What is Sleep Paralysis? | Kati Morton

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  • i had sleep paralysis once and it was one of the most haunting experiences of my life. I was sleeping in my mums room this one particular night and i remeber waking up in the middle of the night and seeing the whole room except there was the dark figure almost praying over my mum and I just had this feeling that it was comming for me next so i went to turn over but i couldn't move, and it just so happened that the position of which i was stuck in was that i was on my back and my two hands where up next to my head either side, so i was completly open. This obvious freaked my out so much not being able to move, and i had all this pressure on my chest like someone was pushing down on me. So as i go to scream i was unable to open my mouth as much as i tried it was like my lips where glued. so to get my mums attention i tried breathing really loud and heavly and then all of a sudden i was able to move again and i could talk. But this switch into moving again and being un paraylsed I never like "opened my eyes" so when people told me that i dremt this whole situtation I find that hard to beleive as i never "open" my eyes from being paraylsed and then to being released. This was my only experience with sleep paralysis but since then i bought amythist to ward off any "negative energy" in my house.

  • I have something a long the lines of sleep paralysis all of the time, especially when I go back to sleep. I don’t get the whole hallucinations thing though, it’s more of I’m dreaming that I can’t wake up and I can’t open my eyes and I feel like there is a weight in my chest because our breathing is slowed during sleep. It’s more like I’m aware that I’m sleeping because of my dream and it’s a very unpleasant feeling

  • I too have been having these sleep paralysis episodes for some years now. I learned to deal with it, it doesn't happen in the classical way anymore. But… the scary part is, i realised by experience and trial that it is an entity that visits you and takes partly control of your body. You are able to fight it, it always just lasts a very short moment. That is when you realise that something is wrong. It has nothing to do with muscle failure or bodily failure (as some doctors say). Your body is partly being possessed. It always only happens when you fall asleep, at least this is my experience.

    Here is what i came to discover by accident. If you rub yourself in olive oil, your whole body don't leave anything out. Only then will you have a paralysis free sleep. These entity's enter your body through the sweat pours of your body. If you rub your body with oil, they cannot enter. Sometimes you see or hear crazy things in your dreams. You can teach yourself to be self aware when this happens. If you do this repeatedly you will get better by time. I have had experiences which cannot be explained by sleep paralysis related issues alone.

    Example: Waking up while being held down, not able to move and something is tickling me in the arm pits. I'am laughing out loud while at the same time not liking the experience at all. I kept fighting it till i came loose, i was fully aware of what was happening the whole time.

    Another crazy experience, at 12.22 in the above video people are sharing their experiences about what happens during sleep. They see or feel that something is close. Whenever this happens, what you can do is spit air in its direction. Do not be afraid, it will attack you, because what you just did is, you hurt it by blowing at it. These creatures are Djins. Djins are created from a fire like substance, what happens when you blow at a fire? 😉
    I have experienced this myself, whenever i saw or felt something wrong in my sleep, in my sub conscience i recognised that it had to do with this thing. It never approaches me any more near my face, one time it did. But with 2 fingers at my lips it held my lips together. While i was trying to blow from the sides, i still defeated it, cause it didn't like what i was doing.

    My story may seem fake or crazy for some, but i share my experience about this in the hope that others benefit from it. Maybe there is a cure by trying, not much is known about this phenomenon. This sleep overtake is not something to make fun about, i might help someone with this. Or you might find something else that will help me, all i want to do is share, by sharing ideas we could possibly overcome this sad and annoying sickness.

    Thank you

  • I've have sleep paralysis since I was about 8 I think it could be lower and along side not being able to move I can't speak ever and I always get nightmares and its only been in recent years that I've been able to get my self put of it and not be stuck it in for god knows how long

  • I'm 15 and just had my first episode a few months ago, I swore I saw something opening my door and stood by my bedside and it looked over at me and got right in my face. I can't really describe it, but it was bad enough that when I finally woke up I was crying and couldn't breathe straight and could no longer stay in my room for that night. The second time it happened I felt something sitting on my chest and strangling me when I woke up I still felt the pressure on certain areas of my throat. I've only had a few times and I'm scared to talk about it because I don't want to seem crazy.

    Great video:)

  • I get sleep paralysis a lot but I’m used to it

  • usually for me, I experience sleep paralysis if I try and fall asleep without any kind of stimulation… normally I like to sleep with tv on or something because it allows me to concentrate on a particular thing because I feel like if I don't, my body panics when it knowingly falls into the sleep stages and tries to prevent them from happening (resulting in sleep paralysis). But if I trick myself into staying up and focusing on something until I crash, my conscious brain doesn't even realize its asleep.

    Same thing happens if I'm dreaming and i figure out it's a dream. I freak out and end up paralyzed and I have to shout inside my mind "wake up!" until my body finally listens. cool video, it's so interesting to learn about why things happen the way they do :^)

  • This video really helped

  • “…my bipolar patients..”
    **my patients with bipolar disorder.

    person first speech is important, too. but whatever.

  • I just heard of sleep paralysis, and I thought it sounded very strange. After watching the video, I learned that my "nightmare" I had about two years ago was actually sleep paralysis. I was awake, and I saw a figure out of the corner of my eye start walking towards me with a knife. I was about 13.5 at the time, but I still ran towards my parents' room as soon as it went away, because it was that chilling.

  • Thankfully. I've only ever experienced this twice. On both occasions I woke to what felt like pressure on my chest & neck (someone sitting on my chest and hands around my neck pinned to the bed unable to move bar REM). I learnt by the second time to lower my heart/breathing rate – which shortened the second experience.

  • I have this every morning as I'm waking up, and usually every time I call asleep. Benadryl helps at night but not always. It's miserable.

  • A while ago, It used to happen many times a night that I started dreaming that I’m having a sleep paralysis alongside having some that I actually lost track of things.

  • The brain is extremely powerful if we use 100 percent of it what could we be capable of?

  • so last night i felt as if i was floating , litterally my arms felt like sticks and i remember waking up and i could barely open my eyes , i couldnt even find the energy to move. Then my head i felt it feel so weird and i had to sleep with the light on.

  • I can even open my eyes during sleep paralysis, I just feel as if someone has picked me up or people are talking next to me
    When it happens I know that I’m in sleep paralysis but I panic so much and I try to relax and then violently move but it doesn’t wake me up until I’ve done it 3 times and even after I wake up and try to sleep again i immediately fall back into the paralysis

  • I’m used to it so it’s not scary anymore

  • Happens to me regularly and its always scary hallucinations! I´m able to feel them and hear them but its happened enough times for me to know that its not real. Although I know that nobody has an explanation because its common to see the same dark characters and thats something nobody can explain

  • I discovered through this video that I have sleep paralysis. I always thought I was just crazy. I have the worst nightmares but now I know where they come from! Thank you!

  • I’m 12 almost 13 and just got it for the first time last night but I was on my stomach. I woke up in the middle of the night and i had trouble breathing I couldn’t move my hand and I couldn’t open my mouth that wideeee. I also heard my name being yelled 😔

  • does anyone know if sleep paralysis can happen multiple times a night?

  • Overcome it? No thank you, Sleep palarysis is comfortable. Just freezing for a moment. Its almost like dreaming but awake, i can even hear what i what dreaming about… (Also the reason my upload schedule is so bad…)

  • It's a pain in the ass

  • I suffered with this for years and I never knew "sleep paralysis" until I spoke to someone about it. I thought it was just a nightmare and that I was just dreaming. I would not be able to open my eyes or move my entire body .. or even be able to breathe properly – and I would be desperately trying to. I even thought I was getting up and shaking my door open screaming for help.. and then my body would eventually wake me up and I would soon forget about it – it is the most scary experience.

  • Last night, I experienced sleep paralysis for the 3rd time. I knew I was entering the state of rem, I felt my soul wake up. I didn’t see any dark entities, but I felt like I was burning. The burning sensation stopped but I still couldn’t move. Then the burning started again. Is there an explanation for this?

  • I started as a baby, I remember being in a crib in my parent's room, I tried to cry but my voice would not come out, they never noticed it, I had have this for years, almost every night, even during a short nap on the couch. I was scared to go to sleep. I knew I was awake I tried very hard to move at least one finger, if I could I would be able to move. this went on for years now that I am older hardly every happens anymore. I know now what it is but what I don't understand is why during sleep paralysis we always see horrible beings. I also felt like I was floating, or out of my body. I wonder why is that. I am always sleeping on my back when it happens. My youngest son used to sleepwalk and talk in his sleep, my oldest never had any experience of any sort, I wonder if it is genetic.

  • i am terafied of sleep paralysis

  • I've experienced sleep paralysis a number of times now. Some instances I can almost control, almost like I'm talking to myself and controlling my breathing to try not to panic. However, last night was completely different……it genuinely terrified me. It was as if someone was trying to drag me out of bed, I could literally feel their hands on me! I understand it's part of the process etc but this time I truly was scared 🤷

  • Do u also hear Voices too

  • What worked for me is breathing as fast as you can. Cause that's the only thing you can control. You'll get dizzy and wake up. Let me know if it works for you.

  • Terrifies the crap out of me. I scream my head off, to wake myself up. No thank you… bye felicia

  • When I would have it my brain would always make me think that I would be hearing someone walking towards my room and it scare me that I would try to move and I can’t but now I know thanks

  • I get it going to sleep not waking up and always feel like someone is watching me but never had seen anything couple of weeks ago while I was have one I though I was whispering to my partner and tapping him but once I wake up or get control of my body I realize I didn't do it I never sleep on my back it happens on my side or when I sleep on my belly there all about been on there back does anyone know when u dream u wake up and doing things then u actually wake up its crazy and when I do have it I feel it coming on I hate when I can't control it

  • I’ve had sleep paralysis when i was about 8 and i remember it like yesterday. It was so scary.

  • When I have sleep paralysis I don’t see or hear anything would that still be sleep paralysis. And also notification squad!

  • I begon to try to lucid dream a week ago, and after 10-20 minutes trying to trick my body that its sleeping, and i get REM when im awake its so scary.

  • I’ve suffered from sleep paralysis since I was little and I’ve noticed I get it when I’m up later than usual, or if I’m up a while in the middle of the night and go back to sleep. It doesn’t scare me anymore but sometimes I do experience scary things and like really realistic dreams during and that’s not fun.

  • And I laid there in my bed
    I saw frogs coming out of the dirty pond
    And I laid there in my bed
    My eyes where open but I was silenced
    And I laid there in my bed
    A bed so cold as the frozen coast that freezes the slightest mist, mist so cold as the reptile blood going through its bones,
    And I laid there in bed
    I felt a chill In my spine, which gave me pause and realized this chill was kinda funny and was quite pleasant, I knew that that silence I was having is my own insecurities of jokes so vulgar I can't repeat for my tongue is free of guns
    And I laid there in bed
    I knew it was time to act so I turned this fear into hope, I turned this jail into mail, mail of new so good as the victory after a long game, and I saw code, code so powerful that I controlled, I coded with the tool of creation capable of manifesting mountains moving from land to land,
    And laid there in my bed
    Having a dream so vivid I could only feel the feelings of determination and confidence and I spoke the code into the program

  • Is it sleep paralysis when I will wake up because for example I thought I was falling of a cliff but would not move

  • Both my son and I have had sleep paralysis, but it starts with a presence. We wake feeling it, unable to move then…it drags us. We can physically feel hand on our bodies or throat. Just this morning he called me at 7am after being woken up by this feeling. Hands on his throat. He told me it dragged him up his bedroom wall and in a flash he fully woke up in bed (of course) What would cause this feeling of a supernatural presence? I, myself, had an episode where a dark, clawed, shadowy hand tried to drag me from the bed. I couldn't move. I tried to scream for my boyfriend to help me. I heard myself attempt sounds but it was garbled. I finally "woke up" but I was so frightened. Something is going on.

  • I believe this just happened to me!! So, I decided to get a few extra hours of sleep by falling back asleep one early morning… since I didn’t sleep much the night before. I was having a dream (it wasn’t a nightmare or anything) and when I felt like I was trying to wake up from that dream all of a sudden I felt my eyes slightly open (not fully), but I couldn’t move my arm to take the covers off me!! And there was ALLLOOOTTT of loud ringing in my ear/head during this as well!! I could NOT move at all! I kept trying soooo hard to move, but I couldn’t. Then my body finally snapped out of that moment and then I woke up! Can someone help?? Was that sleep paralysis?? The loud ringing scared the SHIT out of me! I was laying on my side by the way

  • I have sleep paralysis.everynight I do.last night I couldn’t breathe because of how I was and I couldn’t move I was so scared.

  • I've dealt with sleep paralysis a few times over the past year or so. It has only happened on days where I do not have to get up at a specific time, and I've already woken up at least once and decided to go back to sleep a while longer. I'm home sick from work today and I went through two different bouts of sleep paralysis this morning. When it happens, I tell myself that I need to get out of bed but I can't. I even imagine that I've pulled the blanket off and moved to get up, but then I find that I'm still lying there under the blanket. It's a bit scary and frustrating.

  • Wait can sleep paralysis happen at a very young age?

  • I used to face it almost everyday few years ago.. This is scary as hell and really exhausting.. I am glad that I don't have it that regularly now.. I gave it a time to heal itself..

  • My first of many episodes of sleep paralysis i genuinely thought i died. In my head i just was existing in total blackness and no sound other then my own thougts. My second thought was i accepted that i had died and wanted to see what happend next. If its me and my thoughts for all eternity i think id be fine i think im hilarious lol. But when i woke up i jump up and boom my eyes close and i literally got put right back into sleep paralysis. Also if u get stuck my trick is wiggle either your toe or finger and swing it back and fourth and build up momentum to wake yourself up.

  • My mom wakes me up every morning , I'm still in bed while sleeping awake . I don't hear her but I'm awake , and my brain is not responding …weird

  • Shiiii I thought a hag was on me and 🤣🤣🤣

  • Is it weird that this happens to me almost every day

  • hi katie! just found the channel and if you still read all comments i have a question. sometimes i will be asleep for about 5 minutes and i will already begin to dream but within the first few seconds of the dream, i will stub my toe or walk into someone and i will jolt awake accompanied by a deep breath. id love to know what it is and why this always happens to me and if it happens to anyone else

  • I remember having sleep paralysis when i was young…. I only had it once and it was very scary…. Never again

  • Thanks for your video! I had my first episode last night and I’m grateful to find content that is informative and helpful and not FULL of scary images. Lol!

  • I’ve had this a lot but I never usually never see things scary the only thing I have seen was my parents talking and me trying to talk to them but I can’t but they weren’t in the house when I was asleep

  • The only one i had, i was "sleeping" amd i almost couldnt breathe, then an old man atbthe other end of the room naked and hairless, like saggy wispering "help me" while aproaching me

  • I'm really scared now

  • The most annoying thing about this is that once i kinda wake up from it I would still feel so sleepy not able to stay awake knowing that it would happen again but then the sleepiness took over causing me to have sleep paralysis more than 5 times in one night. And my family tells me I sleep talk pretty much every night but the thing is I rarely remember the dreams I had.

  • Thanx for being informative and not upload a video full of demons, alien abductions and scary music like most of the sleep paralysis videos. 🙂

  • Im not sure if its sleep paralysis, but one night, I woke up in the middle of the night in my bed trembling, i could move a bit but i felt very cold and frightened about something… i felt like i was dying… can u guys tell me what was that?

  • two years ago I heard someone killed my 17 years old brother and after that my life is completely changed . I was woke up walking very long time in the midnight . I was walking in the highway my body was sleep . police catch me and I woke up . long time is past that company I was worked last year there is no job available the only was is possible quite job just focus my study language . last week Saturday and Sunday night I was sleep in the middle of night I had nightmare dreams . I had paralysis very badly . something unseen force choking me I try to screaming but I can’t . my eyes open my body is completely fainted . on Sunday night again I had paralysis choking me very badly finally I woke up

  • I've seen a story of someone who goes through horrible sleep paralysis all the time.

  • Great tip that’s helped me is focussing all your energy on moving one finger or toe to break out of it. Mine used to last 5 minutes, now only a few seconds

  • If you let go during that state of mind, especially of your fears, you can experience some pretty amazing journeys. I consider the ability to experience this as a tremendous gift. Also, if you go over a certain threshold during the experience, you will never be in fear when that happens again. It least this is how it went for me.

  • What if I always wake up like 2 hours before I want to so I go back to sleep but I have sleep paralysis instantly for like 5 minutes then I wake up? And I get to scared to go back to sleep :/

  • Thank you for this video

  • Worse thing ever 😭😭😭😭 I cant sleep

  • sleep paralysis is happening to me about once a week

    in this time i'm seeing a lot of things trying to make me scared

    yelling people , ghosts , some of my siblings trying to kill me and a lot of insects on the ceiling that impossible to be exist

    i don't think it's because of mental pressure i have no reason for that

    yes my eyes can move , and the body doesn't

    but i can hear horrible things and feel the touch of a lot of it in that moment .

    the most annoying that a lot when it happens to me when i wake up after it happens and i still need to sleep it happens again in less than 2 minuets i don't know if i went to the rem or not

    any theories ??

  • I've heard somewhere that there is a link between sleep paralysis and bipolar disorder. As in it is more common in people with bipolar. Is there any truth to this or anything to support this or am I mistaken? I experienced sleep paralysis for the first time once when I was a teenager and then not again for many years, it was an isolated incident. But in the last couple years along side the development of my mental illness, sleep paralysis has become increasingly more common, starting to happen every month or so, then every couple weeks, then multiple days in a week, now sometimes a ridiculous amount of 3-4 times in one night. Sometimes ill wake up from sleep paralysis only to drift off and become paralysed again within a matter of minutes. really weird considering how rare this phenomenon is and that it usually only happens once or twice in a person's whole lifetime, meanwhile it's become such a common occurrence for me that I've pretty much just gotten used to it.

  • Sorry Kati you are so wrong. There is something going on in another dimension. It has nothing to do with waking up in REM periods you are so far off the mark!!

  • I've had sleep paralysis for years, as part of a sleep disorder (either idiopathic hypersomnia or narcolepsy type 2; my neurologist hasn't yet firmed that up). Last night was the first time I had really vivid hallucinations with it to the extent that when it finally stopped I was screaming. The neighbours actually called the police because they thought something terrible was happening. So I'm refreshing my memory on what I can do to help it, because thanks to medication it's not happened for a while.

  • I have it every night its been 20 years

  • Man oh man took me fifty plus years to know what this was man

  • i remember very slightly when i was little laying on my matt at school this happend to me and i was scared bc i couldn’t get up when nap time was over and i couldn’t move at all

  • I have a problem with this. I'll be so half awake, half asleep it feels like i'm on drugs. My lizards lamp was talking to me, it's so weirdddd! My dad has night terrors & my brother & when I was younger I would see things that weren't really there when I would wake up or about to go to sleep. It's horrible. I'm waiting for therapy bc I can't deal

  • A bit late on the comment, but I have something I must say. I myself have experienced these almost traumatising night terrors, but I have realised that before it happens I get a burning sensation on the back of my head, and I begin to twist and turn and scream before awaking in a nightmare world. Yep I’m totally fine!

  • I remember having sleep paralysis when I was younger and I legit could not breathe and woke up super sweaty and confused and then ran to my moms room

  • The part about getting a regular sleep routine was so true for me. I used to get it all the time. Like every night for a few months and multiple times a night. I had so much that I began to kind of enjoy it and was able to start controlling the voices. The actual not being able to move part always sucked. The first time I had experienced it, it scared the living you know what out of me because it was the night I first watched The Amityville Horror. Now I have a more regular sleep pattern and haven't really experienced for a while.

  • Both times I experienced this it was about 8 hrs before I had full control of my muscles to walk

  • I was told that means the devil is riding your back

  • "Literally had a dream once that it was some damned little goblin dancing on my chest. Woke up! And it was my sister's chihuahua." 😵😆

  • My first time having sleep paralysis I thought I was going crazy. I saw shadows shaped like people with only eyes. Literally no other facial features. It freaked me out real bad and I kept on seeing them. I freeze when I'm afraid, so I don't know its sleep paralysis or a combination of schizophrenia and fear. Any ideas?

  • i love this… btw new subscriber from malaysia 🇲🇾🤪

  • I’m an adult who had never experienced this until this morning FML. It’s weird because I woke up and decided to turn around and sleep a little bit more and then it happened. I was dreaming and I argued with my mom so I ran into my room to avoid her, then she went upstairs calling me (I guess to talk it out) and I tried to say “come in” but my mouth won’t move. I tried to sit and I felt like I really did a little bit but fell into the bed again. Then mom was in my room and asked me what’s wrong and I tried to say “I’m dizzy” but my mouth would not get beyond “I’m”. I fought it desperately until I woke up. Scary af 😣 I’m going to see my mom right now lol

  • This is very helpful, I have always been afraid during sleep paralysis but now I feel like I will be calmer now I understand why it is happening

  • I experience this often, and there's always a feeling of electricity and a loud buzzing sound. Apparently, if you push through it you can experience an OBE. I haven't gone that far yet.

  • Hey Kati ,
    First thank you for all those educational videos !
    Regarding sleep paralysis , it's some how chronic with me . When I go to bed, it happens with me at least for 8 to 12 times each time till I get to sleep completely.
    It's no more horrifying for me.
    It's just annoying when you're paralyzed and cant move, I need a solution very soon .

  • call upon the name of JESUS and it will disappear, happened to me last night i couldn't move but i was fighting it, it was LADY DEMON clinged to my chest trying to have a sexual intercourse with me so i REJECTED, i almost thought i would DIE, kept saying JESUS with so slow speech and it started to disappear, if this happens to you and you finally REGAINED yourself just say a little PRAYER and REBUKED it in the name of JESUS.
    Romans 10:13-15For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

  • Where was this place when I had a presentation

  • thanks..

  • I may be wrong, but I think I've had sleep paralysis once or twice. I remember waking up once as a kid (probably around 4 years old) and I woke up and tried to move, but couldn't. nothing more happened. It lasted a minute, maybe half, then I could move. I may have messed up my sleep schedule or I may have been a little shaken after having had a hospital experience that still leaves me scared of medical locations and injections 10 years later.
    another was seeing the TV on with a stranger, more faded and creepy looking version of a tv show, but I don't remember trying to move. I'm nearly positive I was around five years old.
    Again, I'm probably wrong with inaccurate memory, not the typical hallucinations and not knowing my age, so if anyone could clarify that's a possibility, that'd be nice. I don't dwell on it, but now that I think back, it was fairly weird

  • When I have sleep paralysis I usually just go back to sleep and wait till it goes away because I am so use to it but it eventually stopped and I haven't had it in a while but to tell the truth I thought I was crazy 😴😥😤😆😆

  • Hapens me a every now and again. At first it was terryfying, but now that i know what it is, it's kinda cool actually.

  • Same exact thing happened to me the he had horns and red eyes and was running up to me fast accross the room and loud footsteps while I hearing loud screaming in my ear and once it reached close enough to my face I woke up. Scariest experience ever. I used to have it so much I was afraid to even go to sleep anymore … I felt like it was some type of presence in that house and my room specifically. Another time I was laying on my stomach and facing the mirror and forced to see the demon and felt my bed shaking and was raped I remember crying while I couldn't move and was so aware I wanted to pick up my phone and call my boyfriend and wanted to yell out my parents name and couldn't because I was paralyzed. It still scars me till this day. 💔

  • I just had it 3 days in a row is that good or bad.

  • Is that normal I thing not but at least we live

  • I had sleep paralysis only once, it was the old hag with a black veil (this was way before insidious came out, I was shocked when I saw insidious) and gown and she opened my door and she was getting closer and closer and closer and closer and she reached her hand out to me and then I could move again. I was more confused than scared, apparently sleep paralysis isn’t always linked to sleep problems, the old hag is definitely not a good sign but I haven’t seen her since.

  • i hear voices when i have it. i hate it. only saw a person next to my bed once though

  • I am here because I'm in serious need of help. I'm certain that at this rate I'm going to get a heart attack and nobody will know how I died.

  • I experience something that no one mention. I feel a powerfull buzzing shockwaves flowing rydmicly on each side of my head. Around the ears. I can turn the energy up by letting go and go with it. But then it gets to intense and i panic and the buzzing energy gets lower. One time i made the energy so high it felt like i had thousands of wolt in my body and electrisity shot out from my left side of the neck. It was painfull but at the same time not. And i had a strange feeling in my neck for some hours in the morning

  • It's like some force is trying to pull me in a deep sleep and I can't resist or open my eyes trying to wake up , move, talk

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