Im a 29 yo male and when I sleep I often wake in a terrified state - paralised most times, unable to move or make sound to wake my partner. I nightmare of things holding me down and of a presence of something in the house or the room. Often I open my eyes, or I at least think I have, and see things. Other times I have woken to think "!**@! that was a realy bad nightmare" only to hear doors close and the like seconds later. This has been an on and off thing for most of my life but has worsend considerably of late. I live in suburban australia and have lived in many different houses. I am afraid to sleep at night fearing what will wake me, after wich I will often not sleep for hours until I am settled or in some cases, convince myself that there is some unexplained presence in the house and go outside. To better help with suggestions, the following is what my partner witnesses...
I wake to hear him wimpering with strange (heavy, noisy) breathing. When awoken he stares blankly at me, the roof, the wall, the door - or anywhere else in the room, then after a few seconds, jolts as if startled and becomes fearful. He has been fearful of me, of the 'noises' in the house/room and of the 'presences' he feels in the room. Other times, I wake to feel him kicking/nudging me awake and when I awake him, he tells me that he could not wake up as if being held down by something.
He has also awoken scared and on one occassion, was as white as a ghost and genuinely fearful.
Any help would be great I dont care how strange it sounds I just want to sleep one night or even know what is happening
I would suggest you to try earplugs and keep a diary or journal of what your nightmares consist of. Most of the things that you dream about at night are a reflection of your constant thoughts either that day or in general. The best way I think is to anaylze your thoughts and get to the core of where there coming and why? You can also try to practice meditation before you sleep which clears your head of any thoughts and ideas.
it sounds to me like you are experiencing night terrors. My husband has had them a few times, and I have witnessed his fear, so I can understand where you are coming from. I would suggest talking to your Dr. Maybe he/she can give you some sleeping pills (although they made my husbands terrors worse). Your Dr. Migght have other suggestions as well.
In answer to the bad advice above - Doctors are not going to do anything but prescribe medication that is COMPLETELY not helpful or relevant. Same for earplugs. Night terrors are different from dreams and are not caused by your own thoughts or feelings during waking life. I have had one night terror in my life and it was just that, terror - because of the loss of control, the paralysis and prescence of 'someone/thing'. I believe that this prescence was friendly and was actually trying to help me understand that I am being 'guided' if you like through life. Your not being crazy and it's extremely common so ignore any comments from closed minded people. Research OBE's and try to mentally communicate if your feeling scared and ask for clarification on why this is happening for you.
Hello to the first guy who stated this very real problem. I think that just happened to me a little while ago but how can it be night terrors if it's daytime? I was napping I have been getting frequent headaches, anyways I had a series of crazy dreams, then when I tried waking up I could not wake up. I was able to see very little of what appeared to be my own room yet I could not wake up. I also could not breathe and it felt as if something or someone was holding me down. I looked to the side of my bed and saw something moving, I tried to scream but nothing came out. I then woke up slowly and did not want to go back to sleep. It scared me and I don't know what just happened to me.
I have suffered through that type of thing my whole life. Sometimes I am only asleep for a short time and wake up terrified, running out of my room and into the hall to catch my breath. As silly as it sounds I have woken up and thought everything from my childrens toys (when I fall asleep in the playroom) to the vaccum is in some way out to get me. My wife does not understand what is goiong on but is supportive. I am 31 years old have a great family and great life, no real stress besides sleep.