A GIF showing what it’s like to wake up with sleep paralysis.
You’re forgetting the terrifying hallucinations
As someone who’s had sleep paralysis multiple times, let me tell you that if your mind has woken up and your body hasn’t DO NOT ATTEMPT TO OPEN YOUR EYES. Wake your body up first by slowly trying to move it, wiggle your toes and hands, then gradually work your way up until your body is fully awake. Opening your eyes when you have sleep paralysis is hard enough, but when you do there is a good chance you can see hallucinations like this.
I also have been the victim of sleep paralysis too many times, its bad enough without hallucinations, and so i thought i would add some info on sleep paralysis for anyone who suffers from it.
- As Shada said, wiggling toes and hands are good ways to snap out of it, although other small body parts work, even humming/talking (although things related to breathing might be more difficult). Just FOCUS on one part, its hard to regain control, but easy to become paralyzed again.
- Once you can move again, dont go right back to sleep, you might get paralyzed again. Or have the worst dreams of your life. Turn on a light, do something relaxing, like reading a book. Its been said that looking at a light before sleeping can prevent sleep paralysis.
- Sleeping on your back rises the chances of you getting sleep paralysis. If you get it a lot, pay attention to what position you are in when it occurs.
- Hallucinations, the best part, arent just things like in the gif above. They could be anything from just dark shapes floating around, to scary monsters and demons to sounds and feeling like something is shaking/touching you. I’ve had an experience where it felt like my bed was shaking while a metallic screeching sound roared whenever i tried to breath. Solution? ignore it. Its all you can do. Hallucinations cant actually do anything to you, and you cant move again if you’re being distracted. And once the paralysis is gone, so are the hallucinations.
- Most people dont really have to worry, they will only get it once or twice in their life. Maybe not even ever! :D
listen to the person above when they say you should NOT open your eyes, because chances that you’ll see something that is uniquely terrifying to you are strong. and if it’s really bad, you might even start seeing scary shit even when your eyes are closed
my tip is to imagine the most ridiculous image/scene ever and keep replaying it in your head, over and over again, like robert downey jr butt naked or hugh dancy being confronted by police for taking pictures of airport carpets, etcetera etcetera
trust me. it works
reblogging because this is important and because you mentioned Hugh Dancy and his ridiculous airport carpet obsession
This honestly sounds terrifying. Like hallucinations are one thing, but having them and physically not being able to move sounds like the worst thing that could ever happen to you.
How do you guys know those are only hallucinations?
Fuck you. Fuck you a hundred times over.
I don’t claim to be a professional or anything, but this shit is no fucking joke. Just reading this caused the hair on the back of my neck to stand on end and me to tear up. I experience sleep paralysis several times a month, sometimes all in the same week, and it’s just… It’s horrifying. You can barely breathe. And for some reason, my eyes are the first thing that open when I’m paralyzed. Fucking sucks.
To add to the list of advice above, panicking makes it worse. It causes your muscles to lock up and breathing to become harder. Try concentrating on your intake of air. Don’t limit it or anything - that can cause you to have a worse panic attack - but try to slow it down, count your inhales and exhales, keep your mind away from everything else.
Another good tip that helps me is tell it to go away. Repeating ‘this isn’t real, this isn’t real.’ No matter what the person above says, no matter if it is or isn’t real, with anything (demons, beasts, ghosts, whatever) the trick is not letting it have power over you. The more you assert yourself, the more you boost your confidence and strengthen your thoughts, the less likely you are to fall to fear. Try sleeping with protective crystals under your pillow, a cross above your bed, anything to put you at ease and help you relax before sleeping. Tigers eye is a favorite of mine. Chai or sleepy time tea helps a lot as well. Also, try sleeping on your stomach, As mentioned before, sleeping on your back increases your chances of paralysis - though it can happen in any position, I fell asleep sitting up one time and went through an episode.
AND WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, TRY TO FORCE YOURSELF INTO LUCID DREAMING. I cant stress this enough. No matter how cool it is to be able to control your dreams, if you don’t know what you’re doing (or even if you do know, because shit happens) you could wind up throwing yourself into one of these episodes. It’s not something you want to willingly experience.
Everything will be alright, no matter how terrifying the episode of sleep paralysis may be, you can walk yourself through it.
As someone who used to experience sleep paralysis multiple times a week. The best trick I can give you is move your tongue to the top of your mouth. And from there try to move your head if you can’t do that, reset. Try again with the tongue. You will usually break out of it within 5-10 seconds with practice. Keep your eyes closed. Opening them only makes it worse. It let’s panic set it because you are trying to wake up but your body won’t move and you now visually affirm you can’t move and there might be some creepy fucking thing in the corner of the room.
Lucid dreaming can be an enlightening experience if you know what you are doing. Don’t lucid dream when you are upset. Pleasepleasepleaseplease. If you wouldn’t do acid, don’t lucid dream. You mind must be at ease. Hallucinations can be a terrifying thing when in a waking state. I used to walk into my friends apartment to find her curled up in a ball in the middle of the room with all of the furniture pressed to the walls with all the lights on. She’s less than 5 foot and some how moved a 300 pound desk.
Basically. If you go into a state of sleep paralysis. Try the tongue. I can’t remember who gave me the advice but if I could I would send them a slightly soggy piece of a toast with a thank you letter burnt into the side.
When you wake up and the screaming doesn’t stop. Still don’t panic. It will go away.
JUST. DON’T. PANIC. <3