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My personal observations
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I've been dealing with sleep paralysis for about two years now and have come to cope. I've never really been afraid, except once and that was a few minutes ago.

I get sleep paralysis 2-4 nights a week 1-3 times a night, with some exceptions.

What I've noticed is that if I wake up normally, but fall back asleep within the hour then 7/10 I'm gonna have sleep paralysis.

An example is, let's say my alarm goes off, you awaken for a few minutes, but are still tired so you fall back asleep. I just thought about it, but to turn off my alarm I have to get up, walk two or three yards to my alarm clock and then turn it off. I don't remember doing that all if I go back to sleep.

If I fall asleep right after snapping out of my paralysis then I usually get another attack. Last week I was paralyzed 4 or 5 times before I actually got to sleep peacefully. I tried really hard to stay awake but I was exhausted.

When I get sleep paralysis my body has a distinct sensation, kinda like when your leg falls asleep but all over your body.

You can, some-what, control what you hallucinate. I've been experimenting with this theory lately and it has proven true to some extent.

Last night, or should I say this morning, I fell asleep (After turning off my alarm) and when I woke up I kept my eyes closed because I felt the sensation I describe above. I knew I was paralyzed without even trying to move. As soon as I felt the sensation I repeat "Angels, Angels, Angels, Angels" until I felt a presence in my room. I opened my eyes and low and behold there was a bright white light in the corner of my room. I tried and tried to see the source of the light but the harder I tried the dimmer the light went, until eventually, it disappeared.

I stopped look at the corner and looked straight up and for the first time in my two years of sleep paralysis I saw shadowy black hands not even an inch about my face. I began to hyperventilate, even if I could call out for help, I wouldn't be able to, this was probably the first time in my life that I was genuinely scared.
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(01-28-2010, 09:06 AM)Aeroks Wrote: I've been dealing with sleep paralysis for about two years now and have come to cope. I've never really been afraid, except once and that was a few minutes ago.

I get sleep paralysis 2-4 nights a week 1-3 times a night, with some exceptions.

What I've noticed is that if I wake up normally, but fall back asleep within the hour then 7/10 I'm gonna have sleep paralysis.

An example is, let's say my alarm goes off, you awaken for a few minutes, but are still tired so you fall back asleep. I just thought about it, but to turn off my alarm I have to get up, walk two or three yards to my alarm clock and then turn it off. I don't remember doing that all if I go back to sleep.

If I fall asleep right after snapping out of my paralysis then I usually get another attack. Last week I was paralyzed 4 or 5 times before I actually got to sleep peacefully. I tried really hard to stay awake but I was exhausted.

When I get sleep paralysis my body has a distinct sensation, kinda like when your leg falls asleep but all over your body.

You can, some-what, control what you hallucinate. I've been experimenting with this theory lately and it has proven true to some extent.

Last night, or should I say this morning, I fell asleep (After turning off my alarm) and when I woke up I kept my eyes closed because I felt the sensation I describe above. I knew I was paralyzed without even trying to move. As soon as I felt the sensation I repeat "Angels, Angels, Angels, Angels" until I felt a presence in my room. I opened my eyes and low and behold there was a bright white light in the corner of my room. I tried and tried to see the source of the light but the harder I tried the dimmer the light went, until eventually, it disappeared.

I stopped look at the corner and looked straight up and for the first time in my two years of sleep paralysis I saw shadowy black hands not even an inch about my face. I began to hyperventilate, even if I could call out for help, I wouldn't be able to, this was probably the first time in my life that I was genuinely scared.
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I think that sleep paralysis has more than one explanation. I only experienced it once, and while it was VERY scary, I don't believe my particular case had anything to do with the paranormal.

It also sounds like you have lucid dreams...when you were speaking about being able to control what you hallucinate. I don't know a lot about that, but I have read others on here who do. As far as the shadow...I have read about "Old Hag Syndrome" where hallucinations of someone trying to cause you harm while you are unable to move...I'm so glad I never experienced that!

There are several threads in the sleep paralysis section of the forum...I'm sure you can not only add to them, you might find many more who experience what you have. Thank you for sharing.
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