18. Four Cloaked Figures
I used to have sleep paralysis several times a week when I was a teenager. It always happened right before I was going to sleep so it still felt like I was fully awake. Usually, I could tell it was happening because I would suddenly hear a continuous whooshing sound and my entire body would suddenly feel paralyzed.
Some of the time I wouldn’t hallucinate, other times I would hear whispers in my room and sometimes I could hear my mother calling me but I could never call back.
One time I felt the paralysis happening then suddenly 4 figures all dressed in black cloakes stood beside my bed. They proceeded to grab my hands and feet and while I was trying to scream they dragged me across the floor and as they got to the bedroom door I was dropped and was back in my bed.
I know it was my imagination but it felt so real.
19. Woke Up Whimpering
I get sleep paralysis fairly frequently and have for many years. It is such a calm terror. I wake up, and I can’t move any part of my body, except to open my eyes to look around. I want to scream, but I can’t. Even though I still have my rational brain telling me “relax, just relax and it will be over soon”, it’s still a terrible feeling. I find I am usually extremely warm too, which may be a trigger for these episodes, so I’m uncomfortable on top of it all. Also, if you sleep while cuddling and wake up in paralysis, it feels like the weight of the person is just going to suffocate you to death. I remember so vividly my boyfriend’s arm being draped across my chest and being terrified that I would never be able to free myself from underneath it.
I’ve never had any visual hallucinations, thankfully. I’m scared of everything as it is, so adding that into the mix would take this to extreme nightmare levels. Only once did I experience anything like that. I woke up, and couldn’t move. I was lying there next to my boyfriend waiting to come through the other side when I heard this horrible, demonic-sounding, shuddering low-growl of a sigh from above me. It was that degree of sound that horror movies use specifically to unnerve the audience. I was overcome with fear and woke up whimpering.