Is Sleep Restful Or Haunting? Victims Of Sleep Paralysis Share Their Most Terrifying Stories

Sleep paralysis is an unfortunate condition that happens when you can’t move or speak as you are waking up or falling asleep. It’s scary to lose all remote functions of your body but it’s usually harmless and doesn’t happen often. For some people, however, it can be a terrifying experience during which they have no control. Some have reported seeing and feeling terrible things and having no way of saving themselves.

Some have even described being in the presence of evil spirits that took away their function. Good luck falling asleep again after reading some of these stories!

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It Takes Constant Effort, Over And Over Again

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We take our ability to speak, touch, feel for granted because it’s part of our basic functioning. But, when that gets taken away it can feel like a loss of control and an inability to even be: “The experience is terrifying. I can see everything (or at least it seems like I can) but I am unable to move.

It feels like if I don’t make every effort to move I will be stuck like that forever. I usually have to start by wiggling a toe, or a finger, and then keep that momentum going until I fully wake. It takes an extreme amount of effort and if I don’t keep the effort constant, I have to start all over again.” string97bea/ Reddit

Luckily the best cases of sleep paralysis don’t last very long, and by moving one part of the body slowly, the rest eventually follows. It can just be an issue of mind over matter at first.