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
No but really sleep paralysis is fucking terrifying.
This is excellent advise I must keep in mind.
Sleep Paralysis is, indeed, fucking terrifying (first-hand experience), so if it happened to you or to anyone you know and there’s a possibility it can happen again, read and share this.
I REALLY NEEDED TO KNOW THIS AND OTHERS SHOULD KNOW THIS TOO. This is the very god damn reason I can’t sleep in the fucking dark. I’ve only had it once but that one time was all I needed to erase my long time in therapy and bring me back to step 1. I had no fucking idea what sleep paralysis was and the fact that it gave you hallucinations. So please, if you have debilitating horror triggers, READ THIS. PLEASE DONT SCROLL PAST THIS, YOU MAY NEED THIS.
woah, thanks to this post i actually learned i have sleep paralysis and not lucid dreams… amazing.
I know I’ve reblogged this before but I want to reiterate some other sleep paralysis facts:
Sleeping in the daytime or with a light on can trigger sleep paralysis because it can cause you to be partially asleep/partially awake. So can sleeping in an unfamiliar place.
Sleep paralysis doesn’t only cause visual hallucinations. I usually do not see anything unusual but I hear voices or whispering all around me or other creepy noises like footsteps or once I heard a cat licking in my ear but there was no cat in the room. I’ve also had sleep paralysis where I felt like I was being dragged out of my bed but couldn’t move until I finally realized that even though I felt like I was moving I was staying in the same spot. That’s when I knew it was sleep paralysis.
Another common thing with sleep paralysis is for your brain to try to explain why you can’t move by inserting a person or monster or ghost holding you down.
Thinking about it and learning about it might cause it to happen a little more at first but it will also help you realize what’s going on while it’s happening allowing you to feel more in control. Once you know what causes it and how to control it, it probably won’t happen as much. At least it worked that way for me.
Finally sleep paralysis is more common in high school and college because you are under a lot of stress and not getting enough sleep. So if it’s just started happening to you, that’s probably why.
Work tomorrow 12-3
Day off Monday
Work Tuesday 12-3
Wednesday 12-5 then Bayside with @crashing-through-the-clouds
Thursday 12-3 then State Champs.
Aka it’s almost State Champs day and that’s how I’m getting through my doubles this weekend.
Celebrating the beginning of October with cute pumpkins and a reference to Blink 182🎃🍂
and i’ve traced your shadows on the wall, now i kiss them whenever i’m down.
it looks like he started a conversation with the skeleton
pete wentz makes an unlikely friend
Bet you $10 that skeleton is in the next FOB video.
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I am very much dressing in the spirit of October today. I am wearing my Tyler Ennis sweatshirt because regular season hockey starts next week :)
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