I don't know if I am experiencing sleep paralysis or not and was hoping someone would help. Ever since I have started working nightshift 6 months ago I have experienced strange things happening while I try and sleep. This doesn't happen when I sleep after work during the day only when I try and sleep at night. I know i'm sleeping but my room looks exactly the same as when I am awake. I always see a figure of a man dressed in black watching me. When I try to scream and move I can't, and when I tell myself just to open my eyes and wake up it feels like they have been glued together and takes all my effort in opening them. Sometimes when I do eventually open my eyes I think I'm awake the only thing that shows I'm not awake and still asleep is the figure of the man is still in my room but has moved. It takes all of my effort to wake up. When I do my heart is racing and I'm scared to go back to sleep. This could happen a few times each night. Can someone help explain this to me? And also what or who they might think the figure is. Thanks. Also I don't drink or take any medication that would affect me in anyway.
Hi, the black figure is a common contender in nightmares & hallucinations, it is formed from a fear of a stranger being in your home, a burglar or in general a feeling of not being safe. Are you experiencing a lot of stress or anxiety currently? I have experienced exactly what you are describing, and in the moment it is terrifying i know. I don't think it is defined as sleep paralysis, but night fears. I know when it happened to me, i was feeling very unsettled and quite stressed about life. Have you discussed this with your doctor?
Yes that is sleep paralysis, I've had it hundreds of times starting when I was 13... when you feel like you can move but figure is still there so you know you're asleep,you have went lucid. I can purposely go lucid from sleep paralysis for fun now, just remember it is your dream so you can make that figure explode or you can just fly away. Remember in sleep paralysis you can't open your eyes, it feels like it cause you can see your room and expect to see your room but all your seeing is the memory of your room with the added figure your imagination added on its own. I had a wierd experience one time where I woke up at a friends house in sleep paralysis but forgot I was there, I was stuck in sleep paralysis looking around my room at home..when I finally could pull out of it I saw where I really was, it was weird because it all looked so real.
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