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So I was recently watching a YouTube video on how to lucid dream, and I came across a point in the video about sleep paralysis. I looked up on google what sleep paralysis is, and it scared the living daylights out of me. I am afraid to go to sleep because I am afraid that it will happen to me! Please help calm my nerves.
 

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Many people never experience sleep paralysis in their lives, so it may never happen to you.

I first experienced sleep paralysis when I was 17. It was scary, and the paralysis and hallucinations seemed real at the time, but it helped that I was studying science, and I was able to figure out that it was a natural, biological response. Nowadays I experience sleep paralysis about once a year, and it hardly bothers me at all.

I've always found that I can avoid sleep paralysis if I sleep on my side (and I believe that is true for a lot of people), so if you are concerned it might be worth sleeping on your side, rather than your back.

Remember: It is unlikely to happen to you, and if it does, you will be able to get through it, and even understand that it has a perfectly natural explanation.
 

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Oh, experienced that before, but only twice.
Once when I am 6-10 years old and once last year.

Tried but can't speak and move while feeling something nerve cracking approaching my door.
Then I woke up, everything back to normal.

It is something that hard to forget but unlike nightmare, it is not consistence and terrifying enough to haunt you (since Iit happens rarely and it can be controlled).
I just assume its an experience what should had happened if I placed in such a spot in real life so its not a big deal to me.

Have a nice dream :happy:.
 

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Just call on the name of God or Jesus Christ and the demons won't get to you
Also stop scaring the shit out of yourself on purpose.
 

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So I was recently watching a YouTube video on how to lucid dream, and I came across a point in the video about sleep paralysis. I looked up on google what sleep paralysis is, and it scared the living daylights out of me. I am afraid to go to sleep because I am afraid that it will happen to me! Please help calm my nerves.
tends to be genetic. if you haven't had it already then you probably won't. my family has this problem by the spades and yes, it's unpleasant. you just have to train yourself during normal dreams to be able to alter the dream. and if you get the 'hag on your bag' you just ride it out.

but yes, it sucks. i thought for years i was demon possessed or something.
 

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So I was recently watching a YouTube video on how to lucid dream, and I came across a point in the video about sleep paralysis. I looked up on google what sleep paralysis is, and it scared the living daylights out of me. I am afraid to go to sleep because I am afraid that it will happen to me! Please help calm my nerves.
Some things you can do:
1) Reduce stress
2) Have a better sleeping pattern. Follow the body's circadian rhythm. Go to bed at a fixed time. And have a comfortable place to sleep - no lights, completely dark, comfy bed.
3) No caffeine before bed.
4) Other issues such as sleep deprivation and sleep disorders can contribute to this.
5) Don't sweat it. Refer to number 1.

Have a pleasant dream!
 

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I used to suffer from sleep paralysis. It can be very freaky, I remember times when I felt there was a very malignant presence in the room and I wanted to scream, but I couldn't. I also felt like something was sitting on me half the time. You'lll be in a sort of dreamy mindset, not your normal conscious self, so you'll believe that there are demons and the like wanting to torture you.
 

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Do not be afraid! It does happen to some people mostly younger though. It is rare but not uncommon. I have quite a few when I was in my early twenties. Many sources state that in majority of cases happens when one sleeps on one's back. There is a theory that find most plausible why this happens
The thalamus (a small but dense deep brain structure highly interconnected to body and cortical regions {what we consider major part of our brains - white and gray matter} and involved in receiving sensory information) goes to sleep some ten minutes before the cortex.

When falling asleep, the thalamus shuts us off from the outside world, but the cortex continues to function which could explain, as the researchers hypothesize, how hallucinations can arise when we fall asleep.
What I noticed that less I resisted and less I got scared, the less they kept happening. I did not have any inkling of something bad happening, I always had an opinion during these years of my life that this is something physiological. I grew up in the culture where we did not talk a lot about spirituality or malevolent entities or anything like that (socialism).
 

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So I was recently watching a YouTube video on how to lucid dream, and I came across a point in the video about sleep paralysis. I looked up on google what sleep paralysis is, and it scared the living daylights out of me. I am afraid to go to sleep because I am afraid that it will happen to me! Please help calm my nerves.
Just tell yourself before you go to sleep that you don't want a lucid dream tonight. For me it helped.
I read and tried to force myself into a lucid dream state at some point as a teenager after I read about it. It worked but it felt like my brain was heavily resisting to letting me manipulate my own dream, and tried it's best to stop me, sending me to sleep paralysis accompanied by a terrible feeling of dread. That scared the heck out of me, and i was afraid to go to sleep for a few nights after that.... So I just told myself "don't dream tonight" before I went to bed, and that's simply how it went, no more nightmares...
Also-as long as you keep yourself level headed and calm yourself down while in sleep paralysis, knowing it's nothing more than your brain not realizing that you woke up, it's fairly easy to just calm down and wait it out, the last time I had it i simply told myself "You're in sleep paralysis mode, it's time to wake up", and that's what happend after a minute.
 

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Sleep paralysis isn't pleasant; I've had it several times - the brain is awake but the body isn't. I usually deal with it in two ways: either by trying to move a finger or a toe; or just relaxing and letting myself sink back into the arms of Morpheus. The thing to remember is that it usually passes very quickly - it's probably less than a minute.

And, um, yeah; demons. What?
 

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I've had sleep paralysis a few times over the past couple of years, and every single time it happened, I was both stressed and sleep deprived, which I'm sure are factors that brought it on in the first place. So, solution? Don't stress out over it. The idea of sleep paralysis can be scary, but just think of it as a random bad dream. They don't cause any damage; no one likes them, but if they happen, there's not a lot you can do about it after the fact. Learning about sleep paralysis can help you know what's happening in the rare instance that it does happen to you. But if you've never experienced it before, there's no use worrying about it now, because it probably won't happen to you.

Maybe try watching some ASMR videos to calm down and destress before sleep.
 

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I don't see why you would.

I've had episodes of sleep paralysis since I was a kid, and it is scary but it does end.

If you haven't had one yet though, I wouldn't worry about it.

Even if you do, it's just something you deal with in life. I didn't realize it could be genetic. My cousin was telling me how she also experienced it, and so does her sister. So it kind of makes sense.

But yes, sleep paralysis can let you lucid dream, but you have to get through the fear first and realize you're dreaming, because a lot of times sleep paralysis is like a place in between dreaming and waking where you can go either way. But if you're too scared, you won't be able to control the dreams. If you get past that fear then you can use it as a jumping off point for lucid dreaming.

The way I first lucid dreamed (far after my first sleep paralysis as a kid), it was after reading a Carlos Casteneda book. I looked at my hands. That's basically the instructions--when you are dreaming "look at your hand" but not for too long--just enough to wake your conscious mind and realize you are dreaming. Then, once you're aware you're dreaming you can do other things.

However, I rarely lucid dream and never really fully lucid dream. There's usually an element of my dream I can't control. And I even "meta-dream" sometimes, where I'm in a dream state (which is like autopilot) but then I know I'm in a dream...people will talk about how we're dreaming etc.--it's kind of unnerving when I wake up and think about the implications of such a conversation or interaction with those who were aware I was dreaming, even while I was still on autopilot.
 

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ive recently had several sleep paralyses while having nightmares. its kind of amazing, but awful.
 
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I've had sleep paralysis throughout most of my life. It's unusual when it does happen, when it does I'm asleep on my back always, or possibly in a recliner. Have wondered if I could speak in those moments, think not. It's no fun but doesn't last very long.
 

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I've only ever had sleep paralysis sleeping on my back. I get it a lot, maybe twice a year. I don't necessarily see anything weird or scary. Sometimes I just wake up at night and find that I'm paralyzed, but there's nothing else going on. It probably helps that I don't believe in what I see during these episodes anyway. One time I saw this thing that looked like a cartoon ghost version of a KKK member. It kept inching closer but I was more, "Um... what is that" than "zomg scary ghost". Another time my vision was sepia-toned and static-y like I put a vintage filter on my eyes.
 

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It's not really that bad. I have some sort of sleep paralysis quite often. Most often I see weird insects in my room or in my bed. What happens is that I usually go and hunt them down, because I get so scared and I won't be able to sleep like that. But I can actually move. Then I usually just fall asleep again pretty fast lol, I'm used to it already. In the beginning I'm always scared as shit but later I realize that this can't even be real. And the next morning I'm usually just like LOL how can you even think that this was real?

Sometimes it's more scary tho. For example once a giant hand came into my room and just.. ehm... moved around and I couldn't move. And another time some sort of vampir was in my room and I couldn't move either. But it's usually over pretty quickly for me and I fall asleep again. And as I said, the situation is scary, but in the end it's just like... haha lol.

My ex even used to make fun of it, he was like mimicing me the next day about the things I said, because I wanted him to help me and stuff. Just treat it a little lighthearded, because you know... it's not real.
 
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