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  • Every night, countless people wake up unable to move.

  • Their minds and bodies in the throes of a real condition called sleep paralysis.

  • When triggered, the symptoms are usually mild.

  • From tense muscles, to labored breathing.

  • But for some, the experience conjures hallucinations that make nightmares come alive.

  • Here are some of their stories.

  • Before I learned to cope with it, I've seen quite a few awful things.

  • Horror films don't really...they don't really do anything for me anymore because what I've seen is more terrifying.

  • The earliest I can remember is seeing a figure that looked like my mother sitting on my bed.

  • Her face is then morphing into some kind of demon.

  • Another time, a little girl was in the corner just staring at me.

  • Then without notice, she shrieks and runs up and grabs me by the neck.

  • You try to call for help but your voice, it doesn't work and your body won't respond.

  • You just feel helpless.

  • On one particular night, I felt like someone was looking at me from the foot of my bed.

  • I knew that nothing was there but I was afraid to open my eyes.

  • When I did, I saw a woman's head looking straight back at me.

  • She didn't have a body or even a neck.

  • Just her head.

  • I still remember the smirk she had on her face.

  • I closed my eyes immediately and I was unable to move.

  • When I felt it was safe, I opened my eyes again.

  • She was still there.

  • And she began to laugh at me.

  • I closed my eyes again, hoping she would disappear.

  • Then, I heard this scoff.

  • And she was gone.

  • So, I remember waking up and feeling a presence in the room.

  • And I see this woman in a black dress looming above the floor.

  • And she kept coming closer and closer to me.

  • I could feel my throat closing and I couldn't breathe.

  • As soon as she made it towards me she floated right in front of my face and started screaming.

  • I bolted out of my bed and I tried to wake up my parents.

  • Little did I know, I was still dreaming and I ended up back in my bed in another sleep paralysis experience.

  • It's something that's so wild and surreal that there's no logic to it.

  • So if you wake up one day paralyzed by horrific visions remember to stay calm.

  • And understand that your nightmares are only as real as you make them.

Every night, countless people wake up unable to move.

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Sleep Paralysis: A Waking Nightmare

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    Cindy Lin posted on 2020/10/07
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