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 parent�s 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 I�ll 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 hadn�t arrived yet, I has just laid down briefly on my back (as I�ve always slept with my arms above my head) on my air mattress with no intentions of sleeping. I�ve never been a napper. I recall �waking� 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 couldn�t 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, I�m not going to die like this, get off of me, please leave me alone, I�m not going to die�. Then suddenly I was free. I didn�t 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 didn�t just lose all the air and that is why I was sinking – as I�ve 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.
I�ve 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 �bad� 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 I�m not sure if it was aloud or in my head, but it seemed very loud) for �them� to leave me alone and to go away. I recall thinking that the neighbors may have heard me yell� 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 wasn�t on the floor but floating just above it.
I don�t 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 didn�t shut but bounced as my towels was hanging on it) without touching it. I�m 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 don�t 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 �special� and she explained to me that she was sexually assaulted that night. Then I woke up, checked my apartment for �something, someone, a sign of anything� 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.
Sent in by Biancha, Copyright 2010 TrueGhostTales.com