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Is sleep paralysis contagious?

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posted on Aug, 29 2015 @ 06:08 PM
Im watching the movie : The Nightmare.
It is a new documentary about sleep paralysis. It is one of the better ones i have seen.
In the documentary, a guy is explaining his first time ever in SP. he said he never heard of it before until his girlfriend brought up her experiences to him. He thought to himself that she was crazy. That night he went home and had his first ever taste of SP.
Well this was a bit of a shock to me, because its a pretty similar situation with my wife and i.
I have been experiencing SP since i was a child. My wife never heard of it until i told her about it one night when we started dating. Wouldnt you know it, not the next night she had her first SP episode. She now suffers from it as often as I do. In fact i even made a thread about a shared sleep paralysis episode that we both had at the same time next to each other one night. What was even more of a shocker is that in this movie, a guy and his girl friend have the same thing happen to them.
So it got me wondering, can SP be contagious? I know many of you ATS'rs have experienced SP. Were you told about SP before it happened to you the first time? Or did you tell anyone else about it, and that someone ended up having a SP episode?

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posted on Aug, 29 2015 @ 06:32 PM
I personally doubt it's contagious. That's just from my experience with it though.

First and only time I had SP I was 16 years old and I, my brother and father were sleeping on the screened in back porch of our house. We didn't have A/C in those days. It's 40 years later and I still believe something came into that place that night and tried to kill me.


Over the years I've talked about the story, shared it with friends and family and even my children. None have had an episode or at least have shared it with me.

If it were contagious, I'd have people screaming all around me. (Which would be hilarious!) But it's not happening.

My opinion anyway,

posted on Aug, 29 2015 @ 06:35 PM
Scientifically its impossible...

Maybe youre more vulnerable to SP if you know the person sleeping near/next to you experienced it you can too, im sure theyre is a psychological term what what im trying to communicate.

It like watching scary movies before you sleep, its just a made up hollywood film, but arent you more paranoid trying to sleep after watching the insidious?

No worries someone smarter will come along for a better explaniation

posted on Aug, 29 2015 @ 06:36 PM
Good point.
I was just taken back when i heard on the doc. That he never even knew what it was and that night has his own episode. And how identical pf a situation that was with my wife and i.

posted on Aug, 29 2015 @ 07:04 PM
that movie is the teets, i really dug the studio transitions. the hag drops in on me once or twice a year, usually in winter, usually when i'm stressed.

it looks like there's a link between temporal lobe epilepsy and sleep paralysis. check these out.

epilepsy and sleep

abduction or sleep paralysis?

there's plenty of forum noise about it, but it's all totally anecdotal. you can find that stuff by searching "sleep paralysis tle"

anyways, the brain is an electrical organ, and puts out an emf. i know this is a massive stretch, but maybe those seizures can affect the brains of other people sleeping in proximity to the sufferer. after all, no one saw exactly the same apparition, they just saw some freaky # at the same time.

posted on Aug, 29 2015 @ 07:22 PM
I'm of the opinion that SP as defined, meaning a state were the bodies sleep paralysis is working even though the brain is conscious, happens and is explainable as just that.

Then there are those few instances where it sure seems some poorly understood entity (or plural) is behind it... as in an experience I had where I awoke to a "presence" but could move, and did, and I both saw a depression on my bed and felt something there.

I know of others who had unexplained attacks at night that SP doesn't cover... but get the skepticism of those never experiencing it. It's not understood yet.

Most of these are very, very likely explainable Sleep Paralysis episodes, though... and although there are still some unknowns, "catching" SP seems unlikely.... though perhaps not impossible.

Having a nasty quasi-physical entity attacking someone, and anyone proximate, might be a possible answer for those instances.... knowing full well how whacky that sounds.

edit on 8/29/2015 by Baddogma because: clean up

posted on Aug, 29 2015 @ 07:50 PM
I've never heard of it being contagious. One way I think science can explain it would be that our bodies put off a measurable electromagnetic field at all times.

When you go into sleep paralyses the reason you can't move your physical body is because your consciousness is detached from your physical body and attached to your electromagnetic body.

Possibly when sleeping next to each other your electromagnetic fields over lap and become synched. This causes you both to have sleep paralysis at the same time?

Another thing I thought which seems more plausible to me is the subconscious mind is very receptive and imprintable.
This is why things like subliminal advertising work.

I believe you are accessing different levels of consciousness when in states like sleep paralysis. Beliefs themselves play a huge role on your consciousness when dreaming, astral projecting, lucid dreaming, or in sleep paralysis. (which is just a precursor to astral projection)

Sleep paralysis is the start of an astral projection. An astral projection is basically staying conscious while your consciousness is shifting from being aware of your physical body to being aware of the dream state. The dream state is heavily influenced by your own belief system. Dreams are an echo of what happens in the past or what you expect to happen in the future.

Therefore when you hear about sleep paralysis for the first time, it kinda trips you out and you think about it for a while. Then when you go to sleep the sub-conscious part of your consciousness remembers that and gets afraid and sends you right into sleep paralysis.

But don't worry. when you have sleep paralysis it is a matter of trying to physically move verse trying to mentally move. It is slightly different way of moving your body. You must make a mental motion to move rather than a physical motion, its kinda hard to explain. Its like flying in a lucid dream. You must break your belief that you are stuck on the ground, or stuck in your body.

posted on Aug, 29 2015 @ 08:00 PM
About being attacked during sleep paralysis...

It is all in your mind. It is your own belief system that creates an attack when in actuality your only stuck in place in what seems like your physical body.

You have to understand that this is a basically a dream. In these levels of consciousness what you believe to happen is what you get.

So in sleep paralysis, you are in the non-physical realm already. When you try to move physically it doesn't happen because you have to move mentally. Your subconscious then creates a conscious seemingly real symbol to accompany the feeling you are having.

You created this demon, or person or whatever it is, so you have complete mental control over it.

Next time you have sleep paralysis relax, understand that you are in the non-physical realm, feel out the electromagnetic feeling, lose all fear, and try to fly or pop out of your body.

Fear is the battle here

posted on Aug, 29 2015 @ 08:28 PM
okay, i've been rolling this around and doing some quick research. i think i can throw some more # at the wall and hope it sticks.

the brain generates a very weak emf, and most action potential events cycle @ 10-70 hz. i can't find voltage/current figures for what happens when a temporal lobe seizure occurs, but the hertz rate shoots waaaaay up to 140 hz. if the voltage were sufficient, the field generated by the original brain could cause the brain a few inches over to cycle at the same hertz rate, which would mean that they would experience similar, but not identical, effects.

can someone please poke a few holes in this?

posted on Aug, 29 2015 @ 08:42 PM
a reply to: ATODASO

I was thinking something along those lines as well.
Sort of like One persons brain is transmitting the other person in close proximity is receiving, thus becoming susceptible.

In the words of the great Morpheus:

your mind makes it real.

posted on Aug, 29 2015 @ 08:45 PM
In reference to the epilepsy and SP.
There are many times i came to with my head is a seizing motion. Ive even asked myself was i just having a seizure.
Such a bizaar phenom.

posted on Aug, 29 2015 @ 08:46 PM
a reply to: Macenroe82

i guess i should have mentioned way the # back up in my first post that the temporal lobe is where we process raw visual/auditory input into information. when that # gets jacked up, people experience hallucinations and/or full blown psychotic episodes.

so that right there would account for the hags and top hats.

posted on Aug, 30 2015 @ 01:19 AM
I would call it a synchronicity.

Sometimes being told about a phenomena increases the possibility/probability that you will experience it. Part of the Quantum entangled reality we inhabit.
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posted on Aug, 30 2015 @ 09:50 AM
a reply to: Macenroe82

not contagious, the evil thing just loves spooking people who are in times of despair! They dont let go until you sort your life out and become hapy in your life!

posted on Aug, 30 2015 @ 12:34 PM
a reply to: TruthxIsxInxThexMist

I dont think thats the case. I have an excellent paying job, married to a beautiful wife, we have 3 children. we have everything and anything we would ever want.
Things are great, living the dream.
So i have no idea what the cause is

posted on Aug, 30 2015 @ 04:55 PM
Whenever I have weird experiences falling asleep like sp I become aware that I am sleeping and need to wake up after a few tries. I have had other crappy falling asleep problems winch my doctor called hynogogic experiences. We figured out it was sleep meds I was taking.
There is a part of me that wonders about hag riding. Somebody sending out hate or hateful magic to me. Maybe somebody is having really hateful thoughts about me. I personally put my faith in the Lord but there are ways to psychically protect yourself when in need. Sage clearing the sleeping area and then salt clockwise around the bed or even whole home is a simple remedy if indeed there are any negative energies at work.
I do like booyakashas response to the matter.
Deep breathing grounding meditation is good for the mind while protecting the etheric body. Connecting to the Earth is very calming for overall wellbeing.

posted on Aug, 30 2015 @ 10:26 PM
a reply to: Macenroe82

I have it all the time. I've told lot's of people and don't think they have had yhe experience.

Consider this. It is more likely environmental factors like stress and sleep deprivation may contribute to having it. If you live with someone or share a life with them you likely share some od your stresses.

posted on Aug, 31 2015 @ 05:51 PM
a reply to: GogoVicMorrow
Good point

posted on Oct, 19 2015 @ 09:16 PM
I'm very interested in the hallucinations.I've only had sp once when I had an awesome obe.My first one. I thought I was going crazy. I was very relieved when I found Robert Monroe's books. I'm just wondering if anyone would mind sharing their experiences, especially ones who suffer from hypnopompic hallucinations. Are the hat man or the shadow people real to you? Do you feel the bed move like it's slamming or rocking? One more thing. Does anyone see spiders?

posted on Oct, 19 2015 @ 09:30 PM

originally posted by: Pamelalove80
I'm very interested in the hallucinations.I've only had sp once when I had an awesome obe.My first one. I thought I was going crazy. I was very relieved when I found Robert Monroe's books. I'm just wondering if anyone would mind sharing their experiences, especially ones who suffer from hypnopompic hallucinations. Are the hat man or the shadow people real to you? Do you feel the bed move like it's slamming or rocking? One more thing. Does anyone see spiders?

You can read my experience, aswell as another members experience here:

I do believe it can be contagious, you plant the SP seed in their head, they think about it at night, they fear it, that fear brings anxiety, that anxiety bring the SP attack into effect.

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