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 Post subject: My encounter with sleep paralysis
PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:05 am 
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The reason I (formerly Hacker) decided to come back and post was due to an experience with sleep paralysis that I had last night. I had originally thought it was a nightmare, but sleep paralysis turns out to be the more likely culprit.

I wake up to the feeling of something scuttling out from under my bed. Then there is a tall shadowed figure standing at the foot of my bed, holding my legs up by the ankles. My first instinct is to scream, but no sound comes out. Only seconds later do I fade back into sleep and resume dreaming as normal.

But if it was sleep paralysis, how were my legs being held up? Could I have somehow ended up in that position during the course of sleep? Unless it actually was only a nightmare. But I cannot tell for sure.


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 Post subject: Re: My encounter with sleep paralysis
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It's Hitler's ghost.

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 Post subject: Re: My encounter with sleep paralysis
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Come on Bears, try to be serious here.

It's obviously Hermann Göring's ghost.

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 Post subject: Re: My encounter with sleep paralysis
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If it's anyone's ghost, it's Goebbels'. He's my patron Nazi.

Then again he wasn't that tall...


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 Post subject: Re: My encounter with sleep paralysis
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Propagandist Caius wrote:
If it's anyone's ghost, it's Goebbels'. He's my patron Nazi.

Then again he wasn't that tall...

10/10 response.

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 Post subject: Re: My encounter with sleep paralysis
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In your half awake state, maybe you were lifting your own legs up and didn't realize it.

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 Post subject: Re: My encounter with sleep paralysis
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But I couldn't actually move anything other than my head and neck.


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 Post subject: Re: My encounter with sleep paralysis
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Sometimes you hallucinate in sleep paralysis. Which is like dreaming except it's like 10 times more terrifying.

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 Post subject: Re: My encounter with sleep paralysis
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I find it so odd that sleep paralysis is psynonymous with some kind of nightmare concept or a frightening figure. Why would that happen? Is it almost like a night terror in consciousness?

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 Post subject: Re: My encounter with sleep paralysis
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Because the word "paralysis" in the term isn't there just to make it sound fancy. You are paralyzed when it happens and you're still dreaming. So you end up seeing weird things against the backdrop of the real world and you're incapable of moving to do anything about it.


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 Post subject: Re: My encounter with sleep paralysis
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But why do you only see things that make you scared?

Because of the fear that the paralysis brings on?

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 Post subject: Re: My encounter with sleep paralysis
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Is this a film for a Terror Tortellini Movie Night?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne_(2011_film)

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 Post subject: Re: My encounter with sleep paralysis
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When it happened to me I was visiting a relative at University of Iowa. I was completely unfamiliar with the state as I usually just drive right through it.

I woke up, to my horror I saw a silhouette of a person standing over me. He pressed a finger against my forehead and he seemed to say, "Why don't you try to get up?" I tried to knock his hand away but I couldn't move at all. Then I just fell back asleep and woke up later, still kinda pissed though.

I'd suspect it happens in areas you're unfamiliar with, but the phenomenon happens to people in their own beds so it has to be caused by something else right? Maybe just the brain waking up before the rest of the body. I don't care to experience again.

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 Post subject: Re: My encounter with sleep paralysis
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That's actually kind of an interesting thought. Why does our mind instantly go to the most terror inducing paranoid state of mind it can? Why don't we hallucinate pink elephants telling funny jokes while we're paralyzed?

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 Post subject: Re: My encounter with sleep paralysis
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I think we just try to justify the paralysis. Thats why a lot of people claim to see something sitting on their chest or just something evil in general.

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 Post subject: Re: My encounter with sleep paralysis
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I gotta say, I've never experienced this ever, and the only exposure to it I've had is via the Internet.

So y'all are crazy, so far as I'm concerned.

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 Post subject: Re: My encounter with sleep paralysis
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the only time i had it was in north dakota this summer. with that metal thing. that was horrible. recently though i've been having increasingly realistic dreams, to the point where i have a hard time telling when i've woken up or when i'm still dreaming. not throughout the day or anything, but when i'm napping or trying to sleep for the night. i'm fine when i wake up all the way.

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 Post subject: Re: My encounter with sleep paralysis
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In my only experience with sleep paralysis, what I saw wasn't inherently scary. Just a human-shape silhouette standing over me and looking down. It was just the fact that I couldn't move and didn't know what the hell was going on at that moment that made it disturbing.


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 Post subject: Re: My encounter with sleep paralysis
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I've mentioned my sleep paralysis experience in the irc before.

I don't much like to talk about it.

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