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Strange Sleep Disorder Makes People See 'Demons'
livescience ^ | 31 March 2013 Time: 10:20 PM ET

Posted on 04/02/2013 6:51:25 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Sleep paralysis happens when people become conscious while their muscles remain in the ultra-relaxed state that prevents them from acting out their dreams. The experience can be quite terrifying, with many people hallucinating a malevolent presence nearby, or even an attacker suffocating them. Surveys put the number of sleep paralysis sufferers between about 5 percent and 60 percent of the population. [Say what?]

One man told her about his frequent sleep paralysis episodes, during which he'd experience extremely realistic hallucinations of a young child, skipping around the bed and singing nursery rhymes. Sometimes, the child would sit on his pillow and talk to him. One night, the tot asked the man a personal question. When he refused to answer, the child transformed into a "horrendous demon," MacKinnon said.

For another man, who had the sleep disorder narcolepsy (which can make sleep paralysis more common), his dream world clashed with the real world in a horrifying way. His sleep paralysis episodes typically included hallucinations that someone else was in his house or his room — he'd hear voices or banging around. One night, he awoke in a paralyzed state and saw a figure in his room as usual.

"He suddenly realizes something is different," MacKinnon said. "He suddenly realizes that he is in sleep paralysis, and his eyes are open, but the person who is in the room is in his room in real life."

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cantscream; disorders; sleep; sleepparalysis; testifying; theentity

1 posted on 04/02/2013 6:51:25 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

How very interesting.


2 posted on 04/02/2013 6:54:07 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: BenLurkin

The son of one of my schoolmates stabbed his mother to death a couple months ago. He said demons were coming after him in his bedroom at night.


3 posted on 04/02/2013 6:54:21 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BenLurkin

Isn’t that a nightmare?


4 posted on 04/02/2013 6:54:46 PM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: BenLurkin

I’ve experienced occasional sleep paralysis, but never hallucinated, or had visions of demons. and it wasn’t really terrifying, well maybe the first time when I was still young but I learned about it and it was kind of cool.


5 posted on 04/02/2013 6:56:15 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: BenLurkin

People should never watch MSNBC before going to bed.


6 posted on 04/02/2013 6:56:21 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Bill of Rights?)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
People should never watch MSNBC before going to bed.
7 posted on 04/02/2013 6:57:08 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

8 posted on 04/02/2013 7:00:54 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Isn’t the essence of a bad dream watching something bad unfold but being powerless to stop, or escape from it?


9 posted on 04/02/2013 7:01:14 PM PDT by fso301
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To: BenLurkin

I had episodes of this as a kid, not demons or anything that specific, but thinking I was awake and some weight was on my chest, just as they describe. I figured it was a dream but very terrifying at the time,


10 posted on 04/02/2013 7:01:24 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

I’ve had sleep paralysis a few times, as well. A couple of times I saw a figure in a white robe sitting at the foot of my bed, as if we were having a conversation. I wasn’t afraid but I was definitely unable to move. It felt like it lasted two or three minutes and then I fell asleep, I think. But I’ve had that same scenario happen twice and I definitely thought I was awake. Kinda weird.


11 posted on 04/02/2013 7:05:42 PM PDT by rabidralph (http://www.cafepress.com/westernwis)
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To: BenLurkin

Several people I know have mentioned that they have had visions of demons after sitting through His Arrogance’s SOTU or other speeches.


12 posted on 04/02/2013 7:05:59 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Leveling the playing field for a Progressive is dragging everyone down to their level.)
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To: Williams

I had episodes like that when I was a kid as well, and strangely enough, I called them “demon dreams” because they were terrifying. Mostly, it was knowing I was asleep but unable to wake up, even though in the dream I would be trashing around, screaming, etc.

Later, I learned that the only muscle that is not paralyzed when you have those episode is your tongue and jaws so I whenever I had them, I would manage to bite my tongue hard enough for the pain to intrude and wake me up. Haven’t had one in 20 years or so.

Still spooky.


13 posted on 04/02/2013 7:06:33 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: BenLurkin

Google night terrors.


14 posted on 04/02/2013 7:06:51 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: BenLurkin

Not sure about the demons thing but I’ve experienced not able to wake up, like I was paralyzed. Scary.


15 posted on 04/02/2013 7:07:26 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

hahahaha! I admit, I’ve not read the entire article yet, but that’s what I thought at first skim, considering what demons bo, pelosi, reid, et al are!


16 posted on 04/02/2013 7:09:03 PM PDT by cyn (Benghazi.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
’ve experienced occasional sleep paralysis, but never hallucinated, or had visions of demons. and it wasn’t really terrifying, well maybe the first time when I was still young but I learned about it and it was kind of cool.

Me too, had it quite often as a kid but not for several years. Never saw any demons or any other beings. I was always worried I would see a demon though. Full body paralysis is not a pleasant feeling, but the way out of it is to relax and not panic. It took a while to learn that.

17 posted on 04/02/2013 7:11:46 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: umgud

Google incubii and succubii.


18 posted on 04/02/2013 7:12:51 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: BenLurkin

I frequently have dreams of people in my bedroom standing over me, and jump out of bed ready to fight while still half asleep and disoriented.


19 posted on 04/02/2013 7:13:27 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: BenLurkin

I’ve experienced this off and on since childhood. “Something” bad in the bedroom with you, you can feel it very powerfully but can’t really make it out, and can’t move. The can’t move can get morphed into shouldn’t move in the confused, semi-awake semi-asleep state you’re in. Another variety would be a group of them outside the bedroom window, the shouldn’t move is much more likely with that, can’t explain it other than something bad will happen, they’ll know I’m there, like I said it’s a confused state. An actual loud sound or other movement, like my dog jumping up onto the bed, will break it. Or, dawn will. One or the other. They’re not pleasant thing to experience, thankfully haven’t had one in several years.


20 posted on 04/02/2013 7:14:18 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: BenLurkin
I just had a doozy of one. Some obscure, leftist community organizer gets elected to the Senate and then to the presidency. And get this - he appoints Eric Holder as AG! You simply would not believe what he does to the country.

Glad I finally woke up!

21 posted on 04/02/2013 7:17:05 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: BenLurkin

22 posted on 04/02/2013 7:17:53 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: BenLurkin

Henri Fuseli - The Nightmare
1781

23 posted on 04/02/2013 7:18:44 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: BenLurkin

i had them as a’child. they are called night terrors.


24 posted on 04/02/2013 7:22:03 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: HerrBlucher

One time several years ago I was in a state of relaxed sleep paralysis and at the same time my two cats were meowing on the other side of my bedroom door. In that state I was able to understand what they were saying, which was to complain about the medicine I had been giving them (antibiotics and anti ear mite medicine). When I opened the door, their they stood next a turd one of them left on the carpet. I stopped giving them the medicine and took them down to the vet to get a shot to stop the ear mites.

Weird but true. There is so much to this universe we do not know.


25 posted on 04/02/2013 7:22:42 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: SkyDancer

well iwas/awake’and couldn’t move or talk/for awhile. the part of you that stops you moving during sleep stayed on after i was awake from a bad dream.


26 posted on 04/02/2013 7:24:19 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: BenLurkin
I think that we, every now and then, remember the process of waking up.
I know that happens to me, like it takes a couple of tries from dreams slipping away to reality setting in and becoming fully conscious.
The brain's awareness section, jumbled with dream info, probably leads the motor control section causing the feeling of paralysis.
Most of the time it's just snap, awake, with no memory of thoughts/dreams during the process of awakening..........Just my guess.
27 posted on 04/02/2013 7:49:24 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: BenLurkin

“Sleep paralysis happens when people become conscious while their muscles remain in the ultra-relaxed state that prevents them from acting out their dreams. The experience can be quite terrifying, with many people hallucinating a malevolent presence nearby, or even an attacker suffocating them.”

What is interesting is, this description fits exactly the reported experiences of Whitley Streiber in “Communion”, and many of his legions of “alien abductee” followers.


28 posted on 04/02/2013 7:50:42 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: BenLurkin

Awake, unable to move, and convinced something that hates you intensely is standing at the foot of your bed. Not fun.


29 posted on 04/02/2013 7:50:59 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: BenLurkin

bookmark


30 posted on 04/02/2013 7:55:44 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: BenLurkin

When I had an Addison`s attack, I saw a continuous Rolodex of pictures of the faces I had seen in my life time. Every time I closed my eyes, the pictures span. Horrible extreme nausea.


31 posted on 04/02/2013 8:05:04 PM PDT by deadrock
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To: DEADROCK

Just to clarify, I wasn`t watching the game, having a beer. I was in and out of coma.


32 posted on 04/02/2013 8:09:42 PM PDT by deadrock
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To: BenLurkin

Dammit, guys! Thanks a lot! Now, I had better get some sleep tonight!


33 posted on 04/02/2013 8:11:22 PM PDT by Thorliveshere (Tais deau sá taghdedaul!)
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To: BenLurkin
Is it any surprise considering what people fill their minds with? Vampires, zombies, blood and guts murders, and other such degrading trash?
34 posted on 04/02/2013 8:14:46 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: BenLurkin

Remember this movie? THE NIGHT WALKER.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058403/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2


35 posted on 04/02/2013 8:15:31 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The murals in OKC are destroyed.)
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To: BenLurkin

When I was in my early 20s I had this exact thing happen to me many times. Half-awakening with paralysis with the eyes half open, a sensation of dying and being attacked by a demon. My demon was a demonic wolf creature with glowing red eyes and supernaturally long and big teeth and an unearthly growl. Pure evil.

Absolutely terrifying. I knew I was half-asleep and half-awake but couldn’t alter the situation. I learned that if I didn’t sleep on my back, it wouldn’t occur. Wearing a cross helped too.

As I recall, this happened only in a certain bedroom in the house. My grandmother was later put into this same bedroom, but soon declared that she would no longer sleep there, even though she refused to say why. I’ve often wondered if something more “real” than simple night terrors was going on.


36 posted on 04/02/2013 8:26:33 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Right ... like I was paralyzed and struggled to wake up.


37 posted on 04/02/2013 8:44:09 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: BenLurkin

Do NOT post a Helen Thomas pic....


38 posted on 04/02/2013 8:47:50 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: SkyDancer

not exactly the same.

I wasn’t struggling to wake up, I was awake. I just couldn’t move, but I was awake. I was struggling to MOVE, not to wake up. I would finally after minutes be able to shout and start moving again.


39 posted on 04/02/2013 8:50:10 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Good find!


40 posted on 04/02/2013 8:56:41 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Gee thanks everybody, now I’ll have to sleep with the light on after reading this thread.


41 posted on 04/02/2013 8:56:53 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: BenLurkin

42 posted on 04/02/2013 9:21:56 PM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
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To: stuartcr

It’s different than a mere nightmare. Your eyes are open, but you can’t move. You see the room in real-time, with the nightmare mixing with what you actually see.

The first time it happened, I could see that something was on fire in the next room, but I couldn’t do anything about it (paralysis). The flames got brighter and brighter, until a little girl engulfed in flames came slowly walking in the room with her arms outstretched. The flames had no effect on her as she was coming toward me; her face was emotionless. I woke up before she reached me.

The second time, a window broke in the next room, and I could hear someone rummaging around. I saw him walk by the door, but I couldn’t get my gun. I was just laying there, hoping he wouldn’t get me. I woke up before he entered the room.

The third time, demons were flying around my bed. By now, I knew what was really happening, so it didn’t really scare me.

The thought of that little girl still gives me the creeps, though.


43 posted on 04/02/2013 9:24:20 PM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked..." - BHO)
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To: SatinDoll

They are real demons..but scientists and others “experts” are too dumb to see it. They are possessed themselves with demons of “knowledge.”


44 posted on 04/02/2013 9:24:20 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: BenLurkin

I used to have this quite regularly, almost everyday. With a little effort I can still make it happen. Usually this involves waking up earlier in the morning, doing a little meditation or prayer, and then laying back down sleep on my back. Very shortly after lying down, within 20-30 seconds, there is this collapsing sensation, followed by a very loud roaring sound and an intense feeling of vibrations. At that point I can open my eyes and look around the room, but I am unable to move (other than my eyes) or talk. Sometimes I’ll see somebody in my room, usually a friend or loved one; other times no one will be around but little things will be subtly out of place. If I persist in trying to move my body I’ll “pop out” of my body, and that’s where things get really cool. Although there are sometimes sensations of physical discomfort — an intense feeling of pressure on my abdomen, for example — I’ve never seen anything particularly frightening.


45 posted on 04/02/2013 10:07:32 PM PDT by Qilin
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To: SatinDoll

For later


46 posted on 04/02/2013 10:38:35 PM PDT by varina davis (A real American patriot -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

I hope nobody ever really breaks into my room, because my standard “waking-up” response to thinking there is someone in my room is to throw a stuffed dog at them. Or a pillow. Neither of which is likely to cause serious concern for a real burglar.

I guess it is better than waking up shooting the computer.


47 posted on 04/03/2013 5:20:55 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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