anonymous asked:

Can you please tell us about the strange experiences you mentioned earlier?! 👻👹☠

Oh sure no problem, I’m surprised you’re interested actually aha.

I suffer from sleep paralysis. Basically sometimes I’ll wake up but still be in R.E.M cycle I guess? I’m not exactly sure, but usually it just goes that I’ll be awake but can’t move my body or open my eyes. Usually like thinking about moving my body kinda works?

But anyways, usually it just starts and ends there. I can’t move and eventually can. But on two occasions I had weird experiences happen. The first one I can’t remember so much but I remember feeling like I was being dragged off the bed. Then I woke up and was so terrified. The second time was what made me super scared. I remember hearing actual whispers while stuck in this state of sleep paralysis. And felt like I saw something? But idk cause my eyes were closed. And then when I woke up I felt an overwhelming sadness, and some weird ass feeling like it was my grandfather? Like a intuition I guess. Anyways, yeah those are my experiences. It’s not something super crazy but ever since then I haven’t been able to sleep with the TV off. Because it emits light and some noise I haven’t had the experiences recently. And those instances happened about a year or two ago. Also lately I’ve been falling asleep like early mornings anyways haha.

Heres a video that my friend in college showed me about another person explaining their sleep paralysis experience and she does a really good job of explaining it, better than I can. It’s a bit scary though, maybe don’t watch it to late?

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miascc reblogged your post and added:

@eliavah what you saw was a shadow person. People…

jackie7sims reblogged your post and added:

I used to have the same feeling. It was as if…

simxnation reblogged your post and added:

I had the exact same thing once when I was about 9…

trillyke replied to your post “Can you please tell us about the strange experiences you mentioned…”

*any ‘mosters’ like I read about before, but it was still very scary. It happened two or three more times after that, but luckily, no more. :)

trillyke replied to your post “Can you please tell us about the strange experiences you mentioned…”

I made a presentation about this subject like a year ago, so I know some stuff about it. But what’s weird, after the presentation, it happened to me! (never before) It was very scary, I fell asleep with my earphones on, listening to music. Then my consciousness woke up, but my body remained asleep. I could still hear my music, and I opened my eyes, but I wasnt able to move any of my bodyparts. It was so weird! Fortunately it took no more than a minue and I didn’t see *

alhajero replied to your post “Can you please tell us about the strange experiences you mentioned…”

This happened to me a lot when I was a teenager… Like for several years. I used to be really afraid of sleeping. Did you feel pain when this happened to you? Because I remember to feel a strong pain in my ears every time… Luckily, one day stopped by itself.

wow it’s really crazy to see so much people with the same experience as me! I know other people experience it but never like heard stuff beyond people on forums etc.  thank you guys for telling me your experiences though, I really appreciate it ^^

@miascc​ - Shadow people sounds super scary oh lord ;;; I hope they’re not evil or something. . I should do more research

@trillyke​ - Yeah that’s how it started out for me, but my last two experiences were almost horror movie material ;u;

@daisyxsims - Eep another person earlier mentioned feeling like a weight of a person was on top of them, that sounds terrifying, could you breathe? I’m sorry to hear that D: I remember one experience before my really terrifying ones I couldn’t really breathe, but my dumb ass had the blanket over me (I like to sleep like that, but I usually keep the blanket with space for me to breathe) but since I couldn’t move I woke up and had trouble breathing.

@alhajero​ - Oh i never had the pain, but that must be terrible. My neck is always hurting when I wake up but not severely, just sore. Usually if i sleep in a bad position the sleep paralysis seemed to kick in.

I touched on sleep paralysis the other day, but decided to make a more detailed post because it can’t be summed up in a few lines.

What is sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis is a phenomena experienced by people either falling asleep or just waking up. Sufferers of sleep paralysis experience a brief period of time where they are unable to move, and this is usually accompanied by terrifying sensations, visions, and sounds. The most common of these are the sensation of something sitting heavily on your chest, a figure standing over/climbing onto the bed, heavy breathing, or voices.

What causes sleep paralysis?

Simply speaking, it’s an overlapping of two parts of the sleep cycle - REM sleep and the waking stages. REM sleep is when dreams occur, and so basically what happens is you’re dreaming while you’re technically awake. Because you’re not yet fully awake, your body is unresponsive, giving the sensation that you’re paralysed. The visions that are seen are actually dream images being projected into your waking life as hallucinations. Sleep paralysis is more likely to occur if you go to bed incredibly tired or sleep on your back.

Sleep paralysis and the paranormal

There has been a lot of debate about the relationship between sleep paralysis and the paranormal. Spirits have been known to communicate through dreams, and so some people believe that the hallucinations seen during sleep paralysis are actually spirits trying to make contact. Others believe that sleep paralysis is demonic in nature, and that people who suffer from it are having trouble with demonic hauntings or possession. While the link between sleep paralysis and the paranormal has never been proven, it is odd that a vast majority (nearly all) sleep paralysis episodes are negative in nature. Most sleep paralysis sufferers report their hallucinations being terrifying and incredibly distressing. Some people claim that this must be down to something paranormal, because ordinary dreams are not usually overwhelmingly negative.

The Nightmare

Rodney Ascher, the director of the documentary Room 237 (amazing doc about The Shining), is back with a new and very scary documentary about sleep paralysis. The Nightmare follows eight people and their very terrifying experiences with sleep paralysis. The movie was featured in this year’s Sundance Film Festival and did really well. It’s coming to theaters in June.

“Sleep paralysis (is a) surprisingly common phenomenon where people wake-up totally frozen from the eyeballs down, unable even to make a noise, and they frequently see sinister intruders and other disturbing visions,” Ascher says. “I’ve been obsessed with it ever since it used to happen with me. In my case, I saw sort of a living, 3D shadow looming over me in judgement.”

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Feel free to share your sleep paralysis experiences with us.

Ten Terrifying Sleep Disorders:

  • Exploding Head Syndrome: People suffering from this are awoken an hour or two after falling asleep by a loud noise from their mind. Ranging from a gunshot to a scream, researchers still aren’t sure what causes it.
  • Kleine-Levin Syndrome: This rare disease that causes sufferers to oversleep for up to 20 hours a day has been linked to appetite. There is no known cure.
  • Sleep Paralysis: While either waking or falling asleep, the sufferer feels completely unable to move. Linked to anxiety disorders, narcolepsy, migraines, and obstructed sleep apnea, they often feel as if someone menacing is hovering over them or physically holding them down.
  • Fatal Familial Insomnia: This extremely rare version of insomnia is fatal, as the name suggests, for those suffering. Death usually occurs within six to 32 months after symptoms arise. This condition impairs the thalamus in your brain and can also cause hallucinations and loss of motor function. It is hereditary, children of sufferers being 50 percent more likely to develop the disorder.
  • Sexsomnia: Similar to sleep walking, those suffering from this disorder are able to perform sexual activity without realizing it while still asleep. It is more common in those already suffering from sleep walking.
  • Non-24-Hour Sleep–Wake Disorder: Sufferers of this disorder feel as if they are in a constant state of jet lag, constantly feeling “out of it.” They are dealing with a longer circadian rhythm which causes a 25 or 26 hour sleep/awake cycle and is common among the blind.
  • Narcolepsy: This disorder is caused by an autoimmune destruction of hypocretin-producing neurons in the brain disrupting the regulation of a person’s sleep/awake cycle. As a result, they are prone to falling asleep without warning at any time of day.
  • Somnambulistic Eating: A nocturnal sleep-related eating disorder, sufferers don’t realize they’re spending their evenings eating second and third dinners until the eventual and unexplainable weight gain.
  • REM-Sleep Behavior Disorder: Occurring during rapid-eye movement when your dreams are most vivid, this causes the sufferer to unconsciously physically act out what is happening their dreams. This type of parasomnia is thankfully treatable.
  • Unexpected Nocturnal Death Syndrome: This phenomena of literally sleeping yourself to death occurs mostly in young men and is more common in Southeast Asian areas. The cause is unknown, but some believe the victims’ hearts skip a beat and never start back up. 
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…A follow-up of this comic in response to this comic by @thelostmoongazer that I did not plan on drawing. The wingdings and scribbles made this literally take all weekend.

Sleep paralysis is a terrifying experience. You can’t even speak.

SCHLAFLÄHMUNG

[noun]

sleep paralysis - a phenomenon in which people, either when falling asleep or wakening, temporarily experience an inability to move. More formally, it is a transition state between wakefulness and rest characterised by complete muscle atonia (muscle weakness). It can occur at sleep onset or upon awakening, and it is often associated with terrifying visions (e.g. an intruder in the room), to which one is unable to react due to paralysis. Sleep paralysis has been linked to disorders such as narcolepsy, migraines, anxiety disorders, and obstructive sleep apnea; however, it can also occur in isolation. When linked to another disorder, sleep paralysis commonly occurs in association with the neuromuscular disorder narcolepsy.

Some features of sleep paralysis:

- Eye movements are typically preserved. It more often occurs while sleeping on one’s back.

- Visual and auditory hallucinations often occur and may include a sense of an evil presence, of being touched, or hearing voices or noises in the room.

- Occasionally faces or people may be seen at the bedside.

- A sense of breathlessness (or chest pressure, even someone standing on one’s chest) may exist.

It is common and may be experienced by 20% to 60% of people, depending on the population examined. In a study of college students, 21% were found to have had at least one episode of sleep paralysis, but only 4% had 5 or more episodes. It is believed to be precipitated by sleep deprivation, stress, and sleep schedule disruption. In experiments, it has been shown to occur with disruption of rapid eye movement (REM), or dream sleep. 

Etymology: German Schlaf, “sleep” + Lähmung “paralysis” (from lähmen, “paralysis” and ung, suffix forming nouns from verbs).

[Lenka Simeckova - Sleep Paralysis] [1] [2]

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A very simple summary of sleep paralysis

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about this, so I tried to give a basic explanation as to what this is. Please keep in mind that this is what I learned during my research for a project. I am not a doctor and this is how I understood it. It’s also a summary, so there is more to this, of course. This is simply the basics. Should you find a mistake, I promise you that I did not do so on purpose and would therefore be thankful if you would politely correct me and not yell at me. I am open to listen and be educated!

There are several factors that can increase the chance of experiencing this and you can find them with a simple google search. I am not listing them here because I know from experience that being aware of some of them can make you worried and scared that this might happen, which can keep you up at night. So please go look for them yourself if you’re curious!

Also, I have heard that you can try to break the paralysis by wiggling your tongue. Personally, I’ve never managed to move ANYTHING at all in this state, but if you can, I suppose you can give it a shot!

If you’re suffering from a mental illness and/or a disorder that causes you sleep paralysis from time to time, I am not qualified to give you any advice on how to decrease the chance of this happening, and I don’t know how well following other steps like not lying on your back etc will help you with this. 

I wish you all the Best!

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These hauntingly beautiful photographs are taken by Nicolas Bruno.

Nicolas turns his nightmares into art. Nicolas has been suffering from sleep paralysis since he was 15, a condition that causes him to wake up in the middle of the night unable to move. He has turned his suffering into art and actually uses his photographs as a way of dealing with the sleep paralysis. 

You can see more of his AWESOME work here. [x]

“Behind the Closed, Closet Door”

Behind closed closet doors, is where evil likes to dwell
You ask parents what’s behind there, but they’ll never tell
It’s no use asking why, because mom and dad’ll always lie
They’d laugh if you were murdered, and don’t care if you die

So stay up through the night, staring at your closet door
Within it live various ghost monsters, and terrorists caked in gore
They wait for you to fall asleep, so they can creep into your room
(Likely to kidnap and then eat you, one can only assume)

You have to take advantage of a Closet Monster’s Law
That states “if a child stays awake, then you must withdraw”
It’s a war of attrition, and you must stick to your plan of attack
Cuz’ what’s behind the closet door is trying to make you into a snack.

You’ll see your parent’s surprise as they realize you survived the night
(They’ll pretend they’re happy to see you, but it’s contrived delight)
Eat a sugary breakfast, nap the entire day at school
And be ready to stay up all night again to show ‘em you ain’t no fool.

(Starring the great Theodore Lewis of Thliii.tumblr.com!)

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Astral Projection Warnings

  • Only astrally project if you are in a stable mood (if you are clouded by negative thoughts and feelings, you will attract negative entities). 
  • Do not astrally project if you are on drugs - this will take you to a lower plane of disorientation and will be less vibrant. 
  • Just in case, ask your guides to protect you (as there can be malevolent beings). 
  • Ideally, only do it if you believe it will be spiritually benefiting (it is not a necessary part of spirituality) rather than a source of entertainment. 
  • If you do it incorrectly, it could lead to sleep paralysis
  • You cannot get possessed by malevolent entities, but they can get attached to you.
  • Always surround yourself with nurturing and higher vibrational energy, and avoid beings with darker/clouded auras as they tend to be less benevolent (but not always - it is just a precaution if you are new to astral projection). 
  • Avoid fear - do not worry that you can die while astrally projecting (as you will not), if your astral body senses danger it will immediately return to your physical body. 
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The Terrors Of Sleep Paralysis-  Ami Angelowicz