I have had this happen to me two of times in my life, I am currently 31. I do remember sleep paralysis happening throughout my entire life, even as a child. I was very young, too young to understand what was happening. I remember running into my parentís room so frightened. Though the paralysis has happened through my life, the feeling of heaviness and a dark pressure on me has only happened twice. And the most recent time, I believe I also had an out of body experience. This happened again last night and Iíll get to that, but the time before last was 8 years ago, I was 23.
I was taking a nap in a new apartment I just moved into. My room was in a converted attic. My bed hadnít arrived yet, I has just laid down briefly on my back (as Iíve always slept with my arms above my head) on my air mattress with no intentions of sleeping. Iíve never been a napper. I recall ďwakingĒ up seeing the entire room in the daylight, but feeling a heavy dark presence over me, holding me down pushing my into my bed. I was so frightened. I was sinking and I couldnít move my arms, my head or anything. I could only dart my eyes – I think. I was trying to yell because my roommates were downstairs and I knew I needed help. I just remember telling myself, Iím not going to die like this, get off of me, please leave me alone, Iím not going to dieĒ. Then suddenly I was free. I didnít feel alone while it was happening. It was as if I was sure there was something that was trying to enter me or push me into a dark whole. But when I was freed, it felt much more peaceful – like I had been rescued and the demons had left.
I checked my air-mattress to make sure it didnít just lose all the air and that is why I was sinking – as Iíve had sleep paralysis many times before, but never the feeling of something trying to suffocate me and hold me down, I knew something was different this time. But as I had thought, my air mattress had not let air our was full and firm. I felt it holding my arms, head and chest down and pushing me into the bed; it wasn’t just paralysis this time.
Iíve heard that maybe it was my soul connected back with my body as it was out in galloping in some dimension that it can only reach while I sleep, but I awoke too soon, before my soul had a chance to connect back with my body. But then why did it feel ĎbadĒ and not good?
Last night, I fell asleep on my back around 11 pm as normal. I woke up to a sound – I think, and then it was happening again. I was stuck, there was a bluish tint in my unlit room this time. I felt myself fighting to get my self back, I felt the heavy pressure holding me down and pushing me into my mattress. I yelled (but Iím not sure if it was aloud or in my head, but it seemed very loud) for ďthemĒ to leave me alone and to go away. I recall thinking that the neighbors may have heard me yellÖ I knew I had to get up and I was struggling with all my energy to get free of this hold on me. Then, all of the sudden I felt like I was thrown the floor from my bed and released. I felt and heard this slight breeze around me – then I and notice that I wasnít on the floor but floating just above it.
I donít recall seeing my own body, but I notice my bed skirt ruffling, my palm plant leaves rustling in the breeze and then I move my hand and may a big gust and slammed by bedroom door shut (it didnít shut but bounced as my towels was hanging on it) without touching it. Iím not sure if I was dreaming, but it felt like I was out of my body. I felt very light, and I was enjoying and scared of the breeze I was creating and being able to float. It was spooky and the feeling is hard to even describe. I thought I heard a knock on my door and was frightened and the next thing I knew – I felt that I was maybe back in my body and dreaming.
In my dream, (I think a dream) I went to the door to see who was there through the peak hole. I was very frightened to open it even though it appeared to be a women. It was a weird dream that pursued, which may or may not have anything to do with what had just happened (but I sometimes dream of things that are going to happen to people I donít know – the shuttle explosion, the fire in the bar were 200 people were injured or died, and then I hear about them something happening and realize that was what my dream was about) and so I let her in because I felt that this dream was ďspecialĒ and she explained to me that she was sexually assaulted that night. Then I woke up, checked my apartment for ďsomething, someone, a sign of anythingĒ had a glass of water and tried to go back to sleep, but I was to restless and scared I think.
I know the answering the door was a dream, and I know that the sinking dark feeling was not. The light, out of body feeling is was has me the most curious.
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