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Do you ever get sleep paralysis?

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Do you ever get sleep paralysis?
I had a pretty intense sleep paralysis experience last night and was just curious to see how many other ITMers have been through the same?

Feel free to recount your experiences here too, I'd like to hear about them as I'm a bit pre-occupied with it at the moment...has it ever lead into lucid dreaming for you?
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Apparetnly it happens to everyone once in their lift time.. Very scary!
I cant see how it could lead to lucid dreaming though?
...what does that even mean?!
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I cant see how it could lead to lucid dreaming though?

because you're completely detached from your body.

I think i used to get this when i was a lot younger. the room was dark so i didn't exactly know what was goin on so i thought it was some recurring nightmare
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I've read that some people are able to 'harness' the sleep paralysis state and keep it going into a form of lucid dreaming. It's apparently not common though. I tried to do it last night but failed miserably (i've never actually lucid dreamt though so I was pretty much fumbling in the dark, excuse the pun :p)
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because you're completely detached from your body.

You're awake though? (just motionless) Hmm.
I want to meet someone one day who does lucid dream!

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It happened to me a few times last year.

Probably the most frightening experience of my life to date to be honest.

The thing I remember the most is being paralysed but desperately trying to scream for help but no sounds was coming out. I had a sense of almost evil, too my right as well but again was unable to turn.

Once I started to read up on it and was able to understand what was happening the experience became slightly less intense but still something I'd be happy to never experience again.
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have had it so many times (ok maybe about 20 times during entire life), always when i;m sick or have the flu. its interesting , because you can sense and hear everything around you, but you just cant wake up, can't move,can't talk. interesting phenomenon, if anyone knows any ifno about it?
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I've had sleep paralysis many times.

I've always been able to lucid dream.

That is all.

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You're awake though? (just motionless)

Your mind is awake but your body is asleep.

Apparnetly something to do with a chemical secreted by your body when you fall asleep that is supposed to keep you "paralysed" so to speak while you're sleeping. If you are very overtired apprently your body falls asleep before your mind. Something along those lines is my understanding from what I have read.
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the other week when I was really really sick with tonsilitis and had a fever for 4 days, I experienced some pretty weird fever induced dream sessions.. i call them that and not sleep because for 3 days i never really got any quality sleep.. it was just 3 days of REM.. some of it was so intense i'd wake up balling my eyes out, sobbing from fear of something and then feel stupid because i was just in my bed, but it was really vivid and very intense.. some of it was lucid, where i thought i'd gotten up, was feeling better then went about my day only to actually wake up from the dream... but this all went away when i got my fever down..

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_paralysis

Sleep paralysis occurs during REM sleep in order to prevent the body from manifesting the sleeper's dreams. Little is known about the physiology of sleep paralysis. However, some have suggested that it may be linked to post-synaptic inhibition of motor neurons in the pons region of the brain. In particular, low levels of melatonin may stop the depolarization current in the nerves, which prevents the stimulation of the muscles, to prevent the body from enacting the dreamt activity (ie. preventing a sleeper from running when dreaming about running.)

There is also a significant positive correlation between those experiencing this disorder frequently and those suffering from narcolepsy. However, various studies suggest that many or most people will experience sleep paralysis at least once or twice in their lives.

Some report that various factors increase the likelihood of both paralysis and hallucinations. These include: [2]

Sleeping in a supine position (facing upwards)
Irregular sleeping schedules; naps, sleeping in, sleep deprivation
Increased stress
Sudden environmental/lifestyle changes
A lucid dream that immediately precedes the episode. Also conscious induction of sleep paralysis is a common technique to enter a state of lucid dreams.
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It happens to people everynight ^^^^^ when your sleep paralisis isnt working properly or lapses thats when you start walking in your sleep, or punching, moving etc. However people are generally only conceience of it happening once or twice in their lives.

You can actually control it. Its not scary if you are prepared for it. It used to freak the hell out of me, because momentary hallucinations are common when experiencing sleep paralysis.
I have them quite frequently as its more prone to people who have insomnia/ sleep apnea.

If you close your eyes and dont move for a very long time, your body starts to go to sleep, but if you keep your mind focused on not falling asleep but stay relaxed, you will start to feel it (it can be a little violent- like someone is trying to squash you and you cant do anything about it).
Its linked to Lucid dreaming, because while your mind is still conscience, yet uber relaxed your body has begun the processes of sleep. If you dont fall asleep in the initial stages after sleep paralysis, your dreams begin and you can begin to control what you do in your dream.

You can also get sleep paralysis if you jolt awake before your brain has registered that you have awoken. Generally you go through a process of slowing waking up, but if you dont do the slow process thats when sleep paralysis is most common!

It seems all airy fairy, because not many people are aware of what happens to you when you sleep. But its really cool, and interesting I think!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_paralysis
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Yeah I used to get it all the time. I used to get VERY scared by it but in the end I kind of decided that I was going to take charge and sort of went on adventures, even though they could have been scary, I found I didn't get scared anymore because it felt like a choice I was consciously making. The adventures were kind of crazy but very illuminating
I have lucid dreaming every night. I think that teaching my mind to behave and be conscious about the sleep paralysis has given me more control over my subconscious I suppose.
One sleep paralysis episode I had goes like this:
I was lying in bed and I thought I was awake... well I was awake, but dreaming at the same time and I couldn't move. I had my eyes closed, it was completely dark in the middle of the night, and I heard my door open, then footsteps approaching the bed. I thought it was my mum come to check up on me and I waited for her to say something.... but she didn't. In the end I opened my eyes. There was no one there, it was pitch dark and the door was closed.
I closed my eyes again and then I heard whispering in my ear. It was so close I could feel breath on my face. The whispering was saying terrible awful things, and it was laughing at me the whole time. I opened my eyes and it still continued even though there was nothing there. In the end.. it sounds funny... but I fell asleep - properly asleep.
I used to get all kinds of things happen. One of the weirdest was out of body experiences where i was flying around the room, I even flew to my old house lol. Also used to hear deafening noises in my ears and have hallucinations.
Like I say, in the end I just learned to get knowledge out of the experience, and since then it happens less often - sadly now that i actually enjoy it
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Also used to hear deafening noises in my ears

That's what I had...this is my recap of it:

So last night as I'm getting to sleep, I have 3 or 4 of those little things where your leg spasms because you think you're running, or in my case one of them was I thought something was flying at my head, so I ducked my head down, when they're particular vivid I think I hear a noise too, as was the case this time.

Then came something that was REALLY intense. I'd gotten pretty much to sleep when I half wake up, to what I thought was a deafening static kinda of noise, like as if I was right next to a TV with no reception and it was cutting in an out randomly. I tried to move, but couldn't. I knew I was in my bed, but I was getting these visions of the floor in my room, but seeing those spots from the abgle I was lying on my bed was impossible. These visions would cut in and out as randomly as the static noises. At this stage I knew that I was in sleep paralysis, so I wasn't disturbed or scared, but it was fucking weird. As this was going on, I felt as if the room, or myself, was spinning. Not like when you're drunk or smahed and it's a dull sensation, this was somehwat like being on a gravatron, I felt as if there was something stopping me from moving, but if it wasn't there, I would fly off the bed. This lasted for what felt like an honest 60-90 secs, and as I started coming back into consciousness, I started to feel pins and needles all over my body, pretty much everywhere was tingling.

It was fucking intense and if I didn't click as to what was happening, I would have been shit scared and probably freaked out hardcore...I still did freak out a bit because I had no idea how long it would last or what was going to happen, but damn....I've never had it that bad before!

Even for what felt like 5mins after it hapenned, I could move my toes and fingers but I felt like I was in some ultra-gravity enviroment where it would have take 10 times more effort to get up. What's really weird is I read an article last week where it mentioned scientists have been expirimenting with putting chickens in double-gravity environments to see what would happen, and it felt exactly like that. I was a chicken trapped in my own bed.

Comfy as all hell, but still....
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After a hectic week in Ibiza. The flight back to Heathrow was fairly low key and tiresome. Got off the plane and into my mates VW and on our drive back to London, I feel asleep across the whole back seat. About half hour later, I opened my eyes, in a sweat, no being able to move any other part of my body, I was trying to scream to the lads in the front seat, to wind the fvckin windows down, to no evail. I lay there like some sort of vegetable and thought I'd given myself permanent brain damage . When they finally pulled up at my flat, I literally fell outta the car, into a ensuing puddle on the driveway and woke up to one of the weirdest experiences of my life.

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Chatted to mates about it after - and they said they'd had it before after hectic weekends.

Yea, sleep deprivation and depleted melatonin levels are thought to be a common cause
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I've always been able to lucid dream.



can i ask what is a lucid dream?
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Thank god it didn't happen whilst on holidays, might have proper flipped out . Luckily had the missus ready and waiting to tuck me in, like the lil battler I must have looked
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I've read that some people are able to 'harness' the sleep paralysis state and keep it going into a form of lucid dreaming. It's apparently not common though. I tried to do it last night but failed miserably (i've never actually lucid dreamt though so I was pretty much fumbling in the dark, excuse the pun :p)

I wouldnt recommend harnessing it, till you've had sleep paralysis before, and are comfortable going through it. As this explains about the halluncinations.
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/neur...Takahashi.html

I try to do it on my stomach (its much harder) but you cant see the hallucinations (though you know they are there).

I was able to get into a lucid dream once that way. But it didnt last long cause I got so excited that I could control things that I woke myself up (your supposed to stay calm hehe).

If you wanted to try it you have to know, that when you close your eyes and you see very faint swirly colors, or spots, thast yoru bodys way of trying to hypnotize you so you will relax and sleep. You have try to ignore that and keep focused on something like picturing an object in your room and studying its detail in your head, so that you dont fall asleep.

Its cool if you get to the lucid dream stage.
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So much fun! Though but never lasts long enough. Ive only been lucid dreaming a couple of times, I generally get too excited and it ends quickly.
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can i ask what is a lucid dream?

Where you're still asleep and dreaming, but you're aware you're dreaming but still conscious. You can control the dream, what you do and what happens in your dream.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dreaming
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Harnessing it is good I think.
Empowering.
Plus you can learn some interesing shit.
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Then came something that was REALLY intense. I'd gotten pretty much to sleep when I half wake up, to what I thought was a deafening static kinda of noise, like as if I was right next to a TV with no reception and it was cutting in an out randomly...

You just wait till the hallucinations start.

I used to get screaming in my ear from a very scary voice when I was really younger.

But then it just stopped and I didnt get sleep paralysis again for years.

But room spinning and floating on the cieling is common. The worst and scariest is when 'something' comes in your room. It generally can start with footsteps and banging on your door, then coming in your room right up in your face with an incredible force on your chest. Other times its like a black thing just floating in the corner of your room watching you. The last couple of times its happened its just been quietly floating, which is much easier to handle.
It doesnt last long and if you know that when you are trying to harness the sleep paralysis thats its going to be bad, as becy said, you can prepare yourself and you dont get as scared, and they are easier to manage.
But if your up for an interesting experience try it!


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It happened to me a few times last year.

Probably the most frightening experience of my life to date to be honest.

The thing I remember the most is being paralysed but desperately trying to scream for help but no sounds was coming out. I had a sense of almost evil, too my right as well but again was unable to turn.

Once I started to read up on it and was able to understand what was happening the experience became slightly less intense but still something I'd be happy to never experience again.

OMG! I thought I was the only one who was experiencing this. I've never read up on it though, maybe I should. It happens to me at least once a week and each time it still freaks me out.
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I used to get this alot but it hasn't happened to me for about 6months (doh jinx). It is the scariest thing, I usually feel like im being held down and I can feel pressure on my chest neck and arms, I can never move or speak and it seems like it lasts for ages. I can also remember hearing a really loud thumping (which might have just been my heart?)

I had never been superstitious or believed in ghosts or anything but when they first stated happening I started thinking it might have been something paranormal. But I read up on it and found it is alot more common than I thought, its good to know that other people have had it and it wasn't my brain wigging out on me early!
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I've read that some people are able to 'harness' the sleep paralysis state and keep it going into a form of lucid dreaming. It's apparently not common though. I tried to do it last night but failed miserably (i've never actually lucid dreamt though so I was pretty much fumbling in the dark, excuse the pun :p)


hey peekz

Its called Astral Projection, and there are techniques to which you can learn over time which help the process and induce the paralysis into a state of complete relaxation. to be able to spiritually move fromm one conciousness to another like an out-of-body experience.

then a whole new world opens up.

trust me, its the most amazing thing i have ever taken part in.
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i'm dream so much and so vividly that it's just another of my sleep mishaps. i much prefer it to when i wake up on the other side of the room or strangulating myself in my own bedsheets. my imagination has been in overdrive lately.
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I never knew what it was called... I remember it happening to me when I was younger and being freaked out by not being able to scream.

Now that I'm aware of it, I'm keen for it to happen again. :tripping:
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I used to get it most nights when I was younger - I used to get the same hallucination almost every time - there was a black figure with a very evil aura in my room and it used to walk over and stand next to my bed and then lean right over me.

It used to scare the living daylights out of me and I was terrified to sleep for a while. What made me OK about it was my dad - he's a neurophysiologist who's a bit of an expert on sleep - he sat me down and explained the whole thing to me in scientific terms and eliminated the "supernatural" aspect of it. Even at a very young age I loved the scientific explanation about anything and from then on I was fine with it because I could regognise what was and talk myself though it using the biological explanations.

I actually quite enjoy it now and "play" with it by doing the thing where you let your body sleep but keep your mind active. You can get some really really freaky sensations like that, you feel like you are falling or floating, you lose sense of direction in a wierd way and the room does some really strange things around you.

I've never really tried lucid dreaming, I think it's definitely something I'm going to try.

Is lucid dreaming the same thing as astral projection?
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This has been done like 10 million times.

Get new material or some shit.

If you want to bring it on just try and stay awake for a few days
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had it happen a few times.

it freaked me out in the begining, but then weirder shit started to happen to me so sleep paralysis no longer freaked me out..
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So last night as I'm getting to sleep, I have 3 or 4 of those little things where your leg spasms because you think you're running,

Oh god I hate those! I get them even when I'm not dreaming I'm running etc, but simply relaxing in bed and almost falling asleep. I had one so bad once that I became scared I was an epileptic! My whole body literally "convulsed" for a second or two.

I usually have sleep paralysis when I have been awake for a while in the morning and then decide to go back to sleep for another hour or so. I feel as though there is all this activity going on around me but I can't open my eyes and wake myself up. As for the screaming in dreams....I actually have screamed out loud on several occaisions and scared the crap out of the person sleeping next to me (best friend once, boyfriend two nights ago!) :S
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can i ask what is a lucid dream?

Lucid dreaming is consciously perceiving and recognizing that one is in a dream while one is sleeping, sometimes leading to control over the "dreamscape", or the faux-reality dream world within a dream.

I can change the path and outcome of my dreams quite easily and have been able to since as long as I can remember (ie very very small child).

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Where you're still asleep and dreaming, but you're aware you're dreaming but still conscious. You can control the dream, what you do and what happens in your dream.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dreaming

ah thanks yes i get that, i also dream before i fall asleep, don't know what that's called, but my eyes are closed, im awake, but dreaming , if that makes sense, don't know if that comes under lucid dreaming also, or something else?
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You're awake though? (just motionless) Hmm.
I want to meet someone one day who does lucid dream!

DJ-PornKing .. better luck next time :p

I've had a handful of lucid dreams(and a lucid nightmare), and you've met me, does that count?

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no sleep paralysis except for the other night when I had to get up to go to the toilet and I couldnt walk properly because my right leg was temporarily paralysed from my boofhead Cat Ozzy sleeping on my legs
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when i get that sleep paralysis/nightmare shit and i know i'm dreaming i do anything to make myself wake up. once i tried to hit my head against a wall in my dream :p
i do wake up, in my bed, but i'm still dreaming. it's a vicious cycle for a while, and takes me a little while to realise i'm dreaming again until i do finally wake up.

i've been able to lucid dream heaps of times - and flying is the *best* lucid dream. dreamt i was flying all over a beautiful rainforest last night. was very pretty...
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oh i also used to sleep walk as a kid and i think i have done on occasion now after massive nights out... (sleep walk to toilet) but can't be sure. also think sleep walking as a kid might have something to do with me being able to remember my dreams everynight without fail?
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both me and my bf used to get different forms of this every night without fail.. and it became quite debilitating because you can't get to "real" sleep until you've gone through all this shit for a while.

mine is just total paralysis, and when i try and move something like my arm there is just a bigger and bigger force pushing it back and tightening all over you (sometimes so you think you can't breathe).. so my trick was to try and relax (and sometimes relax all the way out of it). as i had to deal with it more, i was able to make sounds in my throat so that my bf could hear me and he could shake me to snap me out of it.

his sensation i'm pretty sure was the static noise that gets louder and louder and sometimes the pressure on the chest as well.

i did research on it cause it scared the crap out of me at the time (and i'm sure there's some old itm threads about this..) and discovered it was okay and i wasn't going to die.. that took the fear out of it but made it no less unpleasant.

haven't had it for months now though
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i get sleep paralysis all the time, seemingly much more in hotter weather. i fucking despise it... i'm totally used to it nowadays, and am getting better at pulling myself out of it but i hate it all the same..

the worst ones are where you have sleep paralysis but are too tired to actually wake up and snap out of it, so you kind of doze off again and get stuck in this "paralysis loop" - eugh
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not me. lucid dreamed once. Beat the utter fuck out of a vampire, handed him his fangs after punching them out of his head. T'was ever so cool.
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his sensation i'm pretty sure was the static noise that gets louder and louder and sometimes the pressure on the chest as well.

That is pretty much what I had. Pressure on the chest and a strange sound much like a steam train coming towards you. Choo choo!
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i used to get them quite a bit when i was younger........up until now i just thought everyone experienced them and they were a normal part of life.........i think it stems from my mum telln me that it was normal and dont worry when i told her my experiences

though it is pretty frightening.......one nite i remember i was asleep in my bed. then i could somehow see everything in the room but for some reason i couldnt move. then as i tried to move, i couldnt and then more i tried, the more frieghtened i became........then i could feel a presence near the door and as i tried to turn to look at it i realised i couldnt.........that was probably the most terified ive ever been i now get uncontrollable twitches when i sleep and my gf hates it.........scares the shit out of her
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Sleep paralysis.. - is anyone sure its not governed by evil spirits?
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Had one the other night where i just could not move my legs! it felt so fucked, but started kinda realising it was a dream n taught myself how to half fly so i didnt have to use my legs. pretty strange dream.
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Wow. Reading the title I had no idea what sleep paralysis is.
Reading the entire thread, I realised that it's what has been happening to me for as long as I can remember. It's interesting!
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