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Sleep Paralysis Or Unseen Spirit?


There have been many paranormal activities that have occurred in my house. I have learned to ignore the mishaps and get over them. The fear soon turned into anger and eventually turned into an "I don't care" anymore feeling. I got tired of living in fear at home because of the weird breezes, things falling, doors closing or weird noises. I used to hear my name being called and I have woken up with bruises and had horrible nightmares. But this time, it was something new.

I was on the phone with my boyfriend for about two hours by now and I was close to sleep, but fully aware of what was going on. All of a sudden it felt like either something sat upon me or came into me... I couldn't tell. It got really hot and I got so scared. I tried opening my eyes but they couldn't open. Then I tried to say my boyfriends name but when I said it, it wasn't my voice. Apparently he didn't hear it, but I did. Then, I tried to scream my sister's name but I couldn't open my mouth... It felt super glued shut. I could hear my boyfriend freaking out on the line... Though it felt my hands were above my head tied, the phone was still against my ear. He kept asking what was wrong but I couldn't say anything back.

It lasted about a total of 2 minutes from what my boyfriend tells me. All I could remember thinking was before it happened, I heard creaking of the floor. I could hear my boyfriends TV over the line and him mumbling something. When it was finally over, I jumped out of bed and turned on the light. I was breathing extremely hard and my chest and throat hurt. My boyfriend said I was making weird noises and he couldn't understand what was going on, except that he was scared by my breathing.

So... I need help... What was it? Sleep paralysis or a "demon?"

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pbeters (1 stories) (1 posts)
10 years ago (2013-09-03)
I have never had any contact or interactions or predispositions with the paranormal. Never seen anything, never felt anything. Until I moved into my dad's house, I didn't know what sleep paralysis was. And even so, I never really feel "paralyzed." I can usually snap out of it if I try hard enough. What normally happens is that I'm in between a wake and sleep. I will feel vibrations that start in my ears and travel down to the rest of my body. I will "feel" that there are negative things around me and will often hear TV's, radios, static, clapping, footsteps, while this is happening. It's only when I snap myself out of it that I realize the room is dead quiet. I will often have visions that seem like dreams. I will be laying in bed and actually dream or visualize that I see myself in bed, and hear all these crazy things around me. I never actually feel paralyzed or feel that something is pushing me or holding me down. It's the weirdest sensation and it happens almost EVERY NIGHT. The ONLY thing that has diminished, but not stopped, the phenomena is sleeping with black tourmaline and black obsidian, as well as saging my bed. The area that I live in (Upland, PA) is VERY historic and I live very close to an old historic plantation owned by Caleb Pusey ("The Pusey House"). My home was build around the same time, in the 1700s. I don't know if there is a connection or not. As I said, I am not a sensitive during the day, and never have been at night until the past year or so when I moved into my dad's house. 😲 😲 😲
nordstrom1 (1 posts)
13 years ago (2011-07-12)
I babysit at an old brick historical house on our Main Street in Kenton, Ohio. The past few weeks I've taken naps in the bedroom on the first floor... One of the times I was on the verge of drifting off into sleep face down on the pillow, I felt an intense pressure pressing down on me, and I couldn't move <Wasnt even sleeping yet, no way this is goddamn sleep paralysis. IT DOESN't HAPPEN IN ANY OTHER HOUSE! Okay, so then I was sleeping and woke up and was on the otherside of the bed on the edge after having a VIVID dream I was levitating. Then the next 3 times it's happened it's been pretty standard? Only everytime I can't move/talk/open my eyes fully... I'm being drug to the edge of the bed. Why is this happening to me? Weird doors slam, cats fight and hiss at the air, the dog outside is constantly crying during these incidents...
zerozael (2 posts)
14 years ago (2010-07-15)
My story is very much like the others. I was laying in bed on my back (this always seems to have when I am on my back so far) I feel asleep and later began to hear a guitar playing over my head when my eyes opened. I have a guitar so I peeked next to me and it was sitting on the bed, but the noise didn't seem to be coming from my guitar. I was completely stuck and could move nothing but my eyes. I did what I did the first time this happened to me and I was aware of it, except the first time I was able to move my arms a bit with much force, this time I was not. So, I began to think that I was a child of the one true God, and repeated this, but I noticed that the voice began to change, and sounded demonic, so much so that I thought it wasn't my thoughts at first. The episode on ceased when I saw a transparent figure floating above my head and I thought (I see you, I see you); I was then able to move. This happened to me about three times in a row, and the third time, I wasn't quite sleep and I felt the sensation coming over me. I recall thinking... I can feel it, its about to happen, and then it did. During this time I thought of just about every name I know, Jesus, Yaweeh, Jehovah, Elohiem... And nothing seemed to work at that time. I was able to move my arms when I thought Jesus, but the rest of my body was stuck. I began to hear the beep noise of what sounded like an old digital wrist watch, and I saw what looked like the outline of a red rose on the ceiling and wall everywhere I looked. But, I was wondering, has this ever happened to anyone here 3 times in a row. I've seen that typically once a person wakes it is usually over. I've never had it happen so many times at once.
eso123 (2 posts)
14 years ago (2010-07-09)
Hi desi.
Sorry To double post but I missed a couple of importint things, firstly there a lot of people on this site telling people to 'surrender thier will to jesus' or whatever, don't do it, the moment you acknowledge this presence or show fear (be it to the so called 'demon' or the nightmare, whatever it is makes no difference, it's only how you deal with it that matters) you are as good as surrendering to the bad experience you are having and giving it power over you. If you feel like beliefs can help you gain stronger will IN YOUR LIFE, if you really feel this in your heart then go with it but if not then don't let people try to scare you into thinking you are helpless (even jesus said to follow your heart and have your own free will, so ignore them suckers LOL) secondly the bruises you suffer are just from thrashing around in Your sleep, nothing is haunting you sweety and if it is it can't really hurt you, you even have the power to banish it just with your thoughts and your own more powerfull LIVING presence and free will. The human mind is am immensely powerfull thing, Your will is your strongest weapon:o peace out. ❤
eso123 (2 posts)
14 years ago (2010-07-09)
Hi desiprep,
Firstly I would like to start by saying that you have nothing to fear with regards to sleep paralysis. I have suffered this for as long as I can remember (i'm now 27) I noticed someone advise you to either go back to sleep or fight it off, personally I have always opted for the fighting it as the feeling of panic was always too heavy for me to go to sleep and I found that as I could not breathe sleep was not an option. When I was a child I used to think it was normal until one day I asked my younger sister if it had ever happened to her, she said no. It has always taken a lot of muster to fight it off but usually it only took a short time like 30sec max if I ignore what is happening in the room and use all my will to move my extremeties first. The core of my body and also my breathing follow in an instant and I wake and feel fine, just a little shaken.
Anyways when I was a kid it was just paralysis alone but, about five years ago I started having what I can only call a semi dream like state or a presence (even accompanied by a hand around my throat, WIERD) but the tactic for beating it is the same. IGNORE IT and use all your might to move and breath and you will easilly beat it in around ten seconds (ok maybe I have had a few years practice lol but you are strong always believe this). As for explanations mine are split between dream and genuine presence but my attitude is who gives a sh! T it hasn't harmed me in around twenty years so it either doesn't want to or it CAN'T. Anyway I hope this helps you in some way. Peace Xx ❤
Brianna_Patrica (22 posts)
14 years ago (2010-06-08)
First of all, moving won't help. It'll follow you. Yes, it is a demon. If it ever happens again, just start saying/thinking Jesus's name, or say/think, "Help me Virgin Mary, Christ My Lord, and the Archangel Micheal." This helps so much, from what I've heard. Sleep with holy water by you, and, if you're really scared, sleep with a bible inbetween your legs. Start having tons of faith in God, and pray, and go to church. Wear a rosary AT ALL TIMES (as long as it's in the room, you're safe). But make sure it's blessed. I hope I could help.
-Brianna ❤
JimD (431 posts)
14 years ago (2010-06-07)
Hi scared;

It's 100% demonic. Please see my below post. Yes, it could follow you. Email me if you require more.
scaredtogohome (2 posts)
14 years ago (2010-06-07)
I have had sleep paralysis before. It is a very frightening experience. However, about 5 years ago strange things began happening to me that I just can't explain.
I was staying with my family, and I went to bed early. I had just laid down on the bed and closed my eyes when I heard whispering. I could hear my daughters telling stories and laughing in the other room. I thought that they were getting ready to play a trick on me. I turned over on my side and shouted out to leave me alone because I wanted to go to sleep. I could still hear them giggling in the next room, but then I heard footsteps on the carpet. Once again I started to speak, but suddenly I was shoved down on the bed, and it felt like my face was covered by a large hand. I could feel the mattress bow under the extra weight. When I tried to struggle it was to no avail, I tried kicking, screaming, but I could not move. I kept saying Jesus name over and over, and suddenly I felt a release. I ran from the room to tell my daughter (it was her room). She became frightened and told me that this waa why she slept on the couch in her own apartment. It had happened to her also. I would not go in the bedroom for months. When I finally got up the courage to enter the room I went armed with my cell phone. I used to the camera to take a video of the corner beside the bed. The video showed a large black shape (that seemed to actually be growing) that the light could not penetrate. I thought the camera was faulty. I went home and tried it in my room where strange things are always going on and there wss an even larger black shape with wisps (like tentacles) that would come out and cover things on my bookshelf. Once again, I blamed the camera. I tried it at a friends house and the video was fine. Needless to say, I haven't returned home.
Could demons be following me?
JimD (431 posts)
14 years ago (2010-06-06)

As a demonologist, I must say; it's pretty clearly demonic. Tell tale signs of demons are: Fear, chaos, cold spots, dark shadows, nigh time whisperings, poundings, scratchings, and low level harassment. This case seems beyond infestation, and near oppression.

Next time this foul thing appears or manifests, say, either mentally or verbally - if you can speak "Jesus, Mary, and St. Michael the Archangel help me" - watch its reaction.

Also, I would stock up on Catholic Holy water, for use - especially at night. It helps a lot, as do receipt of the Sacraments (not sure if you're Catholic). You can email me (about 25 posters have done so - most got relief), if you need further. Good luck, and I'll pray for you.
Wesker1016 (3 posts)
14 years ago (2010-06-06)
Dear desiprep063.
The same thing happened to me about 3 weeks ago I was laying in my bed with my eyes closed about to fall to sleep and suddenly I felt pressure pushing down on me and I couldn't move. I tryed calling my sister whos room is right down the hallway but the words wouldn't come out of my mouth and when they did I didn't sounnd like myself.
So I know what youve been through and since then nothing abnormal has happened.
Powerslave (2 posts)
14 years ago (2010-06-05)
I spend a lot of time researching demons and this seems to be happening a lot recently. I have come into contact with small, 3 foot transparent apparitions that cause sleep paralasis, creaking when they move and sometimes smash objects, twice, and have heard accounts of the same things in many parts of the world. Its not dangerous, just not exactly desirable. Don't go calling in ghost hunters or anything, just perform an exorsism or sleep with a light on. Light seems to be a common deterrant to creatures of the night
kardagen (2 stories) (161 posts)
14 years ago (2010-06-04)
Desiprep: Please don't misunderstand me, I in no way think your crazy. S.P. Is such a complex thing. Ranging from scientific explainations, to paranormal/demonic experiences. It is odd that I and a friend just held a rather lengthy conversation on that very subject. And I agree. It is more exciting to think, and in some cases, hope there is more going on then a simple problem sleeping.
desiprep063 (1 stories) (1 posts)
14 years ago (2010-06-04)
Well Lou, we are the first owners of this house. The thing is that in our old house, we had things there that could be seen. In this house we haven't actually seen much but we can always hear it. I have experianced sudden mood changes without explanation. I know I'm not bipolar, that's something interesting that you have pointed out.

Karadgen: I realize I could be jumping to a conclusion too quickly. It's more exciting to believe there's something there than a sleeping problem. But the fact that I've had these past experiances and paranormal happenings makes me wonder if something could be out there? What else could explain all of these weird events? I'm not crazy (well I wasn't last time I checked!)

Spud: I'll give it a look! Thanks!

Krystal: yes this could be sleep paralysis. It's occured only twice now. But what could have suddenly triggered it?
Spudpicker (1 posts)
14 years ago (2010-06-04)
Research cataplexy. It's a waking form of sleep paralysis that seems to explain all your symptoms (although there is plenty unexplained about the phenomenon itself).
Krystal-is-a-Gangster (19 posts)
14 years ago (2010-06-04)
it sounds like sleep paralysis because I have gone through that before were I was sleeping in the living room with my mom and I feel that paralysis take over and I panic and start to scream her name and I can hear myself screaming it but since I'm still asleep it comes out as mumbles and panicy breathing I learned to control this by wen your going through it close your eyes remeber to breath and eventually you will fall into this darkness that I think is a deeper sleep because once I controll my breathing I lose the pinned down scared feeling and I fall asleep until I wake up later another way I tried controlling my sleep paralysis was trying to move and it was really frustrating because I'm fully aware of my body while I'm sleeping and while I can hear myself screaming for help or for someone to wake me up I notice sometimes that my lips arent even moving even if they feel like they are. It takes a lot of concentration to break out of sleep paralysis and wake up I find it a lot easier to wake up by moving small body parts like my toes or pinky finger just try to move your pinky slighty so you can feel the bed or couch underneath it so it will wake you up, if you try and move anything bigger like your arms or whatever I notice that it feels like I'm moving but when I stop and concentrate I can feel my arms still in place on the bed. Its hard to describe like while I'm asleep watching my move my arms and hearing myself talk I can also feel myself still asleep not moving and I have to remind myself your just seeing what you want to see. Sleep paralysis can be scary so if your not really that brave no offence but the easier way would probobly be to just keep your breathing steady and fall into a deeper sleep.
LouSlips (10 stories) (979 posts)
14 years ago (2010-06-04)
At the risk of providing the canned inquiry posted over and over on this site; what do you know about the history of this house? What caught my attention was the sensation you described of having your hands bound above your head. Have you every experienced empathetic episodes in the past? Felt suddenly sad/angry/emotional when you entered a room or when any other activity has taken place in your home, and really had no reason to feel that way?
The feeling you had of being tied up could have been something that was experienced in life by an entity that is in your home.

kardagen (2 stories) (161 posts)
14 years ago (2010-06-04)
Desiprep: its a fine line, I would ask what do you think? I know it was frightening, and the unknowen makes it just that much more. Have you ever experienced sleep paralysis before/after this particular event? I would not immediatly jump to the demon conclusion there are many avenues to tread before that one.

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