For many years arguments of whether or not sleep paralysis and demons are associated with one another. On one hand you have scientists saying that sleep paralysis is a natural occurrence that happens when the mind wakes up before the body does. On the other hand, you have religious leaders and spiritualists saying that the sleep paralysis demon is real.
What is Sleep Paralysis?
According to the National Health Science sleep paralysis is “a temporary inability to move or speak that happens when you’re waking up or, less commonly, falling asleep. Although you’re awake, your body is briefly paralyzed, after which you can move and speak as normal.” This feeling of being paralyzed can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes.
Some people experience sleep paralysis once in their lifetime and others can experience it more regularly. Those who have experienced this claim that it is a very scary feeling, which is why many associate this with a sleep paralysis demon attack. Though it feels like this, scientists have stated that this does not cause any physical harm and is more frightening than anything else.
Symptoms of sleep paralysis
Scientifically speaking, it is normal for a body’s muscle to become paralyzed during certain times while sleeping. In some situations this can be a symptom of narcolepsy, which is the inability to stay awake for more than a few hours. Things that can increase the risk of experiencing sleep paralysis include:
- Sleep deprivation
- Irregular sleep patterns
- Age – most common in teens and young adults
- Overabundance of stress
According to The Sleep Paralysis Project, the different symptoms of sleep paralysis include:
- Feeling like you are dreaming when you are actually awake
- Having a realistic perception of your surroundings
- Not able to move
- Feeling like you are being held down by an outside force
- Having an overwhelming fear
- Having a sense that someone or something else is in the room
- Feeling like someone is putting pressure on your chest
- Having difficulty breathing
- Experiencing hallucinations
Help for sleep paralysis
Those suffering from sleep paralysis on a regular basis should speak with their physician. There are ways to help treat and reduce the occurrence of this sleeping disorder. Ways to help reduce sleep paralysis include:
- Changing sleeping patterns and environment
- Getting enough sleep every night
- Going to bed the same time every night
Depending upon the severity and number of occurrences a patient is experience paralysis while sleeping, it might be necessary to see a neurologist for additional assistance.
How to wake up from Sleep Paralysis
As scientists have stated, sleep paralysis is a natural, biological event that can occur while we sleep. Because it can be a scary event to experience, it is important to fully understand what sleep paralysis is and how to wake yourself from it.
Those at Dream Studies have put together nine different things you need to do and keep in mind when suffering from a sleep paralysis episode. Here are those nine things:
- Do not fight it: Fighting back will increase your panic and feeling of being confined. It will also increase your fear and trigger other emotional centers of your brain, making it feel worse.
- Go with the flow: When this happens, relax and try to go back to sleep. Another suggestion is to imagine your body flowing in the same direction it feels like it is being pulled in.
- Wiggle the toes: Put all of your mental efforts in trying to wiggle your toes. In most cases, this will break the paralysis.
- Clench your fists: Just like wiggling your toes, try to clench your fists to break the paralysis.
- Focus on your breathing: Control your breathing by using long deep breaths. Focus on completely filling up your lungs and concentrate only on your breathing. This will take your mind off of the paralysis and in some cases break the inability to move.
- Lean into your beliefs: Seek out comfort in your religious beliefs. This will take your mind off of things and can help offer comfort during the episode and help break the paralysis.
- Get help from a sleep partner: Let your significant other know about your episodes. Depending upon the episodes, sometimes being shaken will help break the paralysis. However, some prefer just to be watched over and left alone to go back to sleep.
- Try coughing: Though you may not be able to speak, you might be able to cough a little while regulating your breathing. This might help wake you out of your episode.
- Plan of escape: Like a fire escape route, make a plan to help get your out of your sleep paralysis.
Sleep paralysis demon
According to the Spiritual Research Foundation, sleep paralysis occurs in three to six percent of the world’s population. Those who have reported experiencing sleep paralysis associated their experience with a demonic force they feel was out to possess their soul and/or was trying to smother them.
Some sleep paralysis stories about demons include claims of feeling chest pressure and/or a choking sensation. In addition to breathing difficulties, some have also claimed the sleep paralysis demon attack escalated into sexual molestation or assault.
According to the Spiritual Research Foundation, there are many different reasons why sleep paralysis demons attack certain people and not others. In some cases, it is because the person who is being attacked sleeps so hard they do not wake up to witness the demon attack. The foundation also referenced that it is more likely for non-seekers and/or believers to experience sleep paralysis than seekers and believers.
- The young are more susceptible because they are weaker and more impressionable
- It is more likely to occur while lying on your back because the two main channels of the spiritual energy system is active and open
- Only those with an activated sixth sense can determine if someone is being attacked by a demon while sleeping
Sleep paralysis and the paranormal
In addition to theories about demons attacking while sleeping, there are also other theories surrounding sleep paralysis and the paranormal. Other paranormal entities believed to cause sleep paralysis include:
- Negatives energies
- Black magic
- Visits from deceased ancestors
- UFO and alien abductions
There are three different types of sleep paralysis experiences caused by ghosts. The first one occurs when the entity applies pressure to the person’s entire body. In some cases, a certain body part and/or organ is targeted once the body has been pressed onto the bed. Some who have experienced this have claimed to have a vibrating sensation during the attack.
The second occurs through a process that is believed when the ghost ties the body with strands of black energy. This type of sleep paralysis attack only occurs when higher level ghosts, also known as subtle-sorcerers use their supernatural powers to tie down the victim’s body. The person experiences no pressure, but can feel his or her limbs down and is unable to move or speak.
The third and final reasons is a complete paralysis of the body through mind and intellect control by sorcerers from the fourth region of hell. Once the paralyzing net is placed over the person, they are unable to move or speak and this is when it is believed the demons have full control of the victim’s body.
According to the Spiritual Research Foundation, there are four main reasons why ghosts, demons, devils and negative energies attack during our sleep. All of the reasons are believed to offer a sense of satisfaction to the demon causing the attack. Those reasons include:
Escaping sleep paralysis attack
Experiencing sleep paralysis can be a scary thing and panicking while during it can make it seem to last longer and so much scarier. Here are some spiritual remedies to help escape a sleep paralysis demon include praying for help and offering gratitude to your creator. Spiritual tips for helping prevent future attacks include seeking additional guidance, regular prayer for protection and spiritual healing remedies.
The question has been asked many times. “ Is sleep paralysis demonic ?” Though scientists would say it is not. Those in the spiritual realm would tend to disagree. Whether it is demonic or natural, it is definitely something that can leave you feeling stress, fearful and can be very nerve wrecking when it occurs.