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

When Sleep Paralysis starts and you are awoken by your nightmare, this is the first physical symptom. It's extremely frightening having no control over your body.

Many times I've just woken after a nightmare,I look around and see all blurry images.i screem 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! its really frightening.it's so frightening that once I gain controll over my body,the first thing I do is call my folks put me to sleep.(and I'm a teen )

2 The nightmare beforehand

TehBoss...Thank you. I couldn't help it - I read ALL of your comment! 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.

Why in the world is britgirl commenting on her own post?

3 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.

4 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.

I hear breathing, footsteps, and children laughing

Including voices I hear dogs barking,breathing,footsteps etc.but all of these things are unreal.

5 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.

Ahh...hi, V :) thank you. I have this since my mid-twenties. Have no idea what started it but yes, it is a horrible thing to have. I'm lucky though - it only lasts a few minutes each time (on the positive side, it's given ne some great ideas for my short stories - I always take notes afterwards - ha! ;)
As for taking drugs to help, I couldn't do it; too afraid of becoming addicted to them :|
As always, thank you for your comments and for cheering me up. Next time you pass by Number 10 TheTopTens Street, look me up. I'll make you a nice cup of dark roast :-)

6 Hallucinations

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

7 Fearing to go back to sleep

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

That thing freaks me a lot

Well, I'm glad to say that I don't experience sleep paralysis. But one reason may be that I don't experience sleep! HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-SHUT-UP-AND-POUR-THE-BLOODY-COFFEE!

8 The coldness

Awful. Feels as though the blood is literally freezing.

9 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.

10 Confusion after the event

The Contenders

11 Sweats

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

12 Can't sleep after watching a horror movie
13 Waking with a migraine
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