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My story is based on experiences I have had in my home usually when I am ready to sleep.

This is an issue which has bothered and scared me a lot quite recently. I'm not going to mention a single experience because it has become something that happens to me every other day... So its part of my life now...

Basically, I may be asleep or drifting off, when I feel this pressure on me. In this state I feel like I cannot breath... I definitely can't move and I can't speak. On many occasions I have tried shouting out my mums or sisters names as they are in the room... But it hasn't worked. I also attempt movement usually starting from my toes upwards... And it worked for a while but after a while it didn't have any effect.

At first I was quite dubious as to whether I was experiencing sleep paralysis or an actual paranormal experience. Until one occasion, where I found myself actually becoming free of this...pressure, but almost immediately I felt as if actual hands slammed me back down. This isn't the scariest thing about it. Sometimes I feel as if something is whispering in my ear or I'm being stroked or forced to see flashing images... But I always close my eyes hoping not to see anything that will freak me out.

On many occasions, I have felt that I am coming out of the grip, as I see myself getting up and walking out of my body almost and walking away, but then its like I come back to state and realise I'm still being held. Occasionally I have struggled with every part of me to become free of this hold and been freed to find myself shaking with the intense force I'm using to escape.

I'm never usually asleep during these experiences and they happen to me day or night, whenever I am ready to sleep or napping. It did happen to me in school on one occasion, I was falling asleep in class (I know it sounds bad) and I felt the held down feeling again... And the whispering... I didn't want to struggle too hard incase people saw. I genuinely do not know if this is indeed sleep paralysis or an actual paranormal experience.

If anyone can help me with this information I could possibly study it more and begin to understand what is really happening to me...

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BadBoyChugs (2 posts)
11 years ago (2011-04-17)
This used to happen frequently in a certain house. Should I believe the sleep paralysis bullsh*t?I would see shadows moving around and I too close my eyes to prevent from seeing something scary. You have to really fight back as I did. When held down keep trying to get up and it'll eventually work. 😁
Lamourbonez (1 stories) (17 posts)
11 years ago (2011-04-16)
The dreAm was of me walking kind of fast from something... And I tripped and when I hit the ground I went into that sleep paralysis bullshiat. Another was I was running on a playground tripped and then paralyze. Another I just had my head down and decided to wake up and couldn't -__-
Lamourbonez (1 stories) (17 posts)
11 years ago (2011-04-16)
This happened to ne in school too, one of my friends died (suicide) and everytime I fall asleep in school (only in school) I can get up sPeak or anything. And I look like a creep trying to wake up - it hasn't happen to me in a while cause I stop sleeping in school... But yeah it's scary shiat. I told my mom she said a which is riding me -___-
raingrl01 (5 stories) (151 posts)
13 years ago (2009-04-06)
Go to the doctor to rule that out first. Talk to you mom about it and tell her that you need to go. Also, I would follow whitebuffalos suggestion of finding a sleep study program. If nothing is wrong with you then go on to the paranormal. You need to rule out everything else first. Good luck and let us know! ❤
zoajet (2 stories) (276 posts)
13 years ago (2009-04-06)
i study this a lot and most likely it's your fear that makes this happen, there are a few time through it was ghosted. E-mail me. Dragongod101 [at] by the way, have you use any ouija board?
ghost125 (2 posts)
13 years ago (2009-04-05)
omg a week ago I had that sort of feeling like that a man was holding me down but somethig else happened it pushed me out of my bed but I could not get back up 😭 I was craping my self the next morning but then my mam girl friend came running down stairs 😭 she was realy sceard dose any body now how to stop it please tell me or I will 😭
connorbenson (3 posts)
13 years ago (2009-04-04)
Same here, I would go with Whitebuffalo, it could be sleep paralysis or something similar. To be honest I have never been held down before, or seen any flashing images. What pictures were they?
Kathie (1 posts)
13 years ago (2009-04-03)
Hi Chocolatedream

Your story hit a huge accord with me! 2 nights ago I had just settled into bed when a ("Definate Pressure") came upon my upper half body. Intantaneously I was "Held" very tightly as if someone was squeezing the lights out of me. I was on my right side and this? "thing" whatever it was, was making a noise like a humming drowning noise. A noise I can only equate to as the
"Electricity" like that of a powerline pole.
I COULD NOT MOVE! As much as I tried to I could not move. While "it" had me pinned there, "scenes" were being "Shown" to me! Scene's for some reason I knew I was suppose to remember! They were "NOT" of a Happy nature and that is all I can recall of them today.
I have No Idea where or how I got the strength within me to yell at this "Thing"
To "Get Off Me"! As a first I litterally could Not or was not "Allowed" to talk!
The "Smothering" sensation was incredible!
Here I am "So Fully Aware" of what was happening, finally "finding" the strength inside of me to tell it to "Get Off Me".
IT DID! As soon as I yelled (or growned) for it to go it dissapeared and so did
The "electricity noise".

I cannnot find the a word that explains beyong the "Scared Stiff" factor as this was "Tangible and Real". The one thing I will emphasise again here is "I WAS FULLY AWAKE"!
My first instinct after it happened was to get out of the house as fast as possible but it was just after midnight and raining.
And NO! I did not go to sleep that night!
I actually Could Not!

It disturbed me so much so that I decided to Google the words "electricity and ghosts" and came up with a story that was on this site. It absolutely blew my mind away that something like I had experienced was Actually there! Right in front of me to read! And this is the reason why I am replying to your story!

At the age of 54, I class myself as a reasonably intelligent person. I know there are factors in this universe that challange the "Norm" of perception as we may "See it"
Yet I am NOT so "Close Minded" in knowing that phenomenon's Do Occur!
I Never thought it would happen to me though. And I pray that it Never does again!

ChocolateDream (1 stories) (4 posts)
13 years ago (2009-04-03)
Hmm maybe... Answering the last comment:
Yes the images are made to be quite unpleasant and to be quite honest, they scare me...
Hoochler (1 stories) (263 posts)
13 years ago (2009-04-03)
I am curious, what kinds of images are you forced to look at...

Are the images pleasant or disturbing? Is there some sort of a pattern to the images?
Surya (39 stories) (867 posts)
13 years ago (2009-04-03)
I would go with Whitebuffalo on this one, I think a medical check up would not be a bad idea. 😉
ChocolateDream (1 stories) (4 posts)
13 years ago (2009-04-02)
Yes, I have prayed and on those nights I haven't experienced it. I believe that I may have been more on the side of the scientific theory if not for the fact that I have experienced other paranormal things in my life before... I may post those stories at a later date. Thank you:)
Dimber (1 stories) (50 posts)
13 years ago (2009-04-02)
Maybe something from your past is bothering you to a point it causing all this. Just saying don't take my words for it. Regular occorrance. Why don't you chat some line off the bible or study some other culture spell chants.
longmoua (3 posts)
13 years ago (2009-04-02)
(Copied from my original posting from "Dark Presence And Sleep Paralysis")

I've never experienced sleep paralysis before, but a lot of members in my immediate family have. In my culture, I have been raised to believe that when a person experiences sleep paralysis, It is a specter trying to do you harm. In some cases, the person may even find it hard to breathe.

One thing I've heard is that if you sleep on your back in a straight position, It's more likely to occur than if you lay on your side. The reasoning for this is because, when we lay our dead down, we lay them on their back in a straight position. A person sleeping on their back in a straight position may unintentionally insult a specter.

Our way of preventing this from happening, is to set a SHEATHED "Hmong Knife" (Google Image) under your pillow before you go to sleep. And from what I hear, it works. It's all cultural and not religious, so you don't have to worry about not believing in our religion. It's exactly like hanging up a dream catcher.

**A safer way to do it and the way I would reccomend you to do it is to set the knife in between the matress and the box frame.
whitebuffalo (guest)
13 years ago (2009-04-02)
Honestly I would check your community to see if they are offering any free sleep study research programs. If this is happening while you are sitting and falling asleep, that really does not go along with the concept of sleep paralysis (if my understanding is correct and complete).
The "flashing images" COULD be an indication of something purely physical that may require medical assistance with. The sensations that you cite COULD be an issue with circulation, or rather, poor circulation.
I say to check out the physical as you claim this is a regular occurrence. That would indicate a pattern of something and some sort. As all the experiences ONLY seem to have the common factor of SLEEP, that is why a sleep study was suggested.
Thank you.

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