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This was probably the first time this happened to me, I went to bed around 1am, woke up an hour later hearing the High school DxD theme tune and I saw a gloomy background of a public toilet in a park, something that looks like it belongs in a visual novel, I opened my eyes and noticed in the tall mirror facing my bed the girl from the ring, I tried moving, but I couldn't what so ever, like if you try to move a dead arm or a dead leg, you really want to move it, but it's just not happening.

I fell asleep and woke up 10 minutes later, again, unable to move, I looked in the mirror and again, saw the girl from the ring just standing there and then I heard radio static, I shut my eyes as hard as I could and I kept thinking to myself "This is a nightmare, this is a nightmare, just wake up!", then I snapped out of it, I was awake, able to move and pretty terrified about what just happened, as you would if you saw the girl from the ring standing in your mirror :P

As I said this was probably the first time I actually experienced sleep paralysis, and it was a pretty terrifying experience xD
Anyway, I'm interested, have you experienced sleep paralysis and if you have, what happened in them and how often do you experience it?


yes I have, it is the most terrifying yet thrilling experience. I had a dark, pitch black being approach me and as it got close i'd basically force myself awake. You can't move and when you wake up you feel numb, and in the dream you can't yell, just watch.

one night in particular was the worst for me like every hour on the hour this thing was waking me up, i had moved to the couch to sleep cause I thought maybe it's just my room, but it would come slowly down the hall, and get closer and closer and it's pressure on me more intense.
One of the times i saw a grey skinned black haired girl with black eyes just staring at me and i panicked and forced myself awake, i guess you could compare it to the girl from the ring but i never really seen it, only parts of it, so yea.
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Once, I was eight and I still remember it. Though the memory became more and more cloudy as the years whisked by
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I get it a lot. It used to scare me so bad I would have a hard time sleeping. The scariest experience I've had was when my family and I took a trip to Canada. I woke up in the hotel room in the middle of the night unable to move and felt a pressure on my back. Then I heard a little girl giggling. The pressure started getting stronger and the giggling started getting louder. It was so vivid and I was sure I was going to get crushed to death. I won't ever forget that.

After reading up on it a bunch it doesn't scare me so much. Unless I hallucinate because it always feels real even though I know it's not. lol When I don't see things I always feel things. Not physically but I can "feel" something in the room with me although it's just in my mind. In fact I get this so much I've learned how to use it to enter lucid dreams and even induce it.
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More times than I can count.
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Yeah I get it pretty often. It sucks. Sometimes I'll have it like several times in one week, and sometimes just 2 or 3 times a month. The first time I experienced it I was about 16-years-old. I was so freaked out, I was relieved when I Googled it and learned what it was. I only had it a few times between ages 16 and about 19, but they've been getting more frequent lately.

They started off just normal, where I couldn't move. Then I started to see/feel someone sitting on my chest. A couple times I could actually feel myself actually being pinned down. Like once I remember, I felt a presence in my room and tried to sit up to avoid it. But then I felt pressure on my ankles, then my knees and it moved up my body to my waist then eventually I felt like I was being pinned to the bed by my shoulders. The worst experience hands-down was last year, I couldn't move (obviously) then heard evil laughter right in my ear... I could almost feel the breath from that laugh. Didn't really sleep well after that...

Lately since they've been so frequent though, they're not as scary anymore. Jarring still, yeah, but it's like I'm aware it's happening and I'm just like "eh whatever" and don't open my eyes so I don't see anything scary, then I eventually wake up or fall back asleep. Unfortunately though now, the occasional recurring "theme" of my paralysis hallucinations is me being stabbed. I don't know how it feels to be stabbed in real life obviously, but in these paralysis dreams/hallucinations, it certainly feels real... it's so painful, I hate it. Another recurring theme, though it's only happened a couple times, is I feel like someone's kissing my face. I guess under normal circumstances that would be a nice dream, but it's still unsettling because 1) I can't move and 2) I can't see who this someone is. I much prefer that hallucination over the stabbing one though.
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Nope. I hope it never happens though.
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I've had my fair share of vivid dreams, many would classify as nightmares, sleep paralysis being one of many. As I've been under general anesthesia having dental surgery IN REALITY and feeling excruciating pain, unable to move- I dearly wish I had local anesthesia instead.
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I remember when I was half the age I am now, probable about 14-16.

I was living in lewis and clarkston, washington state, usa, we had just moved into
a new house, and I was sleeping on a matris on the floor without a bed frame (hadn't
gotten around to picking up the bed frame yet).

When I awoke feeling a rushing sensation and a feeling that something was coming
at me, I immediately panicked and thought(possession! something is coming for me) something is coming for me.

I remember struggling and not being able to move, which made the experience horrifying,
but when the 'thing' hit me I was able to sit bolt upright (in my opinion the thing was me and I was just panicking having just waken but being entirely conscious).

These are all phenonema related to astral projection, feeling a jolting crashing sensation as you wake up
and waking with a start.

Having a dream were you just can't possible move fast enough and you're running slow as molasses.

Waking up and not being able to move at all, and it taking several seconds or minutes until you can.

I take great comfort in these experiences because it proves to yourself, that we don't live in a dust
of the earth type of universe, and it is not we're born and then we die and there is nothing else afterward.

There are deeper things you can do with these experiences, with practice it is actually possible to
walk around in that state (while your body is still immobile and sleeping).

Sleep paralysis is one of the gateways that you can start doing that sort of thing if you don't panick.
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I usually try to shock my body out of it. I have a habit of sleeping close to the edge of my bed, so I have just enough strength to roll off and fall.

Though the one time it didn't work, It took me sleeping on the floor for another half hour to snap out of it.
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McPiranha wrote:


UltimateGOKUX wrote:

Do you sleep in an cold environment? That could be the problem. It becomes easier to sleep in colder temperature, but in return, can produce nightmares.

No, it was fairly warm, my radiator was on during the night, so the room was relatively warm, I was watching this youtuber GizEdwards who said something about an imbalance of chemicals in your brain that makes your mind wake up, but your body is still paralyzed.


Turns out it's not chemicals, something about your brain that stops firing some neurons, I don't know exactly what causes it, but still pretty weird O_o
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To be honest I have had them everyday since high school. Until recently I have stopped having them. I am still figuring out what triggers them or what made them stop. Every time I experienced them, I see myself dreaming and I am trying to wake myself up. Screaming yelling, crying, and I feel like I'm doing all of that, almost like you forgot you were dreaming. I struggle to wake myself up because I'm terrified. I see a black figure amongst the dream. But it doesn't move just stands there staring at my direction. Eventually I wake up, but I dont know how I wake up. I just eruptly wake up sweating, panting, crying, and scared to go back to sleep. There are times when I wake up and immediately go back to sleep. Like I can't keep my eyes open and am forced to sleep again. And I go through sleep paralysis again.

It is a terrible experience and I am glad that I don't experience them. Very so often.
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Yeah, I've experienced this on and off for years. I suspect its been happening since I was a kid as it might explain why I was terrified of sleeping by myself for years beyond the norm (or I could have just been a weenie =P). Anyway for me it inverted; it didn't happen too often in my early/mid-teens but did during my late teens, but fortunately I learned about Sleep Paralysis soon after so I got used to dealing with it.

My understanding is those who try to engage in lucid dreaming (whether its intentionally getting into that state or like me, where you just figure out you're dreaming simply because =P).
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I experience it about once every month or so. 1 of 3 things usually happen:

1. Realize I'm dreaming, but can't wake up. (similar to the OP)
It used to really scare me, but I've gotten used to them by now, so I tend to try and "rock back and forth" to wake up. And that works after about a minute. They usually start as dreams, then turn into nightmares as I struggle to move/wake up. I just feel paralyzed, basically. I get that falling sensation of falling asleep, and get stuck. Normally, I'll fall into the same nightmare the next 2-3 times I pass out that night.

2. My eyes are open, but I'm still dreaming.
The objects in my room start to warp. Clothes hanging in my closet or on the back of my door will transform into ghostlike creatures. I've heard footsteps pacing back and forth at the side of my bed. Stuff like that. Shutting my eyes really tight and wriggling sometimes works to dispel it, but sometimes I'll just start having a different nightmare instead, and then I'm back to Sleep Paralysis Style #1.

3. A child hugs me from behind.
This one had me believing in ghosts when I was younger, until I learned about sleep paralysis. I don't see or feel anything related to an "old hag". It's the opposite, actually. What feels like a little girl squeezes me from behind, and sometimes she even nuzzles her face/nose into my back/spine. It's cute and terrifying at the same time. I've heard "her" call my name. It's rare, but recurring. I just wait these ones out, as they're not really nightmares. It's just...creepy. Eventually she lets go and I wake up.

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yes and that is horrible, once with aliens other times like little demons or something like that around my bed and once pulling me when I could move I was like damn
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once when i was really young... i became aware that i was sleeping during a dream and everything went to shit and i couldn't open my eyes or move or call for help. it was really scary........ i hope it never happens again
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