Taking the Fear Out of Sleep Paralysis

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Ever woken up, but couldn’t move a muscle? You’re not alone. It’s called Sleep Paralysis and it can be really scary. Laci takes a look at what happens when this disconnect occurs between your brain and body.

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42 comments

Hussein alsamurrai July 10, 2020 - 9:11 AM

And I'm 29 right now And when it happens to me I can't move or talk it's been happening to me for so long that when it happened to me and I realize I'm having a dozen even freak me out is like I'm so used to it I just try to move and when I finally can move I get up and I drink water and I go back to sleep like nothing happened

Alan S July 14, 2020 - 12:43 PM

The hat man and his minions, shadow people are demonic entities. Period. Sleep paralysis isnt good.The name Jesus invoked against them can banish them. Dont believe me ? Try it, what ya got to lose.Repent, brothers and sisters, ask God to reveal his son Jesus, believe he is Lord and God and died for our sins and is risen.
Watch "The Power of Jesus name" on YouTube
https://youtu.be/LodsC9FgXHY

Eromanga Sensai July 19, 2020 - 3:27 AM

It’s not real nothing can hurt you trust me just know that it CANT hurt you

Anna Cate July 21, 2020 - 10:16 AM

It's really late right now. I'm terrified of getting sleep paralysis and don't want to go to sleep. I don't know if it will happen. I don't know what to do about it. Any advice.

Jinn mi July 26, 2020 - 5:11 PM

I have been suffering from sleep paralysis from 5 years it happens every night and I was just walking out through death valley …
It's extremely horrible, the breathing goes hard and the muscles get stiffed and I feel like I've lost my voice ….

bubblekpop August 12, 2020 - 10:14 AM

People have usually comman have it on sleeping on your back

Dat Boin August 15, 2020 - 4:32 AM

My sleep paralysis is quite scary actually at least for me. Every time I think of a word or anything while I’m in sleep paralysis it keeps on repeating in my head louder and louder and LOUDER until my whole body tenses up to the where it feels like something is pulling the skin on my back. Not to mention it doesn’t wake me up for minutes so I’m literally scarred for like 10 whole minutes

Lexy Bunker August 18, 2020 - 3:35 PM

I just had sleep paralysis I can't see anything scary but am stuck and I can hear my mom's voice I try calling her but no sound coming out for my mouth but I try break free and I had sleep paralysis like lot of time and it scary I don't wanna have it again is there a way someone if u know how to stop sleep paralysis tell me please

design321 September 26, 2020 - 6:45 PM

I'm curious about the possible link between the HPV vaccine and sleep paralysis, and wonder if there is any connection.

Satan September 30, 2020 - 6:05 PM

When I had sleep paralysis, i heard a loud static noise and in the distance my mom talking on the phone going "WOMP WOMP WOWOMP" and I laughed so hard that it broke me out of it. It was awesome!!

Cheerios_Tho September 30, 2020 - 11:42 PM

i had it this morning i woke up to grab my phone and couldnt move my hand, not even my jaw, but then i just went into a lucid dream lol

TheAfricxn October 5, 2020 - 9:29 AM

When I had sleep paralysis my door was open and I could see my parents light which probably helped but for like 5 minutes straight I was trying to scream and then when it went I away I sprinted to my parents room faster than James Charles could say Hi Sisters

Sushil Kumar October 9, 2020 - 7:50 PM

When I wake up in morning
I came move my finger sometimes I can't move my hand But it's just for few seconds THIS happened 3 times one time hand 2 TIME I can't move finger for only 5 to 10 seconds Is this sleep paralysis BTW I sleep in fetal position

Helina Teshale October 11, 2020 - 12:32 AM

i have been in sleep paralysis a couple of times, I don't hallucinate but I feel a presence in the room. it is literally the scariest thing ever.

the hunter 3414 October 15, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Me a lucid dreamer rip and tear

Aemilius October 16, 2020 - 11:36 PM

I had sleep paralysis but I could move but not enough to get up and I still saw the horrific monsters

Bostons Green Line October 17, 2020 - 7:05 AM

I had that and my cat was staring at me with red eyes

Alice Chapman October 19, 2020 - 7:15 AM

one time i saw a black mass of shadows sort of amalgamation with many arms and heads and legs all waving about stood in the doorway. but my room is L shaped so it couldn't see me.
i was trying to move but just sliding out of my bed onto the floor and getting more scared because I knew I was getting closer to it seeing me.
i literally kicked myself awake and found myself pushed up sideways against the headboard of my bed. super freaky no thanks !!!!

Narcissism October 22, 2020 - 1:17 AM

Hey. I get sleep paralysis.. see this!

Spikey 024 November 5, 2020 - 11:06 PM

the funny thing is sleep paralyses is one of my biggest phobias but I never had one before

BriAnna Esteppe November 24, 2020 - 9:55 AM

I had it just recently for the first time and I had it three times in one day. I felt like a person was pushing me down and I saw a black figure over me holding me down.

Brødrene Yachsen December 1, 2020 - 11:05 PM

i have learned to close my eyes and now they r closed everytime :) but i can still see everything that is happening right before im in sleep paralysis like its a nightmare turning into sleep paralysis its freaking weird i you know get sooooo scared in a nightmare the creature i am afraid of suddenly i beside my bed and its so creepy and i can hear everything i can feel everything its so disgusting and i try to scream for help but i cant haha i just lay there but then when this happens i have learned that i can just give up in a way just dont lookk probably hear everything but i dont need to do anything i i get the feeling that my life will be over and the creature can just kill me as long as im not scared so i just give up and if it want to drag me away and kill me it can just do that because i will just leave my body ;))) haha idk but its disgusting and even the science behind it can really help me i have simply seen too much horror stuff to actually stop the scary experience :P

Ming December 18, 2020 - 1:28 PM

Im staring like GET TF OFF ME

Vxnge Turtle December 18, 2020 - 5:30 PM

My friends experienced the floating thing. But they don't know what sleep paralysis is. They're just kids. One day I am gonna explain it to them. So excited!!😉😉😉 Now they will know the truth.😃😃

s Takala December 20, 2020 - 12:20 PM

It's terrifying

Strumbella January 4, 2021 - 11:00 AM

I’ve never had a scary sleep paralysis experience. Usually I will wake up with my eyes closed and knowing I can’t move. I don’t try to fight to move or anything. I’m just like “lol moving is overrated I’m going to lay still and pretend to sleep because I’m cool”. I haven’t had any hallucinations thankfully. Only thing is that usually I feel like I’m spinning suuuuper fast. It’s not scary to me tho. I’m just kind of chilling like WEEEEEEEEE

ACIM222 January 7, 2021 - 11:08 PM

I have attacks with full on pain when they come to me being sore the next day

Sweaty Albama February 5, 2021 - 11:50 PM

Ive had sleep paralysis like 5 times and the only scary thing thats happened is I heard laughing its not that bad tbh

Victor Vendetta February 15, 2021 - 7:45 PM

slEEp

dgrawns February 20, 2021 - 2:54 PM

Sleep paralysis became more frequent after the first time. Pretty scary tbh

LULI Lang March 3, 2021 - 2:30 AM

Laci Green Haunts my mind, No idea why but see is the most desirable womento me , it is a lizard brain thing… I don't think i`m allowed to talk to her :(
I AM TERRIFIED OF SLEEP PARALYSIS It is the scariest thing ever!

Lucid Dreaming Experience May 5, 2021 - 3:07 PM

Me: trying to relax, sleep, maybe lucid dream
My sleep paralysis: I’m boutta end this mans whole career

Charlesisnotlog May 11, 2021 - 5:05 AM

Yea I have the grim reaper was walking past me on my bed and I trued to get into a lucid dream but I failed

Mihir MP May 26, 2021 - 12:35 AM

I Like You… :* I Hug you… 🤗💟

GreenJordan 30 May 31, 2021 - 11:43 PM

Imagine seeing Jeff the killer in sleep paralysis 😱😨😰😵😵☠️

BH Sway June 16, 2021 - 3:36 AM

When I had It the first time I did not see anything really. I did see the figure before I closed my eyes though. he was on the side of my bed just staring.. I've had it 3 times now and I kind of know how to avoid seeing a shadowy figure. Just stay calm.

Wednesday's Child June 22, 2021 - 10:49 AM

I freak out during lucid dreams.can hear myself say, just relax, you will be okay. Take some deep breaths, but sometimes it doesn't work and I panic. I am stressed.

TunaFish Productions July 28, 2021 - 1:03 PM

I did it once and My mom was talking to me all I could do is scream

Max's onewheel adventures August 15, 2021 - 10:24 PM

I had one freaking tonight was rocking mypillow it was freaking the freak out

Vexed_ _Vxyager September 5, 2021 - 4:03 AM

I literally was having a pretty weird/creepy dream and I had it and couldn't move or breathe, I am literally still under my blanket 😭🤚. I kept hearing like water or like someone walking through a puddle and in terrified

Shadøw September 19, 2021 - 12:45 PM

Its sad how misunderstood sleep paralysis is

Txrish Editz861 December 6, 2021 - 12:18 AM

For so many years this is happening to me and I wondered what it was and at first I was terrified and couldn't sleep at night… So for so many years I eventually got used to this sleep paralysis now I finally know what this is