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Something Or Someone Pinning Me Down?


Something really weird has happened to me last night (although there is an explanation) and I knew about this site, so I decided to register and post my story.

I went to bed around 4:15 AM; I had been chatting on MSN all night and totally forgot about the time. When I got in bed, I couldn't fall asleep. So I just lay on top of my covers, waiting for sleep to come.

Then all of a sudden, my whole body started to tingle. I could feel my arms and legs going numb, same feeling you get when your foot is asleep, I am sure you've all had it.

Then I felt a really heavy weight on me, I was not imagining this. It was almost as if someone was lying on top of me. I started shifting my body, trying to make it go away, when I realized I was unable to move. At this point I started to panic, and I wanted to kick my wall to wake up my mom and dad. My wall is made out of cardboard btw, so they would have heard me.

I couldn't do this though, so I tried to scream. I felt a finger pressuring on my throat, which kept me from screaming.

I could breath fine, and I wasn't in any sort of pain. Just a lot of panic and frustration. I think it all lasted a minute or 2. Then I started to calm down and close my eyes (yes my eyes had been open the entire time) and the pressure went away. I immediately sat up, and turned on my light.

I was so confused and scared, I tried to calm down and think about what the hell had just happened. I guess I just went back to sleep after that, I was pretty exhausted, and I didn't know what to think of it.

Anyway, I am talking to a friend on MSN right now, and I told him about what happened.

He googled some keywords and came up with this:

Sleep paralysis is a common condition characterized by transient partial or total paralysis of skeletal muscles and areflexia that occurs upon awakening from sleep or less often while falling asleep.

This leaves the person fully conscious, but unable to move. In addition, the state may be accompanied by terrifying hallucinations (hypnopompic or hypnagogic) and an acute sense of danger.

The paralysis can last from several seconds to several minutes "after which the individual may experience panic symptoms and the realization that the distorted perceptions were false."

Often it is reported as feeling a weight on one's chest, as if being underneath a person or heavy object.

These symptoms can last from mere seconds to several minutes (although they can feel like much longer) and can be frightening to the person. There may be some body movement, but it is very unlikely and hard for a person to accomplish.

Okay so, that sounds familiar.

I still feel like it was something/or someone pinning me down. I am almost sure about it.

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prateek-soni (12 posts)
9 years ago (2014-01-01)
Sleep Paralysis
Article by special contributor KoltenAspen
I'm sure many of you have had sleep paralysis
And I'm going to tell you what it is.
Sleep Paralysis has been known for a long time.
Throughout the history of mankind there have
Been the reports of people awakening to feel a
Sense of weight on their chests and an inability to
Move their limbs to escape this pressure. People
Who experience this phenomena almost
Unanimously describe a feeling of panic and fear
At their experience which can last long after the
Paralysis of their bodies has faded and they can
Move again.
Legends have arisen in every culture as a means
Of explaining this sensation, now called sleep
Paralysis. Hebrew legends equate the night hag
With Adam's first wife, Lilith (More about Lilith).
More commonly the European view from the
Middle Ages was that a witch or other demonic
Entity was sitting on their bodies and trying to
Entrap their souls. But whether the night hag is
Thought to be an old woman, witch, devil, incubi
Or succubi, there is rarely reported an actual
Visual presence and the victims are left to fear
That such a thing will happen to them again.
Modern scientific study has discovered a common
Feature with most of these sleep paralysis events
And a physiological cause for the most
Pronounced symptoms. It has been discovered
That during sleep the brain releases a hormone
Into the blood stream that will paralyze the major
Muscle groups to prevent locomotion. In this way,
The body can rest while the mind is working its
Way through dreams. This hormone is designed
To prevent the body from hurting itself during the
Unconscious sleep state.
Those who have had too little of the hormone
Introduced are subject to limb thrashing and
Sleepwalking as the person acts out the events of
Their dreamsThe medical explanation of sleep
Paralysis is that as a person rouses from the
Deeper sleep cycle, the hormone will take a few
Moments to wear off and release the muscles of
The arms and legs, thus causing a brief period
Where the paralysis lingers. Generally it only takes
A few seconds for this to fade, but even such a
Brief time can cause panic in many people. That a
Sense of fear or dread accompanies this
Sensation can be understood in that one of the
Major triggers for sleep paralysis is extreme
Stress in one's life.
While the medical profession considers all the
Sensations of sleep paralysis to be
Psychosomatic, paranormal researchers have
Often encountered stories of being held down or
Choked in places that exhibit poltergeist activity.
There have been other reports, some as recent as
The early 1990's, of a person's spouse entering
The room where their partner is experiencing
"sleep paralysis" and seen a dark shadowy form
Fleeing the bed of the victim.
There has yet to be discovered a practical way to
Study any but the most physiological aspects of
This phenomena. That it has been a fact
Throughout the history of man could lend weight
To the totally mundane explanation. But there has
Also been the belief of malicious spirits bent on
Harming the living for as long as humans can
Remember. Does the truth lie somewhere in
Between? Could it not be equally valid that
Certain dark spirits use this physical effect in an
Effort to attack the souls of the living when they
Are in a defenseless position?.
I hope this has helped people who have had sleep
Paralysis I am sorry for a long boring
Hakkse (1 posts)
12 years ago (2010-02-28)
Although this is nothing short of thread necromancy (heh), this is something that is not necessarily (!) paranormal. I've encountered it a few times before: if you are extremely tired, you will have some trouble falling asleep and the feeling of something pressing against you is totally normal. I've had it myself, and I'm not inclined to believe that there are "negative entities" in my house.

If you haven't encountered any other form of paranormal activity, I wouldn't think too much of it. I hope this helps! ^_^
onelove (1 stories) (1 posts)
13 years ago (2009-11-02)
Hi summerrain-

You posted your story a year ago and I was wondering if this has happened again since then?

Last night for the first time I had a similar experience. I went to bed at 12am. I was at the point where you start falling asleep, you know, when you have a dream about falling and you twitch and wake yourself up. I had a few of those, but all of a sudden I wake up to (now this sounds odd) a pressure on my face as if someone is kissing me, my body is tingling to the extreme, there is a wave of energy that flows from my head to my toes, my arms feel heavy as if someone is holding them down, actually it feels like someone is laying on top of me. I did not feel scared, although I was puzzled on what could be happening and was more in shock than anything. I thought "stop!" And all of a sudden the heaviness lifted and the tingling subsided.

As I said this is the first time anything like this has happened, but I have had paranormal experiences before and immediately felt a presence when this occurred. So I started doing some research and stumbled upon this site and your story. Since your friend suggested it could be sleep paralysis, I did research on that also. However, my experience does not quite fit the definition or symptoms of sp. If you or anyone else has anything to suggest or any input I would be grateful.
ChrisB (6 stories) (1515 posts)
14 years ago (2008-10-16)
I have to agree with Jmak on this one. I to believe that this was all cxaused by sleep paralysis. It realy can be scary and panic does play a big role on what we see. I would wait some time and see if anything happens. Maybe this was a one night episode. To tell you the truth I hope it was. I hope to hear from you soon and take care
succubiluv (1 stories) (365 posts)
14 years ago (2008-10-15)
Sounds like a possible entity attack, but we all hope the best for you, summerain.
summerrain (2 stories) (5 posts)
14 years ago (2008-10-15)
I think I'm just going to leave it for now, until it happens again.
For now I just want to believe it's sleep paralysis, to calm myself down.
Charlemagne - that's how I think about it too.
Thank you all x
Charlemagne (1 stories) (21 posts)
14 years ago (2008-10-15)
Yeah I believe in science and the explanation of sleep paralysis does seem convincing, but having experienced it before, the apparition I saw seemed all too real, and the presence too overwhelming, that I can't help but be skeptical.
succubiluv (1 stories) (365 posts)
14 years ago (2008-10-15)
Well, summerrain---what do you say?
Your experience is a genuine case one way or the other, and your description is very clear.
Also, your skepticism as to the supernatural is an interesting added factor here.
Surya (39 stories) (867 posts)
14 years ago (2008-10-15)
The numbness and tingling sensation may have been as a result of yoour tiredness. It is very common to feel these sensations in arms and legs.
Tonith (1136 posts)
14 years ago (2008-10-15)
I would have to say sleep paralysis. It can vary but usually they have many symptoms in common. A waking dream can be very real but you are not really awake. Your dream world has collided with your reality. Stress or being over tired can also cause this to happen.
succubiluv (1 stories) (365 posts)
14 years ago (2008-10-14)
summerrain--Thanks for your story and welcome to YGS.

Long ago, I use to experience sleep paralysis on occasion.
I found that when I relaxed, the tension and then the paralysis would soon lift up off of me.

But your situation sounds somewhat different from that.
In particular, the thumb on your throat you felt stands out. The tingling sounds different, too.

Two things come to mind: 1-- that you keep reading stories in this catagory and, 2-- that you consider if or not there are any occult objects, books, etc. In your surroundings or any other connections therewith in your life. Other posts forthcoming may offer useful info.
Jmak (6 stories) (156 posts)
14 years ago (2008-10-14)
Hi Summerrain,
I would like to commend you, a lot of people that experienced what you did might jump to the conclusion that an evil/demonic entity was behind it, you didn't. I have not experienced SP myself but I know that panic can do strange things to people. The sensations you described actually do sound like a side effect of SP. If it can cause you to feel like someone is holding you down then why not the sensations on your throat? Panic itself can prevent someone from screaming much less doing anything else. I hope that I've helped, I know they are a lot of people on this sight who are more knowledgeable on this subject that will give you excelent advise. God bless. 😊
summerrain (2 stories) (5 posts)
14 years ago (2008-10-14)
COBzeppelin99, no I am not Sumerian, and I have never heard of those clay tablets, what are they?

I am still not sure what to think of it, I don't want to jump to any conclusions. I want to take my time to figure out what caused this.
Sleep paralysis would be a logical explanation, but I have read lots of stories where people think its demons or some sort of entity trying to posess your body or drain your energy. I really don't know.
All I know is that it scared the shiat out of me, and I hope it doesn't happen again.

Also, I am very sure of the thumb pressing on my throat, that is not a SP sympton. And when I tried to scream, I couldnt. That doesn't sound like SP to me either.
It just makes me feel really uncomfortable.

Thank you for all your comments!
Spockie (8 stories) (202 posts)
14 years ago (2008-10-14)
I had several instances of sleep paralysis in the old house I used to live in. I would hear noises, voices, people walking around and I would feel great fear and be unable to move or speak. I found this happened most often when I was lying on my back, so I learned to sleep on my sides. Also, I discovered if I relaxed and stopped fighting it, then I could wake up. However, I would just hear noises and experience paralysis... I never felt anything actually crawl on top of me or touch me. Strangely enough, since we moved into our present home I have not experienced any episodes of this... So I wonder if it was not in some way tied to that house. I had many paranormal experiences there as a child.
Forbidden_Love (42 posts)
14 years ago (2008-10-14)
sleep paralysis can be a scary thing... Thinking about it for some reason just makes me shudder...
COBzeppelin99 (2 stories) (32 posts)
14 years ago (2008-10-14)

Are you Sumerian? If so, have you heard of the sumerian clay tablets that speak of nibiru?
Freakygirl101 (1 posts)
14 years ago (2008-10-14)
I believe you I've had a similar experience I'll post it up it was when I was 9 years old and it was maybe my imagination I don't know.
dreamergal72 (6 stories) (793 posts)
14 years ago (2008-10-14)
Summerrain that awful I never have sleep paralsis before but I do have ghost/spirit exerpienece myself and do you have and my e-mail is wgoddessofmoon [at] if you want talk about it I understand if you don't. Thanks and Yeah I understand about this expeience things like damon or spirit that are strong to get you on bed whatever it is all you have to do is pray.

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