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#1 Posted by SupaKoopaTroopa (28 posts) -

I never had any sleeping problems my whole life, except for an occasional nightmare. But when I was 18 something strange happened.

It was like any other day, I wasn't upset, wasn't stressed. In the middle of the night something sat on the edge of my bed and woke me up. I felt the edge of the bed sink down and the blankets tighten over me. It then wiggled my shoulder and asked if it could use my computer, in a womans voice, I thought it was a family member. It was pitch black in the room so I said, "Go ahead." I waited to hear my computer turn on and for them to ask, "What's the password?", which I would have told them to just wait until I got up in the morning. But the computer never turned on, and instead it sat down on my bed again.

That's when I realized it wasn't a family member. It sat there for about 3 minutes, then it got up and it sat on the other side of the bed near the wall. I thought there is no way it's a person because it would have to climb over me to sit on that side. So it sat with me for about 10 minutes, and I my heart was racing and I was sweating the whole time. Then I felt it lift up and fade off the bed. I just went back to sleep, woke up an hour later and ran into the living room. I slept on the couch for about 2 weeks after that.

It happend again about 6 months later when I stayed the night at my uncle's house. Again it just sat on the edge of the bed. It happened 2 more times at his house over the next year, and the last time it happened there, it laid across me. It felt like a person laying on me, but it only weighed about 10 pounds.

Things started getting worse. I lived with my cousin for a while, and I woke up and heard a woman screaming in the room, yelling all kinds of cuss words. Then it moved out into the kitchen. She screamed for about 5 minutes, and it was hurting my ears. But I was so tired I couldn't really get up to see what was going on, I just tried to ignore it. Then it stopped screaming and I felt something sit on the edge of my bed.

Now one of the most recent times it happened was about two week ago. It was a normal day, nothing stressing me out before I went to sleep. All of a sudden I wake up and I'm being thrashed up and down. Something is shaking me like crazy. I opened my eyes and saw the sheets hovering above me and waving up and down. It died down and went quiet, I opened my eyes and these shadow figures were floating up near the ceiling. I heard a man in the room saying things about me and what sounded like little gremlins on the floor. I quickly closed my eyes and tried to roll over but started being thrashed again. Then I felt a calm come over the whole room and I got up and ran into the living room. Couldn't sleep right for about 4 days after that, kept waking up to make sure nothing was in the room.

The last time it happened was a few days ago. This time there was a bat in my room flying around flapping it wings. I then heard someone say, "it's not a bat, its a humming bird." And then it landed in my hair and I felt it's little feet poking me. Then it flew around the room some more.

Now these are not like dreams, it was as real as you can hear and see now, and I can remember everything that happened, unlike most dreams.

My question is. Is something wrong with my brain? Wat Do?

#2 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

You roll a 6 and you win

#3 Posted by SupaKoopaTroopa (28 posts) -

@MasturbatingestBear: Nah man, I only lived with like 1 person in the house. They are asleep and in another room when I get up.

#4 Posted by crazyleaves (648 posts) -

Duder, it's just shadow people they only want your soul. No biggie, goodnight.

#5 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@SupaKoopaTroopa said:

It was like any other day, I wasn't upset, wasn't stressed. In the middle of the night

Then it wasn't like any other day, was it?

#6 Posted by Bucketdeth (8022 posts) -

Every few months ever since I was a kid I would wake up in the middle of the night and I couldn't move from head to toe, only my eyes would move but if I tried hard enough I would finally awake.

Your condition seems very odd, you say you woke up thrashing up and down? Was this you doing it or were you just dreaming? Or did you drop too much acid one day? Either way you should check into a doctor and see a psychologist or go to a sleeping center where they can monitor you and diagnose the issue.

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#7 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@SupaKoopaTroopa said:

@Video_Game_King: It was like any other day until night happened.

And then the gargoyles approached.

#8 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

Probably animals, your imagnation, and the fact that you are crazy

#9 Posted by SpunkyHePanda (1700 posts) -

I can remember one time when this happened to me. I heard a group of people talking and there was a man behind my curtain.

Do you have a fairly normal sleep schedule? Mine was all over the place when this happened.

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#10 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

Also if you arnt sleeping, your mind will play tricks on you. If it persists try seeing a psychologist.

#11 Posted by SupaKoopaTroopa (28 posts) -

@Bucketdeth said:

Every few months ever since I was a kid I would wake up in the middle of the night and I couldn't move from head to toe, only my eyes would move but if I tried hard enough I would finally awake.

Your condition seems very odd, you say you woke up thrashing up and down? Was this you doing it or were you just dreaming? Or did you drop too much acid one day? Either way you should check into a doctor and see a psychologist or go to a sleeping center where they can monitor you and diagnose the issue.

I can't really tell. It's like an invisible force was thrashing me, and the blankets were being thrashed too, but they were hovering above me. I first thought there was something on top of me ripping up the blankets.

This was the first time I was attacked by a ghost or my own mind.

#12 Edited by Napalm (9020 posts) -

Usually my mind is awake during sleep paralysis. I'll say stuff like, "goddamn, this shit again? Okay, here we go. *HUMPH* Can't move. *HUUUUMPH* Can't move. *HUUGDGFDBNJHFGFGHFH* *thrash about, wake up for a second choking, go back to sleep*".

#13 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@SupaKoopaTroopa said:

@Bucketdeth said:

Every few months ever since I was a kid I would wake up in the middle of the night and I couldn't move from head to toe, only my eyes would move but if I tried hard enough I would finally awake.

Your condition seems very odd, you say you woke up thrashing up and down? Was this you doing it or were you just dreaming? Or did you drop too much acid one day? Either way you should check into a doctor and see a psychologist or go to a sleeping center where they can monitor you and diagnose the issue.

I can't really tell. It's like an invisible force was thrashing me, and the blankets were being thrashed too, but they were hovering above me. I first thought there was something on top of me ripping up the blankets.

This was the first time I was attacked by a ghost or my own mind.

By any chance had you been watching TV/Video games right before bed? Like moments before lieing down. 
#14 Posted by jozzy (2042 posts) -

I sometimes have hallucinations of things (spiders, people, skeletons) at night when I sort of wake up but not really. They are never as vivid as you describe them though, usually just shadows that play tricks on my sleepy mind. But I can see where you coming from, and I don't think you are crazy.

#15 Posted by SupaKoopaTroopa (28 posts) -

@SpunkyHePanda said:

I can remember one time when this happened to me. I heard a group of people talking and there was a man behind my curtain.

Do you have a fairly normal sleep schedule? Mine was all over the place when this happened.

I stay up late sometimes. But the night I was thrashed, I decided to go to bed a few hours early so I could get up early. Well something else had already planned to wake me up at 3am.

#16 Posted by Helimocopter (369 posts) -

next time ask if she is hot.

That's actually pretty crazy, I've experienced sleep paralysis before and it really freaked me out, but I've never had anything THAT crazy happen.

#17 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

@SupaKoopaTroopa said:

@SpunkyHePanda said:

I can remember one time when this happened to me. I heard a group of people talking and there was a man behind my curtain.

Do you have a fairly normal sleep schedule? Mine was all over the place when this happened.

I stay up late sometimes. But the night I was thrashed, I decided to go to bed a few hours early so I could get up early. Well something else had already planned to wake me up at 3am.

I'm pretty sure you're the one doing the thrashing. That's like, sleep paralysis 101. Read my post above.

#18 Posted by BisonHero (6671 posts) -

I'm not very clear on whether you're familiar with the condition, since at the end you asked what's going on, yet you seem to know the name of the condition. Like you said in the topic title, it's called sleep paralysis. It's suspected that the dreaming experiences you're having also explain a lot of superstitions about various mythological creatures sneaking into people's rooms at night, and also explains a lot of "Grey alien watching me while I sleep!" alien abduction stories.

Have you asked your doctor about it? Sleep paralysis doesn't mean you have anything serious like a brain tumour or something. Sometimes there just isn't any obvious cause, but a doctor might be able to suggest something that would help.

#19 Posted by SSully (4231 posts) -

Go see a doctor duder, its pretty simple. Obviously if it has been persisting this long then you need some kind of help.

#20 Edited by Bwast (1342 posts) -

It happens to me all the time, 4-5 times a week. Multiple times a night sometimes. I mostly just get paralyzed for 20-30 seconds with no hallucinations but on one occasion some old man in a suit was standing next to my bed, looking at me. I knew what was going on so I wasn't scared, more curious. Have you ever had the feeling that your whole body is vibrating? Apparently if you let that feeling evolve, you can get an out of body experience. Every time my body feels like that though I get really nervous and stop it before anything meaningful happens.

It's normal. Just train yourself to realize what's happening and it won't bother you anymore. Nothing can hurt you while it's happening. You're just scared because you're paralyzed and can't talk so your mind conjures up random things to justify the fear. It happens either right before dreaming or when you wake up too soon from dreaming so the chemicals responsible for dreaming are flowing, causing the hallucinations. At least that's my understanding of it.

Edit: And you're paralyzed because your body paralyzes you during dreams so you don't act them out and hurt yourself. You wake up at a time when you're supposed to be dreaming so you're still paralyzed. Just wait it out calmly, it will go away with time.

#21 Posted by SupaKoopaTroopa (28 posts) -

@Napalm: @Napalm said:

Usually my mind is awake during sleep paralysis. I'll say stuff like, "goddamn, this shit again? Okay, here we go. *HUMPH* Can't move. *HUUUUMPH* Can't move. *HUUGDGFDBNJHFGFGHFH* *thrash about, wake up for a second choking, go back to sleep*".

Something similar. I remember the only thing I could do was open my eyes, breath out my nose, and turn my head. But I didn't try to thrash to move, its like I was in an earthquake and just thought to myself, "hold on!"

#22 Edited by MentalDisruption (1642 posts) -

Wow, that sounds scary as hell. I would seek a specialist if I were you.

#23 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

wow sounds pretty crazy. one time when i went to sleep i was laying there and it felt like my cat who was a kitten at time walking on me. i turned on the light and he wasn't there.

#24 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

I used to have very vived dreams from some of the meds I was on. And oftenvat the same time I would be paralyzed. I would often have to wake up and look for discrepancys in my memories.

#25 Posted by Green_Incarnate (1789 posts) -

Don't sleep on your back.

#26 Edited by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

Sleep paralysis* sounds like some scary shit, I'm glad I've never experiences it.

Sometimes right before I'm about to fall asleep I'll hear a loud voice say one or two words right next to my head, it freaks me out.

EDIT: Not sure why I typed sleep medication lol.

#27 Posted by Tireyo (6445 posts) -

Call an exorcist.

#28 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4606 posts) -

@Bwast said:

It happens to me all the time, 4-5 times a week. Multiple times a night sometimes. I mostly just get paralyzed for 20-30 seconds with no hallucinations but on one occasion some old man in a suit was standing next to my bed, looking at me. I knew what was going on so I wasn't scared, more curious. Have you ever had the feeling that your whole body is vibrating? Apparently if you let that feeling evolve, you can get an out of body experience. Every time my body feels like that though I get really nervous and stop it before anything meaningful happens.

It's normal. Just train yourself to realize what's happening and it won't bother you anymore. Nothing can hurt you while it's happening. You're just scared because you're paralyzed and can't talk so your mind conjures up random things to justify the fear. It happens either right before dreaming or when you wake up too soon from dreaming so the chemicals responsible for dreaming are flowing, causing the hallucinations. At least that's my understanding of it.

Edit: And you're paralyzed because your body paralyzes you during dreams so you don't act them out and hurt yourself. You wake up at a time when you're supposed to be dreaming so you're still paralyzed. Just wait it out calmly, it will go away with time.

Wow, I didn't even know that was a thing. That's completely insane.

But, I have to ask: did the old man resemble this?

#29 Posted by Getz (3093 posts) -

Sounds like if you get it under control you could have some fun with it. Like tripping balls every night without the hangover afterwards.

#30 Posted by SSully (4231 posts) -

@Dagbiker said:

I used to have very vived dreams from some of the meds I was on. And oftenvat the same time I would be paralyzed. I would often have to wake up and look for discrepancys in my memories.

Whenever I use nightquill, which was only a few times, I would get super vivid dreams. I can't remember any, but it sure was awesome at the time.

Oh also on topic. Someone I know had sleep paralysis one time, and when it happened he saw a floating head fly out of his closet and start screaming at him. It kept getting closer until it was up in his face. So basically it was a horrible experience!

#31 Posted by Skald (4369 posts) -

Fascinating. Also: terrifying.

#32 Posted by Demoskinos (15009 posts) -

GREAT. I'M GONNA SLEEP WELL TONIGHT.

#33 Edited by tunaburn (1891 posts) -

if this is real and not a joke. you need to see a doctor. youre tripping balls.

although i wake up running through my house choking on nothing all the time. takes me like 10 seconds to start breathing and realize im not really choking. weird.

#34 Posted by LibrorumProhibitorum (349 posts) -

This thread is on drugs. Stop doing those darn drugs.

#35 Posted by SSully (4231 posts) -

@tunaburn said:

if this is real and not a joke. you need to see a doctor. youre tripping balls.

although i wake up running through my house choking on nothing all the time. takes me like 10 seconds to start breathing and realize im not really choking. weird.

That used to happen to me when I had seizures as a teen. Either I would come out of a seizure and have that happen, or sometimes it would just randomly happem. Also I saw everything in black and white and my eyes would be jumping around uncontrollably. It sucked.

#36 Posted by fuchikoma (41 posts) -

I would say don't worry, but DO see a doctor. They could probably explain it far better than we can. I have a friend who has sleep paralysis and restless leg syndrome, so that kind of combo may have caused some of the thrashing - I'm no expert.

#37 Posted by ajamafalous (12029 posts) -

what the fuck

#38 Posted by CrimsonNoir (402 posts) -

I've had it like twice, you pretty much think a ghost is watching you while you sleep. I just try to shut my eyes and let it pass.

#39 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -

whoyougonnacall.jpg

#40 Posted by Mikemcn (6996 posts) -

Get the fuck off this website and see a doctor idiot.

#41 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

@Demoskinos said:

GREAT. I'M GONNA SLEEP WELL TONIGHT.

K GUIS IM GOING TO BEDOOOOOOOH GOOOOOD.

#42 Edited by CookieMonster (2423 posts) -

Do you have dietary problems? Maybe you need a really long shit.

#43 Posted by CookieMonster (2423 posts) -
#44 Posted by stryker1121 (1521 posts) -

@SupaKoopaTroopa said:

@Napalm: @Napalm said:

Usually my mind is awake during sleep paralysis. I'll say stuff like, "goddamn, this shit again? Okay, here we go. *HUMPH* Can't move. *HUUUUMPH* Can't move. *HUUGDGFDBNJHFGFGHFH* *thrash about, wake up for a second choking, go back to sleep*".

Something similar. I remember the only thing I could do was open my eyes, breath out my nose, and turn my head. But I didn't try to thrash to move, its like I was in an earthquake and just thought to myself, "hold on!"

I never knew there was a name for this. I've had this happen, too, where I felt a figure holding my hand or laying on top of me and I need to struggle awake, even if it seems I'm already awake. Freaky, yes, and u seem to have an extreme case of it. Does it happen within the first few moments you fall asleep (REM sleep) or deeper sleep in the middle of the night? Or both? If it's out of control as you say , see a sleep specialist. People on the Internetz are just going to wind you up. What you're going thru sounds particularly unpleasant.

#45 Posted by SupaKoopaTroopa (28 posts) -

I have to go to sleep now, wish me luck.

#46 Posted by Rumour (95 posts) -

Dude, you need to get Keanu Reeves over with a giant fucking mirror. It'll sort itself out after that.

#47 Posted by eugenesaxe (199 posts) -

Close encounter of the third kind. Congrats on making contact with advanced life forms.

#48 Edited by dekkadekkadekka (734 posts) -

Cocaine's a hell of a drug.

#49 Edited by MC_Hify (340 posts) -

I've been dealing with sleep paralysis for a lot of my life. Unfortunately, it's just something you are going to have to live with but the good thing is that it is not a sign of any sort of mental problem. From my own personal experience you will get used to it after a while and can quickly identify when you are just dreaming and what is real or not and can then enjoy a lucid dream state, which a lot of people would love to be able to do. I'm also able to force myself awake and once awake go back to sleep and pick up a dream from where I left off. After reading the other responses to your post it seems like there are quite a few people who have experiences similar to mine and yours.

#50 Edited by dungbootle (2458 posts) -

Bro it sounds like you are lucid dreaming and cannot yet control it. Crazy stuff can happen, it's pretty standard and they are usually incredibly vivid as you describe.

You're not crazy as some people in here suggest. I assume you're not doing drugs or anything, and as long as you feel fine when you wake up (like, ACTUALLY wake up, dreams within dreams tend to happen to me personally while lucid dreaming), it's not a big deal.

Oh yes and sleep paralysis is common. Don't panic, it just means you're not fully awake yet. You could try to jerk yourself out of it if you want to though, just try not to panic.

A trick I heard awhile ago that sticks in my mind is to look at a clock in your dream, take note of the time, look away for a moment, and look back. If it is different then your mind will be more aware that you are dreaming, and you can presumably control your dream/wake yourself up easier.