Is this sleep paralysis? Or something else? Had a scary one-off experience that felt paranormal./u/kaleigha

The Paranormal | January 10, 2023

Is this sleep paralysis? Or something else? Had a scary one-off experience that felt paranormal./u/kaleigha

I just read another post here that reminded me of my own story, so I thought I’d share and get your opinions. This happened quite a few years ago now, and it never happened since then. It was a one time occurrence (hopefully, ha.)

(There is a tl;dr at the end, I wrote a lot, I know.)

I was sleeping and I know I was having a nightmare. I can never remember what the nightmare was, not even at that time after I awoke, but it was quite bizarre; the nightmares before I “woke up” felt suddenly like a tape on fast forward through multiple nightmares. I just remember feeling this fast forward sensation through a bunch of imagery, and then I woke up.

Here is the weird thing, before this point I have never astral travelled, so I can’t tell you that I know for certain how it feels to willfully astral travel. But in this moment I’m about to describe, I felt this knowing of being in my astral body. Let me explain.

Firstly, it’s not an uncommon occurrence for me to wake myself up from a nightmare. On this occasion, I awoke from the nightmare and I was in my bedroom, exactly how it looked right as I went to bed, and my head was exactly where my head rested when I fell asleep. I was looking at my ceiling as if I was awake. I felt awake, sort of. But there was something odd. My body felt at a 45 degree angle, with my head being where my head should be, but my feet were somehow floating in the air. I looked toward my feet to see what the problem is, and I see this giant shadow figure with no discernible features standing through my bed and holding my feet. I think some of you may know what I mean when I say this, but it was darker than night. I’m not sure how to explain but it felt darker than the colour black.

I immediately felt this sense of fear and panic that I’m not even sure I’ve ever felt in my waking life. I desperately wanted to get away from this thing and I started kicking ferociously and trying to wriggle free. It scared the shit out of me. Somehow with my fighting, I actually did manage to get it to release my feet. When my feet landed in my body after breaking free, I immediately woke up in real life. That’s also an indicator to me that it was the astral body (feel free to disagree.)

I wake up immediately but I still the same fear and awareness of what just happened to me. But this is what’s odd, I felt so sleepy… it didn’t feel natural. It felt like I was fighting to stay awake, and I had this really odd knowing that if I fell back asleep, I would go right back to that thing. I knew (or felt) while awake, that that shadow thing was still in my room, still right there through my bed. I felt like I knew it was waiting for me to fall back asleep. I told myself in my head, whilst awake, that I had to get up, I had to stay awake. I’ll tell you, it oddly felt like it took a lot of might and effort to push myself to sit up, but I did it. I may have even started slapping myself lightly in the face, but I remember sitting straight up in my bed and doing whatever I had to do to remain conscious and not go back to sleep.

I’m sitting up in my bed, but I still felt terrified for some reason. I felt as though some weird natural instinct and awareness unlocked in that moment, because I felt it still there though I couldn’t see it. I think if you were to chalk that up to a nightmare, you would feel at that point it is okay to go back to sleep. But I didn’t feel that way yet. I made myself sit there, sat up and I started praying for this thing to leave my room. I am not a religious person, but I do consider myself spiritual and believe in a source power, guides, etc. I just put out mental messages about it leaving and asking for help to make it do so.

After some moments, I felt different. I didn’t feel so insanely drowsy, I felt awake (but still tired as I had only been asleep for a few hours and it was the middle of the night.) Again, with this really odd feeling of awareness, I just knew it was gone and it was okay to go back to bed. I laid back down and went to sleep and had no nightmares afterward and no issues. Like I said, it never happened again.

After just reading the other person’s post, they mentioned feeling as if the entity feeding off of her and her partner’s energy and making them feel drained. I had never considered that in the past, but when I read that post, it felt like something clicked. I felt like “was that thing feeding off my energy?” I’m not sure.

I’ll be honest that I’m not super familiar with sleep paralysis but from what I’ve read, it sounds similar. From my understanding however, the person is fully awake, which I was not when I saw the being. I also, once awake, was able to move, but with a lot of effort.

It’s hard for me to chalk it up to just a dream when:

It almost felt like I couldn’t wake up from my nightmare because of this thing holding my astral body, and that’s why I only awoke in my astral body. It almost felt like my astral body was trying to go back into me as my body tried to wake up from this nightmare, but it couldn’t.

I woke up as soon as my astral feet fell into where my physical feet should be, literally immediately.

The difficulties of forcing myself to stay awake didn’t feel like usual drowsiness, it almost felt my body forcing me back to sleep.

The intense fear I felt of going back to sleep was not normal. Other than being a usual kid being scared by nightmares, I’ve never felt this fear of going back to sleep other than in this instance. I didn’t feel safe in my own room, like I said, with some weird natural instinct.

What are your thoughts about this situation? Is this actually sleep paralysis? Or not even close? You can also feel free to chalk it all up to a dream or my imagination, but to me it wasn’t. As I said, it happened so many years ago but it sticks with me to this day. I was actually getting chills over and over again writing this, but I pushed through despite creeping myself out writing this at night in my bed, haha.

tl;dr:

Was having a bad nightmare that felt like multiple nightmares on fast forward. “Woke up” in my bed but my feet were in the air. Looked at my feet and saw a giant scary shadow being holding my feet. Started kicking and writhing to get free, eventually did and the immediate moment my feet hit my body, I woke up in real life. Immediately felt an unnatural sense of drowsiness almost like being forced asleep by my body. Forced myself to sit up stay awake. Despite being awake still felt immense fear, and a fear of going back to sleep (despite being a grown adult.) Asked/prayed for the thing to leave my room and after some moments felt lighter and much less drowsy and strange. At that time I felt “safe” to go to sleep, did, and was fine for the rest of the night. It never happened again.

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[link] [comments]I just read another post here that reminded me of my own story, so I thought I’d share and get your opinions. This happened quite a few years ago now, and it never happened since then. It was a one time occurrence (hopefully, ha.) (There is a tl;dr at the end, I wrote a lot, I know.) I was sleeping and I know I was having a nightmare. I can never remember what the nightmare was, not even at that time after I awoke, but it was quite bizarre; the nightmares before I “woke up” felt suddenly like a tape on fast forward through multiple nightmares. I just remember feeling this fast forward sensation through a bunch of imagery, and then I woke up. Here is the weird thing, before this point I have never astral travelled, so I can’t tell you that I know for certain how it feels to willfully astral travel. But in this moment I’m about to describe, I felt this knowing of being in my astral body. Let me explain. Firstly, it’s not an uncommon occurrence for me to wake myself up from a nightmare. On this occasion, I awoke from the nightmare and I was in my bedroom, exactly how it looked right as I went to bed, and my head was exactly where my head rested when I fell asleep. I was looking at my ceiling as if I was awake. I felt awake, sort of. But there was something odd. My body felt at a 45 degree angle, with my head being where my head should be, but my feet were somehow floating in the air. I looked toward my feet to see what the problem is, and I see this giant shadow figure with no discernible features standing through my bed and holding my feet. I think some of you may know what I mean when I say this, but it was darker than night. I’m not sure how to explain but it felt darker than the colour black. I immediately felt this sense of fear and panic that I’m not even sure I’ve ever felt in my waking life. I desperately wanted to get away from this thing and I started kicking ferociously and trying to wriggle free. It scared the shit out of me. Somehow with my fighting, I actually did manage to get it to release my feet. When my feet landed in my body after breaking free, I immediately woke up in real life. That’s also an indicator to me that it was the astral body (feel free to disagree.) I wake up immediately but I still the same fear and awareness of what just happened to me. But this is what’s odd, I felt so sleepy… it didn’t feel natural. It felt like I was fighting to stay awake, and I had this really odd knowing that if I fell back asleep, I would go right back to that thing. I knew (or felt) while awake, that that shadow thing was still in my room, still right there through my bed. I felt like I knew it was waiting for me to fall back asleep. I told myself in my head, whilst awake, that I had to get up, I had to stay awake. I’ll tell you, it oddly felt like it took a lot of might and effort to push myself to sit up, but I did it. I may have even started slapping myself lightly in the face, but I remember sitting straight up in my bed and doing whatever I had to do to remain conscious and not go back to sleep. I’m sitting up in my bed, but I still felt terrified for some reason. I felt as though some weird natural instinct and awareness unlocked in that moment, because I felt it still there though I couldn’t see it. I think if you were to chalk that up to a nightmare, you would feel at that point it is okay to go back to sleep. But I didn’t feel that way yet. I made myself sit there, sat up and I started praying for this thing to leave my room. I am not a religious person, but I do consider myself spiritual and believe in a source power, guides, etc. I just put out mental messages about it leaving and asking for help to make it do so. After some moments, I felt different. I didn’t feel so insanely drowsy, I felt awake (but still tired as I had only been asleep for a few hours and it was the middle of the night.) Again, with this really odd feeling of awareness, I just knew it was gone and it was okay to go back to bed. I laid back down and went to sleep and had no nightmares afterward and no issues. Like I said, it never happened again. After just reading the other person’s post, they mentioned feeling as if the entity feeding off of her and her partner’s energy and making them feel drained. I had never considered that in the past, but when I read that post, it felt like something clicked. I felt like “was that thing feeding off my energy?” I’m not sure. I’ll be honest that I’m not super familiar with sleep paralysis but from what I’ve read, it sounds similar. From my understanding however, the person is fully awake, which I was not when I saw the being. I also, once awake, was able to move, but with a lot of effort. It’s hard for me to chalk it up to just a dream when: It almost felt like I couldn’t wake up from my nightmare because of this thing holding my astral body, and that’s why I only awoke in my astral body. It almost felt like my astral body was trying to go back into me as my body tried to wake up from this nightmare, but it couldn’t. I woke up as soon as my astral feet fell into where my physical feet should be, literally immediately. The difficulties of forcing myself to stay awake didn’t feel like usual drowsiness, it almost felt my body forcing me back to sleep. The intense fear I felt of going back to sleep was not normal. Other than being a usual kid being scared by nightmares, I’ve never felt this fear of going back to sleep other than in this instance. I didn’t feel safe in my own room, like I said, with some weird natural instinct. What are your thoughts about this situation? Is this actually sleep paralysis? Or not even close? You can also feel free to chalk it all up to a dream or my imagination, but to me it wasn’t. As I said, it happened so many years ago but it sticks with me to this day. I was actually getting chills over and over again writing this, but I pushed through despite creeping myself out writing this at night in my bed, haha. tl;dr: Was having a bad nightmare that felt like multiple nightmares on fast forward. “Woke up” in my bed but my feet were in the air. Looked at my feet and saw a giant scary shadow being holding my feet. Started kicking and writhing to get free, eventually did and the immediate moment my feet hit my body, I woke up in real life. Immediately felt an unnatural sense of drowsiness almost like being forced asleep by my body. Forced myself to sit up stay awake. Despite being awake still felt immense fear, and a fear of going back to sleep (despite being a grown adult.) Asked/prayed for the thing to leave my room and after some moments felt lighter and much less drowsy and strange. At that time I felt “safe” to go to sleep, did, and was fine for the rest of the night. It never happened again. submitted by /u/kaleigha [link] [comments]

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