Sleep Paralysis

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by Libertarian94, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. Libertarian94

    Libertarian94 Advanced Member

    Feb 4, 2012
    So yesterday, i woke up in the middle of the night, and couldn't move.
    It was all very blurry, and scary, and i heard lots of sounds, of mostly machinery.
    And eventually a shadow on the wall turned into a physical silhouette, whom sat upon me, and pushed down on my chest.
    I eventually woke up.
    Anyone else experienced it?
    feel free to share your stories!

    btw: Sorry for bad grammar, English ain't my main language.
  2. pyromaniac123

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    Sep 24, 2011
    Sounds like lucid dreaming. (I think)
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  3. Depravo


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    Oct 13, 2008
    I get it all the time although mines hypnagogic (while falling asleep) rather than hypnopompic (while waking up). It's a pain in the arse. I've never seen the hag, presumably because I'm not from the middle ages.
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  4. ianrulz1

    ianrulz1 Member

    Nov 3, 2010
    i've had it once in my life when i was a kid its awful! my ex had it almost every night tho an said she'd always see me dying before she'd sleep. really weird shit!
  5. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Never had it myself, but I've seen an episode or two about it on history/discovery before.
  6. Valwin

    Valwin The Neautral Gamer

    May 11, 2011
    United States
    lots of the people saying they were abducted by aliens in reality are just getting this
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  7. Rob3rr

    Rob3rr Member

    Feb 15, 2012
    Lucid dreaming is where you know you are dreaming whilst asleep.

    Whenever I've had sleep paralysis, I'm never sure whether I was awake or asleep at the time and even afterwards I'm not entirely certain. It feels like I'm awake in bed but cannot move, but maybe it's just in my mind. There's always a sort of jolt at the end, where you are trying to move and you suddenly wake up and are able to. But maybe you aren't waking up, and your body is just not responding to your brain when it tells it to move? I'm not sure.
  8. Ammako

    Ammako GBAtemp Guru

    Dec 22, 2009
    Sounds fun.
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  9. Green0scar

    Green0scar GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 12, 2008
    I've exerience sleep paralysis. However, I didn't experince any hallucinations. I just couldnt move at all. Eventually it would wear off and I would have my mobility back but nothing like you have decribed. it hasn't happened in a while, but it can be scary.

    It feels like your mind wakes up before you body fully does.

    Exactly like what Depravo said, except I would experince both of those.
  10. Lacius

    Lacius GBAtemp Guru

    May 11, 2008
    United States
    I've had it happen to me a couple of times (hypnopompic). I'm not a fan.
  11. Ericthegreat

    Ericthegreat Not New Member

    Nov 8, 2008
    United States
    Yea I see things like glowing orbs that I think are ghost.
  12. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    Sep 13, 2009
    Gaming Grotto

    I couldn't help myself. :creep:
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  13. 431unknown

    431unknown Greatness Awaits

    Sep 29, 2008
    United States

    I only ever had 1 case of the hypnagogic kind once and it was like an out of body experience and I kind of enjoyed it, wish it would happen again. I have had numerous hypnopompic cases and still do on occasion. They used to suck, but now I can controll myself and see some pretty cool shit.

    Never seen the hag, but I did have a face in my face once. I spit at it and then woke up. This actually hhappeneda few months ago.
  14. Libertarian94

    Libertarian94 Advanced Member

    Feb 4, 2012
    I believe that when its an OB-experience its called a lucid dream.
    I've heard of a couple of people who've tried lucid dreaming, and they explain that its like having control over your dream... I would really enjoy having that :P
  15. Guild McCommunist

    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    May 6, 2009
    United States
    The Danger Zone
    I'm in the same boat, it happens when I'm waking up now and then.

    However it's somewhat common and I've found it less scary the more it happens.

    Even worse is when you wake up and then start passing out and you're unable to stop it. You know you're slipping back into sleep and will suffer from the paralysis and it sucks.

    I've found the best thing to do is move whatever you have control of, usually your fingers and toes. Do it as much as possible and you'll eventually wake up.

    The first few times it happens you get really freaked out but eventually it just becomes a nuisance.
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  16. Sora de Eclaune

    Sora de Eclaune Baby squirrel, you's a sexy motherfucker.

    Feb 15, 2011
    United States
    123 Fake Street
    I sometimes get sleep paralysis without the hallucinations, but about five years ago I had a bad experience with it. It was right after I had heard the story of the hag and I was anxious about falling asleep. At that point, I hadn't tried to move in a while and I suddenly had to...uh...go, for lack of a better word. I tried getting up and wasn't able to move, so I knew I was right about to fall asleep or something and didn't resist it.

    I listened to my family creep off to bed and when my brother turned on the bathroom light...I saw it. Through the light coming through the crack in my slightly-opened bedroom door.

    It was a dark figure with a witch-like appearance. It frightened the hell out of me and I made all attempts to go to sleep. The hag didn't do anything except watch, and I quickly fell asleep. I woke up suddenly at around 4 or 5 am, screaming my head off. My entire family actually came in my room to see what was going on. But I remembered the hag. I remember that she lunged at me at the very last waking moment I remember. And I remember she was in my nightmares.

    I actually requested to sleep in my brother's room that night. It wasn't that I was afraid of seeing the hag was that my brother's room was positioned in such a way that the light from the bathroom never reached inside the room. I wouldn't be able to see the hag in the dark if I did get sleep paralysis again. And having someone else in the room was a bit of a comfort as well.

    ....though compared to another incident that happened a bit more recently, this is a cakewalk. I would have endured this hundreds of times before...

    Nevermind. I've spooked myself.
  17. Jennyfurr

    Jennyfurr GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 7, 2012
    United States
    under a rock
    I've had episodes of sleep paralysis for around 5-6 years now. The first time really freaked me out, I had no idea what was happening. So of course I did some research and did find out.

    Since then, it's happened maybe 2-3 times a month on average. It just plain sucks. I rarely have any visual hallucinations with it, but I usually hear noises and feel things like someone sitting on my back (I usually sleep on my stomach). A lot of times I'll hear talking and it's really creepy. The worst part about it for me is that I feel like I can barely breathe every time, like I'm breathing out of a really narrow straw or something.

    I've never found any way to prevent it or anything, but when it does happen I just have to like focus my mind and realize what's going on. First, I have to try and focus on breathing, because it's really scary since I feel like I'm getting no air. Then I'll try to move my hand or something, and that usually wakes me up after a few tries.

    YES. This almost ALWAYS happens when I have sleep paralysis. It sucks really bad, because I always manage to fall asleep again at least 5 times. Eventually I have to just immediately jump up and get out of bed or whatever as soon as I manage to stay awake long enough.
  18. ShadowSoldier

    ShadowSoldier GBAtemp Guru

    Oct 8, 2009
    My dad had this happen to him. He was sleeping, then he opened his eyes, and he couldn't move at all. Next thing he saw was a black figure coming closer, sat down, pushed down on him, then he woke. Just like you.
  19. Zekrom_cool

    Zekrom_cool I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an edu

    Apr 17, 2011
    Heaven [N's Castle]
    This could also be a symptom of migrane if you have felt so.
  20. Mr. Prince

    Mr. Prince GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Oct 29, 2011
    Saudi Arabia
    All Blue
    I have never experienced sleep paralysis. but recently when I wake up my left arm feels numb (Because sometimes I sleep on it lol)
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