the only thing. I felt as if I was being held down on the bed. Finally after fighting and fighting for about 5 minuets I was finally able to sit up and screamed. Ive heared about this before but  it had never happend to me. I thought if it did I would be prepares but I really wasnt. It was the scariest thing ive expierenced. Im 14, and study these things but it was unexplainble. 
  28. 28 Johnathen Vaquerano 06 Jul
    I had a dream about a haunted wardrobe. I was in a dark and the only thing I can see was this old Victorian wardrobe, then this feeling af fear and despair, dread coming over me. Then I heard the voice of a woman crying say why did u leave me.the all of a sudden these arms grab me and try dragging me under the wardrobe I never had a dream that felt soo real.i had all my senses I could feel everything.the are,the wooden floor,the breath or the women.
  29. 29 Zulema Cruz 27 Jun
    today at about 5:00 a.m I finally decided to go to sleep, as SOON as I closed my eyes, I started hearing very loud rings in my ears. I opened my eyes and everything was shaking, I was paralyzed I couldn’t move whatsoever, I was barley even able to move my eyes. I then started hearing an elderly woman laughing loud in my ear.. I was so scared I closed my eyes, opened them and on the left side of my I saw a black figure, I couldn’t tell what it was but it scared me I was trying so hard to ask god to help me but I was just so scared I couldn’t even think. next thing you know that black figure got its hand and rubbed it across my face.. I finally woke up and the next morning my sister noticed that I had a big scratch in my nose... this is the worst one I experienced yet. 
  30. 30 Anni 24 Jun
    So this happened to me just last night. About 3 in the morning, I had felt that something held me down and I couldn’t move. Although I could see and breathe. Then my lights went off.( Before I went bed I had accidentally left my lights and TV on. Oops!) But I had seen a tall, skinny, black, shadow standing there. He had also worn a like top hat and a coat. He just stood there and watched me. But then his hand went down as if he were to choke me. And then, he disappeared and I could move. I quickly got up and turned on the light. He was gone and I did research on him. He is the “Top Hat Demon”. After that I went to bed and had a bad dream about him. I hope this never happens again.
  31. 31 Connor 23 Jun
    I have experienced sleep paralysis twice. So one time, I woke up at 3:16 am and I saw my light switch turn down (I have a dimmable light) and click as my light fully went out. I then suddenly couldn't move as if something was stopping me from moving. I looked in the corner of my room by my light switch and I saw something. The best way to describe her was she looked a bit like Samara from the ring (white dress, tall, black hair draped down her face) but I got a kind of evil vibe from her. She was just crouched there, staring into my soul. After about 10 seconds, she suddenly disappeared and I could suddenly move again. I ran to my light switch and turned it up. It clicked which meant it had manually been turned down showing me that it was real and wasn't a hallucination or a dream. The second time, I woke up at 6 am and I suddenly couldn't move. I felt something move closer to me and then I felt whatever it was kiss me on the back (like it had lips). As soon as it kisses me, I span around but by the time I did, I only managed to see a hint of black before it vanished completely. I still have no clue what that second spirit looked like. I don't want to experience that evil sleep paralysis again...
  32. 32 Aiden 23 Jun
    So I believe in demons and spirits and ghosts and other things like witchcraft but I was lying down and then I felt a weird feeling you know that one you get when someone is watching you yeah well I got that feeling and I heard a noise and jumped up to see what it was nothing at all and then I spotted peeking around the corner of my open closet it was a man with a huge grin and wide eyes I asked who he was and he said this “I’m the one who gives you nightmares I’m the one who gives you fear I’m the one who takes the dead and whispers in your ear”, then my tv went out and he appeared in the corner of my room then the tip of my bed and said “I’m the one who hears your secrets I’m the one who hurts your head I’m the one I’m the one who is always watching you asleep in your bed”, the he scratched me on the arm and I woke up with the pain and scratch on my arm
  33. 33 Hailey 18 Jun
    One time when I was about 10 or 11 i was staying at my aunts house laying on the couch and I woke up at like 12 and I looked over and saw a tall man with sharp finger nails and a hat. He started taking the hat off and when he did he was bald and and just looked really really creepy. I started freaking out but couldn’t move. He reached down with one finger nail and cut my stomach. Finally after a couple minutes I fell back asleep. At around 1:00am I woke back up because I heard the clock ticking louder than it normally does. And then I heard a lawn mower start outside. The next day I woke up and looked at my stomach and the cut was still there from the “creepy green man with long nails” that I saw. I showed my mom and told her everything that happened. A lot of years have passed and I still remember that. Like every detail of it. I don’t know what caused it, some say that neighborhood was “haunted” or something and I believe it was Bc of other paranormal stuff that’s happened to me there.
  34. 34 Hopsin 14 Jun
    ok so I’ve just awoken from a dream and it went like this I laid back in a chair and I can’t move my arms are to my sides an I have 1leg up on a little chair. When I try to wake I can’t move my arms feel so heavy an when I touch them there solid and hard, and when I bring them up to look at there invisible. I felt like I was dead, I’ve had sleep paralysis before but something about this time was different 
  35. 35 Larry 13 Jun
    I've been studying this and acting like I'm asleep this thing sits ontop of you checks your eyelids to see if you're asleep slowly creeps upon you and I'm not sure what else it does I know on meth I felt a spirit press down on my cover and seduce me I'm not sure what this thing does when I'm asleep haven't acted asleep long enough and I've been sober for a looooong time now it wasn't just the drugs I'm not trippin people!
  36. 36 Iman 12 Jun
    Reading these comments - heavy chills. Me too.had visits in many forms. It could be as one sitting on my cheast breathing mouth to mouth, or rather just holding over my mouth. Not like I felt refreshed with air. Paralized I couldn't Easily move or talk but I did not give up (might have happen about 10 times from age 21-24) and eventually I would 'awake' myself. Before this became something frequent, so .. Maybe the first time, I called for 'Allah!!!' And I am telling you - within a second(!) - the demon/evil left me.totally con fused why did i say Allah and not 'Gud' - God in swedish - It took me you years to put the pieces together.. But in Love - today I am a Swedish girl of origin, being a Muslim since about 5 years back and even though I also think one evil left the guy/girl who called for Jesus, as a comment mentioned; but Go straight for the creator instead a( he knows the evil inside out, created it too and knows how to cure us) and not his beloved prophets or angels. I beeegggeedd to just start a 'new life' start clean. And wow.. He gave me litteraly new life, islam when adhering to it foreal real and remaining a muslim ofc, removes All sins and let you keep your good deeds. May Allah show you real Islam and Fear our God and Love our God, not these little rascals called my so many names. Fear Allah and make his severe warnings - change your lifestyle... And if u wish guys. I would not mind answering emails from those who seek genuine help. 

  37. 37 Sarina 10 Jun
    this happens to me when I would be really really tired and I fall asleep without trying to if that makes sense. I feel trapped in my body and know someone else is with me. One time I floated on my grandmothers couch and felt like I was being abducted but I know this wasn’t real because I had the blanket on me in the morning and in this “dream”?i had no blanket on and I distinctly remember my feet floating uncovered. In another episode the “old hag” sat on my chest once and told me to do something unspeakable and it makes me sick to this day. I have not had these episodes happen to me lately. But I do remember having lucid dreams as a child flying through my grandmothers house where I could see her cooking in the kitchen I flew over the child gate in the living room saw my sleeping cousins and I and I left out the front door and flew down the street. Chilling and beautiful. 
  38. 38 Sheff 09 Jun
    There are things that go bump in the night if you look in its eyes you will see straight into its soul unfortunately for me I know this to be true
  39. 39 Old Hag 09 Jun
    This morning(06/09/19), I was sleeping on My Right Side. I am 3 Months Pregnant and had a Dream That Aint was in a House That was unknown for some reason my mother was there but in the kitchen to what sounds like washing dishes. I, was in a bedroom with an very “Elderly Hispanic Woman” That was laying in a bed. She was alive and woke non verbal though. At first she was holding my Left Thumn gently while I was watch a movie that wasn’t real. Then I felt her grip getting stronger and stronger then she began squeezing. I kept yelling “Let my hand go” then every time I yelled for my mother my voice kept going in and out like o was horse. Then She Say Up and opened her mouth wide as possible. It was black and she kept leaning towards me almost like she wanted to put her mouth on me, but every time she leaned towards me I would lean back. All while she was still holding/squeezing my thumb. I finally pulled my thumb away and that’s when I woke up. I guess this is sleep paralysis but then again I am Pregnant. I feel it was a demon trying to either take anybody soul or My unborn baby.
  40. 40 Corey 08 Jun
    Shortly after i got an Ouija board the old hag started attacking me. safe to say i gave the board away shortly after my first attack. ive once been told the old hag is a nightmare that a witch cast on you. Ive experienced the loud buzzing, heavy weight on my chest and even met her. I always sleep with a bible under my mattress and cant sleep on my back anymore.
  41. 41 John 03 Jun
    I have experienced being paralyzed i remember all my dreams from beginning to end i know how scary it can feel specifically when you see and hear the one responsible. Ill tell you how to what to do exactly so It will stop from happening again first step. Start medition to gain more awareness, memory, and consciousness to the point when your having a dream you will be fully aware of it being a dream second illuminate fear dont be scared no mater what it cant hurt you its a dream because fear is fuel to the unpleasant visitor. Good luck everyone. 
  42. 42 J.p. soto 25 May
    I have had two different people tell me when there sound asleep, that the old lady is here for me. What does this mean I've had so much supernatural stuff happen to me my whole life and always wanted to know why.
  43. 43 JS 23 May
    Extremely interesting reading this.
    From the age of about 4, I used to have a mans body with horns come out from the wardrobe next to my bed and try and grab me. I couldn't move or speak.
    After what seemed a long time I would be able to move, but it would block my exit. I would try to get to my bedroom door to alert my Dad, but I could only move but not make a sound.
    When I eventually made it to the bottom of the stairs, as my parents were upstairs, this thing would teleport itself to the top of the stairs in an instant. When I finally managed to whimper and my dad would open his bedroom door at the top of the stairs, this thing would disappear.
    This I rememember went on for a year or so until we moved..
    This thing frightened me and I remember seemingly knowing it was evil.
    One thing which bugs me is that I remember agreeing with some deal against my will with this thing for it to go away i
  44. 44 mia 22 May
    I have a PhD in psychology and was a registered  nurse for 12 years. I have studied science, use a scientific objective mindset on almost everything. However, there are two things that I CANNOT justify in any form. The first time it happened I was 17 and sleeping in the bed with my mother. I woke up and could not move, could not scream, just observe. I saw this black mass of some sort with NO FEATURES. The closer it got the more terrified I became. Then all of a sudden I could move and I woke my mother.  The second time this happened I was 39 years old. I was asleep in the bed with my husband. I woke up and again I could not move. Again, I saw this black mass standing or present beside me. Then I saw a white mass with faint human features pass by door. The black mass immediately left. I know I was not in a dream state because I got out of bed and recalled every second of the terror. WHAT does this energy want? What was that white figure? I almost forgot. When I was 16 my grandmother died and we engaged in the wake in our home. 3 days later around 2 or 3 am I woke up to see her standing in the doorway but she was like a formed cloud with VERY distinct features, and she was YOUNG, i know it was her because I had seen pictures of her. However, my parents thought it was the trauma of her death. PLEASE, can someone validate what this was? maryshaffer1977@gmail.com
  45. 45 A.W. 22 May
    So I'm just sitting doing nothing I close my eyes
    a creature indescribable walked into my room and told me I was not ready and just left, I open my eyes and around 2 hours had gone by, not sure if this was a dream that was so REAL it took place where I was currently residing
    Anyway it's left me pondering the possibility of subconscious conversations.
  46. 46 Sophie 21 May
    Last night I got this prints when I woke up can someone help me understand what they can be 
  47. 47 The Old Hag? 20 May
    Deep down, I know "the old hag" by a different name. I've known it since I first saw her when I was very young. Nobody ever told me - I just know. I'm looking for anyone else who "knows"... If you think you do, leave a comment - but don't tell your answer here. I'll check back soon. KU-WI-3891.
  48. 48 Stephen 20 May
    I experienced a heaviness while sleeping and could not move or speak.  I knew it was evil and tried to speak but couldn't.  Suddenly my mouth loosed and I yell "Jesus" and immediately the heaviness left.  It was a demon and the name of Jesus rebuked it.  I was living in sin at that time and I encourage you to accept Jesus as your savior and pray for his protection.
  49. 49 Gaye 19 May
    I think there is sleep paralysis and then there are other things that science cannot measure with the tools of this world so therefore sleep paralysis is all it can be.  What if these things affect or cause it? I also think that there are different kinds of dreams and I wonder if some of our dreams are affected or orchestrated by a lot of these dark beings.  I worked for 911 for 20 yrs and it didn't really start until I was around 40ish.  Dark being (purple colored energy and I can't move at least 1/2 hr after I am well awake and need to potty.  If anyone doesn't believe you then they haven't dealt with them.  I think a lot of us are interacting with beings that coexist ithatn this plane and when we dream we coexist in their plane.  I think if we were taught how to really develope spiritually and if we were taught that they and angels and probably a whole lot more are natural to existance just like God it could help more of us to feel like were not making it up or crazy or expain it away. I can't tell you how relieved I am to see all these posts cause it gets so lonely cause you're either psychotic or just crazy and heaven forbid you talk about it.  We should form a support group for our soecial group. Please hang in there everyone...Gaye
  50. 50 Felicia 19 May
    I don't believe the scientific explanation. I had this "sleep paralysis " every single night for 8 months when I was 13. Wake up terrified, cant move, can barely breathe,  and a dark figure in a cloak maybe, would just stand off to the side and watch me struggle. I am now 36 and whatever was in my room when I was 13 attached itself to me and I cant get rid of it. It has caused my life to be horrible, I get feelings of rage and sadness that are not my feelings,  negative thoughts that arent mine, door bell ringing at night and noone there, knocking on my childrens bedroom doors, lights going off and on, things moving in front of me. And it is all NEGATIVE. And as far as the dark figure that used to sit off to the side and watch....now he runs the show. Stands directly in front of me when I am awake and stares at me. He terrifies me. I recently started sleeping with the lights on. It comes and goes butit's getting bad again. I just pray 2 God I make it thru another round with this thing. I'm so tired no matter how much I sleep,and sick, and depressed....I want to be normal. Sleep paralysis is a term to describesomething they cant explain. This is real and there really is something there in the dark watching. I've seen it and I don't want to anymore. 
  51. 51 B white 18 May
    After my brother died when I was 3 I started seeing red blinking eyes on the wall watching me and would be so scared that I couldn't move. I also heard foot steps in the living room coming towards my bedroom and the eyes would disappear. I use to sit up in my sleep and even sleep walk. As I got older I started having insomnia but would still dream while awake. Now all of my dreams are so vivid. I have a hard time with differentiating them with reality. 
  52. 52 Samantha 14 May
    Everyone once in awhile I have Sleep paralysis where I’m being held down and can’t move, but this “thing” keeps pulling my blanket from me. During this my “dream self” will try to warm my parents but they will never believe me. This time my dream self recorded myself sleeping and thus it showed me tugging at a blanket where no one was on the other end. I showed my “dream dad” the video and he didn’t wanna see the bullshit and didn’t have time to deal with it. So I fell back asleep in my dream, and the “thing” came after me again, this time I chased it and asked it to come out, and this scary little girl appeared. I asked her name and her name was Suzy. She then asked what my cat and dogs names are in a scary tone, so I lied. I think some how she sensed I was lying and her smile on her face stared to change. I tried to wake up but I was held down. Then suddenly I woke up. I’ve only been asleep for 3 hours.
  53. 53 Unknown Character 13 May
    When I was little I saw a little monster, he always tried to get me. But it stopped when I turned eight. Except it wasn't at night it was during the day. The monster just kept staring and didn't move. The monster moved closer everyday, and it grew more and more. To the point it was almost in my dreams and in reality. I was so scared I live near a city to stay close to everyone. 
  54. 54 Nicole Garces 09 May
    Happening to me i was very young my 3 seeing a ghost  then now im 22 old years i see still ghost 
  55. 55 Sage 06 May
    my boyfriend is hearing buzzing in his head and he cant control himself and he cuts himself... and i think it has to do with a demon. so i just click on the first link.
  56. 56 Be Fearless 02 May
    Most of what you see are your own manifestations. Next time you have a sleep paralysis, DON’T FREAK OUT and see what that does for you.. Try to RELAX your body and BREATH calmly. Whatever you do see is HARMLESS. When has a spirit or ghost or demon attacked anyone? Haha... the mind is a very powerful place and u can control it. Everyones stories about their own manifestations are very different and very alike. Because some of us don’t all think the same and some of us do.
  57. 57 :): 01 May
    Why isn't sam and dean doing anything about this??? (Im joking)
  58. 58 anonymous 01 May
    is it bad that i want sleep paralysis?? i just wanna see if what everyone is saying is true..
  59. 59 Whitney 29 Apr
    I suffer from deression and anxiety and sometimes it affects the way i look at life. With what i have i realize im able to see more than others..i hear people screaming in my dreams and ive been to the point where i hear them in real life. Foot steps across the kitchen,blackouts, sleep paralysis, hauntings..i and my mother we have these dreams that end up coming true and its horrifying and i want them to stop. I dont want to see anymore deaths i dont want to know how people die, or even get hurt. i cant warn them in time either. ive seen a man hanging from a tree because he had to bury his own family in the cemetary..its scary and idk what to do with this gift i have..ive been told by my classmates that im too scary to have a girls night. i talk in my sleep and its not a good talk, my best friend told me i was talking to her like i was awake eyes open and everything. funny thing it was right at 2:58 when that happened. ive experienced Astral projection so many times ever since i was a small child. My mother even took the bible and made it stop for a few years...it didnt fully go away..has anyone had any of this happen to them because fixing to be 19 is scaring me...im not sure if i can get rid of this or not?
  60. 60 Ltre 21 Apr
    I have had this happen before except mine was funny I saw something that look like it was roasting another person
  61. 61 Kerry 20 Apr
    This happened to me once when I was 17. One of the scariest things i’ve ever experienced. I was home alone and taking a nap mid afternoon. When I “woke up” I could not move or talk at all. I was laying on my back and my eyes were open but I was not fully aware of what was happening. My bedroom door was open and as I looked towards it I saw a women with straight long hair start walking towards me and basically felt like I was being choked and strangled. My chest felt heavy as if I couldn’t breath and I tried so hard to move my hands until I woke up. I had no idea what this was until I looked it up in terror but I truly believe that this was a ghost coming to haunt me for whatever reason. Being home alone was one of the scariest parts.
  62. 62 Regina 19 Apr
    I remember once looking in the mirror and falling asleep you CAN SAY. IT WAS WEIRD UWU CUZ BISS I STARTED IMAGINING (OR) DREAMING OF GHOSTS AND DEMONS. when I snapped out of whatever that was after about 20 minutes, I had a large smile plastered on my face. when I realised I quickly changed my expression. I have no idea what that was but I felt like something was in me. this happened when I was ten a few years ago. weird
  63. 63 Celeste Barbosa 18 Apr
    So I am 19 years old and am a victim of sleep paralysis. I’ve probably experienced this10 since I was 16. I’ve gone through it so many times that i no longer get scared and I am able to feel when it is coming - my body will start feeling heavy and will start tingling - but just this morning the darkness took over me. It was the worst one I’ve ever experienced. I was too tired fight at first. So when it took over, of course, I became paralyzed - unable to move or speak let alone open my eyes. I tried so hard to move that I imagined myself moving when I really wasn’t. My legs were being pinned down and my arms felt like they were going to fall off from the pulling sensation I was feeling. At some point i took over the some point I took over the spirit and commanded it to leave my  presence into leave my house. But that didn’t help much so I tried it again but with Jesus’s help and said “in Jesus name, I command you to leave.” I said it over and over again in my head till I could speak it. The paralysis then weakened.
    In this experience I saw nothing yet it was still the worst one b/c I’ve never had to try so hard to get out of it. I had one in so log that a part of me had forgot how to get out of it at first.
    After I woke up i prayed. 
  64. 64 Lilah 10 Apr
    The first time it happened i was sixteen years old. When i awoke from it i heard a sound under the my bed like a pig grunting. So i ran to my older cousin's room and woke him to check under my bed and nothing was there. Fell back asleep and again i was held down, couldn't move, speak, and was being choked. I called out to Jesus in my mind over and over until it released me. It still happens to me but i wake myself up before the darkness gets a hold of me. Usually i feel myself vibrating, or my skin tingles as i am falling asleep and this is the indicator that its there waiting. So i can avoid it but the problem is i can't get a restful night rest because i have to keep constantly waking myself up. There has to be a better way. 
  65. 65 Rebecca 07 Apr
    I grew up in a very old house which was extremely haunted.  I used to feel someone grabbing my legs and shake my bed while I was completely paralyzed and unable to speak.  My sister also experienced the same things growing up.  It wasn’t until we were adults that my parents admitted to seeing ghosts in the house and being bit and and scratched.  I only had one experience upon a visit to my parents in my twenties. I felt cold and had my hair pulled out of my bun. I felt the paralysis to set in but thankfully was able to speak and told the spirit to leave me alone. Now in my most recent home, I’ve experienced paralysis on 3 occasions.  I’m unable to speak, however, I eventually am able to call out to leave me alone.  Last night was the first time I actually saw what I could only think was a demon.  I woke up several times in the night and just felt uneasy. I was alone and I felt like there was a negative presence in my home.  I woke around 5:30 to strange whispers in my ear and could feel the cold breath on my face.  I was completely paralyzed and could see a large spirit floating above me.  It looked like a black cloud but in the shape of a human shadow.  I was unable to speak at first and it sounded like I was mumbling.  I called out to my angels and Jesus for help. The cloud/shadow shot down to the side of my bed and appeared to be a small person. I yelled at it that it was not welcome in my home and to leave.  It stood there for about 30 seconds and then disappeared and I could feel my body come out of the paralysis.  It was completely exhausting and my throat is soar from yelling.  I’m happy to see I’m not alone.
  66. 66 Joseph 05 Apr
    My has been so terrible.... I don't really know what this evil people really want.... They have been disturbing me ever since I was little unit now even as am speaking with you I know they are waiting for me to rest so that they could come again please I really need help.... Why are they disturbing me does it mean I have offended them... Please help..... Even if I hold my Bible it will not work even if I shout Jesus it will not work.... I can't really explain everything... The experience is so much that I can not explain.....
  67. 67 Marion 04 Apr
    I sleep on my stomach and even so I experience the sensation of having what feels like an entity holding me down whilst it sits on my back. I can even hear it laugh at me. Although it only lasts seconds, I was able to open my eyes and see things that I could not explain, almost like a transparent hologram of figures. Very frightening. 

    Sometimes I calm out to Jesus and it works, other times it doesn’t. When it doesn’t work I tell it that all bonds and bonds are broken and it somehow weakens it. It’s a weird feeling. I also feel as though it has taken the strength and closed me bottom two chakras, almost as though it is in control of it. 
  68. 68 Ariel 25 Mar
    I have this happening to about 4 times in my ife first was unable to move or scream but I could feel my soul out of my body and just floating off my bed second time it happened I couldn't scream or move except see there I see a spirit or a demon coming out of the wall it was all black with long fingers and I tried so hard to move I could feel myself sweating then I remembered I need to wiggle my toes then I finally woke up the next time it happened I felt my soul leaving my body and there I am floating in the hallway I could see someone walking past and I remembered to wiggle my toes there I was my soul going back to my body I asked right away if that person was passing by the hallway sure enough she did and the next time it was like the first that happen my soul coming out of my body I think if we go to sleep angry or depressed this happens if you don't wiggle your toes you can die and your soul would remain this is scary the last time was about 6 7 years Ago
  69. 69 BLM 24 Mar
    I had satan actually invoke emotions of sexual arousal in my sleep, trying to get me to sin against my own body..but I immediately realize that it was getting me to sin against the sixth commandment and got very angry that I was being tricked and I said "I rebuke you Satan "over and over and it just laughed at me but it left my emotions/feelings of arousal.. I
  70. 70 Amy 17 Mar
    One thing I forgot to mention, my son said he hears a laughing and that the figure he sees is very tall. One time during sleep paralysis, my whole body began to shake uncontrollably. My son said his started in 10th Grade. I can't remember when mine started but I was a young teenager.
  71. 71 Amy 17 Mar
    I have had many many experiences of sleep paralysis. My whole body becomes paralyzed, I can't move. I can't open my eyes to see I can't open my mouth to scream. Normally I'm uncomfortable and I just want to move to get comfortable. This has happened to me since I was a teenager. I'm 37 now. The only way I have learned to break free of this is to focus on my big toe and try to move it. I can hear everything around me I just can't move. My brain is completely awake but my body is paralyzed it is terrifying. My son is 19 years old. I just opened up to him about it. He told me he has the same experiences, except he can see things. He has seen a black figure with skinny arms and legs and a wide body. It has white eyes and no neck. I don't have these experiences as much as I did in my teen years, but they still come to me sometimes. If someone is in the room with me and they sit down on the bed, it takes me out of it and wakes me up.
  72. 72 Ronnie 11 Mar
    I have experienced about 4 different episodes of some type of "night terror".  The most recent two happened within the last three months.

    I was laying in bed, when I could feel my blanket sliding off of my body.  This happened to me before so I tried to shake it off but knew that I wouldn't be able to.  I opened my eyes and saw the same dark shadow sitting at my feet.  I would try to close my eyes and hope that the feeling would go away but found myself opening my eyes and the shadow was still there.  Again, the blanket started to move off my body.  It felt like someone or something was pulling it or like something was crawling under the blanket and moving around.  The shadow was getting closer to my face.  Then, I felt something that was different than the last terror I'd experienced.  I heard a voice.  I couldn't make up the words but it was a very low haunting sound.  I couldn't move and I couldn't shake off the feeling.  It felt so real.  When I experience these episodes, I feel like I am wide awake and the shadow, the pulling of the blanket and the sounds all feel so real.  However, I eventually am able to fall asleep.  When I wake up, I look back at the moment and know that it was probably some kind of nightmare or a state of my mind where I had my eyes open but was not fully awake.  I wish I knew more about why this has happens.  

    The other type of night terror I have, my body just feels glued to the bed.  I can't move my arms, I can't speak and, again, I feel like something is there, watching me.
  73. 73 Kristina 08 Mar
    I have never spoke of my experiences,never hear of anyone with one. I lived in a house till the age of 14, I moved out. I left because of a dark tall skinny cloked man with a hat. I would wake up, this is after I refused to sleep in my room. slept o. The couch in the living room,but it starting getting worse. felling and seeing him leaning over me pressing on my stomach. I would be in a 3 dementional state,bc when I was younery I would end up sleeping in the front yard. Sleep walk, sleep talk. It got so bad my dad put locks on top of doors I coundnuc reach. Nailed my windows shut. I don't remember but one time sleep walking, bc I felt awake. I rememver looking at this man same one through the years and fighting him, I remember running through the kitchen,feeling the door handle,stopping to have a moment to say to myself ,no no don't look back. I woke up and remember falling asleep outaude. Watching as he watched me. I knew from then on he couldn't leave the house. Well this was 22 years and more ago. I have.felt and know a precence benwith me at all times. Through years be very kbown. Here within 3 weeks I have had a severe knight mare again and it's been 6 yrs since then . But Things are disappearing, and be in the spot it was supposed to be, like a game. I just want to let out some mental disabilaty, I am not crazy. I am not schizophrenic. I do have depression. I have been put away for talking about these things. I find I can only trust in myself and in my instincts and in my soul
  74. 74 Chris G 07 Mar
    I've had experiences as far back as I can remember, not constant, just on occasion, but, for me, it had always been "waking" up, realizing that I couldn't move or breathe and every time was on my back.  It was always a panic about not breathing and was always, as someone else had mentioned, a titanic effort to force myself out of it.  I had never seen or felt any presence until a few nights ago.  I was in bed with my fiancee and I was on my side facing her, she was on her back.  It was about 4am.  I opened my eyes and saw a being, all white, ageless and smooth with darkness for eyes hovering over her.  I couldn't move and when it saw me, it opened its mouth and unfurled a whip-like tongue.  I closed my eyes and forced out a noise that woke my fiancee.  She asked me what was wrong, I opened my eyes and everything was normal again, except I was still getting chills and felt residual terror.  I never want to experience that again.
  75. 75 Michelle 07 Mar
    I had my first experience with this the other night and i am 31. I do not believe it is a disease to do with sleep. After thinking i was crazy and reading the other comments i know for sure it was a spirit of fear trying to take over. I have never been so scared in my life. I woke up in the middle of the night, but it was like i was still asleep. I couldn't open my eyes, i couldn't open my mouth or move. I was screaming in the name of jesus, but no words would come out like my mouth was taped shut. I was shaking uncontrollably. By the time i screamed in the name of jesus the 3rd time my eyes were able to open, my mouth opened and i could move. I was looking around in the dark and i could feel the evil somewhere around. never seen anything or heard anything but i knew it was there. I started praying and casting out this evil from my room, from my house out loud and i felt a huge relief that it was gone. I was able to lay back down with my kids and went right back to sleep. I pray each night before bed and have been saved and the devil is trying to test me, but my God, my father is so much more powerful. He protects me and my kids. 
  76. 76 Daniel Moon 06 Mar
    had a dream I was in my kitchen and the lights were off in the living room as I could see a shadowy short fat figure appearing and making its way toward me, it ends up locking arms with me as I see its hideous face. it looks as though its face was deformed by fat or something it had weird line wrinkles all over it as if it were really obese or something. and then I remembered that I had a bunch of food sitting around that I wasted and thought to myself it was a demon of gluttony. another time i had a horned scaley figured demon looking thing that was really tall but it was crouching with its knees bent, looked like i saw it having hoofs, pretty sure it was a demon too. don't know what kind though. this has happened for a while after I realized demons are real. they start to attack you and its because of life choices. running doesn't get you anywhere. it's the things that you do in everyday life that attracts them, I truly believe that. I'll also mention that Jesus Christ does have power over them. you could say that's a coincidence or take it as proof god and the devil exist. big tip, don't mess with witchcraft or people who are associated with it.
  77. 77 Kyle 24 Feb
    My experience dealing with this was I could see the figure perfectly about 6 ft tall no hair or facial features it looked like a person wearing a  spandex suit. It stood by my bed for what seemed like 20 seconds before climbing up my body feet first. Once it reached my face the figure tried to pry my mouth open with one hand first starting with just a few fingers. I realized in my state this was happening and I bit down as hard as I could on a finger it felt like biting into what I could imagine would be a finger made of sand until it was bit off. Still 90% paralyzed  in my dream state it stood up and grabbed me by my shirt collar  and slid me off the bed and on to the floor then up the wall of my cement bedroom wall where it held me in place for a few seconds before it was over. What I found was weird it how exactly everything in this dream state including the room i was sleeping in was perfect down to a tee. 
  78. 78 CHOSEN 17 Feb
    If ypu have gotten here and areexperiencing this, pray to Allmighty Allah, repent your sins. Pray before bed every night the call to adhan drives away all evil spirits. Peace be on to you all
  79. 79 Nina 12 Feb
    So I’ve had this happen to me last night and this experience was...different. My husband was in the restroom around 6 am. I wasn’t sure if it was happening, because it hasn’t happened in a while so I tried to call out to my husband but I couldn’t. I usually could break out of it if I forced my hands and feet to move. Finally broke out of it and called for him. I thought I heard him walking over so I held my hand out but kept my eyes closed because I was scared. I grabbed a hand that I later realized wasn’t my husbands because the size comparaison was different. The hand I held was the size of my hand but skinner while my husbands hand barely fits in my hand if I were to 🤝. Can anybody explain this to me... has anyone else experience this??? Side note: I used to experience sleep paralysis often as a teen. I was 16 years old when I had experienced 3 months straight of sleep paralysis which left me wanting to kill myself from sleep deprivation. It dissipated once I started going to church (however, I do not attend church anymore). It completely stopped after some time after moving out of the apartment with my family where I lived since I was about 9 years of age.
  80. 80 Robert B. 10 Feb
    It's not a sleep disorder. It's something else. It's real. Demon, interdimensoinal entity, whatever it is it feeds on the fear it causes you to have. I'm not going to go into the details of my encounter but I will say I was harassed, followed and did battle with whatever it was and I won. Here's how... ANGER. When that thing has you frozen like an ice cube, you have to move. Any movement just an eye blink will break the spell, or rather it's hold on you. To do that you have to turn that fear into anger and it can 't hurt you. It's powerless in the face of anger. This one had a real hard on for me. It came back many times, it brought backup. You just have to visualize yourself as a powerful unstoppable force and it will eventually give up.  You will become sensitive to it. You will know its coming just before it strikes and ultimately, if it goes that far, be able to touch it.  Never fear. If this happens it will be afraid.  Remember, stay angry my friends.
  81. 81 Imran 10 Feb
    I experienced three episodes recently when i was sleeping;
    1) I felt something took over and made me screem with anger like in predatory aggression.  I got really anxious, i felt i had no control over me.
     2)  I felt strong force from behind pushed my soul out of my body, feeling body and soul separating and then coming back like an elastic action. 
    3} Last night, sleeping face up, magnetic force pulls me up, levitates me.  I force myself to situp and i drop, open my eyes and i am on my side.  It totally freaked me out like I was in presence of something.  I am still anxious and have a hair raising feeling.  Never has such experiences.
  82. 82 Aisha 09 Feb
    Mine did not cease with any efforts of my own to stop it. Fighting it yourself is futile. I slept with a nightlight until 20. It only stopped when I cast it out "in the NAME of JESUS CHRIST, leave this room."

    That's how you know that this is not a sleeping disorder where the devil wants you to seek pills and treatment...and not Jesus.

    "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." – Ephesians 6:12 
  83. 83 Soledad Munoz 05 Feb
    I refuse to believe that is a medical condition. He first experience I had was in church when my stepmother took me for the first time to church. I was probably at the end of three or at the beginning of 4 years old when in mass they were giving communion and I couldn’t go, so I saw Saint Anthony with the child Jesus holding him on his hand. I saw the child giving him a cookie and was thrown to me and I ate it. Years passed and before I do my first communion in my sleep I saw an angel bringing me the communion in a gold cup. When the time came for me to do the communion test from my doctrine’s teacher. I was afraid because I did not was able to know all my prayers by memory and when the time came a lady unknown appeared behind the teacher and was moving his lips but I was the only one who could hear her, telling me all the prayers. The woman disappeared as soon as the teacher told me that I was ready to do communion. From there on I am having good presence and bad presences. Like demons trying the best at night to stop me from praying.
  84. 84 Soledad Muñoz 05 Feb
    At night whenever I try to pray or do the rosary, I feel a bad spirit that want to grab my feet or a leg. It is very scary, I put God Almighty on my heart  and mind and do my best to move to another room while invoking God protection. Go as fast to other safe place and where there is other people and turn the light and the presence leave. I feel that the presence don’t want me to pray. I noticed that this happened a lot when people who are not living in God Grace due to the style of life they have. Like if they come with demonic presences, and they leave living this bad spirit behind. The first time my legs were pull out was when I came back from church walking but I stop at a garage sale but came out fast as soon as I noticed that there was a Satan book for sale. That night I immediately started doing to rosary and my legs feels that were pull out so that I stop the rosary. But I started to pray the Hail Marry louder and louder, then I saw that a house was in fire. The following days my husband told me that our friend house was in fire.
  85. 85 Arturo De La Cruz 03 Feb
    I had a dream while sleeping at a hotel, I was frozen and could not move, and I felt something evil coming for me so I cried out Jesus name. I then looked and saw Jesus but I was terrified
    Wenn he first appeared he was wearing a white roberand gracefully came to the head of the bed and leaned over like he was giving me a kiss. I was having problems in my life now I have the peace ofor Christ.
  86. 86 .., 27 Jan
    This is not a sleep disorder!! Its the demonic realm. Wake up people... Jesus Christ can only save us. Its not hallucinations nor a disorder. Its real as it get. Demons feed off of us. They tourture us because they hate us... Its spiritual. Our eyes do NOT see the spiritual realm..Its a spiritual warfare. Jesus name is the only thing that can truely stop it. It might sound stupid but it wont when you see how powerful that name is..Call on the name of Jesus.  God bless you.
  87. 87 Maddy 20 Jan
    ive had this happening since I was a teen, last night was the most realistic I have had but the briefest.  I really struggled to get awake and tried to bite the demon face I could see vaguely in front of me.  
    I do believe it occurs when I am over tired, unable to sleep and that it really is the quick transition from wakefulness to deep sleep.  That said it truly does appear to be a demon (lat night I saw his skinny slightly horned, smoky red face) and sometimes a ghost in bed with you, sitting on your chest, or a body leaving a heavy imprint beside you then grasping a hold of you so you can’t move anthhing and climbing on top of you las in a rape scene.  
    We’re that true, wouldn’t something (hard to believe possible) more terrifying happen next?.  Should the devil be coming to visit I’d think there’d be a plan in mind, taking us to hell for one?!? I wish there were a medication for this, I did find sleeping on my back was just increasing the chances of it happening but last night I was on my side.
  88. 88 anon 18 Jan
    I've experienced sleep paralysis several times. Some are terrifying and some aren't. I can't recall my first few experiences besides feeling utter dread every time my mother told me to take a nap at a very young age.
    I'll list what I can remember best and a few details that might be helpful.

    Once while my family and I were moving out of my childhood house. I was laying on a sleeping bag and heard our TV make a loud noise. This wasn't weird as my mom was watching a cop show at the time. I just remember feeling paralyzed. No pressure, no out of place noises and no shadowed figures. I was able to move a few minutes later.

    Another was about a month later while we were staying at a hotel. Room 113 ironically. That is the only hotel room number I've ever remembered so I know to avoid it in the future lol.
    It was around 4 or 5 in the morning and I woke up to such a loud sound I thought my ears would blow. The most accurate way I can describe it is a mix of metal scraping metal and static. After a few seconds I heard a dark voice speaking directly in my ear. Because it was so long ago I don't remember what it said but I knew the voice was at least male. The ringing continued for another few minutes and after that I didn't go back to sleep.

    While I was laying bed from our last house I remember the loud ringing but not nearly as ear piercing. I remember a woman's voice desperately saying "give it back to me." But to this day I have no idea where that came from.

    My most recent experience was last night. In between the times I've listed I've had small cases where I can wake myself up. All I ever heard was the ringing sound. In fact I knew I was in paralysis hearing that sound. It never failed. The past year I had attempted to go into sleep paralysis again after hearing it was just some explainable state the body goes into and reading about lucid dreaming that may occur after. The idea of lucid dreaming intrigued me. Controlling dreams? Living in a short fantasy almost every night? Heck yeah! But no. It never worked. I tried almost everything such as the 'wake back to bed' method and just laying still on your back for as long as possible. I tried it so often it became my regular sleep routine. I may decide to change it up after experiencing what I did last night.
    I had my wired headphones in before falling asleep so I could listen to a white noise. The video had ended right before I fell unconscious. The next thing I knew I was awoken by some loud voice coming through my headphones chanting in a language that sounded like english but I couldn't understand a word. I couldn't move at all but somehow I was about to push myself to the ceiling and knock my headphones off. As I got closer the voice got louder until they fell off my head. I sleep in a bunk so the ceiling was only a few inches away. Every article I read about sleep paralysis says it occurs right before you fall asleep or as you're waking up. This happened in the middle of the night. I'm a good sleeper, sounds almost never wake me up but this did. It was around 3 or 4 AM. I looked at my phone once being able to move again and it was on the same white noise video as before. Nothing was playing.

    Hope this helps someone.
  89. 89 Helen B 18 Jan
    This happened to me last night and why I find myself here reading other peoples experiences. I have had these frightening dreams occur about 5 or 6 times in my life started when I was 19, a demon like creature hovering over me, has sat on my chest and choked me. I have been groped by it, it has whispered in my ear, your not ready yet. Last night I literally heard this thing come up from my bedroom floor, making a hideous hellish noise, one white sheet between myself and this thing. I fight it every time, this time raising my right arm like a shield and trying to scream, and with this a bright light fills the room and it is gone and I awake. I feel totally washed out today. Last time it happened was 2 years ago. I am convinced, the body is in trouble, a cut off of blood circulation which causes it to happen. We are hovering between life and death at the time it occurs and this open a gateway between the world as we know it and something else. I don't believe it is just a simple medical explanation of rapid eye movement which causes it to happen.
  90. 90 Nicole 11 Jan
    I just experienced it just now right at the moment when Im about to wake up I know I was waking up my eyes are open and then I suddenly heard some kind of whispers so loud that I can't even understand and I can't move it lasted for only a minute.
  91. 91 Diana 08 Jan
    Honestly this is the reason why I never would watch scary movies that were based on a true story. This happened to me for the first time.. laying down next to my boyfriend who was sound asleep.. I couldn’t sleep.. tossing and turning, & it wasn’t super late either .. maybe 1 A.M.? If that ... I’m laying there wide awake & all of a sudden I had this sensation throughout my body.. I tensed up.. couldn’t move .. couldn’t speak ... couldn’t even move my fingers to make a fist or anything.. I tried to turn over to wake my boyfriend up, but I couldn’t ... I could not move a muscle .. I tried screaming, I couldn’t scream ... I tried saying his name, but I couldn’t .. I tried saying HELP.. But couldn’t .. it was so faint as if I was gasping for air almost ... I was panicking... only thing I was able to move was my eyeballs... I could blink and they could move around to look at the room .. but just I was paralyzed.. I thought I was dying ... I started praying inside of my head ... I was so scared that even when it passed I just turned over and prayed some more .. I’m honestly petrified & it does sound crazy but it’s so real it’s not even a joke... what I don’t get is that I was wide awake .. how does this thing happen when you’re awake .. it’s a demonic entity & I knew that when it was happening .. I felt it .. i hope this doesn’t happen ever again.. we’re going to do a cleansing ASAP .. because other events have been occurring as well
  92. 92 Mary Cano 07 Jan
    Its been happening to me for years, it just happened last night. I thought it was my cat this time crawling into my bed. I felt my husbands hand on my mouth and I could not bteathe something heavy on me I tried screaming for help hoping someone would hear me. It does also happen all the time when I sleep on my side its terrifying I can't move something heavy on my back I pray the Our Father many times and it stops and I know sleep my back against my hubby, but it still happens a sensation someone else is in the bed I even feel the bed gets sunk in like someone is sitting next to me. I need help I am so scared to go to sleep! God help all of us❤
  93. 93 iemaima 03 Jan
    This is happen to me mostly of time that this bad spirit visit me while I am sleep but never pay attentions to it cause I know is not for real, except last night 1/2/19 I slept on my bed and I am about to fall asleep and finally I felt my blanket is about to move away from me, I was awake and say to myself I will wait and see what this bad spirit try to do to me, I felt the spirit was lay heavy on me and I start scream and say Please God take this evil spirit away from me, repeat many times and start say my prayers but same time I cant open my mouth and say loud.  I was very angry and i was hope I can solve my own problem, then talked to my coworker and say it is bad spirit and i need to pray before sleep everynight.  I still have this anger on me why this thing are not stay whereever they belongs, instead of going to people that try to live their lives.  There is must an explantions, but thank God almighty that he is there for all of us.  thanks

    Maima
  94. 94 Maddalena Di Gregorio 30 Nov
    In my family, myself, my mom and one of my sisters have all had this experience. I had it for many years and it is very much as many before me have described. Honestly have never quite decided whether it was paranormal or not. I'm glad it doesn't happen any longer. However I now no longer remember my dreams as a result, it seems. I used to remember all my dreams and have 16 yrs of dream diaries.
  95. 95 Sharon Sandlin 24 Nov
    Several times I have felt the cat jump on my bed and snuggle next to my legs only to look down at the bottom of the bed to find nothing there. I also rolled over to find of all things a person resembling the dough boy standing over my bed. Both events are scary.
    Being a Christian, I know things that frighten me is of the devil so I quoted the verse 2 Timothy 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of a sound mind". When I walk into my room now, I say that verse and tell any spirits that might be lingering "You have no power over me, you are not welcome here. You will leave in the name of Jesus." Almost always, this works. I occasionally have to through that verse out there and again command him to leave.
    It might seems strange, but I do know that God's word is true and Satan or demons cannot stand up to His word. It may seem strange, but I can assure you God's word is the only thing that can keep bad spirits at bey. At lease in my case.
  96. 96 Wendy 20 Nov
    I believe many of these experiences are paranormal. I have never had an episode in my life and I’m a 54 year old woman. My boyfriend and I went on vacation and stayed in an old cabin in MN. I thought everything was fine until I woke up at 3 am to hear walking across the kitchen and to see a very tall thin man or being creeping into our bedroom and creeping up on my side of the bed between the wall and bed peering at me. I was absolutely frozen with fear and was trying to scream to wake up my boyfriend. All I could do was making choking sounds. When I did that the being quickly left the room. My boyfriend woke because he heard me making sounds of trying to scream. Everything was very real and I knew exactly were I was and that I needed to wake up my boyfriend. I have never been so terrified. I tried to tell myself it was some kind of terrifying nightmare. Then the next night I woke again at 3 am to feel pressure on my chest and saw a dark entity in my face. As it would come closer to my face I heard and felt energy like a sound I can’t describe. It came closer to my face twice and again I was trying to scream because I knew I had to wake my boyfriend. He heard me making noises again and woke up and the entity left. I have never experienced anything like this in my life before or since. The cabin was built in the 20s so even though it was updated it was old. I had no preconceived ideas that I was afraid to stay there or anything. This was a haunting plain and simple. There was paranormal activity going on there so I don’t believe all these sleep paralysis episodes are purely a biological phenomenon 
  97. 97 Dawn 15 Nov
    This is not "sleep paralysis" or any medical condition. It is a demonic entity taking your energy. I have experienced this and it's terrifying! My kids also have had it, all while living in a certain house where countless unexplainable occurances happened. Our experiences ended when we moved out!
  98. 98 Sheri Cummings 31 Oct
    I have had this several times throughout my life from early twenties to thirties. All of them evil and terrifying. Heart pounding and eminent danger. Mostly auditory whispers of small beings in my ear, moanings of several which sounded like from hell.. I am curious as to why they are always terrifying in content? Has anyone climaxed from the pressure on body? Any positive experiences. Do you suppose it has to do with the nature of adrenaline and the flight or fight response? I will say that first time it happened with being whispering in ear I was drinking heavily and thought for years was alcohol induced psychosis. Or yes, alien visitation.. I feel because of sleep paralysis I have experienced a little hell and decidedly it is not for me.. lol 

  99. 99 Nightmare lady 29 Oct
    It just happens twice in an hour my gf was having a sleep over her friend was there and her friends mother who had a dog I felt I could not move. I was wearing  a night cap over my eyes in my dream but once I felt the fright I kept trying to take it off but one became two and so on I could not see oncevi could see I realized I could not move  I opened the house door to escape a creepy woman long black hair just parallel  to her breast walks out the door leaving the house I had just left only to start laughing oddly with her dog following oh shut the door went inside to see her ghostly friend eyes fogged out like some blind person and I looked out the rainy window to see flashing  lights of police and ems with a body on a stretcher I finally woke up. The second time  very recent after I doze off again my arm is under my gf  mind we just had a baby boy born on the 21st if this month. Back to the dream we were some where in the maternity ward and i was suddenly  alone by myself I turn to the right to see a woman long black hair like before  wearing a hospital gown holding a baby I then look at her arm and notice puncture wounds from needles I grab her arm to see if she is ok and I all of a sudden realize I can't wake she turned to me and I will never forget this sense of being totally frozen and paralyzed in my dream she was ugly her hair covered  her face I can't remember I think she grabbed  my arm restraining escape
  100. 100 Augustine 27 Oct
    this thing is a demon
  101. 101 Bhaskar 21 Oct
    I encounter this unpleasant thing quite often, I have had different types of experiences including:
    - Someone pushing me down hard into the bed while sleeping.
    - Someone choking me so heavily that I felt like crying and had acute pain in my throat even after waking.
    - Someone kicking me down from bed.
    - Someone sitting on my chest.
    Every time it happens I am unable to move or talk. I start praying to god and then it would leave me. If any of you know any solution or can give any information, please email me at bgmish@gmail.com
  102. 102 annette 18 Oct
    i to had these since about the age of 25. I always felt like i was going to stop breathing, because of the weight on my back.As i got older i could tell when it was going to happen and always tried to see what was on me but could not open my eyes.I tried to turn my head with all my might and the saw a dark shadow figure that time i was able to get my eyes to stay opened.I started to pray  over and over again and just like that it was gone.JUST START PRAYING WHEN IT HAPPENS.Even though you cant speak pray in your head.I am 58 now and it has not happened for about ten years now.I always felt like it was the devil one time i even heard whispering or like chanting it as so scary.Remember JUST PRAY!
  103. 103 Floyd 16 Oct
    Yeah I'm happy cuz I was thinking I'm the only one whoho cursed by this sundrome. Oh God I feel like something heavy on my chest and I can't move and scream, I was seeing birds, my self moving to ask help and when I get the help I find out myself still asleep and I see my tries over and over and I cry and then finally when I wake up  I saw a big glowing spidee
  104. 104 senette 13 Oct
    The very first time was when I was 11. I felt like I was held down and surrounded by moonlighted figures and 1 I remember clearly by the foot of the bed and the image seemed to be a male presence who was bald. 2nd time was this past summer, 2018, at a friends house in the master bedroom. Where I was sleeping on the bed which was left there from the original owner many years ago. Now it happened in Oct,10th 2018 in my bedroom in Florida but this time it grabbed my hands and scratched my left hand with long pointy fingernails. I couldn't move or scream loud. I have a tiny scab on my middle finger from this event. This time I am so spooked... I did see moonlighted images again around me.
  105. 105 Sophie 26 Sep
    I have had the feeling of immobilisation occur throughout my life. However, I can recall not too long ago an episode and the recurrance of that same experience a week or so later, finally followed by three episodes in one night...
    I was sleeping on my back each time but each time it happened it was as though it was building up to when there was three in the same night. That night in particular, my boyfriend fell asleep on the sofa downstairs while I had fallen asleep upstairs in his bed (on my back and fully clothed). The first time I fell asleep, the evil like demon made his appearance but I never saw him it was always an overwhelming feeling of energy... also his name was Neil, which I established in an earlier episode and it seemed to always be the same demon. So Neil appeared and was piling objects on to my throat which disabled my speed and I was unable to move while desperately trying to and like somebody else commented, I tried so hard to scream that I thought at somepoint I heard the faintest of sound come from me. 
    Anyway, as I forced my way out of this I eventually woke up and ran to the stairs calling my boyfriend to come up to bed (which he didn’t).. so I hopped back in to bed well not in to but on top of the covers still clothed and fell back asleep. 
    This time, Neil not only weighted my throat, he - what felt like - clothed me. Now I have heard of a demon undressing somebody but never dressing them so at this point I realised I was fully back in this state and aware I had woken up from it not long before so I tried to play this to my advantage and tell him I wasn’t scared. I suddenly woke up but I was terrified and noticing my boyfriend was still not beside me, for a second time I went to the top of the stairs and shouted for him. 
    So for a third time I stumbled back to the bed and this time I got comfortable and took off my tracksuit bottoms because by this time I was also dripping with sweat. I fell back to sleep and knowing straight away I was being weighted again and again knowing I had previously woken up, I took control and felt Neil drift into the spare bedroom and taunt me from behind the walls. I could now speak, whether or not I was actually speaking out loud I have no idea but I was shouting at him to come to me as I was curious and as I looked beside me (still not awake) my boyfriend sat up and grabbed my arm holding it so tightly and stared at me with luminating red eyes and said in a possessed voice “It’s Neil, he’s here. It is him”. This was the moment I immediately woke up and surprise surprise, my boyfriend wasn’t there. 
    Obviously I then started crying and screamed for him to come to bed and not stopping until he did. I told him what had happened straight away and about him being possessed and as I told him that final part, the biggest volt of lightening outside occurred and it wasnt even raining or thunder to my recollection that night.
    Crazy! I haven’t heard from Neil since but he definitely was real, it was not a nightmare. I grew up suffering from nightmares from the age of six to fourteen. These episodes were not nightmares. 
    (P.s sorry if I bored anybody :|)
  106. 106 Cheryl 25 Sep
    Happened to me minutes ago...I won't go back to sleep. I fell asleep in my recliner on my left side. I remember aeeing the room get instantly black which is odd seeing the street lights outside shine through. This happened once before so it was like I knew what was about to happen. All of a sudden it's like this force spun me onto my back and was holding me down. I couldn't speak or move but I tried to fight it off but it was so strong. I was clawing and trying to push it off but it seemed almost like a squishy feeling everytime I tried to use force against it like it caved in on itself before it got even stronger. Then it felt like something was going into my left side by my stomach and was oh so very painful. All I could manage to do was say a prayer to myself in my head. Finally it released me and I sprung off that chair like it was on fire. I never sleep on my back!! So it can happen even while sleeping on your side
  107. 107 Brandon Austin 11 Sep
    I just had a weird thing happen just a couple of seconds ago I felt like i was being squeezed like a women wrapping her inter body around me and squeezing my body I also felt like I was being sexualy assualted cause it just wasnt around my chest it was around my inter body my man hood fwlt like it was being squeezed and I couldnt breath I wake up i look to my left I see a small figure it was a outline it looked like a man with a tigers head it started to glow gold .
  108. 108 Brandy 26 Oct
    It's crazy to see all these comments. I too have experienced this a few times in my life however I've never seen an old hag. I've experienced being held down while on my stomach @ 3:12-3:18am.
    I've slept on my stomach and felt as if someone was choking me in the middle of the afternoon. I've felt something grab my leg in the middle of the night. And the most recent of events while sleeping on my back I woke up to feeling a weight on the end of my bed (thought it was my toddler about to get into my bed with my husband and i) I went to move my leg and realized what was happening as I laid there it felt as if something crawled up my body laying on me and laying it's head between mine and my husband's. It was whispering something but I couldn't understand. When it stopped I was weak as ever it was 3:48am. The last episode I had was a couple days ago I was laying on my side facing my husband and I could tell it was about to happen I tried waking my husband but failed something felt like it crawled in our bed and laid straight behind me. So it don't happen if u only lay on your back as I've had it happen a lot in every position it is real and it is scary. I'd say if this is happening all the time to someone and it feels evil id research spirit attachments. But that's just me
  109. 109 Jorge 09 Oct
    I have had this happen few times each time the presence got closer. Was a shadowy fig the first two times and 3rd time it was on my bed. I never was believer in supernatural, but the last time really shook me. I cannot forget the old grey be haired demon hag and only seeing this a world wide phenomenon does not make me feel any better nor safer...on contrary. 
  110. 110 Bill 27 Sep
    I had several episodes many years ago, but the memories are so vivid.  In one, I was sleeping on the couch in my parent's home one Sunday morning after delivering papers.  My eyes opened and I saw the room, but I could not move or speak.  From another room a strange woman entered and walked across the floor.  I tried to speak, but couldn't make a sound.  The terror was overwhelming.  I told myself I need to move and after what seemed to be a titanic struggle, I did and woke up.  The same exact thing happened a second time, and I don't think I was able to wake myself up.  I don't recall how the situation resolved.  Nothing like it has happened in almost 50 years ... thank goodness!
  111. 111 Doug 18 Sep
    It ha been awhile, since Ive had an episode. They used to be quite frequent when I was using drugs. athe drugs may not have had anything to do with it. But the sleep paralysis happened as I was about to sleep , Never upon awakening. I sometimes lay on my stomach to sleep. One night I was on my stomach while going through an episode. Not only could I not move, but found it very dofficult to breathe because of the way I was laying. I could see my wife beside me and I tried to call out for her to help. It was the most frightening and helpless I have ever been.

  112. 112 James 17 Sep
    I have a lot of frequent paralyzing nightmares including the OLD HAG.
    There's got to be someone out there who can help explaine this disturbing phenomena.

  113. 113 Brian 04 Sep
    I had a dream about an old woman and woke up and couldn't move I tried to scream for help but couldn't and the second before I could move I saw a tall shadow that was like a man on the ceiling,  dude, to make a shadow on the ceiling you've got to be huge, but it was backing away. And then it was normal again I could talk and move. This is not the first time that this has ever happened to me but it is the first time I've ever seen something. Please someone tell me what I need to do to fix this. Im a Muslim and i already made a invocation for protection from the shaytaan but is this gonna keep happening is this gonna get worse? Now Im seeing this thing, what's next? My email is twigtwigs@gmail.com someone tell me what to do serious real real advice only please this is not fake experience Im scared,
  114. 114 Georgeann Phillips 30 Aug
    This just happened to me tonight right now as I text I have all the lights. On first it was on my puppy she kept jumping in her sleep wich is unusual I then picked her up and put her in her room she slept fine I then went back to my room fell right asleep next thing you know I'm being held down by the neck o fought and fought finally got strength to get up cut on all lights and say a prayer and this is happening right now I googled this started reading and now texting my experience as of now I'm up afraid to go back to sleep with all lights burning 
  115. 115 Dino Hajdarevic 26 Aug
     I'm 27 it happens once in a while. Ii always try to fight it and can't. One time I screamed and it actually worked and woke up everyone in my house scared them to death.. I found out it only happens when you are laying on your back. If you lay on your side it won't happen and goes away. 
  116. 116 joselin 22 Aug
    The year 2014 thru 2016, I have had constant sleep paralysis, but the one that scared me the most is when I saw an old lady in my room. It was about 5 or 6 in the morning when i saw her. She was wearing a black gown and a black veil as well. Her nails were very long and she was very wrinkly and thin, pale white skin. At first she was in my closet, i got scared I tried to scream or move, but I couldn't, so i could only close my eyes, so I did to see if she would go away. I counted to ten and i open them again she was still there. She kept coming closer, so i closed my eyes and told myself this is not true, stop overthinking, counted to 20 and open them again. Once i open my eyes she was laying right next to me and she smile, my mind was telling me she was friendly lady, but my heart was racing so fast. Finally when i closed my eyes and open them she vanish and i could finally get up from bed. I ran to the kitchen and told my mom of what had happened and she told me it was evil that was trying to catch my soul. I needed to pray every night so it wouldn't happen and that's what i did. Since then I haven't had sleep paralysis in along time.
  117. 117 Lauren 21 Aug
    im 31, have experienced the old hag syndrome since I was 18. The first time it happened it felt like a suction all over my body, i woke up from a dream where an Asian lady in a white dress with her arms out said ,"this is what happens when you let the spirits into your dreams" I tried falling off the bed thinking it will stop the vacuum like suction all over my body but I couldn't move. One time when I felt the suction on my body it felt like I was being sucked into my closet, to the point where I was almost standing on my feet but instead was hovering. I used to try to scream "go away" but couldn't get any words out. The more times I experience the old hag , the easier it was for me to say "go away". I never could quite scream it even though that was what I tried to do. It happened last night , I was on my side & felt a evil entity staring at the back of my head. Right when I felt the old familiar suction I woke up and kicked my legs. It stopped. Closed my eyes again , felt the suction. Kicked my legs and it stopped. Happened again .. I heard two girls in the other room as if the wall was paper thin. I heard a sneeze.  For some reason I looked at my closet and got scared.. Turned around and everything was better .  It always ONLY happens when I'm alone. I've shared apartments with friends and boyfriends and never once has it happened when they were there. 
  118. 118 Darci Johns 08 Aug
    I am 52 and my brother is 47, he moved into a home that was over 100 years old, and started experiencing these horrific feelings of "something" crawling up his body, from the legs up, all the while unable to move his body AT ALL, except for his eyes. He could see the black figure with red eyes and it began choking him with it's very large arms and hands!!  Terrified and unsure what to do the first 2 times, he then began praying to the Virgin Mary, saying the Rosary, and the Lords Prayer. He has since sold that house and moved to another city, but they still happen but using his Prayer, this "Evil Thing" will subside, but it does follow him within the NEW home, he can FEEL it!!  I have been staying here for a week, and had forgotten about the episodes that he shared with me. BUT, last night, I fell asleep in his room, my cell phone beside me, I woke up, he was in my room sleeping so I just went back to where I was and lay down to try to return to my slumber...I WAS WIDE AWAKE, laying on my left side and this feeling of COMPLETE FEAR, was running from the inside of my body out, in waves!!  I tried to shake it, but the more that i did that, the less control that I started having over my movement!! I was trying to text or call my niece (in the next room) but soon I couldn't hold my phone, I was trying to scream but NOT ONE sound would come out of my mouth!! I SOON remembered my brothers encounters, and could faintly whisper "GIT" and began the Lords Prayer. The heavy feeling dissipated, (It was probably a 30 minute episode) I was still afraid & trembling but with the Grace of God, easily able to fall asleep. I remember every second of that frightening event!!!  I have been up for 5 hours, my brother at work & niece asleep...HAVE BEEN SITTING OUTSIDE!!!  I do not know how to rest assured that this will NEVER happen to me AGAIN!!!  Any Suggestions???!!!
  119. 119 Afia 14 Jul
    I ve been exepriencing odd events since I was only 7... One whole month very year would have been like hell since being only a child. I always felt the presence of someone right next to my bed but the most horrifying moment was when I used to wake up at 5 o clock due to prayer time then went back to bed... in that moment I d feel someone coming to my room an evil prensence which would bother me and would nt let me sleep by unabling my body from moving I could nt even scream... and then a sickening pain like electricity would affect me starting from the brain to body muscles it was as if someone was hitting me by tying me down also he would tried to have sexual activities... the pain was every time unbearable. Then I would have tried to hit the presence with my leg or arm  to make him go .... it was a very very tall figure entirely black and red eyes... if someone would help me giving me more info about these events Id appreciate it! :)
  120. 120 Jake 03 Jul
    I had sleep paralysis for about 4 years through high school. I would wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to move or make any noise.  I would see the silhouette of a woman in the door way.  Then by my bed.  Then on my chest.  She would sit there, shaking me and it felt like she was trying to choke me.  Then it would end.  It happened 3-4 times a week for 4 years...  It stopped when I met my wife and she began sleeping in my bed. 
  121. 121 Riitta 29 Jun
    I had these demon attaces for years and got rid of them by shouting in mind in dream that i believe in Jesus Christ victory. And the demon that i saw left and it was defeted at once. And it hatet me. But i had fun because i noticed that i had full controll with these words. 

    Finally it left for for ever. I got it disturping because i had something occultish things in my life.
  122. 122 Donna Scott 10 Jun
    If this happens once can it happen again I thought I was crazy till I saw the movie called dead awake and looked this up I have been threw this once before can it happen again can it happen on small children 
  123. 123 Melisa 15 May
    For myself...at the verry young age of  5,maby younger 
    But from what I remember it began when I experienced a
    High fever do to a ear infection....my mother had put me dowen to sleep...I was on the couch so her room wasn't so far....as I began to fall asleep I began to feel tinggelling 
    On my head and arm's,then it felt like all my hair was gone,and felt like tiny needels were growing from my scalp...as I was trying to touch my head,my arms were unable to move followed by a feeling that my arms were so
    Skinny,like twigs that would break if I tryed to move....I was
    Completely awake...I was trying to scream,but no sound would come out...at the same time this was happening,I can hear a women hag like,screaming at me saying....
    IM GOING TO GET YOU....over,and over...she was laughing the most evil cackle...I cold hear myself in my mind...screaming for my mother...MOM!!...MOM!..AS this
    Hag was mocking me!...the more I would move the louder
    The screaming would become .I didn't not feel the choking as other's would,but it was just the same as horrifying!
    The feelings I would experience on my body are not explainable...for some reson I was to embarest to tell anyone...this would happen to me for at least twice a month until the age of 17,that's when I decided to speak to my doctor...I told him the same story I had just now..he says it was hallucinations duo to a high fever.....but I wasn't sick all thouse year's....in 30 years old and just found out a few weeks back about old hag syndrome...
    And I was baffled!!has this been what was happening all these years?
  124. 124 Ankita Mishra 09 May
    Happened last night. Have been experiencing this from quite a young age. And I am 23 now. The experiences have been staying for longer duration these days, like for around 45 mins. It's an extremely painful struggle. Earlier it was for around 15 mins at max and not as frequent as it is these days. 
    I don't feel any dead weight on me, earlier i used to feel someone else's presence in the room but that isn't there anymore either. I just feel helplessly immobile.  Sometimes i want to give in to the situation and stop struggling but after a few seconds my body involuntarily fights back coz it feels like i am sinking into another portal and that i will die. Someday i will entirely give in and see what happens. I guess the body will just wake itself up on its own. It's just the brain immobilizing the muscles during sleep so that we do not act out our dreams and somewhere there occurs a slight lapse of synchronization between the mind and body when we wake up.
  125. 125 Phil Legault 17 Apr
    I have experienced this from a very young age, does not matter what position I sleep in. I'm 59, just happened last night.
  126. 126 Blake Cooper 08 Feb
    i had this happen several times from the time i was about 14. its one of the scariest feelings you can imagine. i use to hallucinate also. There is nothing quite like it.
  127. 127 Jason 27 Jan
    I used to suffer from it. Then I stopped sleeping on my back, and it stopped. It is a horrifying event, accompanied by a feeling of absolute terror, at least for me. If you suffer from it, stop sleeping on your back!
  128. 128 Tom Herrera 04 Dec
    happening to me since i was 3 or 4 yrs old.... I'm 32 now.
  129. 129 Aliya Shahum 06 Apr
    Its so sad to know people out there have such horrible hallucinations and cant sleep ever night, we should do something about it!

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