Sleep paralysis – when your mind is awake, but your body is still asleep.
It is a quite common phenomenon that troubles a lot of us.
The common features include a feeling of being paralyzed while lying in bed.
Usually, auditory and visual hallucinations also occur.
Some people see human-like figures and even creatures, and they will hear voices or other strange, unsettling sounds.
There are people who do not believe the science behind sleep paralysis.
They choose to believe in the supernatural aspect and that a real creature or a demon was attacking them.
We asked people to share their true sleep paralysis stories – on Facebook, Reddit and also to send it on our email.
Here are some of the most terrifying and odd responses… decide for yourself what to believe.
1. ”I could feel him standing on the opposite side of my bed, silently staring down on me.”
One night I woke up to what I thought was the sound of footsteps in my hallway. I was laying on my back, which immediately made me confused and a bit nervous because I never sleep on my back.
I tried to turn my head to see where the sound was coming from, but I couldn’t move at all.
The panic set in and I heard the source of the footsteps come into my room. Now, although I could not see the figure, I knew it was a home invader.
I could feel him standing on the opposite side of my bed, silently staring down on me.
He had some sort of weapon in his right hand, I believe it was a knife.
I swear my heart has never dropped and raced like that in my entire life. I kept trying and trying move or scream, but I was frozen in place. It felt like hours.
– From gingeroblivion, Reddit
2. “I realized I saw something in the corner of my peripheral vision, and I could hear it breathing.”
I heard footsteps coming up the stairs of the attic (which ends up right beside my bed). I couldn’t see anyone coming up though.
Suddenly I realised I saw something in the corner of my peripheral vision, and I could hear it breathing. When I slowly rolled my eyes to the side I saw the small head of a white-faced troll grinning and staring at me.
I panicked and suddenly all the phones in the house started ringing. This ringing sound built and built louder and louder.
It scared me and I knew for sure that I had permanent tinnitus.
After this short moment which felt like a really long time I had enough strength to locate and lift my arm. This immediately stopped all the hallucinations and I woke up. Without tinnitus 🙂
– From IthunnuhtI, Reddit
3. “I felt an enormous amount of pressure on my chest”
My mind woke up and my entire body, including my face, was under the covers and unable to move; I couldn’t see a thing.
I worried for a brief moment when I discovered I couldn’t move, at all. Then things got scarier.
I felt an enormous amount of pressure on my chest; I had the feeling as though this spirit (or whatever it was) had its face only inches away from my own.
If this wasn’t enough, I heard inaudible whispers in both ears and pounding on the wall adjacent to the bed.
I began to cry because that’s all I could physically do and in my mind, I was screaming as loud as I could, but nothing came out.
I began to struggle, but I finally burst awake, sat up immediately, still crying. The room was silent.
From thisisnotmyusername3, Reddit
4. “It’s always the same damn babadook-ish grinning dark mass motherf*cker”
To me, the paralyzes always happen in cycles. I always sleep on my side or on my stomach.
Recurring experience for me is feeling something evil floating over my bed, slowly coming down towards me. Even though I never see it directly, I somehow always feel/know it has this very wide grin on its face.
It may not sound very scary coming to think of it, but the fact that it’s always the same damn babadook-ish grinning dark mass motherfucker, makes me feel super creeped out.
– From Murkymidsummer, Reddit
5. “I was face to face with the dead body of an old man.”
Back when I was hooked on FFXI I was playing way too much while neglecting my sleep. One evening I went to bed stressed.
I then spent a while tossing and turning in bed, upon turning to my right I was face to face with the dead body of an old man.
He had some kind of scaled reptilian skin. After around five seconds (which felt much longer) he started to vanish.
Then, I could feel some kind of omnipresence outside. It was super early in the morning, so it was turning light. However, the sky and natural light began to dim rapidly as this presence was making its way to my room.
I could feel it growing and growing as the window went pitch black – the pure evil darkness began to seep into my room.
So I jumped up and got the hell out of there. Splashed cold water over my face to stop all of this onslaught.
– From DAFJ, Reddit
6. “I can see a shadow in the room, at the foot of my bed. It is a man with a very large knife.“
I feel I’m awake, but I feel groggy, and so incredibly tired it’s hard to move. Then, I realize that actually, I cannot move.
Simultaneously, I am also acutely aware that I am in imminent physical danger. I can see a shadow in the room, at the foot of my bed. It is a man with a very large knife.
I know I MUST move to save my life, but I cannot move. I hold my breath, as I cannot move, I, instead, try (intensely) to be as still as possible.
I will my heart to slow down, for fear he can even hear that inside my chest. He wouldn’t try to stab me if I’m ‘already dead’, right?
I stay this way, hardly breathing and drifting between awake and asleep and again… Eventually, the male shadow is gone and I finally feel I can let go and drift back, safely, into sleep.
When I do wake up, I’m almost always on my side…not on my back at all.
From Sandy G., Facebook
7. “Sleep paralysis within sleep paralysis within sleep paralysis.”
I was lying in bed at night when I realized my body was rigidly locked in place. It was uncomfortable.
I tried moving around, but and then my body started rising off the bed. Just a few inches. A terrifying sensation… that woke me up. Such a relief. It was just a weird dream.
Suddenly I was rigid again and there was an eerie green glow outside my window… and then I woke up. That was disturbing.
I’d somehow been dreaming again, with no recollection of having fallen back asleep.
Suddenly I was even more rigidly locked up than before, floating so far off the bed I was almost at the ceiling, and the eerie green glow was brighter than before. I panicked… and woke up.
This time I was actually awake. Sleep paralysis within sleep paralysis within sleep paralysis. Dreaming of being exactly where I was (in my own bed at night) within the same dream within the same dream.
– From bohemianish, Reddit
8. “Most of mine are centered around dead, rotting things.”
A few reoccurring characters are a banshee in my room screaming at me in some sort of demonic multi-voice.
A little girl that walks up to me and resets my sleep paralysis and puts me into nightmares. I’m usually up for the rest of the night if I get a visit from either of those two.
But I get them quite frequently while stressed. And they tend to stress me out for the next night so compounds itself.
Skeletons walking past my door. Dead people staring at me from my window. I don’t know why most of mine are centered around dead, rotting things.
But they are. I’m a 34 year old man I don’t know why little ghost girls scare me.
– From grundalug, Reddit
9. “She laughed, and she fuck*ng jumped out of the painting and came into my bed.”
I was sleeping in my bed, and woke up paralyzed. I looked at the wall of the hallway, where we have a painting.
It was slightly oblique (also it was a different painting). Then I see my brother’s arm that puts the painting in his natural position.
At the beginning it felt like a dream, then I said to myself “What the fuck is my brother doing here in the middle of the night?” and I realized that I was yet again in a sleep paralysis. And then…things got worse.
The painting changes, revealing the face of the Witch from The Wizard of Oz (i had a dream with her that night).
She isn’t really that scary looking, but holy fu*k, it was terrifying at that moment. She laughed, and she fuck*ng jumped out of the painting and came into my bed.
I just closed my eyes in complete terror and felt something like six arms grabbing my whole body. It stayed like this for 5 seconds before I managed to free me from that fucking nightmare.
– From Kiuraz, Reddit
10. “I see the demon from the dream standing on the side of the bed.”
I am awake and unable to move.
My body is tingling all over and I am seriously panicking. I can’t move and I remember just trying to jump out of my body. “Just sit up,” I told myself.
As if I’m suddenly released I bolt upright and turn on the bed lamp. I see the demon from the dream standing on the side of the bed.
Naturally, I panic and scream. Wake up my boyfriend who is freaked out. Took me about two hours to fall back asleep.
11. I saw a mangled, decaying man sitting on the edge of my bed staring at me.
It happened when I was about 12 years old and I was obsessed with Justin Bieber, so much that I had a poster of him next to my bed.
At the time I fell asleep sleeping sideways on my bed so that I was facing my mirror and I could see the poster next to me.
I woke up not being able to move and instead of seeing my Justin Bieber poster I saw a mangled, decaying man sitting on the edge of my bed staring at me…
I was so scared and all I could do was close my eyes and hope that it went away. I took the poster down after that night haha.
– d. jansma, e-mail
We can all agree that Sleep Paralysis could be pretty scary... IF you do not know what exactly it is...