Have you ever woken up but haven’t been able to move or speak, have a horrible weight on your chest, and see terrifying things around you? You’re not alone. What you experienced is called sleep paralysis, a disorder many used to be believe was some kind of demonic experience. Because of that, the condition is also called the sleep paralysis demon or old hag syndrome. Thankfully, it isn’t demon possession but a person’s inability to move smoothly through the stages of sleep. It’s a pretty common condition, too, with about 4 in 10 people experiencing it at some point in their life. What’s worse are the stories people tell of their experiences, the dark figures, the voices, the touching, and all the bizarre things going on inside their heads while they lay helpless. Ready to lose a little sleep tonight? Here are 25 creepiest sleep paralysis stories.
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A Dark Creature
As a child, one Redditor would get sleep paralysis once in a while. Waking up on their back, they’d see a dark creature in the corner of the room but couldn’t move. They’d try hard to scream or speak but couldn’t. Right when they could move a finger, it would rush at them.
Another Redditor tried lucid dreaming with a special sound wavelength from their phone. During the night, their eyes shot open, but they couldn’t move. They saw a 9-foot-tall dark figure in the corner with an ugly face. Soon after, they heard scary sounds. They didn’t do anymore lucid dreaming after that.
Sleep Paralysis at 10-Years-Old
At 10-years-old, one Redditor took a nap before school and woke up struggling to breathe. A heavy weight was on their chest, and there was an orange tint to everything around them. They then heard laughter; after that started, they blacked out and woke up minutes later.
Paralysis During Nap Time
Imagine getting sleep paralysis and feeling stuck without the ability to let someone know. That’s what happens to one Redditor anytime they take a nap. Being stuck in sleep terrifies them every single time. They have to wiggle their toes to notify their girlfriend that they’re still awake.
Just Saying Goodnight
For another person, the first time with sleep paralysis was the worst. Sleeping on their side, they experienced the usual heavy weight on their chest. Not able to move, they panicked and then heard a voice whisper in their ear, “Just coming in to say goodnight.”