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Paralyzed by itzkarlos Paralyzed by itzkarlos
when I was a child, I experienced sleep paralysis for the first time. If anyone else has been through it before, you know the horribly terrifying feeling. this is my take on it.

edit: You wake up, but you canít move a muscle. Lying in bed, youíre totally conscious, and you realize that strange things are happening. Thereís a crushing weight on your chest thatís humanoid. And itís evil. You might have even felt afraid but could not call for help. This condition is called sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis may leave you feeling frightened, especially if you also see or hear things that aren't really there. Sleep paralysis may happen only once, or you may have it frequently -- even several times a night.
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CIAE13 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013

I wasn't going to comment but decided against it since this's my frequent condition. I actually get this a lot, and like you said, sometime I have this the whole night long. Wake up with this, then really wake up, fall asleep again because I was too tired, and get this again. All night long.

In my country, they call this 'bóng đè' or 'ma đè', basically means 'a shadow lying over you' or 'a ghost lying over you'. I also happen to have something with my 'spiritual energy' that actually welcome ghosts. 

I've been living with sleep paralysis for four years. So I feel your fear, hey.

AngelsHeart27 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Did you see the old hag or just get paralyzed?
JARF92 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
looks like a mix of American Horror Story: Asylum and Slender Man :)
FullmetalHaruhi Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I've had something like this happen to me twice but I wasn't sleeping.I was walking to my room and then my vision got cloudy,my whole body started going numb and I was leaning on the wall. And TH second time was in my room and I think I saw a figure in the door.I don't really remember....
LakotaWolfie Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I've had it before, now that I think about it. Not something actually touching me, but I was only 7 and I was so scared my whole bed was shaking.
It was just a black shape of a man, nothing special, but by god it scared the living shit outta me when it came closer until it almost touched me, he never really did touch me though, he keeping looking at me and the spot he was going to touch before I finally forced myself to sleep.
MacLiss0723 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Seems like an excellent take from what I've experienced with it
RainbowStr8ghtJacket Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i remember in my general psychology class when we got the chapter on sleep, when you start going into the first stages of sleep you can have hallucinations along with the paralysis as you start to go into REM sleep....if remember correctly ^^;
KnoxCreativeCo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've experienced it as a child and yes I agree it's terrifying! I've grown out of it but I still remember the experiences for they happened quite often.
Zuyia Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really good work :D
And I know this horribly feeling very well.
I have this until know about six times I think. One time I remember very well, I dreamed that where under water and I can't breathe and I tried to open my eyes, or move my body, but it haven't worked at all. I have no feeling for time, as this happened, but I it endet, as the noise, that I've heard, endet :/ I really never forget this creepy moment.
alphawolf540 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
You know, I've had this before. Never saw any faces or anything, but just couldn't move. Also something you didn't mention, I couldn't get any words out. I distinctly remember trying to speak, but all that came out was a little air noise from my throat, and even that was greatly muted. In fact, now that I've talked about it I believe that this is the source of one of my more recent nightmares, where only my head is floating above water and I can't move the rest of my body.
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