Sleep Paralysis

Sleep Paralysis normal yet terrifying state of being unable to move, either at the onset of sleep or upon awakening. This commonly occurs when a person is moving into or out of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, the deepest part of sleep.

The team to describe sleep paralysis before going to sleep is called “Hypnagogic”, and as your awaken up from REM its called “Hynopompic”. Sleep paralysis has other names that it can be referred to such as predormital, hypnologic, familial, and hypnopompic but all relate to the same issue.

Sleep paralysis is when your brain wakes up from the Rapid Eye Movement (REM), but your whole body is paralyzed state. Your mind becomes fully conscious in bed but your not able to move your body. This is a is an unusual neurological phenomenon that happens to more children than adults. It is not uncommon for people to experience this every week.


Is Sleep Paralysis Dangerous?

Anybody who experiences “sleep paralysis” for the first time usually wants answers right away.  They feel like they actually experience a nightmare awake.  You wake up feeling like you were actually living in a bad dream for a couple of seconds or even up to a couple of minutes.  As scary as it seems the good news is that nobody has even died from sleep paralysis or had any psychological issues.

This is just a very scary and uncomfortable feeling that we never want to experience again. The worst part about sleep paralysis is that you feel stuck and have no idea why your frozen in this state.

Some issues people who suffer from sleep paralysis have trouble getting a good night sleep in fear that it would happen again.  The more you learn and become aware of sleep paralysis the easier it gets when your trapped in that moment of hell.

When you are stuck in sleep paralysis and know that you are and it would be over in a matter of seconds it helps calm the mind.  Most of the time the sleeper is awakened by a sound, a touch or snapping right out of the state.

What Happens During Sleep Paralysis

Through out the night our body goes back and forth between NREM (non-rapid eye) and REM sleep.  Most of our sleep consists of NREM, the state that we are most relaxed and not much brain activity going on. When the NREM is over we switch over to REM sleep where our eyes move rapidly.

More vivid dreams occur during this time and our body is completely relaxed.  The body is in a comatose state where you can move a muscle. Once you become aware before the REM cycle of sleep is completely done your will experience a feeling where you cant talk or move.

Types of Sleep Paralysis Dreams:

In many studies researchers have found out that “hypnagogic hallucinations” can occur during sleep paralysis state. Hypnagogic hallucinations can happen in both hypnopompic paralysis and hypnagogic paralysis of sleep paralysis. Whenever this happens the dreamer has vivid and haunting images that feels almost life like.

Depending on the dreamer some experience a feeling like somebody is in your room, being suffocated, falling, or hearing voices talk to you before you sleep. A term to describe that feeling is called the “Hag Phenomena” and has been happening to people for thousands of years. Below you can see some of the type of hag phenomena people experience when they are sleeping.

Sleep Paralysis: Symptoms & Causes

There is no exact cause on why some people get this horrible sensation called sleep paralysis. Its doesn’t matter if your male or female it all depends on the factors below that we listed. Sleep paralysis is very common and happens to 40% of the general population. You will find younger children experiencing this feeling then most adults.


  • Vivid images – feels like the dream of all dreams
  • Hallucinations – people experience a large bug or insect trying to eat them
  • A devil or demon in your room
  • Unable to breath – Somebody sitting on your chest or being suffocated by the covers
  • Falling to the ground
  • Life like sensations – Impending doom
  • Odd smells or random voices
  • Intruder in the room

Common Causes Include:

  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Drinking access alcohol
  • Medical conditions ex narcolepsy
  • Leg cramps
  • Change in your sleep pattern
  • Passed down from family
  • Low levels of melatonin
  • Change in your lifestyle ex eating habits etc.
  • If you sleep on your back

How Can I Stop Sleep Paralysis?

Sleep paralysis doesn’t harm or effect your body in anyway, but getting this can be quite traumatizing and wish you never got it again. Stress plays a big role when your dealing with sleep paralysis so make sure you take time to reflect things you need to change in your life.

  •  Change your sleep patterns. Get your 7 to 8 hours a night sleeps
  •  Your anxiety levels might be very high. Find out ways you can stop anxiety from taking over
  •  Change your environment around you. Did you make a sudden change in your life that’s not working out
  •  More likely to experience when you sleep on your back
  •  You might be depressed? Find ways to snap out of your depression
  •  People who suffer from Narcolepsy are more prone to sleep paralysis
  •  Check your family history. Most of the time your parents might have the same issue
  •  Work out at the gym or meditate

Sleep Paralysis Tips

Once you read up on the subject being stuck in the state makes it a lot easier.  If you are concerned about this issue there are ways you can battle it so it doesn’t happen again. Below we have listed ways you can combat this problem and face it head on:

  • Once in the sleep paralysis state don’t fight it. Let it ride out and say to yourself it will pass
  • Reduce your stress levels or anxiety levels
  • Go to bed early and get a good night sleep
  • Remember it doesn’t kill you
  • Turn it in to a good experience. Some people report having a mystical experience during it.
  • Focus. Try your best to snap out of it. If you force yourself hard enough you will wake up
  • It is a medical phenomena! Don’t think your going crazy, and try not to associate it with bad thoughts
  • Relax. Don’t work yourself over an issue your going to snap out of in seconds.
  • Meditate before you go to bed.
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4 months ago

I simply just woke up from sleep paralysis and felt like learning more about it, every time i would close my eyes i could movemy body but when i opened them i was in the same position. i was desperately trying to move because when it started, and i tried to move i felt my bed move like something or someone was on it other than me but i was on my side, making it feel like it was behind me constantly whilst i didnt even know what it was. It helped being able to read about it and see… Read more »

1 year ago

I don’t have sleep paralysis often but when I do it’s like I can’t scream, but I don’t know why I need to scream.

1 year ago

I have been recently experiencing lots of sleep paralysis the past few months and every time it is absolutely frightening. It seems that I’m half awake and things are happening in my room and some one approaches me and my eyes start to spaz out and have this feeling that one one is reaching from my sheets and the air is being sucked out. Today, so eve I’ve gotten somewhat used to this situation I had more consciousness and was completely awake the whole time and every time I tried to lift my hands there would be this electric wave… Read more »

Reply to  The Dreamer
1 year ago

Thank you for getting back to me! I definitely feel more anxious than usual so I’ve been trying to cut out social media and trying more self care routines. I’ve had a vivid OBE before about 4 years ago, and I saw my own body from above and it almost looked like I was having a seizure. I recently had a huge spiritual awakening and it feels like I’m able to do things that are just not physically possible or explainable. It’s all a haze too because things are happening so quickly. Are there any factors of this experience that… Read more »

1 year ago

Had a nightmare my Late elder brother holding my arms tightly and I couldn’t move, he was wearing white shirt and spectacles

2 years ago

I had sleep paralysis and woke up from it in another nightmare. A dream inside a dream if that makes sense. But how can this be explained when sleep paralysis is meant to be a state of half-sleep-half awake? How can I be in that state when I am fully asleep and in another dream?

2 years ago

No one can “snap out of depression”. See your medical doctor for advice. Depression is real and should be treated by a professional.

Reply to  Paris
10 months ago

Yeah I don’t think so…..if your eating health. Fruits vegetables, exercise N get enough sunlight there is no reason anyone should be depressed….sorry.

Last edited 10 months ago by Eric
Steven Marlin
Steven Marlin
2 years ago

What if you have a dream of sleep paralysis and then wake up experiencing sleep paralysis? What does that mean? There has to be a cause if not then what? Demons? Curses? 10 24 2019 between 1am and ending at 3am.

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Reply to  Steven Marlin
2 years ago

I can only speak by my own experience. I’ve suffered from sleep paralysis on many occasions, some stronger than others. I am unable to move my body, breath normally and blackness is all around me. I fought against it in terror thinking I was in oblivion but reminded myself no matter where I am or what state I am in. God is with me. It isn’t my punishment or because I’m a bad person. It, for me is, a reminder to slow down, think good and decent thoughts and remember that others may need me and I shouldn’t shut myself… Read more »

Toure Fudge
Toure Fudge
9 years ago

umm,I have sleep Paraysis very bad, sometimes I dont even want to sleep at night, less long take a nap in the middle of the day. I read at the bottom where it said something about the gym. well I am in the gym just about everyday because of basketball. but this is really scaring me. It has been happenig almost my whole life. AND IM SICK OF IT!

kelly carroll
kelly carroll
10 years ago

This is freaking me out please someone in the Philippines had it and a girl she said died of it in her sleep and she said there was a invisible ghost or demon on her chest and help how do I stop it I’ve never had it but I’m too scared to sleep as I’ve been up for 52 hours straight with no sleep and its killing me please help