People Experiencing Sleep Paralysis May Be In Touch With Spirit World

Many people who experience sleep paralysis report having a sense of terror when they feel a ghostly “presence” (often described as malevolent, threatening, or evil) accompanied by strange sounds and smells. Some even report unique experiences like the sensation of floating or being outside the body

Studies conducted on patients experiencing sleep paralysis show the terrifying experiences are real, not "hallucinations" as previously thought.

Studies conducted on patients experiencing sleep paralysis show the terrifying experiences are real, not “hallucinations” as previously thought.

Have you ever woken up in the middle of night paralyzed? Do you ever feel an evil presence by your bed or have you experienced “hallucinations” that you are being attacked while you are asleep? Well, you are not the only one – the terrifying disorder affects millions of people worldwide.

AnonHQ reports:

In medical terms, sleep paralysis refers to a brief period at sleep onset, or off-set, during which a person is unable to move or speak while remaining awake and aware of the immediate environment.

In lay man’s terms, sleep paralysis is a condition in which a person awakens from sleep but is temporarily paralyzed. Sleep paralysis may last from several seconds to several minutes or even longer, and it usually occurs just upon awakening or right upon falling asleep.

What causes sleep paralysis? What happens during sleep paralysis? Why does sleep paralysis accompany the strangest sensations? Is sleep paralysis a spiritual phenomenon or a neurological condition? Can a demon attack you in your sleep and cause sleep paralysis? Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor, explains:

During the most dream-filled phase of sleep, our muscles become paralyzed, preventing the body from acting out what’s going on in the brain. The brain chemicals kick into action during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, a phase that usually begins about 90 minutes into a night’s rest.

During REM, the brain is very active, and dreams are at their most intense. But the voluntary muscles of the body — arms, legs, fingers, anything that is under conscious control — are paralyzed.

This paralysis keeps people still even as their brains are acting out fantastical scenarios; it’s also the reason people sometimes experience sleep paralysis, or the experience of waking up while the muscles are still frozen. This sensation has been the basis for myths such as the succubus and the incubus, demons said to pin people down in their sleep, usually to have sex with them.”

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Sleep paralysis is a spiritual experience

Sleep paralysis is widely reported in the general population and is frequently accompanied by diverse and often vivid hallucinations. Sleep paralysis–related hallucinations are likely important contributors to a variety of paranormal beliefs and supernatural traditions.

Many people report having a sense of terror when they feel a ghostly “presence” (often described as malevolent, threatening, or evil) accompanied by strange sounds and smells. Some even report unique experiences like the sensation of floating or being outside the body. In medical terms, these experiences are defined as hypnagogic and hypnopompic hallucinations. Brain Decoder writes:

Sleep paralysis can sometimes cause eerie sensations of floating outside one’s body or looking down upon oneself from the bedroom ceiling. In certain cultures, such out-of-body experiences are attributed to the “soul”— as if in a type of “astral travel,” the spiritual self projects itself into an alternative realm of existence. But out-of-body experiences originate in the brain. In fact, they can reliably be produced in the laboratory. We simply have to disrupt the activity of a brain region called the temporoparietal junction.

However, a 2015 University of California and Harvard Medical School study examined cultural explanations of sleep paralysis – or the Pandafeche attack in Italy – and found an overwhelming percentage of participants believed that a supernatural creature, the Pandafeche, often referred to as an evil witch, sometimes as a ghost-like spirit or a terrifying humanoid cat, had possibly caused their sleep paralysis.

Dr David Hufford, a professor and director at the Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine, explored a number of interpretations given to sleep paralysis to suggest that even a terrifying sleep paralysis can have a positive spiritual effect for the person experiencing it.

I do not believe that sleep paralysis is a judgment. Quite the opposite, I believe my sleep paralysis episodes are an awakening. I wish I could make the episodes go away and I often pray that they do. I think sleep paralysis has opened my eyes to a spiritual world and because of that I have looked to the Bible on how to put on the full armor of God to prepare yourself against such things. Although I wish sleep paralysis would go away, it has ironically strengthened my relationship with God.

Are the experiences that occur during sleep paralysis real or could it be your psyche playing tricks on you? Is sleep paralysis a spiritual state of consciousness or is it the consequence of stress and sleep deprivation? Do spirits show up in sleep paralysis or do they represent your fears and hidden desires? Please share your thoughts/experiences in the comments section below…

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  • Kathy Tsourlakis

    I use to have them and they were terrifying. I use to see and hear demons scream my name, and my fear of them pleased them. I felt a presence sitting next to me on my bed, or breathing on my face and ear, or something or someone heavy pressuring my body that felt like it was on top of me. I’ve even seen a demon taking the form of my dead grandmother doing bad things to me. I thought I was going crazy. Went to see a psychiatrist, but was told there was nothing wrong with me. My parents did not believe me when I told them about those experiences. They said they were dreams, nightmares. But they were not. I know the difference between a nightmare and what was really happening to me cause I was awake, even though my body was frozen. In time, I learned to slowly and with great effort to move my fingers so I could get out of the freeze, and it helped. They stopped after the last two which were different than the scary ones, that I could only float inside my home. The last one was not scary, and it did not happen at night like the previous ones. The last one happened in the middle of the day, when I was not asleep, while sitting up on my bed. That’s when God took me up in the spirit and my spirit flew out of the window. As I was gaining speed I could see the people on the streets, I could hear them talk, and no matter what language they spoke I could understand them. Kind like telepathy. When I reached my destination I felt love all around me, no fears where present, I felt peace, but the kind of peace you can never find in this world. I could see the whole world, all the people on earth, and understood each and everyone in what they where saying or thinking, yet it was not confusing. My spirit stood in one place but felt like I was present in all the countries of the world. I did not see God, but I felt His presence all around me. It felt like I was a baby in God’s bosom, safe and protected. That was the day God took all my fears away, forty years ago. Now, I’m not even afraid of death.

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      • tara

        Its a shame that people dont know that sleep paralysis isnt an illness..but something demonic…as a muslim we are told to pray to god before sleep..and before entering your houses but unfortunately people dont practice any religion and uncertain if demons exist or not..theres alot of information about sleep paralysis in our holy quran and prays to keep
        u safe from these entities.i also pray and blow on my children before bed.