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a cure for sleep paralysis

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posted on May, 9 2010 @ 05:18 PM
i know this topic has been touched be4 here on ATS.But ide like to share a lil insite on this very scarry curse they call sleep paralysis ,and hopefully my words can put you at rest or better yet battle incubus when it attacks . i like you who are reading this thred suffer from the terrfying dissorder huants me almost every night here i have cut and coppyed a lil bit of info on it

Sleep paralysis is now being studied as an explanation for terrors in the night, which have been experienced by people across all cultures and for thousands of years. If one is looking for a purely physical and scientific explanation for these terrible nightmares, this one works quite well. For some it will offer relief but for others, doubt.

Sleep paralysis is a condition in which someone, most often lying in a supine (face up) position, about to drop off to sleep, or just upon awaking from sleep realizes that s/he is unable to move, or speak, or cry out. This may last a few seconds or several moments, occasionally longer. People frequently report feeling a 'presence' that is often described as malevolent, threatening, or evil. An intense sense of dread and terror is very common. The presence is likely to be vaguely felt or sensed just out of sight but thought to be watching or monitoring, often with intense interest, sometimes standing by, or sitting on the bed. On some occasions, the presence may attack, strangling and exerting crushing pressure on the chest.

There are a number of historical and urban cultural myths, which can be, somewhat, explained by this experience. The Incubus, which appears in ancient literature, is one such example. In the book Incubus by Kiessling, It was described as half man half beast, attacking in the night. The word night "mare" has been derived from the word incubus. In Greek it was ephialtes, in Latin incubus, in German mar/mare, in Old English maire, Old Norse mara, Old Irish mar/mor, and all mean "one who leaps on, oppresses or crushes."

The demon of the night has also been called 'The Old Hag' a description and myth coming out of several cultures. The Old Hag was described in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

The Old Hag attack is most closely associated with extreme pressure on the chest while sleeping on your back. People may also feel like they are being choked or even bitten. In his research, Al Cheyne of the University of Waterloo has discovered that between 25 and 30 per cent of the population reports that they have experienced at least a mild form of sleep paralysis at least once. It most often has an adolescent onset but can begin at any age.

Cheyne believes sleep paralysis to be an hallucination created by physical things occurring in the body as a result of a dysfunction or malfunction of the normal R.E.M. state of sleep. This malfunction may be brought on by life stressors or sleep deprivation. Cheyne has also discovered a much higher incidence of sleep paralysis for those who sleep on their back. He has found that changing sleep position can reduce the incidence of these nightmares. He also suggests getting up and physically moving around after having an episode as several can occur in one night.

with that said i decided to consult my grand mother on this issue . be4 i could finish explaining what what happing to me at night she simply said 123 wake up ? i said what ? she siad all you have to do is tell your self 123 wake up ! i then said thats it ? she said yes thats it i decided that the next time i would decide to battle incubus i would be brave and try the 123 wake thing ....and long story short IT WORKS does not cure it but it will help you wake up much more faster and it will curb they fear that you feel when it happens also i dono why but it help you control the evil feeling that you get when it happens .... thank you for your time and ide love to hear how it works out for you many thank


posted on May, 9 2010 @ 05:29 PM
Could you site your sources please that you cut and pasted from.

It is also very hard to read your post with random punctuation and substituting numbers for words.

Maybe you should review the Terms & Conditions Of Use. It would certainly make the post a lot easier to read.

Also, there are lots of folklore remedies for curing sleep paralysis. Since sleep paralysis occurs when the steps between REM sleep and non REM sleep do not transition properly, the best scientifically proven methods for dealing with it are as follows.

- Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivations is one of the main stressors for this.
- Reduce stress in your life. Especially before going to bed.
- Other lifestyle changes including environmental changes can affect this.
- Changing the position you sleep in.
- Having a lucid dream immediately before the sleep paralysis has also been shown as a possible contributing factor to the sleep paralysis.

If it continues, you should see your physician. Sometimes mood stabilizers like antidepressants might be needed to help reduce episodes of sleep paralysis.

[edit on 9-5-2010 by webpirate]

posted on May, 9 2010 @ 05:32 PM
Melatonin and sleeping on my stomach works for me. I only get them while sleeping on my back.

posted on May, 9 2010 @ 05:36 PM
reply to post by webpirate

first sorry for my spelling and such i am a bad speller , there is the link

this is a personal suggestion on how to wake up

and its not hard to read 123 WAKE UP but for you ill put it in words

one,two,three wake up

just because the paragraph is not to the likes of your standards does not mean every one els feels the same

but thank for your reply

posted on May, 9 2010 @ 05:43 PM
reply to post by Nephi1337

Thank you for the link.

I wasn't referring to the 123 wake up. I was referring to multiple uses of be4 instead of before. Use of texting shorthand is discouraged here.

Just trying to help you out before you get snipped or edited by a mod.

posted on May, 9 2010 @ 05:47 PM
reply to post by webpirate

well it was a misunderstanding on my behalf i am sorry , why on earth do people worry about such things? i am new here to ats and i have failed to read the terms ,but thank you

posted on May, 9 2010 @ 05:50 PM
THis is good information. I have only had one episode of this, and I HATED it. No visual or "feelings" of pending doom, or monsters, just knowing I couldn't move to shut off the alarm.

However, there are many folks on ATS who will swear this is paranormal, and they seem to actually look forward to these bouts of sleep paralysis.

Good information.

posted on May, 9 2010 @ 05:58 PM
reply to post by ladyinwaiting

yes indeed i can see how they would think so altho i dont feel its paranormal it is indeed scarry,but also i forgot to mention i have read over lots of info on this and tips and tricks to prevent it but i havent found any good ideas on how to wake your self up it ,so really all i can do is give the advice and wait for a positive response thank you for your post kind sir

posted on May, 9 2010 @ 06:10 PM
reply to post by Nephi1337

hi nephi
the only thing that i have found that helps is keeping a light on in the room
it does not prevent an attack but lessens the fear and panic

i get SP no matter what position i sleep in i dont get it every night
but when i do it is severe


posted on May, 9 2010 @ 06:36 PM
reply to post by moonpie

thank you kind sir

i will indeed try this to prevent the sp many thanks my good man

posted on May, 9 2010 @ 06:36 PM
reply to post by moonpie

thank you kind sir

i will indeed try this to prevent the sp many thanks my good man

posted on May, 9 2010 @ 08:37 PM
I have had many instance's where I've had SP and it can be very scary but that was until I fully understood what was happening. In my paralysis I would always here someone in my room going through my things, walking around, I can here them breathing and even flipping through papers I never can look because I'm so afraid. So I watch this show about abductions and how they can account for a lot of the stories of abduction with SP they where stating the same things that I experience during paralysis and came to the conclusion that I had SP. So how I attack back now Is I'm aware of what is happening to me and no longer panic and go back to sleep that's the secret be aware of what is happening and withdraw from panic and relax after doing that twice I haven't had one since but with me they can go for years without having one and then boom out of nowhere so all in all It makes it bearable so that at least it is not a full on panic attack try it.

posted on May, 11 2010 @ 08:08 AM
reply to post by QuestionTheGovernment

it seems to me to that there are different formes of SP
i have had the experence you discribe and have found it is not at all
hard to deal with in fact it can be very amusing somtimes
however if you ever had the one where "somone" was sitting or jumping up and down on your chest its a different story or you are awake and looking at the door or window waiting for whatever is about to come through it no amount of telling yourself its not real works (been there done that )
i have even had one where "somthing" was sqeezing my nuts like a vice and the pain was very real until i was fully awake

its all very odd indeed
sleep tight !


posted on May, 11 2010 @ 08:52 AM
omg i thought i was the only one..
when i mention it to family and friends they do not know what im talking about.

it happens to me mabye 3 times a year but has happened 3 time a night.
for me its just black, not even black but that kind of nothingness with only a distorted sound. its anoying when the pillow is pushing on my ear, sounds kind of like a slow moving steam train from the blood flow or pulse or whatever.

it's never really scared me and usually after managing to fully wake my self up i just go back to sleep.
i always in my mind try to do the same thing to wake myself up, i increase my breathing as much as i can and focus like hell on moving just my arm and it usually works. it's scary when your young though, i think this may be the reason why i avoid sleeping on my back.
anyway, thanks for this thread.
sorry for the omg.... i hate it too.

[edit on 11-5-2010 by listerofsmeg]

posted on May, 11 2010 @ 09:15 AM
I don't think anyone who has not experienced this and the fear and horror that one feels as this is taking place can possibly imagine what it is like. I have had SP a number of times and in each episode I felt as though I was in extreme danger from an entity that I could not clearly make out but I could see the shape of large person standing close to or leaning over me in my bed! I have on occassion actually woken myself up with the sound of myself trying to scream for help! Horrible, I don't wish it on anyone! I do know that it doesn't happen to me when I am NOT sleeping on my back and I will try anything to stop it from happening or to end the experience as soon as possible, so 1,2,3 Wake Up is my next weapon! Thank you very much for this advise!

posted on May, 11 2010 @ 09:54 AM
As is now, I have sleep paralysis in minor form, usually lasting 10 to 20 seconds or so, maybe once a month, maybe once every other month. Tonight was the first time I had the 'physical feelings' of sleep paralysis, WHILE I WAS IN A DREAM. I stopped the rest of the dream from continuing, stood still, and started to think about the sleep paralysis.

Imagine a pink elephant. Imagine the texture and color. This is how you imagine/think right? I got some moments of rational 'awake state' mixed in the dreamscape with the physical feeling of sleep paralysis. Trippy. Anyone else get that in their dream?

The 'horror' that can come from 'severe' sleep paralysis has been eliminated since I was a late teen. The 'horror' is a mental battle on coming to terms with the SP. You're afraid. don't be. It's an altered mental state, for sure... and thus it is interesting, since it's natural you know?

posted on May, 11 2010 @ 06:15 PM
reply to post by listerofsmeg

you are not alone
i have had that weird sound just before an attack
if you can stop it at that stage then it does not seem to go any futher
i have never had the experance of somone standing over me or of seeing anything in my room thank god
i think that would push me over the edge

i have woke up a few times in a panic after an attack and tryed to turn on the light in my room only to find it wont go on and then wake up for real in bed with the light already on !! it is impossable to tell what is real and what is not

i dont think not sleeping on your back makes any diff for me anyway
but if it works for anyone thats good
like i said before it helps alot to sleep with a light on


posted on May, 11 2010 @ 06:23 PM
just dont sleep on your back like a vampire. or if your intent on sleepin face up simply wear a sleep mask. this works to cure these problems. this is a terrifying feeling if any of you have been struck with it.

posted on May, 11 2010 @ 06:55 PM
I've only had SP twice in my life, so I'm no expert, but I do know, as well as I can, about the mind.
I can only speak from experience, so take the following, as you will.

The first time it happened, I became aware that I was lying on my back and that I was awake. I knew I was awake because I was hearing something. (I don't remember if it was just "room sound" or some "weird noise," but I do know that I became aware that I was awake BECAUSE of the sound.)

I then became aware I couldn't move, open my eyes, etc. Yet I could feel that I was lying on my back. I was aware of the temperature, etc. This awareness of the paralysis, of course, is the bringer of the terror. I think it is this terror that leads to "everything else" that any SP sufferer experiences. (There is nobody pressing on your chest, or in the room, etc.) There is only certain pathways in your brain that remain "switched off" while other paths are "switched on."

Still, scary experience. Especially the first time.
I began to vocalize. I say vocalize because I couldn't move, including my throat. But, for some reason, I could create one pitch out of my voicebox, and hear myselff doing it. I remember thinking, "what a weird sound." Then I noticed my heart was beating fast. I figured this was the fear and I started to freak out.

The product of this freaking out was an attempt to flail about wildly, which, of course was met with utter failure, except, oddly enough, for my butt muscles. (Haha, I know, I know.) But seriously, I found, for whatever reason, that I could move my butt first. So I started flexing the right cheek, then the left, back and forth and I ultimately shook myself awake.

I woke up sweaty, heart racing, scared. I caught my breath, rolled onto my side and went back to sleep.

The second time, again on my back. This time when it came on, I realized it was happening again, but this time I noticed that I really could hear something and whatever it was scared the hell out of me. (Again, I don't remember what it was I heard, maybe breathing, movement... But I do remember thinking, "Someone is here with me!"

Then I just did the "butt cheek rock awake" and was alone in my room.

It's interesting how we trick ourselves, consciously and un-con...

Thanks for making me think about this.

Sweet Dreams

posted on May, 11 2010 @ 07:05 PM
Why wake up, when this is the perfect time to have an OBE/lucid dream, it's actually the state that people try to get to so they can AP/OBE. It's a gift really, you just have to learn to take control of it to your needs

[edit on 11-5-2010 by _Phoenix_]

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