Top Ten Worst Things About Having Sleep Paralysis

Sleep Paralysis can be extremely frightening. Sufferers are unable to move, feel a sense of dread and a feeling of levitation. I experience this at least eight times a year.

If you suffer with this, you'll know know the symptoms already and will be able to relate / identify with the items. If you suffer with any of these symptoms but are unsure of what's going on, chances are you are experiencing Sleep Paralysis.
The Top Ten
1 Being unable to move

Happened to me like a hundred times already, with one incident having my sleeping position awkward that my pillow obstructed my breath. No nightmares. Strangely this mostly occurred as a kid but faded away when I reached my mid-teens.

I *think* I've experienced sleep paralysis before, it was when I was about 9 years old, and I remember being in a dream, but everything was just frozen, it's like someone paused my dream, and then everything went black, I was trying to wake up, but I couldn't open my eyes, or pretty much move at all.
I don't remember any hallucinations, and, like I said, my eyes were closed during this, but it was still scary.

Many times I've just woken after a nightmare, I look around and see all blurry images. I scream for my parents, my lips move but no voice comes. I try to close and open my eyes but they are static. I feel like a vegetable! It's really frightening. It's so frightening that once I gain control over my body, the first thing I do is call my folks put me to sleep. (And I'm a teen).

Oh gosh... I HATE freaking it when this happens! One time when it was very early in the morning, I was sleeping and I was trying to move my position, When all of a sudden I tried moving my neck and my whole body was stiff as heck. I couldn't move and I was having a nightmare in the middle of my Sleep Paralysis. I was still stuck having no control over my body when in my dream I heard footsteps approaching my bed getting closer and closer as my heart raced and my face was pale in horror, The footsteps became so loud I could here them right next to my bed. Then the black figure got on top of my bed with a huge kitchen knife I screamed in my mind desperately trying to move in horror, But my body was still stuck in Sleep Paralysis as the figure slowly tilted their neck gave a psycho grin and then stabbed me violently plunging the kitchen knife in my skin as I tried moving desperately the cold blood from my body ran and dripped from me.

2 Hearing voices

I had the worst episode last night that I've had in a long time. It sounded like my name was repeatedly being whispered slowly and very closely to my ear. My eyes were wide open but I couldn't move for what felt like hours. I'm still shaking.

When I have this, I hear children laughing but not playfully; laughter like the horror film type and everything echoes like you are in church alone.

3 Fearing to go back to sleep

It leaves you exhausted but the terror you experienced leaves you fearing sleep in case it happens again.

I watched a YouTube video on sleep paralysis horror stories, and I remember being so frightened it would happen to me I didn't't want to sleep that night,

4 Feeling of levitation

This isn't so bad. You feel as though you are floating but your body feels heavy and unable to move. It's nit a nice feeling but not as bad as other feelings mentioned in this list.

5 Sweats

Just a really unpleasant, uncomfortable thing Sleep Paralysis leaves you with.

6 The nightmare beforehand

Sorry about your condition, Britgirl. Take solace in the fact that you're not the only one.

This condition is completely horrid. If you have sleep paralysis and are sincerely afraid of the ghostly visions you often experience during it, please don't read this next bit for fear of your sanity. (Okay, I might be overreacting, but still...) One sufferer of sleep paralysis was debilitated by the extremely frightening nightmares he experienced. In an effort to calm himself down, he recorded his room as he was sleeping to assure that his slumber wasn't plagued by actual ghosts. After reviewing the tape, he was horrified to discover that a shadow-like being was present, in full view of the camera.

It's a questionable website, I know, but it is still an example of a very real and very scary condition suffered by many people.

TehBoss...Thank you. I couldn't help it - I read ALL of your comments! Oh my goodness! That actually made me shiver. Absolutely terrifying. I'd rather not look at that link though...

Very ghostly nightmares or being chased by evil creatures is always the first sign but you can't tell yourself to wake up.

I have heard about sleep paralisis and it seems like something horrible. I really hope that I don't have to experience this in my life.

7 Being alone
8 Feeling that an evil force is in the room with you

I personally have experienced the frightening phenomenon of sleep paralysis several times in my life. This couldn't be more accurate. You feel as if something evil is sort of weighing you down and ready to ambush you at any given moment. The feeling is quite terrifying, but since you cannot move there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. And that is the worst realization in the moment.

Yeah, this is definitely demonic. Every single one of these points! I urge you to seek deliverance from this, but not by natural means. You should seek Jesus. He still casts out/runs off demons today. I've seen it. I've experienced it. "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7

Unable to move and the feeling that some terrible creature is about to attack.

This is horrible.

9 Feeling of dread

Damn...dropped the "e" again. What was that-- "Clue Deficit Disorder? " Yup... By the way, lately stupid autocorrect has been insisting I call you "Beef." So if it ever slips by me, don't take it personal.

Beeg: Not talking about "drugs." Most are seratonin precursors or natural calmatives. They help allow continuing to sleep until REM is complete. They are not addictive.

Feeling that you may be dying, having no control over what's going on.

10 Hallucinations

I often see blurred, faceless figures moving slowly like zombies. Don't laugh! It's extremely frightening!

The Contenders
11 The coldness

Awful. Feels as though the blood is literally freezing.

12 Confusion after the event
13 Can't sleep after watching a horror movie
14 Waking with a migraine
15 Feeling like you can't breathe
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