This is the third story I am hoping to get published relating to my sleep paralysis experience. I haven't experienced such an intense experience in quite a while and even thought that I was cured from my sleep paralysis, having taken the advice from the comments - not sleeping on my back and keeping a Bible under my pillow. Thanks again for your comments with my last few stories - they gave me a lot of comfort.
Just last night when I was about to fall asleep I noticed a great coldness in the room. At first I didn't think anything of it as it is Winter time here and the weather has been very cold of late. But I did go to bed dressed warmly and had a hot water bottle with me in bed.
I then felt a sense of great panic for no apparent reason. The room was freezing and I had broken into a cold sweat. I was tired and ready to sleep but something was preventing it. I actually came to feel quite frustrated. Anyway, I must have eventually got off to sleep. During the night I woke in great pain (I have no idea what caused this). I then heard that familiar loud zooming sound going through my head which I associated with my past sleep paralysis experiences and thought, "oh no, here we go again...". It was louder this time than I remember it.
I was half awake but had my eyes closed. Anytime before when I have opened my eyes I have had visual hallucinations of a dark figure beside me, trying to drag me me away or a figure with evil eyes doing horrible things to me. I was determined to keep my eyes shut. I think I must have been half-dreaming as I vividly saw a match strike before me and a fire broke out. I panicked as I was expecting to wake to my house in flames. This frightening thought kept me awake.
I had the dreaded feeling that I was not alone in the room. I then felt something poke me in the back and then suddenly had an Outer Body Experience. As I wasn't fully asleep, I knew what was going on. I always get OBEs when I have an episode of sleep paralysis. I remember screaming in my head, "where are you taking me?" Out of curiosity, I decided not to fight it to see where it would take me. But all I can remember is getting the feeling of floating out of my body. The surroundings were very vague. I just felt like I was hovering in mid air and going around every corner of the room.
I then had a real horrible feeling that something awful was going to happen if I didn't get back to my body. I struggled with all my might to move my leg but couldn't. It felt like a dead weight. When I did eventually move (my whole body shuddered), I heard a great booming, low voice. I actually got the impression that whatever was trying to lift me up was angry that I had escaped its clutches. It certainly didn't sound like a human voice. From what I could figure out, it was speaking in some strange language. I am a linguist and can speak several languages and it certainly wasn't one of those. In fact, I don't even think it was a language that belongs to this planet! I just had that gut instinct that it was something paranormal.
I eventually did wake up when I mustered up the courage to open my eyes. I jumped out of bed and ran out of my room as fast as I could in case I did see something. I don't think I could have coped with that. When I looked at the clock in the bathroom, it was 3am exactly. It even took me a while to have the strength to face my bedroom. I was really tired and knew I would have to get up for work early and I needed sleep. I had to sleep with my light on for the rest of the night and I am 31 years old!
I would just like to get some ideas as to what you all think this experience could mean. I am not very religious and am trying to keep to the medical side of sleep paralysis but I can't think of any reason this could have happened last night. By the way, I was sleeping on my side when all this happened and I hadn't been drinking alcohol or caffeine before bed. I am actually going to the doctor in a few days time to discuss sleep paralysis and maybe get a medical view on it. I will let you all know what the doctor tells me, should I get this story published.
I am an open-minded person. Any views - either medical or spiritual would be welcome just to shed some light on the matter of sleep paralysis.