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post #31 of 51
I don't think I've ever had sleep paralysis (knock on wood), but I do relate to many other things people have mentioned here. My favourite is Lucid Dreaming, where you realize you are dreaming within the dream. This probably only happened to me 2 or 3 times in my life where I didn't wake up immediately after realization. It's fun, I basically act like god, or a genie, and fly around the city or make hot women appear naked before me and I have sex with them (mind you the last time this happened to me I was in my teens). For the most part, I end up waking up once I become lucid in the dream (before I get a chance to do any fun stuff). Twitching in sleep is probably something akin to the "jimmy legs." Fairly common. I think I've talked in my sleep before as well; but I know my girlfriend does this with semi-regular occurrence. Hypnic Jerks I also get. Basically when I'm on the cusp of falling asleep, I'll see a bright light come towards me and BOOM I wake up. And lastly, I hate the dreams J mentioned where you have to wake up from sleeping in the dream, only to have to wake up again for real.
post #32 of 51
That actually happens? Funny, I thought that was only in the movies. Heh.
post #33 of 51
I have had it happen where I am lying in bed trying to fall asleep, and suddenly i am dreaming, but I am still awake. like I am looking at the door, and suddenly I am at the door only I cant move, and I am like collapsing, then I wake up screaming in bed.
post #34 of 51
I was actually trying my hardest to scream but I couldn't even open my mouth. Like I said, one of the most frightening few seconds of my life.
post #35 of 51
I had completely forgot about this. Used to happen to me when I was little, I'd wake up and be face down unable to breathe and unable to roll over. Was terrifying for a few seconds then you'd snap out of it. Hasn't happened to me in years though.
post #36 of 51
It happened a few times. My atheist self was always in the middle of a dream where my body froze up, and I thought I was going to hell during the sleep paralysis. I used to twitch too.
post #37 of 51
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Originally Posted by sonick View Post
I don't think I've ever had sleep paralysis (knock on wood), but I do relate to many other things people have mentioned here.

My favourite is Lucid Dreaming, where you realize you are dreaming within the dream. This probably only happened to me 2 or 3 times in my life where I didn't wake up immediately after realization. It's fun, I basically act like god, or a genie, and fly around the city or make hot women appear naked before me and I have sex with them (mind you the last time this happened to me I was in my teens). For the most part, I end up waking up once I become lucid in the dream (before I get a chance to do any fun stuff).

Twitching in sleep is probably something akin to the "jimmy legs." Fairly common.

I think I've talked in my sleep before as well; but I know my girlfriend does this with semi-regular occurrence.

Hypnic Jerks I also get. Basically when I'm on the cusp of falling asleep, I'll see a bright light come towards me and BOOM I wake up.

And lastly, I hate the dreams J mentioned where you have to wake up from sleeping in the dream, only to have to wake up again for real.


I tend to lucid dream in spurts (4-5 nights in a row) when my routine changes (during finals, going on vacation etc). For me though its not really so much the feeling of knowing that I am dreaming as much as it is knowing that I can think of things and make them happen. I always feel really well rested after a lucid dream as well. Anyone else able to sometimes resume dreams after waking up to go to the bathroom or something?
post #38 of 51
It's astounding how much humans suck at falling asleep. Apparently this sort of stuff is incredibly common, in varying degrees of severity.

The "Tetris effect" and/combined with auditory "hallucinations" is a particularly fun one.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypnago...ffect.E2.80.99

That one is just downright diabolical, particularly when it transitions into hypnagogic voice auditory hallucinations, where it seems like your mind is screaming at you incredibly loudly, but inside your head. Definitely different from exploding head syndrome or regular hypnagogic sound hallucinations, because the speech is sensicle and tends to defeat itself in some kind of internal argument over a point of decision or stress during the day.

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"Negative presence in the room" indeed. I thought I heard someone breathing and caught a glimpse of something (someone?) outside my window.

Probably just a prowler. Nothing to worry about


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Originally Posted by sonick
Hypnic Jerks I also get. Basically when I'm on the cusp of falling asleep, I'll see a bright light come towards me and BOOM I wake up.

I'm not sure if that classifies as a hypnic jerk. From what I understand, Usually those require a muscle spasm in the limbs, possibly a response to the body thinking its dying or thinking its falling due to muscle relaxation.

Get any sound with that? Might be Exploding Head Syndrome.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploding_head_syndrome
post #39 of 51
pretty much all of my dreams are lucid dreams. you can kind of train yourself to 'wake up' while dreaming, which is really useful. it's also good if you only want like 2 hours of sleep, as you can remain 'conscious' enough to force yourself awake
post #40 of 51
Maybe you are just being visited by a Succubus?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Succubus
post #41 of 51
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I'm not sure if that classifies as a hypnic jerk. From what I understand, Usually those require a muscle spasm in the limbs, possibly a response to the body thinking its dying or thinking its falling due to muscle relaxation.

Get any sound with that? Might be Exploding Head Syndrome.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploding_head_syndrome

No, I don't get sounds with that. I'm pretty sure I get jerked awake, but not sure if its actually a spasm; but it for sure comes with a visual "flash".

I've also experienced the Tetris effect after a day of snowboarding. It's quite trippy.
post #42 of 51
I've had this a few times, notably in times of stress. I'd wake up screaming at the top of my lungs, but my 'paralysis' prevented me from actually making noise and scaring the hell out of the neighbours. One benefit from being in a long-term relationshipis that this has not happened to me since.

Another sleep-realted anomaly was a recurring dream of running down a hall at a school I attended as a child, tripping at the top of a marble staircase, and launching into space in a full bellyflop. I always wake up before landing on the marble below, but often with a violent, body-wide spasm.
post #43 of 51
Shit. This happened to me last night for the first time. "Woke up" eyes wide-open and was able to look around the room, but couldn't move my body. I didn't see, or hear anything, but felt terrified of something and imminent death- tried to scream, but obviously could not. The whole episode lasted about 5-10 seconds. I'm certain this is God trying to speak to me.

Here's an artist's rendering:



I sleep naked in case anyone was wondering.
post #44 of 51
^ my visitor usually wears a black cloak. but yeah, its the same wonderful experience.
post #45 of 51
This has happened to 3 times in my life. Pretty much the same exact scenario like most here except for the " person" next to me. I felt the presence of someone beside me on all 3 occasions . The worst one was about 10 years ago, it was raining , I'd say about 3-4 in the morning. Woke up, sort of... My eyes were open but I couldn't move anything. The worst part was feeling someone next to me and for while thinking my paralysis was cause by " him" holding me down. To make matters worse I heard a giggle, not even a giggle .. It sounded like an evil laugh like this was funny. All that coupled with the rain hitting my window made this by far the scariest moment in my lifetime. Back then( even today) I never even took a toke of anything and rarely had a drink so I can't say it was induced by substance abuse. Some here think I'm nuts by now but this is one of the only dreams I remember to this day and I know what I saw/ felt. The mind can play tricks on you I suppose.
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