Sleep paralysis is often described as being held down by an
invisible force and can be extremely scary to the person being held in this
confinement state. This sleeping disorder is most often associated with demonic
or malevolent activity because the disorder 'feels' like someone is holding or
pinning you down, thus preventing you from being able to move or to scream for
help. According to Sleep Disorder Doctors, this disorder is common.
The IGHS gets reports describing this very event with the
person suggesting the event was demonic in nature. They describe being held
down, attacked, choked or sexually molested. In every case the 'victim' has not
consulted a doctor about a sleep disorder, but they have contacted a priest or
minister for an exorcism. It appears that their religious views color their
vision of reality. Often this irrational fear is paramount to the fear held by
the people during the Middle Ages and during the Salem Witch Trials. The people
did not understand so they condemned and destroyed what they did not
understand. However, once this disorder is recognized, the demons depart and we
understand the nature of the disorder. We all have nightmares at one time or
another, yet we do not claim our nightmares were real demons attacking us. We
understand that nightmares are fragments from our subconscious mind leaking
into the conscious mind and that they generally can be symbolic, not
Unfortunately, our imaginations have been programmed by
Hollywood films, such as 'The Entity' that suggest that we should expect some
kind of evil demonic creature to terrify us if we should find ourselves being
pinned down in bed by an invisible force. We must break free of the singularity
of this mind set if we are to understand what is happening by this sleep
disorder. However, this is not the case. Instead of being held down or choked
by some demon, we suffer a sleep disorder, not an attack by a figure from the
depths of hell.
For more information about this sleep disorder, visit
Sleep Disorder and
Sleep Paralysis and Associated Hypnagogic and Hypnopompic Experiences.
Another Theory about
Sleep Disorder by Shootydog@aol.com:
I read your section on sleep paralysis and I would like to
add something to the discussion. I am no sleep disorder expert nor am I a
doctor of psychology. I would like to make people aware of a certain theory
which I believe has merit.
Sleep paralysis can be attributed in most instance to
something called a "Night Hag," or a waking dream. Most people will suffer from
at least one incident in their lives. During deep sleep the body dreams. It is
a natural way for the mind to replenish itself from the rigors of constant
activity. Parts of the mind shut down and allow the cells to rest. Other parts
of the mind continue to function and it is at these times we dream. Sometimes
the dreams are pleasant memories, fantastic visions and dreamscapes. Sometimes
they are nightmares, terrors or the "Night Hag."
During dreaming the mind shuts down the systems that allow
the body to move. This is a function that protects a person from harming
themselves while they dream. When this defense system fails various sleep
disorders become apparent. Sleep walking is a very common disorder. Some people
will repeatedly beat their heads or other body parts against walls or the
floor. Involuntary movements are common sleep disorders.
During a "night hag" the system that paralyzes your body is
still functioning. However, for reasons not yet understood a person will awaken
and be absolutely alert to their surroundings. This inability to move can be
very frightening and since the person is aware of being awake most will tend to
attribute this to some demonic or supernatural phenomena. The person is
actually still dreaming and is in the middle of one of the most terrifying
nightmares they will ever have. People have reported footsteps in the hallway
and an impending sense of doom. Figures at the foot of the bed who touch and
grab at them. Some have speculated that "Night Hags" are the origin of alien
It is worth noting that people who have experienced "Night
Hags" are adamant in their belief that what they experienced was real and not
just a dream. Who is to say unless you experience it yourself.
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