Originally Posted by RichGrad
So I have been "suffering" from Sleep Paralysis since my teenage years. As I get older, the condition seems to worsen.
Previously, it's just the normal feeling of not being able to move and sense of helplessness. During the past few episodes though, I began to hear and see things (that seem to be out of this world). For eg. evil laughter, white/black standing shadows... They give me the creeps.
Anybody had similar experience (worsening)? Just for info, I have never consulted a doctor before, just read up on it online... It appears that I will usually have such episodes when I'm stressed.
I used to experience this a lot.
I remember reading that sleep paralysis was perfectly natural and its purpose was to prevent you from sleep walking while you were dreaming. I used to sleep walk a lot, so there must have been some disruption to this mechanism.
I have also noticed that if I am dreaming and I hear an external noise, it immediately causes a fright in my dream, like some entity is trying to possess me or something. As my consciousness seems to be outside my body (perhaps astral walking), I then try to 'jump' back into it, in order to protect it. If my body is sleep paralysed, this may set up a conflict and I become afraid that I can't get back into my body and that some other entity wants to take over it. Then there may be a moment of panic. I would feel hands pulling at the bedclothes and see figures around the bed.
The only thing I can suggest is that there may be some stress present which causes a disruption to one's normal circadian rhythms, so it is important to do the usual things - get plenty of sleep, eat properly, get some exercise, take up a hobby, practise yoga, etc, and don't dwell too much on subjects like hell, the devil, etc. No watching The Exorcist late at night!!!