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Yes, the first time it happened it scared the crap out of me and I had to look up what it was. I use to stay up all night to work on. Architecture work for school and sleep on the 2 hr commute to the city. That short window of sleeping would give me sleep paralysis several times a week. One time I froze up 5 minutes before we were to arrive and thankfully snapped out of it. I heard you should focus on moving your fingers and toes first, it works!
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I used to get these a few times a month when I would sleep on my back and I was really stressed out, depressed, and sleep deprived. Hallucinations range from the usual demons/monsters to flames and executioners. Sometimes If I try to go back to sleep I slip back into paralysis again. At one point I could not sleep without getting it so I went a couple of days with no sleep. It's pretty damn brutal. I don't get it as often anymore. My mental health has been mostly stable for the past year or so; that may have something to do with it.
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Couple times when I was sleeping in my class. I tried moving my body so I can get up, but I was stuck. It felt so uncomfortable. Like I was in a state between asleep and awake since I was able to hear what was going on full around me, but I couldn't move, speak, or even open my eyes for a while.
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I've had a certain paranoia of aliens since a kid so you can imagine where I thought it was coming from. Used to happen to me a lot when I was young. In the end, I would 'force' my way out of it - got pretty good at it too.
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Thankfully not yet.
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I used to get those back before I entered school. I adapted over time by being able to control my dreams more and more until the point where I don't have nightmares anymore. Sleep paralysis may very well have been a useful (but terrifying) practice session in which I could tame my imagination.
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The only time I've experienced sleep paralysis was when I had that really bad fever when I was a kid. All I remember from that incident was a burning building and a large figure of the TMNT purple monster-hybrid-thing-AoT. I was standing right in the center of the burning building with a ring of fire around me, and I woke up when a large piece of rubble came falling down on me.

Following that, I had one of those side-effect nightmares when the fever was gone. Simply a distorted version of grass, and a person-like shape in the midst of it.

LOL HAVE FUN SLEEPING
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Yes! I never had it as a child, but apparently it was a side effect of a medication I was taking last summer. I didn't realize it was sleep paralysis because it happened as I was falling asleep instead of in the middle of the night. I didn't know it could happen then, so it really freaked me out. But yeah, I started hallucinating (hearing voices, weird pulsing feelings, intense paranoia) and then couldn't move my body. I was trying to scream but nothing came out. Now I know why people think they're being haunted when this happens. It stopped once I quit taking that medication, though.
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yes, it sucks, I used to get it a lot until I realized I only had it on days I took naps after school, so I stopped napping I rarely ever get it now. Also you can move your toes to try to wake up.
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I've experience quite a few times. It lasts about 30 seconds for me and goes away after I let out a "soft yell" haha. I think it's due to lack of sleep.
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Just once. I saw myself sleeping face down on my bed and I heard my voice screaming "wake up." I was then, somehow, back in my body trying to move, but it felt like I was being pressed into my bed so I couldn't. When I woke up, my shoulders burned as if I did 100 push ups, or as if I was actually fighting whatever was pushing me down.
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I'm not sure if it would be considered sleep paralysis, but I have often had false awakenings, where I have thought I woke up, but was really still asleep. When it first occurred, it had the same symptoms of what would be called sleep paralysis, thought I was awake, couldn't move, felt like an evil presence was on my chest attacking me and I couldn't breath well. I was asleep though, not awake. I have had that version several times since, but have since realized that I was dreaming when it occurred. The other version has been when I have "awoken" (but was actually still asleep) and got up started getting ready for work or what have you and then found myself "waking up" again. It might happen several times, where I would wonder if I was actually awake that time or dreaming still, start going about my day only to "wake up" again. Those are more annoying than the version like sleep paralysis. At least with the paralysis dream I realize I'm dreaming. With the other version I might get dressed and ready or repeat other actions multiple times before I actually wake up. It also leaves me confused once I'm actually awake, where I go for a a portion of my day wondering whether I actually woke up or am going to suddenly find that I was actually still sleeping. There aren't even any clues or strange things that seem out of place when I have those dreams.
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I used to get these a few times a month when I would sleep on my back and I was really stressed out, depressed, and sleep deprived. Hallucinations range from the usual demons/monsters to flames and executioners. Sometimes If I try to go back to sleep I slip back into paralysis again. At one point I could not sleep without getting it so I went a couple of days with no sleep. It's pretty damn brutal. I don't get it as often anymore. My mental health has been mostly stable for the past year or so; that may have something to do with it.


Get checked for sleep apnea just to make sure you don't have it specially if you snore. I do badly I use a machine if I don't use it I just drop into a dream delta state and don't move prema dream surfing annoying actually because I wake up every minute. With the machine I sleep like a baby.

Yes I get visits from the night hag I have to force myself awake if I don't I can have nightmares unless I catch it right and then it is just lucid dreaming. but normally I force myself to wake up and then roll over and drift back to sleep.

This by the way is the ET visitation and ghost and imps and all the fun stuff that people experience. I've had some vivid experinces when it happens. then my rational mind kicks in and I wake up.
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DR_FEELGOOD wrote:

I used to get these a few times a month when I would sleep on my back and I was really stressed out, depressed, and sleep deprived. Hallucinations range from the usual demons/monsters to flames and executioners. Sometimes If I try to go back to sleep I slip back into paralysis again. At one point I could not sleep without getting it so I went a couple of days with no sleep. It's pretty damn brutal. I don't get it as often anymore. My mental health has been mostly stable for the past year or so; that may have something to do with it.


Get checked for sleep apnea just to make sure you don't have it specially if you snore.


I've snored since I was a child, my father is also a heavy snorer, don't know if he has sleep apnea. Maybe I should have it checked out. Thanks.
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Posted 2/5/15
I've experienced it, it doesn't really happen anymore but I haven't seen a scary figure during it yet.
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