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21-04-2016, 09:06 PM
RE: Christians and Sleep Paralysis
Sleep paralysis -- along with hypnagogia, or hallucinations while falling asleep -- can be a symptom of a sleep disorder such as apnea. If it's a frequent occurrence, a referral to a specialist for testing might not be a bad idea.
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22-04-2016, 02:17 PM
RE: Christians and Sleep Paralysis
I used to dream of falling, and when I woke up I could swear that I landed on the bed.

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22-04-2016, 02:43 PM
RE: Christians and Sleep Paralysis
(21-04-2016 09:02 PM)Sam Wrote:  I don't think that is actually sleep paralysis... I think that's called a false awakening.

You're correct, the two can be experienced together usually after the first few times of realizing I'm not actually waking up I will experience paralysis and realize I can't move or open my eyes. I then feel panic and severe anxiety and start to think if someone comes in, robs me or hurts my dog I won't be able to do anything or if the house caught on fire, etc. but I've never experienced the feeling of a demon or a malicious presence.

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22-04-2016, 03:08 PM
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I once woke up and thought I was paralyzed......

Turns out I's just drunk as shit, and fell asleep with the ol' lady sitting on my face......................


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Hey -- it happens.............

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heh

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22-04-2016, 04:52 PM
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(22-04-2016 03:08 PM)onlinebiker Wrote:  I once woke up and thought I was paralyzed......

Turns out I's just drunk as shit, and fell asleep with the ol' lady sitting on my face......................

Half ya luck mate! Big Grin

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28-04-2016, 04:03 AM
RE: Christians and Sleep Paralysis
Maybe it's about time we made Jerusalem:
OUR-usalem.
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28-04-2016, 06:18 AM
RE: Christians and Sleep Paralysis
(21-04-2016 08:24 PM)Heatheness Wrote:  I have had a few episodes of sleep paralysis. The last one about a month after I bought this house I'm in now but I did not think it was a demon attack. Actually, I thought I was being assaulted. I woke because I thought I felt someone pinning me full-bodied to the bed. I couldn't move and I actually felt like I had the weight of a grown adult laying on top of me pinning me down. I tried to scream, to move and I was near freaking out (I have a bit of claustrophobia and it kicked in big time) but my mind was working fast and I realized in just a minute what was happening as it'd happened before a few times. I focused hard on just moving my finger tip. The minute I did, the frozen body thing completely vanished. I was fine but wow what an experience.

I can certainly see why people in the old days thought they were being attacked by demons, succubus and gargoyles. Scary. The first time I experience this I was about 14 and yes I was afraid to tell anyone. The second time I was about 30 and I just looked it up on the internet. Smile

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I've had many such episodes. I've seen a dark figure at the end of my bed whilst in a paralysed state a few times. Even tough I know what the cause is, I still have a feeling of terror.

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28-04-2016, 07:13 AM
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(21-04-2016 08:02 PM)CosmicRaven Wrote:  I know at least two people who are Christian and have dealt with sleep paralysis. At least that's what I think it is. The symptoms fit really well. They think they've had actual demon attacks though. Sad

I told the one who is my friend. I'm afraid to tell my teacher, though. I get that it feels real. I believe that it felt real to them. Both said that the demons went away when they asked Jesus to save them.

I feel bad that they've had to deal with stuff like that.

Yeah, it fits with their narrative. I can totally see why they believe it.

I (think) I had this happen to me once when I was nine. Because my dream wasn't remotely religious, I didn't parse it as any type of demon attack, so the experience didn't add any "evidence" to my religious beliefs.
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28-04-2016, 11:56 AM
RE: Christians and Sleep Paralysis
As a regular "sufferer" of sleep paralysis (1 episode every 2 months or so), I can say it's definitely something that's going to fit a religious or spiritual person's idea of demonic attack.

You most certainly feel a "presence" in the room and you feel as if it's aim is to hurt you. Often times I don't see anything directly but always sense something just out of my peripheral.

I'm always alarmed at first, but with such regularity of the occurrences I've now developed the ability to relax, close my eyes and wait for it to pass. I still feel the aggressive presence and have to consciously ignore though I know there's nothing physically there.
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28-04-2016, 12:25 PM
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My ex in China used to get sleep paralysis and it freaked her out because her grandparents always told her stories about it being because of angry ghosts and shit like that. I was able to successfully convince her that it was a well documented, relatively common, and easily explained condition that, although quite unnerving if you don't know what's going on, is not a big problem.

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