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Sleep Paralysis Stories - Intruders, Demons or Delusions?

Post: #1
03-10-2013, 12:09 PM
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Sleep Paralysis Stories - Intruders, Demons or Delusions?

Hi folks

I don't know if there has been much discussion here on the insomnia forums about sleep paralysis, so I thought I would start one. That and the fact that I have just finished a very extensive article about sleep paralysis stories and would love to know what other people think of this experience.

In my mind there is a link to insomnia in the fact that many people who experience sleep paralysis are going to be seriously shaken if they have one of the more malevolent experiences, such as thinking they are being strangled by a demon.

I know falling asleep again when your threat system has been activated like this and you are full of adrenalin can be pretty tricky.

What experiences have you had of sleep paralysis, and is the scientific explanation enough for you?

If you'd like to leave comments on my article with your stories, I'd be really grateful. Otherwise, a discussion right here would be very interesting also:-)

Thanks
Ethan



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Post: #2
07-30-2013, 10:47 PM
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Sleep Paralysis Stories - Intruders, Demons or Delusions?

(03-10-2013 12:09 PM)Malcolm Wrote:  Hi folks

I don't know if there has been much discussion here on the insomnia forums about sleep paralysis, so I thought I would start one. That and the fact that I have just finished a very extensive article about sleep paralysis stories and would love to know what other people think of this experience.

In my mind there is a link to insomnia in the fact that many people who experience sleep paralysis are going to be seriously shaken if they have one of the more malevolent experiences, such as thinking they are being strangled by a demon.

I know falling asleep again when your threat system has been activated like this and you are full of adrenalin can be pretty tricky.

What experiences have you had of sleep paralysis, and is the scientific explanation enough for you?

If you'd like to leave comments on my article with your stories, I'd be really grateful. Otherwise, a discussion right here would be very interesting also:-)

Thanks
Ethan


Ethan,

sleep paralysis is better described as nervous system depression that occurs in a weakened state, often involving muscle tone. Staying up late into the morning and then trying to sleep can leave your body very vulnerable to the experiences you're describing. I've suffered many episodes as a result of my scoliosis and insomnia. The hallucinations can often be terrifying but however others purposefully induce sleep paralysis and try to control the experience as it is an outer body experience or near-death experience. I have once realized I was paralyzed and tried to squeeze my muscles together to awaken and felt myself leave my body and had a very profound experience. I didn't 'stir awake' from it as if I were just dreaming, I just came back to my body fully awake looking at the wall and got on with my day.

Yes you will hear many stories of demonic beings that are representative of our perceptual state and higher dimensions, etc. but these are for your belief system to decide. What we know is that almost all individuals report having this experience in their lifetimes and yet oddly the medical community dismisses the phenomenon as a form of schizophrenia. There is no evidence to support this claim; it's actually more harmful than good to dismiss the experiences of otherwise normal people as delusional rather than examine base similarities and themes.



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Post: #3
12-16-2013, 09:29 AM
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RE: Sleep Paralysis Stories - Intruders, Demons or Delusions?

I have heard that people think that they are being abducted by aliens when it was really just sleep paralysis. My ex boyfriend would get this all the time and said he swore he saw something standing at the edge of his bed. I also later found out that he was a big stoner so that could have been something as well.



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Post: #4
03-20-2014, 02:15 AM
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RE: Sleep Paralysis Stories - Intruders, Demons or Delusions?

I have definitely experienced the sensation of being in bed and unable to move. I am certain there is someone in the room standing over me and I cant do a thing about it. I have had this happen to me on several occasions. Demons would never occur to me as they were never part of my upbringing. Space aliens - nah, I am too uninteresting to merit their attention. For me it is always just the run of the mill psychopathic intruder with an axe.
The scary part for me is that I have shaken the paralysis a couple of times and left out of bed and attacked the intruder. Fortunately only empty space and a wall have fallen victim to the night ninja in me. I do fear that I will be somewhere with other people around, someone will walk in and Kapow!



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