Sleep Paralysis or Dark Entity?
Over the ages, sleep paralysis has been described in many ways from unseen demons to alien abductions. People have looked for answers for this sleep-time paralysis and the feelings of terror.
But sleep researchers now know that, in most cases, sleep paralysis is simply a sign that your body isn’t moving through the stages of sleep. Rarely is sleep paralysis linked to psychiatric problems.
Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, you may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes. Some people may also feel pressure or a sense of choking.
Sleep paralysis usually occurs at one of two times. If it occurs while you are falling asleep, it’s called hypnagogic or predormital sleep paralysis. If it happens as you are waking up, it’s called hypnopompic or postdormital sleep paralysis. With hypnagogic sleep paralysis as you fall asleep, your body slowly relaxes. Usually you become less aware, so you do not notice the change. However, if you remain or become aware while falling asleep, you may notice that you cannot move or speak. With hypnopompic sleep paralysis during sleep, your body alternates between REM and NREM sleep. One cycle of REM and NREM sleep lasts about 90 minutes. NREM sleep occurs first and takes up to 75% of your overall sleep time. During NREM sleep, your body relaxes and restores itself. At the end of NREM, your sleep shifts to REM. Your eyes move quickly and dreams occur, but the rest of your body remains very relaxed. Your muscles are “turned off” during REM sleep. If you become aware before the REM cycle has finished, you may notice that you cannot move or speak.
So are you experiencing an evil entity holding you down and stopping you from crying out for help or are you simply experiencing sleep paralysis? A good investigator should be able to make that distinction.
Keep a log of your experiences. If everything is happening as you fall asleep or as you are waking up I’d bet on sleep paralysis. However, if your experiences are not limited to that I would begin to suspect something else.