Sleep paralysis, inability to move or speak – testimonies

dreamingWhat is sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis is when during awakening or a falling asleep, a person is conscious and aware but unable to move or speak. It can occur while falling asleep (predormital sleep paralysis) or when waking up (postdormital sleep paralysis). It is equally common among men and women, but it is more common among young people (like young teens.)

Feelings of fear and panic are naturally common during a sleep paralysis, and some have felt sensations of electric vibrations running through their body as well as hearing static sounds. Some have had such bad experiences during their sleep paralyses, like seeing the shape of someone in the room, that they fear going to sleep. Some suggest that lack of sleep might be a contributing factor for people prone to get a sleep paralysis, but I have heard of even more testimonies where the exact opposite is true – where individuals have had plenty of regular sleep and yet experience sleep paralyses.

Factors that may be linked to a sleep paralysis might include:

  • Being a young teenager
  • Sleeping on the back
  • Having had lots of sleep and feeling relaxed

I have often wondered if the blood factor RH 0 Negative (0 -) might be one of the triggers for a sleep paralysis, but I have no statistics for this. About 7% of the world’s population have this blood type including myself.

My own experience

My first postdormital sleep paralysis lasted about 15-20 minutes, and the second one  lasted for a couple of minutes.

My first one occurred when I was a young teenager, about 14 years of age, and I believe I was sleeping on my back. It was late one morning, about 10.30, and that is when I usually woke up in my teens without an alarm clock. When I woke up I could open my eyes and look around, but I could not move or speak. My entire body was completely paralyzed and I could not move even if I tried. I was wide awake so it was definitely not a dream, a hallucination or similar. Naturally I was frightened but I took for granted that this highly unusual condition surely must stop right away because I was awake after all! However, regardless of my severe attempts to move I was still paralyzed.

If I would not have been able to see, I would likely have panicked, and also if it had happen during the night when it would have been dark. Fortunately I was able to see, and it was light with sunshine coming in from the window. Apart from my paralysis, everything looked and appeared as normal and it was therefore not a frightening atmosphere. I still longed to hear sounds from any family member outside my door, because this would hopefully help my body to wake up? But I heard no one, and after some time my body woke up by itself.

My second experience happened soon after, but I cannot remember if it was days or weeks in between.

I have had numerous predormital sleep paralyses in my life, even if I had not had them the last 10 years. I did not realize at the time that the two types of sleep paralyses were connected, nor that they were even called sleep paralysis. In a way the predormital sleep paralyses were more frightening even though they only lasted for seconds, because then I could not even open my eyes, it was dark in the room and I had a strong sensation of fear. Usually you are not aware of the moment when you fall asleep but during a predormital sleep paralysis you will suddenly be aware of the exact second of falling asleep. Maybe this does not sound too bad, but it is extremely frightening to not be able to move or speak in combination with a nightmarish feeling – and the knowledge that you will likely not succeed to overcome the situation (by sitting up in bed) but you will be dragged down into a sleep against your will. This type of paralysis might happen both when you are about to sleep for the night, but also later during the night when you wake up with a paralysis.

I remember when I was a very young child – like 4 or younger – when I was afraid of sleeping due to the feeling of being totally absorbed into my pillow and not being able to move. I felt that I was dragged into a nightmarish feeling from the very start, and I desperately tried to prevent it but always failed. I also had plenty of nightmares and hallucinations during this time, but this is not uncommon among small children. (These types of hallucinations should not be compared with sleep paralyses, which are real.)

I have read testimonies from people who have had “out-of-body experiences” (or astral projections) and it seems like at least some of them start with a sleep paralysis. It is when they fight hard to get out of the paralysis when they suddenly feel that they are being lifted up and move towards the ceiling, where they turn around and can see themselves in bed. I have no means of knowing if these experiences are true or not, but maybe they are since “near death experiences” definitely seem true. Sure, some of them might be lies, and others might be exaggerated or misunderstood, but I truly believe people have experienced them. At times they have been able to describe dialogues among the hospital staff during the time when they (the patients) were actually “dead” – before returning back to life. Many have described the light, an encounter with angels, communication without words and even a meeting with God who tells them that it is not time …

Up to as many as four out of every 10 people may have experienced a sleep paralysis. Have you? Please let us know about your sleep paralysis experience or an out-of-body experience.

Eccl. 12:6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

6 thoughts on “Sleep paralysis, inability to move or speak – testimonies

  1. I experienced it once and it was a demonic attack. it was when I was in my teens, I was in to all kinds of sinful behavior including occult activity. I was actively trying to have out of body experiences.

    (I was raised Mormon…)

    So anyways, this happened and I could feel a demonic oppression over me, like it wanted to harm me. After about a minute, and I don’t know why given my background, I called on Jesus Christ and it immediately stopped and I was able to move.

    I wish I could say that I became a faithful servant after that, but I backslid badly. This is why I do believe we can lose salvation, and why both Luther and Calvin are fatally wrong on scripture.


    • Thanks for this, Morris.
      This was very interesting to read and it’s good to see that the name Jesus Christ once again can make a difference.
      I pray you will stay on the right track.
      God bless!


  2. Yes, I was unclear about the waking up. First, I thought I had woken up, but found myself in a state that I recognized as something between dream and real life. My head was completely clear, as in normal life, and I thought that I must get out of that dimension I had come into. So, your description of the brief predormital sleep paralyses is more or less a description of the experiences I have had. Definitively another dimension and a “nightmarish semi-dream world”! The real waking up happened, when I got out of this state, and then I couldn’t fall asleep again, was only terrified, and thankful I had got out of that hell. I do not know, either, how I could see that creature behind me. Did I turn my head in the “vision”? Usually it is not possible, in this third dimension state, to move the body by any will power. Somehow, though, it just happened. But apart from that move of the head (or what it was… ), I felt paralysed and couldn’t move the body,


    • OK, thanks for clarification. I can understand that you must have been totally terrified after that experience.

      Reminds me of a couple of other experiences.

      One was a hallucination. I was a teenager and I hadn’t experienced hallucinations since I was a child. I had woken up in the middle of the night and couldn’t go back to sleep. I was bored, and I stretched out a foot from under the blanket and looked at my big toe while moving it up and down. Then I pulled my foot back in under the blanket again, but I could still see my foot and the big toe moving just as before outside the blanket! Freaky!

      Another episode did actually not scare me even though it should. I was sleeping alone upstairs in my daughter’s room and I woke up in the morning (with sunshine from the window) by a sudden heavy noise when someone was running up the stairs. Which family member was in such a rush upstairs? The steps could be heard running to the room where I was in, and the door swung open. A total stranger entered and rushed straight to me! I had time to see that he was a “blue collar worker” (he even had blue overalls on) and then I woke up. For real this time, because what happened had been nothing but a dream. I didn’t even have time to be scared.


  3. I have experienced the phenomenon, and I am convinced it has a demonic dimension. The first time I had the experience, it was very strong. I was in the process of becoming a follower of Jesus, hadn’t fully decided yet, but was very drawn to the gospel. Once, when I had been reading in a book, written by a believer’s conversion, I fell asleep, and then it happened. I woke up and couldn’t move, and I felt a demon behind my back, holding me in a prison-like grip. I saw his hands around my wrists, in front of me. The hands had holes in them (imitation of Jesus’ sores). I tried to turn my head to see, who it really was, and when I succeeded, I saw the ugliest creature I could imagine. Now, there was also another creature in the room, a stronger one, but not very visible, it flew like a batman close to the ceiling, and I could just see its black shadow. And it said with a scornful voice something like this: “Don’t you think that it is possible to get the forgiveness of sins. No, you must go through many prisons.” Of course, I was terrified, when I woke up.

    After this first experience, the “attacks” started to come regularly, but never so strongly as the first time. Every time I called on the name of Jesus, and the demon(s) fled. I found that that worked. It was the only thing I knew I could do, in order to get out of that “third dimension existence”. However, by the years the attacks have gradually diminished. Today, I can’t even remember, when they happened last time.

    Although I think the phenomenon has a demonic dimension, I can also see that there is a link to wounds in the human soul/spirit, especially fear, and probably also to pure physical factors. The demons are often drawn to wounds, weaknesses etc. When a person gets more healed, balanced and grows in confidence with regards to God’s protection, it becomes more difficult for the evil spirits to have any success in scaring that person, and they retreat.


    • Hello there!

      Wow, what a horrible experience that must have been! I can’t even imagine!

      When you say that you “woke up” I suppose you mean that you woke up from your paralysis but did you also mean that you woke up from this … dimension? Did your experience feel like a dream or hallucination? When I had my long sleep paralysis I was just as awake as I am now writing this, but when I had my brief predormital sleep paralyses I was sort of in another dimension. I was awake and conscious of where I was (and that I was close to be dragged into sleep), but I was also in a nightmarish semi-dream world.



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