Up until yesterday, I had never heard of "Old Hag Syndrome" or sleep paralysis. I was diagnosed with insomnia at the age of 19 & started taking medication to help me fall asleep. I've been on that same medication for years & have never had any problems or side effects. A couple of weeks ago, I fell asleep on my sofa. I awoke to the sound of breathing & assumed that it was my husband. I looked to see if he had fallen asleep on the recliner, & there was no one there. I was aware that I was in my living room. I could hear the television & had this overwhelming feeling to just fall back to sleep but, for some reason I felt a presence in the room with me. I became terrified & I tried to call out for my husband but, my words sounded like a faint whisper. My arms & legs were paralysed & I could barely open my eyes. I was able to open them for just a second & see a black figure standing in the door way. It had no features, just blackness.
I was so panicked at this point that I began to pray. I'm not a religous person but, when this was happening, I felt as if I was going to die. I couldn't get the words out but, in my mind I was begging for God to help me. I felt my body being moved but could not control anything. I tried to open my eyes again & could only see my feet up against the ceiling. I felt the coldness of the wall behind my back. I could hear my dog whining but could not open my eyes long enough to see where she was at. Then, I felt like I was falling. I opened my eyes & realized that something horrible had just happened!
My dog, Baylee was standing on the couch next to me, shaking & crying & I wasted no time running upstairs to wake my husband. I told him what had happened, even though I knew it sounded ridiculous. For the next couple of days I thought about what had happened. Could it have really been a dream? It didn't happen again until the night before last, April 17, 2011. Again, I had fallen asleep on the couch. I woke up in a panic because I felt pressure on my chest & was unable to move. Like before, I tried to scream but the words wouldn't come out.
I fought to open my eyes & I know this sounds crazy but I could clearly see a black mass sitting on my chest. At that moment I began to pray. It was almost like instinct because whatever was happening to me felt evil. Thank God it didn't last as long as the first time. It was over pretty quick but, the very next day I looked online to see if anyone else had ever experienced this. I'm glad to find out that I'm not alone. I hope that it doesn't happen again because it's the most terrifying thing I have ever experienced. I would like to believe that there is a scientific explanation for these occurrences but in my heart I know that this is spiritual! I'll be praying for all of you as well as myself. Hopefully, this nightmare is over!