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Is This Sleep Paralysis?


I've been suffering from some kind of sleeping disorder for many years. What kind of sleeping disorder? I am not sure to say. I've tried searching up the symptoms on the Internet and the closest I could relate to is 'Sleep Paralysis'.

But yet, I wasn't sure... For most of the examples I read on the Internet, 'Sleep Paralysis ' often end up with horrifying hallucinations (or ghostly encounters). But, so far, for every attacks I've experienced, I had not encounter anything that scary (and hopefully will never encounter because I am scared).

The most freaky one was actually... Wasn't much scary... And it was the only experience that I 'saw' something... Or rather someone. Before I get into that, I would like to describe what happen that made me went 'Ah! **** not another attack!'

1. Body couldn't move (Yupps the main sign of attacks)

2. There's this loud noise humming in my ears. (You know the sound that you 'make' when you... Err 'scrunched' up your ears when you are younger and didn't want to hear the person talking to you cause you were angry with the person? It's not really you 'make' the sound out loud... More likely it's just in your ears... Hmm... It's like a low humming sound? That... You make to block out other sounds... Oh man... It sounded even ridiculous as I reread what I just typed... But just a low humming sound.)

3. My body felt like it's vibrating... And I don't know how to describe properly... But it felt like light? Like any moment I might 'float' away.

4. My heart beats freakishly fast. Or was it just my hallucination or an impression made because of the vibrating feeling all over my body.

5. I could see my room as it is, as though my eyes were opened. Which always made me think I couldn't move but I am awake.

The catch is... In most 'Sleep Paralysis' stories I read online, they are often awake at that time. But, I know I wasn't awake!

The reason that I knew that I wasn't awake is - there was once I had this attack (before I know that I wasn't even awake) during the attack, my eyes were opened and I tried to move but I can't so I screamed for help. My room was lit up as I usually sleep with my lights switched on (because I am afraid of the dark). I screamed for my sister to help me to wake up from this attack. (Cause usually if someone were to talk to me and hold me I would snap up from it.) But there was no response.

The humming sound was getting louder and I was so frightened. Then I tried to reach for something, I don't know what... But I tried to gather myself together and 'force' myself to wake up from this. And usually I know it succeed when I managed to get my voice out to scream for help.

Then, my eyes flew open. And to my surprise, the room light was switched off. And usually after each attack I would cry and my sleepy sister will try to comfort me. I asked if she just switched the light off and she told me she had switched it off before she sleep (which is after I fell sleep).

That is when I know that all these while I wasn't awake at all... It's just all in my head or something. And usually after each attack, I was too shaken up to sleep again. And I felt so drained that I am really tired and I could sleep again... But I knew that if I sleep, I will have another attack again (cause I did tried to sleep after an attack and... Another attack happened...)

Moving on to the part when I had the freakiest attack that scared me the most. One year ago, I had this attack when I was napping at home in the afternoon. I felt that vibration and thought 'Not again...' But this time, there was a difference.

I heard a loud and clear 'Hello Hello!' next to my ear, as though someone was trying to get my attention. And I felt as though and a breeze blowing into my ear as the voice spoke. I was terrified as I did not have any experience like that before.

Then I 'saw' a man standing above me. One of his feet was on my chest and he was looking down at my face. His expression was confused. And the freakiest part? I recognise that face.

He was one of my ex colleague (that time he was still my colleague... I think?) I was so frightened that I started cussing in my brain and also tried to pray to whichever god to save me. (I am a free thinker but I respect every religion and believe that there are Gods.) When I finally 'woke' up, I started crying and ran to my mum's room (and I was 21 going to 22).

That colleague I was talking about is alive... But... He didn't went to work for quite some time (around the period I had that attack). And I heard from others that he was in the hospital cause he fell down and knocked his head or something and was in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and that made me totally freaked out. But thankfully he recovered but I didn't see him since. (He was a part timer and err his working attitude wasn't great... So yeah.) That was the first and (hopefully) last time I experience an attack with 'hallucination'.

Back to the question again, is this Sleep Paralysis? Or was it an attempt on astral projecting? (I have read up on something about Astral Projection and I heard that they get the vibrating feeling before leaving the body or something?

Not sure but I think I might had astral project before when I was much younger, maybe around 6 years old, Cause I remember feeling giddy when I slept and it's like the world is spinning and when I opened my eyes, I am facing the ceiling and that shocked me and the next thing I know is that I am lying on my bed and expected I cried and woke my poor sleeping grandma).

Or whatever is this weird experience is... But what I know is that it's really draining my energy and now I have to rely on muscle relaxant or Panadol or anything to make me sleepy before I fall asleep... Because I am too scared to sleep. And every night when I am on the verge to sleep I will force myself to open my eyes, fearing that I am going to have an attack soon.

The most recent attack was on the 1st of October and I couldn't get back to sleep again because I was scared.

Any suggestions to what is this? And what should I do to stop this or anything?

Ps; I know there is a website for OBE and stuffs but I really don't know which category this falls in.

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ThirteenStars15 (1 stories) (19 posts)
7 months ago (2017-03-16)
[at] CollinLim I don't know? Maybe some of us are more sensitive to the Paranormal side? But I won't say that we are all victims and also I wasn't "attacked" by 'Ghosts' it's more of an episode of Sleep paralysis attack type of "attack".
ThirteenStars15 (1 stories) (19 posts)
7 months ago (2017-03-16)
Just an update:
I went to have the sleep test done and they diagnosed me with mild sleep apnea (I think it's spelt like this?)

My SP problem still happens from time to time but I got used to it and just sleep through it now.

Don't really have anything special about those attacks maybe because I am too sleepy to take notice of it. (with all the working and stuff... Sleep become something I... Need a lot lol) πŸ˜†
ColinLim (1 posts)
1 year ago (2016-07-21)
Hi author, apparantly you also have been attacked by 'ghosts'. But can you explain why it choose it's victims and not others? 😨 and πŸ˜•
ThirteenStars15 (1 stories) (19 posts)
1 year ago (2016-05-19)
Hmm... I have a few questions that are may not be related to my story but I don't know where else to post on as there are no discussion forum or group chats here...

And I would love to chat with you guys here because there are so much things I wanted to ask about (I am super curious about paranormal stuff but I have no one to ask about as because my family... Although I won't say we are religious but there are some taboos that we can't talk about... Mostly because of our aunt's religion and stuff...)

So, I am curious if you guys have any facebook/google/whatever group that I can join where we can discuss about stuffs?
ThirteenStars15 (1 stories) (19 posts)
1 year ago (2016-05-19)
Hey guys... I am back!
Ok, so I did a sleep test a month back (Yep it was again postponed to April that's why)... But the results are not out yet...

The appointment for the results is scheduled in Aug the 4th... (Long wait πŸ˜•)

And for the past few months... Many things happened... And yeah, I still do get sleep paralysis now and then, but most of the time, I just continued sleeping and ignoring the annoying feeling of the humming and buzzing and feeling that I can't move because I was too tired and find it pointless to struggle.
ThirteenStars15 (1 stories) (19 posts)
2 years ago (2015-12-15)
[at] zzsgranny Uh... I am ashame to say that I didn't make any changes to my lifestyle yet... But for the past month or so... I didn't have any attacks...

And sorry for the very late reply... Too many things happened for the past period... 😒
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3311 posts) mod
2 years ago (2015-11-08)
13Stars: Just checking up on you to see how you're faring, if you've made any changes and how/if those changes have helped or not. 😊
ThirteenStars15 (1 stories) (19 posts)
2 years ago (2015-10-18)
Sorry for not replying... Was kind of busy these few days...

[at] rookdygin & [at] RithikD
Thanks for the link! I will read it up:)

[at] sds

I had made an appointment to the doctor's which is supposed to be due on next month... But I've gotten a letter informing me that I would need to wait until next year before the doctor is available... 😭

Hmm, I have gotten the attacks mostly on my bed, but it does happen when I slept on my parent's and sister's bed as well... And once when I was sleeping over at my friend's house...

[at] MariaTPhD2B Yea, I will be going to the doctor's as well...
Hmm... At first I suspect that it might due to my heart too... But I went through an ECG test (in a polyclinic) but it came out negative...
Seizure... That sounds scary...
Uhh... I guess I will only know when I see the doctor next year...

So as for now, I will do whatever I can first...eg; diet, tuning sleeping habits, keeping journals...

And thank you everyone for your advices!:D
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
2 years ago (2015-10-16)
MariaTPhD2B - you mentioned professional advice. What is your profession?
MariaTPhD2B (6 posts)
2 years ago (2015-10-15)
My professional advice is for you to FIRST see a doctor. This sounds much like seizure disorder which may be brought on by sleep (yes, too much sleep can also induce seizures.) You should be checked by a neurologist as well as a cardiologist because it sounds like it is also affecting your heart. It is possible that the arousal response system in your brain (triggered by structures in the brain and neurotransmitters) is malfunctioning. Since it has happened since childhood, it may be resulting in seizures.

Once seizure disorder is ruled out, I would suggest you see a psychologist or psychiatrist for formal diagnosis of sleep disorder. If it is a sleep disorder, there are therapies that can be applied.

A therapist can take it once these two things have been ruled out. A humanistic or transpersonal therapist can help you find ways to cope with the experiences and are more receptive to the paranormal.

Best wishes!
sds (14 stories) (1357 posts)
2 years ago (2015-10-15)
Hi ThirteenStars15, I think it is sleep paralysis. As far as the humming sound is concerned, I think I have told in one my comments somewhere sometime ago, one of my friends had this kind of problem. In his sleep, he used to get this humming sound on his ears and he was not able to sleep for a long time. Then he checked up and got corrected through a minor surgery. So it is better that you check with a ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist and please do visit a sleep specialist too.

Still I feel that it might be sleep paralysis. I want to ask you something else. Does this happen only when you sleep at a particular place, say in your room on your bed? Or did it happen elsewhere also? If it is the case that you get it only when you sleep on your bed at your home, then change the position of your bed. If not, please do take the advise of aussiedaz and be regular in your sleep habits. I don't think there is anything paranormal attached to your experiences.

As far as your seeing the figure of your ex-colleague, it might have been a vivid dream and nothing more.

Still consult a sleep specialist as well as a ENT doctor. It should settle down and as Lady-glow suggested, please do maintain a journal and it will definitely help.

Regards and respects to you.

RithikD (1 posts)
2 years ago (2015-10-14)

Look up this link. I hope it'll help. Search thoroughly and read the blog. So long, good luck.
rookdygin (24 stories) (4318 posts)
2 years ago (2015-10-14)
While there is a 'touch' of OBE in most of these experiences you may wish to consider something called waking dreams as well.

Waking Dreams have a conotation with 'psychic ablities' developing or 'waking up' in individuals but there is another definition...

Waking Dream (ˈweΙͺkΙͺΕ‹ driːm) noun: An experience you have while you are awake that feels similar to dreaming...

Here is a link that may help to understand the concept as I am trying to present it... (it even provides tips on how to remember and record our dreams)


Thank you for sharing and please ask any questions you may have.


ThirteenStars15 (1 stories) (19 posts)
2 years ago (2015-10-14)
[at] Tweed
I have no idea why he appeared to me too πŸ˜†
I didn't really talk much to him as well... Lol... But maybe I was one of the more 'polite' ones towards him at work? Well, he is a senior and at first I didn't even know that he had a bad attitude... Cause he seemed nice to me.

Meditation... Hmm I am not sure about it... Cause I read somewhere that... Err mediation can cause one to be more 'open' to the spiritual realm? I don't want to see any... Er... You know... Ghosts... (I am a scardy cat)


Charkra techniques... I heard about it but I didn't really went deep to know more about it... Cause I am confused about what is what... Like the colors or something?

Perhaps I will google and research on it...

And to be honest, I am seriously curious about OBEs... It's interesting...
I want to experience OBE properly but as I said... I am a coward... Lol...

A curious coward...

That's why I am in this site for years reading the experiences posted even though I am scared πŸ˜†
Tweed (22 stories) (2034 posts)
2 years ago (2015-10-14)
Hi ThirteenStars,

Everyone has said some great stuff about sleep and altered consciousness.😊
I just wanted to touch on your bizarre moment with your former co-worker. There's a strong possibility this really happened. Even if the man wasn't into in paranormal topics and OBE, people can have them without intending to. A shock to the system, such as he suffered, can induce an OBE. I don't know why your co-worker would have been drawn to you in that moment, but heck strange things happen.

Have you ever tried meditation? Work on calming your nerves. Also look into chakra techniques. You could have an over active chakra, or under active one, which is leading you to have OBEs on top of sleep paralysis. If you don't want to have OBEs I'm sure there are chakra techniques you could learn to prevent it.

Thanks for sharing 😊
Take care.
ThirteenStars15 (1 stories) (19 posts)
2 years ago (2015-10-14)
And as for the 1st Oct 's attack,

I tried sleeping but kept waking up from my own snores (which it's like weird as it's the first time happening to me)

Then when I finally fell asleep, I had the attack.

But this time round, during the attack, I thought I broke free from it and my sis was patting me telling me it's ok... She was wearing her working clothes...

(She was sleeping... And not even awake at that time... But she really do need to go to work later... Like in 2 hours time...)

But then again I realized it's not true because the low humming and vibrating sensation is still there.

So I had to really try hard to 'gather' myself together to break out of it.

When I say I 'gather' myself together... It's like searching deep into yourself and try to pull in bits and bits of yourself together into the center to gain the strength to 'wake up' from it...

I don't know it make any sense or not... But it feels like that...
ThirteenStars15 (1 stories) (19 posts)
2 years ago (2015-10-14)
[at] A_A

Hmm... I didn't think I was awake because err... When I 'snapped' out from the attack, my eyes flew opened and realized that the room light wasn't switched on...

And also that I thought I was flailing my arms around trying to move and yelling my head off to get help but apparently I wasn't even moving or screaming until I 'gathered' myself and 'broke free' from the attack and managed to call out to my sister.

And she told me I wasn't moving nor screaming and that my room lights are switched off before she went to sleep. (We shared same room)

To be honest I am not even sure what is what... Because I usually panicked during an attack and I wanted to just 'wake up' from it...
ThirteenStars15 (1 stories) (19 posts)
2 years ago (2015-10-14)
[at] AussieDaz
I just got a bad news... Not really bad news... But it's bad because the doctor that I am supposed to see postponed my appointment to next year Jan. 😭

I wanted to know what is affecting me so badly... And I thought that I could find out is it due to my unhealthy lifestyle and know more about it... *sobs*

Regarding about the sleeping in...
Err... I guess it's because I didn't get much rest on weekdays and I felt like I need to 'catch up' on it during the weekends...

As for those attacks, I think they are more likely to happen on weekdays... Like Thursdays, Fridays... Hmm... Not really sure... Mann... I really need to keep a journal...
ThirteenStars15 (1 stories) (19 posts)
2 years ago (2015-10-14)
[at] zzsgranny

I know right! That feeling! It's really weird and scary...
But besides the low humming, I feel as if my body is vibrating. Like particles bubbling here and there... And as the sound gets louder, the vibration gets stronger.

I tried to see how long before it stops naturally but... It just get worse and I was afraid that I might black out from it or fade away or something... (I am not too sure why I even thought that I might fade out... Lol!)

It was really hard to fight that fading feeling...

But it's true that if I tried to 'break out' from it earlier, it would be much easier to 'wake up' from it.

Hahah... I would definitely need to exercise and see the outcome of it first before concluding anything... But I was curious and was in need of suggestions as no one around me could give any regarding these weird episodes for years...
ThirteenStars15 (1 stories) (19 posts)
2 years ago (2015-10-14)
[at] Lady-Glow

A journal... That is a great idea! I didn't think of that! Usually when I 'broke' free or 'woke up' from it, I will be sobbing and panicking... Haha I guess I should make use of the that time to write down notes... And at the same it it probably would calm me down...

Thank you!:)
A_A (1 stories) (37 posts)
2 years ago (2015-10-14)
While reading this I was profusely confused. In my understanding this didn't match up.
The first part, I was agreeing that you were experiencing sleep paralysis and the beginnings of an OBE. And then you state:

"The catch is... In most 'Sleep Paralysis' stories I read online, they are often awake at that time. But, I know I wasn't awake!"

You say that while you are experiencing this, you are not awake? If these PHYSICAL sensations are happening to your body, while you are not conscious, what is stopping me from saying that this may not be real, that you may be hallucinating? How can you be aware of what your body is going through if you are not conscious during the time it is happening? I'm not doubting whether this experience is true or not, just trying to understand this.

This keeps me thinking of the "body asleep, mind awake" state that people (and i) attempt for various goals, and I think this is why you (and a lot more people) think that they are dreaming in this state. Because your body is paralyzed, often cannot talk, and your eyes are shut, your not awake, but not asleep even, so people would often confuse this with sleeping.

Oddly enough, this does sound like what I experience on some nights, but I in a somewhat intense manner. I do hope you find out the reasons why this is happening and how you can control it or overcome it.
aussiedaz (18 stories) (1276 posts)
2 years ago (2015-10-14)
Thirteenstars, I'm glad to hear you have made an appointment with a sleep specialist, I would also like to say that I am not a doctor, so any advise I give you here, run it by your doctor or at least your family if you have any doubt about what I'm saying. Out of your answers, the one reply that I see as a concern, is sleeping into midday on weekends vrs getting up at 6.30am through the week... I personally think your sleeping patterns are out of whack and that's not good for sufferer's of Sleep paralysis... Is it by choice? Or is it because of habit? I know some folk struggle to sleep through the week and crash and burn on the weekend. That may be Insomnia or even sleep apnoea... Do these accounts of S/P happen more often on the weekend or just after, mon,tue, that may offer a clue?,I'm sure your doctor is going to attend all these questions and provide you with a plan that will hopefully help you arrange your body clock into a better rhythm. Best of luck!

Regards Daz
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3311 posts) mod
2 years ago (2015-10-14)
13Stars: I know that humming sound. I suffer from sleep paralysis. For me, the humming starts in my ears or head, not sure which, and kind of spreads (?) from there throughout my body. Freaky doesn't even begin to describe the sensation LOL. And you're right, it's like, "Oh sh*t, not again." If you can catch yourself at the beginning when the hum starts you can snap out pretty quickly.

Although I know most of my episodes aren't paranormal I truly believe that, for me, some of them are.

Aussie made some good points, or rather led you to reach your own conclusion πŸ˜†, and making some changes would be a good starting point in determining whether this is paranormal or physiological. 😊
lady-glow (7 stories) (1515 posts)
2 years ago (2015-10-13)
Aussiedaz has covered many important aspects, I would only suggest for you to start a journal with all the information that could be relevant after you have had one of these attacks; things like what you ate and at what time before going to bed, level of stress during that day, etc.
Info like that might be useful not only to you but to the specialist too.

I suffered of another kind of sleep disorder for a long time (restless leg syndrome), and doing some gentle yoga and relaxation during the day put an end to it. I hope it is as easy as that for you.

Good luck and thanks for sharing.
ThirteenStars15 (1 stories) (19 posts)
2 years ago (2015-10-13)
Ahh this annoying: (
I typed a whole lot of words and accidentally press back... (Using my mobile)

Anyways, [at] AussieDaz

I have not been to any specialist yet... But will be doing soon next month (booked an appointment to the sleep specialist in the hospital)

Weight: Yes I am overweight
Diet: Not consistent (either eat too much or eat too little...)
Work: Yes I am working
Coffee: I don't really drink unless I had to... (I don't like coffee)
Fizzy Drinks: I don't really drink them as well... I prefer non fizzy ones.
Exercise: I exercise as much as a sloth does... (I am lazyyyyy)

On weekdays, I have to work so I wake up at 630 am everyday.

On weekends, I sleep in to noon time.

Scary movies: I tend to avoid scary movies because I know I can't sleep if I watch any...

After stating out all these, I think maybe it is really due to my unhealthy lifestyle πŸ˜†

I guess I have to start exercising and fix my lifestyle than...

Thanks for helping!
aussiedaz (18 stories) (1276 posts)
2 years ago (2015-10-13)
May I ask you a few questions, have you ever been tested for sleep apnoea? It's obvious to me, your broken sleep behaviour is causing most of your problems relating to sleep paralysis. How is your diet? Are you overweight and do you exercise? Do you work? Do you drink coffee at night? Do you drink a lot of fizzy drinks? What time do you get out of bed in the morning and do you watch a lot of scary movies? If your nature is such, that you scare easy then don't watch them. Try going to be an hour later and try waking up an hour earlier or setting a time in the morning and sticking with it. You can overcome this condition, the starting point is understanding the contributing factors.

Regards Daz
ThirteenStars15 (1 stories) (19 posts)
2 years ago (2015-10-13)
And I would like to mention that both my younger sisters and dad used to have these attacks too... But I am not too sure if their experience is the same as mine...
Because... To be very honest, this is really hard to explain in words...

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