Dream Paralysis

Discussion in 'Pseudoscience Archive' started by Bobby Lee, Sep 1, 2002.

  1. Bobby Lee member Registered Senior Member

    I was just wondering what everyone's thoughts on dream paralysis are?

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  3. TreeLyfe Registered Senior Member

    Whats dream paralysis? Being paralized in a dream? Which never happend to me. But to me I since i dont know what it is, I would guess being stuck in the same dream or concept of the dream but different setting would be it. Which has happend to me many times.
    hehe i know it aint right asking a question with a question, sorry.
    But what is this dream paralysis you speak of?

    Thnx bye
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  5. Halo Full Time Nerd-Bomber Registered Senior Member

    Do you mean not being able to move in your dreams? IF so, I've never had dream paralysis. I've had dream molassesness tho where I move really really slowly. I guess it's about the same. Maybe the mind wanders off to another dimension therefore you don't move in your sleep and this in turn prevents you from moving in your dreams.

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  7. Thor "Pfft, Rebel scum!" Valued Senior Member

    I've always had a thing where I slow down on slopes no matter how steep it is or isn't.

    One moment I'm running from armed penguins (Yes, you heard me) the next, I can't get up onto the pavement

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    The Penguins gain on me and I have to jump onto te pavement, its weird
  8. Frieda Registered Senior Member

    anyone seen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas?

    remember the scene in the bar where that dude gets into a bad trip and sees dinosaurs, some of which are flying straight through him?

    well, i dream like that. the feeling of something flying straight through your body and you can't run away, you're paralyzed. it's so weird! i usually wake up screaming.

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  9. TreeLyfe Registered Senior Member


    If dream paralysis is actually been paralized in a dream, then nope, it has not yet happend to me, I'm glad it hasnt though cuz before I always had scary dreams, of me running from something. I use to see someone chasing me but I can never remember the whole face, its like theres a cloack over there head. But once I saw the mouth , he was grinning at me with sharp pointy teeth.. cant get it out of my mind. But those dreams are past, I think I figured out why I was having them cuz now there gone. I only have dreams of freedom , like being a bird. And I keep hearing someone talking to me like a guide, teaching me seriously. When I wake up I can hear it sometimes very faintly though and its someone trying to help me, I believe. I don't want to talk about what i hear cuz its hard to explain but its got to do something with spirituality.
  10. DjFrEaK Registered Member

    have either of you had the feeling that your falling, and you end up jumping? that always happens to me...
  11. Bobby Lee member Registered Senior Member

    What its like

    When I have Dream Par., Im always concious Im asleep in a Dream, I can even open my eyes a little and see the room.

    However, its like sitting in a theater watching a movie, but until it is over you cant wakeup or get out of it.

    Sometime's if your determined enough, or aware, you can force yourself to get up or roll off on the floor.

    I dont have them often, but when I do I hate it......

    These types have a significant meaning.

    Just exactly what there meaning is depends on the context of the dream, and what is happening in your daily life.

    In my opinion.....

  12. didjital Registered Member

    I have had it many times. It occurs just before "officially" going to sleep. I read a long time ago that this is a natural function of the brain, so as to prevent acting out dreams. ie: if I run in my dream, I'm not kicking my girlfriend in the back while my body attempts to run in bed.... scary feeling, I hate it. Usually coincides with a feeling of dread, like someone is looking over me. That dread keeps me from giving in to the paralysis and thus I fight like hell to wake up. This usually will happen several times before I'm so tired, I just fall asleep.
  13. boneanon Registered Member

    dream para

    I have experienced this often, sometimes while going to or waking from sleep and other times when I swear I am awake completely. I have been told by doctors that when you sleep your body will paralyze your muscles so that they can recover properly but that this only happens during deep sleep and that it could be possible do awake consciously before the body. I spent quite a long time trying to find a common denomiator for this event and was frustrated for many years not being able to find one. Later I found that stress caused from worrying or other anxiety can bring it on especially if I have a lack of sleep. I relate them to what some call a panic attack even though it is different.
    In reply to your specific question, I have had some dreams where I experience this phenomona while dreaming under the pretence that I am awake only to discover that it is only a dream when I do awake and find myself somewhere other than where I was in my dream state.
    It is normal to be upset from these events because of the lack of control and the fear that can be associated with the experience.
    I made several self experiments with them to try and determine the quickest way out. I have found that relaxation or allowing it will only make it worse while fighting it and trying to move will speed your recovery. What helps me the most is to focus on a single part of my body and use all my strength to move that part. It can be slow at first but as you begin to move you can recover quite rapidly.
    I have a question for you. When it is over, aside from emotional feeling, how do you feel?
  14. Crunchy Cat F-in' *meow* baby!!! Valued Senior Member

    I experienced it alot before my teens. It was quite annoying and
    was sometimes accompanies by audio and/or visual hallicinations.
    My extremities (fingers/toes) were usually somewhat unaffected
    by the paralysis and wiggling them broke me out of it.
  15. notresponding Registered Member

    I was already thinking that it had to do with some supernatural thing, because I have exactly the same sensations, but I feel someone grabbing or pushing me, and then I have to insult or kick this presence off me...It's very scary and this forum kind of relieves me of some more superstitious conclusions...I also agree that the best way to get the paralisys out is to focus on one body part, specially the elbows or feet. If anyone got more info or more experience please post them.
  16. Crunchy Cat F-in' *meow* baby!!! Valued Senior Member

    Of course. First and foremost there is no evidence that the supernatural exists. Sleep paralysis is typically accompanied by hypnogogic hallucaintion. It can affect any combination of the senses and superimposes itself upon external perception.
  17. Sputnik Banned Banned

    I have tried it - I was fully awake and could think normally, but I couldnĀ“t move anything in my body except my eyelids , could not even talk - luckily I had heard about it , so I did not panic totally - and I managed to fall asleep again ...

    I hope I NEVER get it again ....

    In my country (Denmark) it is called sleep paralysis - not dream paralysis ...
  18. Silas asimovbot Registered Senior Member

    I suffer from a variety of parasomnias including sleep paralysis and hypnogogic auditory hallucinations (only the other week I had extremely loud unbearable screaming in my head). They are definitely related to stress. I have had much improved sleep patterns since giving up drinking caffeine-laden Coke in the evenings.
    This is called a myoclonic jerk. Everybody gets them. There's a theory that it comes from when our monkey ancestors slept in trees and needed to have an instant reaction to falling out of it.
  19. Anti-Flag Pun intended Registered Senior Member

    I had to pick this part out as I think it sums it up quite nicely. For some reason there's a feeling of someone looking over you or in the room, and an urge to fight it.
    I only get this when I sleep on my back, and it happens in my dreams and then when I wake up(i've pretty much practiced forcing myself to awaken) it continues for about 2 seconds as I force myself out of it by desperately trying to move my neck. I've also had a case where I dreamt I was paralysed, inside of a dream, of a dream(quite complicated). Essentially I had to awaken myself 4 times in a row to get out of it and awake properly.
    Does anyone have a link to a scientific study on this? I always felt it was something to do with my necks position when I sleep as I don't always get it and only when I sleep on my back.
  20. Yorda Registered Senior Member

    when i had a sleep paralysis once, i had the feeling that my mom was trying to wake me up but i couldn't move and she sounded like she was worried that something was wrong with me. when i woke up "a few seconds" later (or whatever, that's how it felt) she was in another room and said that she touched me before but saw that i was asleep.

    i know i was just dreaming when i heard that she was talking to me and seemed worried. i wasn't "hallucinating", but dreaming (if there is any difference).

    i think sleep paralysis is like lucid dreaming, but you're even more lucid/aware.

    it's pretty creepy, but if i get a sleep paralysis again i'll just laugh to the fact that i can't move. because who fucking cares?
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2007
  21. jessiej920 Shake them dice and roll 'em Valued Senior Member

    It's happened to me only one time, your awake, but you can't move. I remember being scared because there was a dark shadow standing next to my bed. I have read a little bit about this and most people who experience this sort of sleep paralysis think that someone or something is trying to talk to them or communicate with them. I read that they're called Mara visitations. Some people think their paranormal, others don't. The point is it's weird...
  22. jessiej920 Shake them dice and roll 'em Valued Senior Member

    Weird. I didn't know that.
  23. versius Registered Member

    Constant Problem

    I just woke up from one of these incidents. I'm sitting here at just before 5 in the morning, terrified even though I know that nothing is wrong.

    For me, they happen anytime I sleep without the light on. I'm not really afraid of the dark, except for when I'm asleep. For some reason, if somebody turns the lights off on me while I'm asleep I get these absolutely horrible nightmares. Usually something like waking up in my house, in the dark and reaching for the light and not being able to get to it because I'm paralyzed and then I fight it and fight it and when I can finally move everything is screwed up and shadows are moving everywhere, but I can never reach the light, dimensions are all out of wack and I go on and on for what seems like forever... before I realize I'm still asleep and go through it all again and again and again. Eventually, I really will roll of the bed and be able to wake up and then I'm sitting up like I am now terrified to go back to sleep. I'm really afraid that I'm going to have a heart attack one of these days from this. My pulse gets insane and I can't catch my breath. It's really weird, because I'm not normally afraid of anything.

    But, over the years, this has gotten to where it is a guaranteed event if the lights are out and I fall asleep or if the lights go out once I'm asleep. As long as their is light, I'm okay. I don't understand this at all. I'm not afraid on my way to sleep; it's just when I'm waking up, but I really think that the light going off somehow sets off something in my subconcious that causes me to wake up and go through this.

    Anyway, I apologize if I'm rambling here; I desperately need some sleep and instead I'm googling for information on this.

    Best wishes to all.

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