Hallucinations During Sleep

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Hallucinations during sleep are a phenomenon that can target any sensory perception, be it visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, or other. Sleep hallucinations are often confused with both illusions and dreams. They occur in the state between waking and sleeping, although the person is considered to be technically asleep during these hallucinations. This is in contrast to dreams or lucid dreams, which occur while the person is asleep.

What’s the Difference Between Illusions and Hallucinations?

Illusions occur while awake and are classified as a sensory misrepresentation of an external stimulus, while hallucinations occur in the absence of any external stimuli. Hallucinations most often occur in the stages before or after sleep, explaining their connection as a sleep-related phenomenon. Hallucinations can occur at any time, though this article will only look at hallucinations as they are connected to sleep. Hallucinations are common, most notably sleep-related hallucinations, with over 10 percent of the population experiencing one at some point in their life.

Hypnagogic Hallucinations, Hypnopompic Hallucinations, and Sleep Paralysis

The two forms of sleep related hallucinations are called hypnagogic (hypnagogia) and hypnopompic (hypnopompia) hallucinations. Hypnagogic hallucinations occur just before sleep, and may be accompanied by sleep paralysis, a state in which the subject is physically immobile but fully conscious. Hypnopompia, which is often considered as part of a dream by the subject, also involves difficulty breathing and muscle tightness. Hypnopompia occurs upon waking, and may also be accompanied by sleep paralysis

Sleep paralysis is much more common in hypnopompia than in hypnagogia. Sleep paralysis is often confused by the person experiencing it as part of a lucid dream, which accounts for the high number of recalled dreams with elements of being frozen in place or being unable to move. Common hypnopompic experiences include the sensation of falling and the feeling of a presence in the room.

Distinguishing Dreams From Sleep Hallucinations

Sleep hallucinations can cause confusion, as they will often be indistinguishable from reality in your mind. In contrast, upon waking from a dream during REM sleep, most people will clearly recognize it was a dream they were experiencing, or may immediately forget about the dream entirely upon waking. Hallucinations may also cause fear, especially upon waking, as they may include clear and complex visual images that are distorted or make no sense.

Sleep-related hallucinations can occur in as many as 25 percent of people, as opposed to under 5 percent for non sleep-related hallucinations. They are most commonly found in young adults and teens, and the frequency of hallucinations seems to decrease with age. Females are more likely to experience them than males.

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Known Causes and Treatment of Sleep-Related Hallucinations

Sleep-related hallucinations may be a direct result of alcohol or drug use, or could be due to insomnia, anxiety, stress or other factors. People with narcolepsy have a high rate of sleep hallucination occurrences.

Sleep hallucinations may not need treatment, as they often occur infrequently and do not affect sleep quality. They may be a sign of mental stress though, or if coupled with daytime sleepiness, even narcolepsy. If the hallucinations are causing fear or anxiety, or to validate its causes, you may want to talk to your doctor or a sleep specialist. When issues of mental stress are suspected, you may be advised to contact a therapist, or practice relaxation techniques before bedtime to help the mind shut down. It may also be advised to stay out of bed until feeling extremely tired, to avoid lying awake in bed and having the mind wander onto issues that may be causing you stress or anxiety. It has been shown in studies that the clearer a person’s mind is, the less likely they are to hallucinate, or even dream. 

If the hallucinations are the result of medication, drug or alcohol use, it may be advised to refrain from their use, and you may need to change medications if this is the case.

Any suspected case of narcolepsy should be consulted with a sleep specialist, and an overnight sleep study performed to look into it further. Narcolepsy can be a debilitating disorder that can be treated.

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  1. Beatrice Reply

    I was sleeping and it’s like something wanted me woke to see this red ( nice size spider) on my pillow and I push the pillow toward the wall and I see it crawl onto the wall and going up the wall and I jumped up turn on light and looked in that area and nothing is there. I was so scared that I couldn’t go back to sleep. What is this and WHY is this happening???

    • Ariel Reply

      This has happened to me twice now too but instead of a spider on my pillow I wake up jolted by my own body to a cockroach scurrying up my walls just one and it’s not actually there when I fully wake up and shine a light.

  2. Ralph G. Pifer Reply

    I am a psychologist–and was looking for the most common hallucinations–eg., animals, people, falling, etc. I wanted common examples. The article was interesting, but specific examples could have been helpful

    • Sue Reply

      A lot of these posts mention spiders and a lot of my hallucinations feature spiders. As others have said, my spiders move aroung the room and often swing on their webs directly towards my face. I am no longer scared as I know that they are not real. However, the first time it happened, I was pregant with my first child. I was just going to sleep and I saw the sillouette of a large spider crawling on the bed, I screamed and jumped out of bed and I was hysterical and made my poor husband take apart the entire room but we could not find a spider. It was only later when I saw and heard zebras rushing towards me in my bedroom and many colourful hot air balloons floating in my bedroom that I realised that it was hallucinations. The spider returned two nights ago and I watched it come towards me as I lay in bed and then it got onto the wall behind me and climbed up the wall. Just to be sure, I switched on the light but it wasn’t there. I used to be terrified of spiders but I no longer fear them so the hallucinations don’t scare me anymore.

  3. Cris Reply

    I am a 34-year-old female and I drink about once a week. 1 out of 10 times of drinking, I will get this type of sleep hallucination in the morning time, whilst Waking up hung over, then going back to sleep to sleep off my headache. It’s very uncomfortable for me. makes me question if I should even drink at all. Sometimes it’s an auditory hallucination, I hear my name being called. I have heard a loud buzzer sound, like an alarm clock. And even one time I imagined an insect buzzing around my face and it made me jerk awake and swat at it. Lol Whenever I tell people I have this they look at me like I’m nuts. I do have anxiety but it’s under control these days. Wondering if it could be some sort of alcohol withdrawal affect? But I only drink once a week if that. And this only happens once in a blue moon. I remember when I was 18 and living in my apartment, very stressful time of my life, I have had hypnagogic hallucinations that included paralysis. Only happened to me about two or three times in my entire life that I could remember though. With the paralysis. I wasn’t drinking alcohol at that time either.

  4. Broski Reply

    Hi, I’m 19 and since I can remember I’ve had vivid severe night terrors. As I got older they went away, but since moving away to college things escalated and I started speaking in my sleep. Last night I “woke up” screaming get out, followed by this black cloud dissolving and dropping something in my room. I never really went back to bed after that… that was just a sleep hallucination yeah?

  5. Esme Reply

    What happens to me is that as I’m waking up, I SEE someone I personally know and feel them. Today I was “waking up” and I felt my sister next to me giving me a small kiss and then I felt myself petting my dog next to me and it all felt so real but since this has happened a lot of times I knew it wasn’t, so I tried waking up. I was forcing myself to open my eyes and I felt My head twitching until I finally did it and saw my sister wasn’t there and my dog was at my feet. I don’t see anything else other than feel and see people/animals in my life.

  6. Lisa Reply

    I’ve had dreams and nightmares since I was a little girl. It used to be spiders and I would go running but the past 10 years it’s orbs. I will fall asleep then get woken up by floating orbs or Angles that look like butterflies. I will sit there looking right at it but it disappears after a minute. I see them all the time and then I can’t go back to sleep. I feel it’s a spirit or Angels. Something trying to get my attention. My son who is 11 has the same experience since he was little. It’s something hard to deal with my whole life because I never sleep!

  7. Aniyah Jennings Reply

    I once woke up during the midnight and my closet was open. I saw a little girl in a dress inside my closet, but she was all dark so I couldn’t really see her. So I turned my light on and my TV and I fell back to sleep. This happened when I was in third grade I’m now in 8th grade.

  8. Bobbi Reply

    I am 73 years old. For the past few weeks, I have experienced visions/hallucinations on the ceiling of my bedroom. These visions appear as a variety of one dimensional images sometimes of peoples faces, cartoon characters, houses, or large creatures. It seems to occur when I am awake in the middle of the night and they appear on the ceiling only. The images are not 3-d, but rather flat like a drawing or sketch and they are very realistic and detailed. They appear in one area of the ceiling and rapidly change from one image to the next (although there seems to be consistency in the subject matter). In other words, on a night when I see faces – those are the only images I see. They are not mixed with creatures or cartoon character images. Each type of image has it’s own night of appearance.
    I am not frightened when these occur – just surprised and intrigued. I never experienced this at any other age in my lifetime.

  9. Person Reply

    I have had these since I was a child. When I was young I described them simply as “eyes and scary faces and wolves.” Now as I am 31, I realize they occur somewhere between a state of being awake and asleep. I see my husband next to me, my window, my furniture, ceiling fan, etc. I think I’m awake, and actually I am fully conscious. But perhaps it’s only part of my brain that is going to sleep. I am a health nut and have never added anything to my body that could cause this… So when I am in a state of half asleep/ half awake/ aware/ paralyzed in a partial-sleep state, I hear howling. It gets closer and closer until the wolves with bloody faces enter my room. They circle my bed and jump on my bed and look at me with terrifying eyes, snarling at me. They look the same now as they did when I was 4 and it only happens at night. After I pray and they disappear suddenly, I can wake up and move. The fear goes away… But when I hear the howling start, I am terrified. Sometimes figures walk in with the wolves… All bloody, terrifying images of my worse nightmare. I never know what I will see, but it is always with wolves. I absolutely hate this.

  10. Kojagoree Reply

    I’m 15 and I woke up early to study but I feel asleep during study and when I lay down my head I can’t close my eyes and many peoples voices came and white things.. I neither open my eyes nor fell asleep. But I fell asleep and I saw realistic Dreams but everything is happening bad in there. I can’t get conscious while sleeping.. my mom said she called me thousand times. And I didn’t answer.. She touched me and I woke up… I don’t know what to do… I feel heavy and drained in sweat after I Woke up…

  11. B R Reply

    This topic and comments are very near and dear to my heart. My family and I were tormented by these types of situations and phenomenon. There is a distinct difference between a dream/nightmare and being tormented by a spirit. There is an answer and there is a solution. If you would like help please feel free to reach out to me

  12. Relieved Reply

    I am so relieved to have a term for my experience. Its not quite sleep paralysis but I get it during, like a side effect but not the main problem. I can feel a HUGE spike in anxiety nd the only way I van move again is if I calm myself down (which I have to do in the first 2 seconds or else ill freak out) I do this by taking really deep breaths.

  13. Deepa Reply

    Mine is a totally different problem where i couldn’t say what is it …though i tried to find the answer to my question…. Sometimes i feel i cannot wake up…though i try very hard to wake up…i can sense tearing my eyes open so that i can wake up but with no avail…. I become a little conscious too that i havent woke up ..so i try slapping myself or rolling out of the bed so i can wake up…it becomes so frustrating to know still i am unable to wake up…sometimes i feel i may die in my sleep to… In my effort to wake up…i do wake up and sense a huge relief but soon i realise thats just another dream too… These days i have tingling sensation on my right thigh too…dont know what is that…

  14. Mikoto shido Reply

    I’m dealing with sleep paralysis since from age of 12 and at 13 it’s become strong and now I’m 19 and still it’s happening I see many eerie things during sleep paralysis like a girl whispering talking to me ..and I can remember what she said so clearly she is always in below my bed ..and many more …I see stranger ..and experience physical activity/grabbing etc

  15. Gary Griswold Reply

    Waking Dream, a transitional state from wakefulness to sleep. The hypnagogic state of consciousness. Phase include hallucinations, lucid thought, lucid dreaming.. Mine started about two and hale years ago after getting a flesh eating bug. I think it never left my system. My doctor was confused. when it hits my system it puts me down for seven days. I do not get sick its just hard to get out of bed. That’s when the shape shifters moved in. Over time I can see them every where . when their in my apt. I can not sleep. try that for seven days and nights. during the day I see their out lines. people that shift into at least four persons and then beasts. I watch them change my art into their own.. I contribute this to opening the Third Eye.. awake I see them try to sleep I see them..

    • Krizzel Avila Reply

      This has been happening to me too !! Did you find anything that helped you solve this issue ??

    • John Stenzel Reply

      Not that I have much medical knowledge but there could be 2 or more causes- if the bugs still there or even a chemical imbalance, your body might be responding to that- see a doc and have tests done and also talk to a therapist about the trauma you my not realize

  16. Lee Reply

    I am so grateful that I googled this because I have been seeing large spiders on my bedroom walls and ceiling always early morning when I wake up. So real and frightening. I was afraid to go to sleep at night. I realize now that I was hallucinating. I will call my Doctor an hope I can switch meds or come off completely. I have been on imipramine for many years and it has been effective controlling depression. But I cannot deal with these side effects.

    • Carmela Reply

      I see spiders too. I thought I was going crazy.
      I feel better that someone else had it too.
      What did your doctor say?
      I do have stress and anxiety .
      I take lexapro.

      • John Stenzel Reply

        I’m 50 and have been interested in lucid dreaming since my 20’s… that being said I have been relatively successful in distinguishing between the differences, Because of my studies.. there have been some alarming failures, but understanding that – Not understanding how the brain works has been an actual comfort. In the last 1,000 years these have been attributed to the supernatural, which I think exacerbate the effect. Realize that this might be stress, bad sleep pattern, narcolepsy, drug use, etc…watching late night horror, ( just recently bought a tarantula after my dog died and held her- I had dreams next few nights of VERY TACTILE dreams of spiders, BUT was not scared)

    • januka Reply

      hello lee,
      we have the same cases i too see spiders in my ceilings and some times on my wall its very frightening .sometimes it even comes to attack me i have been seeing these things since 2015 and now i know the answer to my trauma.

    • Anonymous Reply

      If I drink energy drinks, I have waking dreams of spiders above my bed on the walls.


    After my wife died I used to see flying objects going through the mirror, I wasn’t imagining it because the dog saw it too and then other times lights going on and off and believe it or not Cherubs dancing around maypole on the ceiling and then later seeing a middle aged man standing over me whilst I was in bed that disappeared after ten seconds, it stopped when I moved bedrooms although I still get something that I can’t explain.

  18. Jas Reply

    I have been dealing with sleep paralysis and out of body projections for years now. I am to the point where in my sleep I can sense when it is coming on before it actually does and im able to wake up from it. But now I am experiencing something much more different. During my “conscious” sleep paralysis i am feeling what feels like brain frequencies that almost feel like my brain is being shocked. The feeling is so debilitating and uncomfortable i can almost feel a sense of pain as well. I can hear the frequency waves and all as its happening to me. When i try to wake up from it the feeling in my brain just gets stronger. Has anyone ever experienced this before??

    • dove777 Reply

      I have. I’d rather not put all this out there for all to read. I’d be happy to talk with you if you want. This is sort of old now…..

  19. Casey Reply

    One night when I was 16 17 i had fallen asleep on the living room floor after watching a movie with my mom slept pretty well but when I woke up I was so weak my vision was so blurry to the point of almost being blind and I couldn’t hear a thing. My mom who was sleeping on the couch, I tried calling out to her and nothing soon it became panic crying and screaming for she wasn’t answering anything I could feel the strain in my chest from screaming I tried crawling to my mom but I had such a hard time get there I was yelling for her the whole time but when I got there and was physically screaming in her ear and slapping her I. The face I could not wake her and for some reason I almost became submissive to the fact that I might be like that forever and I went and dragged my self back to where I was laying I closed my eyes to go back to bed and literally in the time it took me to blink everything was fine I even woke my mom up I didn’t tell her but she ended up staying awake. I’m 20 almost 21 now and it’s still one of my most vivid memories.

    • Casey Reply

      I felt everything from the carpet to the nose on my moms face I cant explain it

  20. Brianna Reply

    So I am 17 years old and I have been experiencing hallucinations for a while now. I often see a dark figure in my room, I’ve seen one walk over me in my bed being unable to move for a few seconds and I felt him touch my leg with his hand so I like jumped out of bed and turned the light on. But lately I’ve been looking out my window and seeing a dark figure out In the distance. I don’t remember much but when I wake up in the mornings my blinds are moved to one side where I was looking out my window. I’m always tired and my doctor said “you’re at the age you want to sleep all the time” I can fall asleep in 5 mins anywhere. I’m tired of feeling this way, advice anyone? I’m not sure what to do

    • Ocean Lesley Naidoo Reply

      I too have had a similar experience most times I can’t tell if it was real or if I was in a dream like state, the first time I ever had an experience was when I was around 15 and I went to bed after coming home from the movies, and as soon as I closed my eyes as I lay in bed I felt something under my pillow, it was a sharpener, I woke up out of bed noticing that my brother who sleeps in the bed opposite me was not in bed and neither were my parents in their room, when I walked down to the kitchen I froze and felt pins and needles all over my body, then out of nowhere I started levitating and finally saw my parents who didn’t even notice me, my brother appeared and walked straight through me I was like a ghost… the scariest thing about this was that before all this happened I could breathe or move, and I saw dark figures around me even though my eyes were closed… when I did wake up after that experience I cried to my mom telling her everything, and she said that’s impossible and that I literally had only gotten into bed two minutes ago…
      4 years passed and I still have outer body experiences and hallucinations before I sleep

  21. Yug Reply

    Hello i am 19 years old and this happened to me at 11:23 pm .I totally get mad that what actually happened that night. I just go for the bathroom with door half opened then after some time i heard my brother asking to me is it my small brother inside then i repleid to him that no its me and he said its okay and he go to second bathroom .during washing my face i am listening the the sound of flush coming from bathroom and when i came to sleep in my room what i saw that my all brothers are sleeping . i am not in my senses that what should i do ? Then i pick my phone and makes its brightness high and i see that all are in the room .I am not able to detect and that what actually happened .Please help me and leave a reply .

  22. Tricia Reply

    I typically sleep good during the night but then something strange happened to me when my husband left extra early for work because he was doing overtime that day. I heard him leave the room but then I felt someone crawl back into bed. I said to him “aren’t you going to be late for work?” And got no response so I went to go put my hand on him but touched his face and ended up touching his nose and it was a rather large nose with large nostrils and didn’t feel like my husbands nose. I freaked out and try to wake up and scream but no sound came out. It never happened again until recently, I heard him leave the house for work and I heard someone come into the room and get into bed with me. I thought he had extra time and came to lay down for bit but realized it wasn’t him and I told whatever it was to go away, I woke up so scared. This morning he left early again and had my back to my husbands side of the bed and felt a push on back – it was trying to get my attention like “hey! I’m here.” I knew it wasn’t my husband because he had left for work. I don’t know what it is that keeps coming into the bed after my husband leaves but it definitely scares me. Am I just dreaming? I’ve also prayed for it to leave which helps at that time but it keeps coming back.

    • Susan PS Reply

      Thank you for sharing your experiences. I’ve had very similar ones several times the past couple of years. Over time I’ve learned to relax and let it happen. The ‘visitor’ never actually touches me, but the sensation as it comes onto the bed behind me, it is to real to be a dream or my imagination. These never happen when my husband is in the room. I get a strange tingling sensation that runs up my leg and side just before it happens (usually the left side as I’m laying to my right). I wonder, do you feel anything similar when it happens?

  23. Kelly Reply

    I have many mini dreams that feel half real every night and every morning that feel half real. It is not unusual for this to happen for over an hour. The funniest was when I bolted into a sitting position, pointed across the bed, and said “There’s an ostrich over there!” My husband does not let me live that one down! Those dreams stress me out. I also wake up suddenly multiple times every night and may have those dreams when going back to sleep. When younger I had some such dreams during the day but now it is rare. Recently I started Lunesta. The first few days I slept sound but now I have started waking up again and last night it took me over 2 hours to fall asleep. I only have caffeine first thing in the morning, go to bed the same time every night, have started exercising in the early evening, do not take naps, but nothing helps. My greatest wish is for healthy sleep.

  24. Edith Reply

    I’m 29 and I’ve dealt with it as long as I can remember. I would see people standing in my doorways, I’ve seen smoke in my room, and more. The worst one (and funniest) I had was when I was in high school my friend spent the night and as I was waking up I hallucinated a floating bag next to my head. Idk why it scared me but I jumped nearly over her and shaking her arm asking her if she sees it. But as she asked me what? I snapped out of it and burst out laughing and said “the floating bag.” Man she didn’t let me live it down. Since then I’ve learned how to keep it from affecting me as badly. Idk if it will help you all, but I close my doors before bed. Closet, restroom, bedroom. I also blacked out my room. With this even if I sit up and I’m hallucinating since I can’t really see (just bits of the dream but not as vivid) I don’t react as badly and I’m able to lay back down. If I do end up having a bad one I look for what I know is real like my fire alarm or my ceiling fan. I know those things are real and if it’s not ringing or moving I know I’m having a dream. Needless to say its all about learning to recognize and finding a way to bring yourself back to reality during the moments your body is still waking up from the dream.

  25. Nikki Reply

    I am 45yrs old and I have had such frightening things happen to me over the last few months. While lying in bed at night with my husband, I have been waking up at night and seeing a figure of a man walk into our room, he makes eye contact with me, I try and shut my eyes real fast hoping he will think I am asleep too and go away. When I open my eyes back up, he seems to be bending over our bed. It has gotten so bad that I have been having my 7yr old sleep in bed with us because I am too scared for him to sleep alone and away from us in another room. I make sure the door is shut each night, but our cat knows how to open the door by slipping his paw under the door and there is no lock. After going to bed with the door shut, I will awaken to the door being ajar. Is it from the cat? Or something else? There is some light that comes in from the hallway and I can see the figure standing there moving around outside the room as if he is preparing to come in….I try and bury my head under the pillows but I just can’t seem to move. It is the most terrifying feeling I have ever experienced in my life. I was trying to stay up as late as I could before going to bed so I would be totally exhausted and would sleep through the night, but that doesn’t work and now I’m even afraid this “thing” will approach me when I am up alone in another part of the house, which is even more scary. Nighttime is so mentally, emotionally and physically draining, that I have been falling asleep during the day which I’ve never done before. I am afraid to tell anyone about this because I feel so crazy and out of control. It even scares me to put this down in words on here because it makes the events even more real. I have never felt so afraid as when I am in the grips of these episodes.

    • Moon prince Reply

      I am 28 years 10 months old .
      I started smoking cannabis regularly since 2011.Most of the time my stuff has been adulterated . I also have a problem of binge drinking but I don’t consume alcohol regularly. Whenever I am on booze run I do get weird dreams.
      Right now I am not drinking alcohol or weed. The major withdrawal symptoms and and side effects I am facing is SLEEP HALLUCINATIONS . I think this is because of long term use of these toxic substances .
      Its is irritating to get sleep hallucinations or weird dreams.
      I think one should do exercise , yoga and meditation to get rid of these problems. Always keep your mind positive and abstain completely from negative thoughts and feeling .

    • Santa Reply

      That’s really awful what you’re experiencing. I’ve always looked forward to going to bed at night feeling safe and needing a good nights sleep. Until about a year ago my husband was awakened hearing someone walking at a fast pace in our dining room. The next night he was awakened hearing voices in the dining room. So far nothing again. But I had a hard time all year trying to relax and fall asleep.
      And now twice I have seen small children as I wake up from a nap or sleep. Always three of them. Sounds crazy but it’s true.

  26. Brett Reply

    This happened twice last night… I am asleep but feel as though I have awoken before my body and feels as though something is leaving my body and I totally freak… as if there was a physical presence. It was 4.01am second time it happened… couldn’t get back to sleep was cold and balmy for rest of night. This has happened before few weeks ago.. ended up hyperventilating first time struggling to breathe.

  27. Manvee singh Reply

    Last night when i was sleeping i woke up at 2:34 am and saw my sister beside me . Even i switched off the fan for her as she was ill. But at 3:14 am i noticed she was not there. In the morning when i enquired her she said that she was not at home that night . But i talked to her at night . How it could be possible? What can be the reasons for that?

  28. Mariana Reply

    Hi there, I’m really struggling with my husband’s sleep disorder. It’s been getting worse and he doesn’t want to get help. He sits up in bed, sometimes even gets out of bed, saying that there’s someone in the room or in the house. Once he even thought I was the intruder. A few days ago he was touching the window, and last night he actually opened the window and left it open overnight. Last year we got broken into because we left the window open – thankfully as we’d put bars in the window, no one could break in this time. But his behaviour is really disturbing me. Im January he was having 2, 3 of these episodes a night! He said he has had these episodes all his life, but it’s definitely getting much worse these past 2 years. He thinks that because this is ‘normal’ to him there’s no point seeking help!

    • rahul brahmin Reply

      well you know what oscar pistorius did to his wife ….. i suggest seek help or you may have to leave him

  29. Chloe Reply

    I’m currently and 18 year old female in highschool.
    Around two hours before going to sleep, I suddenly felt no emotions and no motivation about anything. I came home and fell asleep on my right side.

    While I was asleep, I was aware of being asleep but being awake at the same time. I could hear everything around me but I wasn’t fully there. I got up and walk around my house until I reached my younger sisters room. There I stood next to this person that seemed to be my mother. As I’m turning around, I know that I am hallucinating and I tell myself that I’m hallucinating and it’s not real. As I walk past my so called mother, she talks to me saying that it’s not a hallucination. I then began to realize that it wasn’t real and repeatedly tell myself that it’s not real and I leave the room. As I leave the room, everything becomes light in the room, outside becomes bright and shiny with clear skies. I then walk pass the living room and everything turns a dark purple blue color, the hallway behind me elongates, the ceilings stretch, and outside becomes dark and foggy. (Exactly portraited like in insidious). I then start to know that I am hallucinating again and I tell myself that I am. I pass by my sister and her eyes and lips are blurred out while she’s just staring straight ahead. I turn around and everything goes back to normal. I then tell myself that this is real, that everything else was just in my head. I then pick up a puppy and bring him outside to find that everyone is coming to our yard to bring their dogs. As I become a bit more happy, I turn around to the inside of the house and grab a leash for the dog. When I turn to face outside, everyone had disappeared and it became dark and foggy once again. I begin to panick and walk back inside, yet again I’m telling myself that it’s all a hallucination. I’m so afraid that I’m hallucinating, that I’m urged to call a close friend of mine to bring me back to reality. As I open up the messages, and open his tab, he has already texted me about everything being okay. At this point I knew everything was wrong and I was still not in reality. I scroll through the messages which happened to be all photos. At first , the photos are of just his face, the then slowly turn into full body photos of him in a towel, and then showing his hands. His hands were white and slim, each photo passing, his fingers would get longer and so did his nails. I then begin to cry because the image of those hands brought me so much fear. I put my phone away and look down the hallway. Our staircase case goes in indirection while only seven steps. This time, our staircase going up doesn’t just go up in one direction, after about 10 steps, it leads to the left. At the top of the stairs, there is a tall, pale, and thin man that with elongated hands. Tears began to stream out of my face as I tried to bring myself back from hallucinating. As this is happening, the aura of the house has a negative change, everything feels empty, everything feels open, and everything feels lonely. As I’m crying to wake myself up, I hear something beeping. The beeping becomes louder and I wake up on my bed. I’m laying flat on my stomach with my legs together in a line, my hands are folded together on top of my stomach, and I’m facing upwards. I open my eyes and I begin to pant. Now at this point, I knew I wasn’t asleep anymore.

    All of this being told isn’t as scary as it seems, but in this dream, I was conscious of everyone and everything around me. And fear was the biggest factor in this occurrence.

    • Anonymous Reply

      I can relate to this. Specially ending to laying with my hands on my chest or stomach sometimes the end or then the cataplexy

  30. Chaim Reply

    Hi. I’m 45 years of age. The following is the first time it accrued to me as far as I can remember.

    This morning as I woke up I saw something moving around in front of me. I asked “who are you”, “What do you want”. No answer.
    So I was actually walking around my room trying to find a light or way out of the room. I washed my hands in my room (as customary in my religion to do before getting out in the morning). I shook my hands in the directions of the monster, said verses of psalms, and was screaming “Totty and Mommy” as I felt I was holding a beam. . I live in the basement and they live on first floor.
    Then I was talking to G-d promising I’ll repent but he should help me get out of this mess. I picked up my room heater (was off and mobile), plugged it in but I was pushing familiar buttons but it wasn’t by night light… I was looking for the light, which is actually on my night table. I kept searching while seeing this monster until I finally found my nightlight and turned it on; and of course, no monster. So i was actually moving around my room. Was up Up or Dreaming? Is this Normal or Not?

  31. Marlisa Reply

    I find that even if you feel a presence or see a figure in the room or around you it’s best to relax and listen or just give in to the feeling by not fighting the sensation. I used to fight to be free from these paralyzed states ( which got me know where but into another state of paralysis or another dream but gave in one day and It makes me feel like I have a better understanding of what’s happening at the time. Like I’m just calm and a witness & listen so I can understand.

  32. Anonymous Reply

    I know what y’all going through, I m so tired of it,it’s men all the time,my bath room,is were it comes from, praying doesn’t help,I can talk in my mind but can’t move or scream, I loose my breath Alot, I be scared that I will die ,and I always can feel a feeling before I see it ,it’s not a good one,I hear the voices ,but I can’t understand them but the voices are women and men,and when I try to concentrate on what they say ,they get whispering real low then,and I tell them to go away leave me alone and walk in another room ,but I never seen a female figure but once,but I didn’t feel scared, only male’s be the one’s,but when they go putting their hand’s were they don’t belong that’s when I fight harder ,it has me paranoid in the day when I’m home alone ,no meds is helping,I just live day by day,and hope my kids will never go threw it,

  33. Rocky Reply

    Sometimes when I go to bed I will feel this thing coming. I don’t know what it is but it’s the scariest thing you can imagine. Like a demon possessed person and it dances towards my bed in a really messed up twisted way. It always seems to come out of my bathroom. I’m paralyzed and can’t move. I can move my eyes around and see everything in my bedroom including my spouse laying beside me but I can’t holler or move my arm to get help. I think I’m going to die from the horror of it and my heart is pounding so hard. It says evil things to means laughs at me. When I think I can’t handle it anymore it goes away and then I can all of a sudden move and I reach over and wake my husband. I’m crying and scared and he doesn’t know what to say or do but gets up and turns the light on. There’s always a feeling that will come over me right before it comes. I’ve learned to bury my head in the pillow so I can’t see it but I can feel it beside me in the bed. Then when I feel it’s gone I look hoping it’s gone.

  34. Kay Reply

    Finally, something that matches up. When I was younger (and on rare occassion now) I used to see images of thousands of black spiders crawling on my wall right before I went to bed. I always, always thought they were real, no matter how many times I went to turn on the light in my room and realize that they aren’t actually there. Yet, every time I went to fall back asleep they would always appear again. I always went crying to my parents, who always reassured me there was nothing there. Had to sleep with a night light for years because of this. With very little light in the room, it made it easier for me to see the black spiders.
    No sleep paralysis, but it always bothered me and made me deathly afraid of spiders as I got older. I usually had to make sure to close my eyes before my lights got turned off completely so that I wouldn’t run the risk of seeing them and giving myself anxiety over their appearance. I hardly ever see them now, which is a huge relief, but part of that might be that I’m taking amitriptyline to help with other issues (and helps me sleep better).
    I have to say though, there is a new strange hallucination that has been bothering me lately, and that is the feeling that something jumps on my bed during times when I am not totally asleep. These freak me out quite a bit, as I’ll always get up and see that there’s nothing there. This never happened when I was younger, and is only a more recent development (in the last year or so).
    I’ve seen a lot of people complaining about the large spider hallucination, so I’m glad (and very sympathetic) to see some people also experience the many small insect/spider hallucinations.

  35. Susan PS Reply

    About 4 years ago, my first strange event occurred as I was coming out of sleep early AM and felt something jump up onto the bed by my feet, then jump back down again. It was a bit terrifying, as I was alone in the house and there are no pets. Since then I’ve had numerous experiences including my covers being pulled , someone speaking to me, and loud clicking or buzzing such as an large insect by my ear. The most frequent is a movement on the bed as if someone has laid down behind me as I sleep on my side. These happen ONLY when I am in bed alone, and never when my husband is sleeping beside me. It helps to read the experiences of others and know I’m not alone in these strange events. But I’m not convinced that these are ‘hallucinations’ because they feel far too real and coincidental.

    • Cas Reply

      Hello.. I read your post. Have you determined what this is. For the last couple of weeks after my boyfriend leaves for work it feels as if someone is climbing into bed. Starting at the foot of the bed. This happens in between 630 and 7. I always look to see if it’s my kids but noone is ever there. My mom says it’s my deceased lil brother telling me something but idk. Sometimes it’s a little scary.

      • Susan PS Reply

        Cas, I’m relieved when I hear someone else has experienced these bed movements. I do hope that your experiences are not frightening to you. They were a bit scary to me at first, but as time went on I learned to relax and attempt to understand them. As with you, they almost always occurred early in the morning. Over time, they changed from movements on the bed to the feeling of an actual person climbing into behind me – never physically touching me but so close I could feel them there. And ALWAYS I get a strange sensation up my left side just before it happens. These happened off and on for at least 3-4 years, but as of this writing I haven’t had a ‘visit’ in over 3 months. I wish I could tell you that I figured it out, but I haven’t – despite reading books and googling. Everything I read says ‘hallucinations’ but I can’t accept that explanation. This is much too real to be something invented in my mind. I believe now in ‘after death communication’, as that is the only thing that make sense to me now. I wish you the best and thank you so much for sharing your experience with me.

        • Ginnie. Reply

          Hi Susan. I too am experiencing exactly those strange feelings that someone is getting into bed next to me. It is preceded by a ripple effect along the side next to where I am sleeping. This always happens when I am alone at night, when my husband is away working or even if he is in another room watching TV or something similar. I am not particularly religious, but I always say out loud a mantra I have read about re malevolent spirits (not sure whether I believe in this, but….) I say “In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and the a Holy Spirit, BE GONE from this place an d do not return”.. Only then can I settle down to sleep again. Like you, I,m not sure what these so-called ‘hallucinations’ are, but they may be due to stress, some depressive tendencies, or side effects of medication. Regardless, They put fear into me. I am always very fearful of them, not knowing what they are. Apart f rom these, I am quite healthy, reasonable and rational. It’s a mystery. Good luck and happiness to you.

  36. christina Reply

    I have noticed alot lately like lastnight i feel like im partially awake but my body is paralized and shaking because i look by the door way of my room and see a dark figure like a person is there. Im so terrified and start hyperventilating and cannot move. Last night i was sleeping and this happened but i thought i was awake and i had said to my bf that there was some one in the room by the door and he said just try not to breath in fear of this shadowy figure coming towards us and it seemed so surreal to me like there was actually an intruder in the house coming to kill us or something. it seemed like this went on all night but it didnt. Then my bf then hugged me and said relax its okay there is nobody in here with us your okay. But i was so scared and shaking and i started to cry. It was like it was real and it was very terrifying. This happens quit often to me and i dont know why or how to stop it from happening. Any advice would be great.

    • Delva Carmelot Reply

      Same here I have this feelings alot when experiencing sleep paralysis, I feel like someone always coming after me or staring at me this is a scary experience and it happen to me alot of I be tired for work and don’t even go back to bed anymore

  37. Sutton Reply

    Sometimes, usually when I have a fever, I will wake up mid-dream and I will start feeling things that are not there. Would this be considered tactile, even though it´s only in my mind? I will also start screaming and crying really loud to the point where my sister and parents come into my room. When they try to wake me up I hear them and see them but i feel like they are too far away and I can move. Can someone please identify this? (I am also 11 years old)

    • Anonymous Reply

      try to ask a doctor about narcolepsy….it is not just tired in the day. many doctors don’t seem to understand it, but this is one of the “symptoms”. May or may not be the problem…still worth asking

  38. Robin Davlin Reply

    I have been doi g this,the last couple nights and it really freaksme out. Hope i am not going crazy.

  39. sri Reply

    i have thoughts or dreams during my sleep like the poeple in our neighbouring houses are climbing up the terrace of their house and awoman is falling down from it, and the other women in the house are shouting by seeing this..and i could here the sound of the girls mouring loudly at the women who committed suicide..i am hearing the mourning sound in my sleep and going to check whether the sound is true.wat is my problem.please do give a solution.

    • Sutton Reply

      Have you overcome a problem, like an addiction of some sort? Or have you had a recent death in your family that has hurt you internally? A dream about suicide is one of the most positive dreams a person that is trying to overcome something can have. It means that the overcoming will be succesful.

  40. Athena Reply

    for many years, My dad often fight with someone or dogs during sleep and he was yelling and punching anything he could reach and he hurt my mom often. later my mom has to put something between them in case my dad punch her again but my mom doesn’t want to leave my dad sleep alone because she worry my dad could fall off bed. now my dad’ memory start fading and sometimes he see people moving around in house though no one there. sad. don’t know how to help.

  41. Harrison Byrd Reply

    I’ve been dealing with something like this for a long time sometimes I wake up and can’t move and see the devil sometimes it’s people whispering in my ear sometimes it’s my legs or arms moving by themselves. It’s scares the crap out of me and I just let it happen and try to open my eyes. I tell my parents and they think I’m just crazy and paranoid the only way I can get it to stop is if I sleep in the light which I pretty much can’t or have music playing while I’m sleeping which in my opinion is really hard.

  42. Edna Finan Reply

    I am an 80 yo lady who, due to illness have to take many pills. I just started having being awakened by someone in my bedroom. Very detailed features, dresses, clothes, like real. They move around and when I speak they disappear.
    If I try to touch one of them the disappear. Sometimes I hold a conversation with them, believing someone else is in the room but my husband does not see any one. Please help.

    • Sutton Reply

      Do they look similar to a past relative? Usually it can be a spirit checking up on you to make sure you´re okay 🙂 This happens to me a lot with my deceased grandmother. If it´s not, you should probably tell a doctor.

  43. Himel Reply

    Every night I have face somebody who’s I have never seen ever.. I just hear the sound s from the outside.. but when I look over there doesn’t see anything.. then what it could be???? is it call hallucination?

  44. Kevin Reply

    I’m 55 and have been experiencing sleep hallucinations for three or four years. It seems like I’m awake when these occur, but I believe I’m actually in a state somewhere between sleep and wakefulness, as these almost always occur at the end of a dream. Most of the hallucinations aren’t scary, but rather, mildly intimidating. The majority of the hallucinations are of people in various spots of my bedroom; everywhere from being on all fours on my dresser, to being at the end of the bed, as reflected in the mirror, to being on the ceiling fan, which my fiancée – and myself to a degree – find amusing, and have labeled “the fan man.” Lately I’ve fallen into the habit of “challenging” these hallucinations by approaching them as they are happening. Needless to say, they disappear as I approach. The other common hallucination I have has to do with objects in the bedroom that often appear to be closer than they are in real life, or larger. For instance, I’ll “see” the window nearest me just a few inches in front of my face, when in fact, it’s four or five feet away. Same thing with the ceiling fan and the curtain over the closet. I often reach out for these objects, at which point they “return” to their proper place and size. These hallucinations don’t seem to impact my ability to fall asleep, but they certainly do have me vexed. My father died of Alzheimer’s Disease. I fear that these delusions or hallucinations may be an early sign of AD. My father never mentioned this as he was drifting into full-blown Alzheimer’s, but he was not someone who would bare his innermost thoughts, fears, or concerns to his children. Does anyone else experience these sorts of hallucinations at night?

  45. Suzanne McMullen Reply

    I’m 61 years old – have awoken to believing the house is on fire, and there’s smoke coming down the hallway to my bedroom. I actually jump out of the bed in a state of panic, but eventually realize it isn’t real. This has me completely freaked out. I have trouble falling asleep every single night, even though I feel exhausted. I have had a lot of changes to my life lately, and I keep things to myself, pretty much. At first I thought perhaps I was entering some sort of dementia, but now I believe it’s my mind playing tricks on me. I need it to stop.

  46. Amanda Reply

    My son is having these dreams and then he jumps out of bed fighting whatever he is dreaming about. He dont want to sleep anymore. I am scared he is going to hurt himself or somebody that is maybe sleeping with him. He actually feels the contact and says there is something in his room.

  47. Some one Reply

    I was sleeping and i kept hearing like static whispering in my ear and i could not move then i woke up and went back to sleep the same thing happened but i saw flashes of a white dress and then when i went to sleep the 3 time the same thing but the was a girl in a white dress with black hair in my hallway i cloud only move my head so i tried to to look at her but i did not want to turn to see who was whispering

  48. Eleanor Reply

    Something weird happened to me, i was sleeping just normally and dreaming and then I suddenly felt like I was spinning because I was dreaming of spinning on something In a park and then everything went black and I couldn’t move but I was still spinning and then every time I tried moving a face would come up in the corner of my eye sight and I would see it prettt clearly and a light would flash round it with a noise that sounded like a sparkly kinda sound and I tried getting up more and it did it more then I layed still for a sec saw loads of tiny white dots in darkness then tried moving and I automatically was able to move and open my eyes it was strange and scared the crap out of me do you know what it could be

  49. Kat Reply

    When I was little I would wake up in the middle of the night and all I would see were walls of color, or I would get up (I slept with my grandma) and look through the mirror and ‘see’ her laying on the couch in the room through the wall and i’d try to run through the dresser and get to her and i’d Be screaming and crying saying ‘Gigi! I see you but I can’t get to you!!’ And I would have dreams that happen about a year later.

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