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Ear Sensations - pressure in my inner ears before sleep (Page 2)

March 15th, 2011
Hi everybody. I was at the doctor. After a lot of checkups and analysis I got the result as benign positional vertigo. Good part: I can live with it. Bad part: it is no cure forever, just pills that can help you. Of course I will do some more research for natural cures because in general I don't believe in the fact that if our body is malfunctioning we can cure it with chemicals. Until we won't understand this, we will never be able to cure diseases such as cancer and others that don't have a cure yet. At the question: What caused this? The answer: We don’t know. At the question: How can we treat this? The answer: it’s not treatable. We can give you some pills that take the dizziness away … for awhile …. Until they reappear. This made me to think the doctors don’t know yet anything about this. Good luck to everybody.
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replied March 24th, 2011
hi, i posted a while back in this topic, and its still there. its not only the buzzing in my ears,
Its also that im dragged into a state that im paralysed like some others here have experienced. and when i let it go ´´all the way´´ i end up in a dream.. that feels like no other dream.
More real, maybe because i shift from reality to dreamstate,its a bad feeling

so what i am suggesting is that we each say some things about when it happens, because it could be anything that starts or causes this.

it only happened when i was awake for a long time.
or when i couldnt sleep.
the fist time it happened was during my puberty, around 15/16
i used to sleepwalk as a kid (alot)and had alot of nightmares

thats all that i can think off
let me know what you think that causes this
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replied March 26th, 2011
ear problems
From my experience and from what I researched about this matter, you should avoid to stay late nights, do not stay more than 11:00 pm. I felt my symptoms every night that I stayed too late, and when I say too late I am referring at 1:00-2:00 am. Also try to avoid stress as much as possible, avoid to get angry as much as possible; they also recommend yoga classes or breathing deeply (something like what we did in the physical education classes during school years). If you say you also hear noises into your year, try not listening anymore loud music, and avoid loud music even when you listen to an ipod. Regarding this last matter I would check with a doctor, because the causes can be multiple, such as blood pressure or diabetes or other ear, throat or nose infection.
After you find out what you have from a doctor, try any natural treatment out there and apply it. If you do not get cured in few months you can try the pills treatment too. This is what I would do.
For example what I have is in the family. My mom has a problem with the ears and hears sounds too. They found her with high blood pressure (her blood is too thick) and with some problems at the back part of the neck. And they gave her some treatment but she also followed a detoxifying diet of three weeks when she dinked only natural juices, made in a juicer, from organic fruits and vegetables. I was so proud of her! She really did it. Of course the doctor said something like that it is too drastic, but this is what doctor say because they are afraid of some lawsuits or so. Anyway, my mom has just this desire of live. She was very bad before the diet. She had dizziness, she heard sounds in her ears and she threw out a lot. After this detoxifying diet her blood became 1/3 thinner, her blood pressure went down and the sound in her years disappeared/vanished. After only three weeks! She is so happy now and believes more and more in the fact that WE ARE WHAT WE EAT before anything else, and if we take care of what we eat and do proper physical exercises daily and if we try to take life easier (avoid stress and problems as much as possible) we can find a balance with our body and we can cure ourselves. She continues to eat more fruit and salads and soups and drinks natural juices, and she avoids as much as possible meat and fats, white bread and processed food.
Regarding my condition, today I am ok. In my case the pills would not solve the causes but the symptoms. They were just to help me cope with the dizziness, but they would not cure it. I did not take them because they would not help my anyway, but I took Ginkgo biloba and Ginger and I have done the physical exercises that were recommended for vertigo. It worked very well. After three days I was free of dizziness. I hope that pressure into my ears disappeared too, but I cannot be sure because I did not feel that every night, just when I was very very tired or stressed. It is too early to say anything about this. About my diet, I changed it 5 years ago. My diet is more based and fruits and vegetables and natural juices. I cannot say I do not make exceptions, because I do, other way Grandma would get upset Smile.
Get well as soon as possible
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replied May 6th, 2011
Sleep paralysis and severe pressure
Wow, I truly thought I was the only one. I remember this happening once in a while as a kid/young adult but in recent years (I'm 36) it's getting worse. Like someone above said though, it's usually if I doze off during the day or when I wake in the early morning hours and try to get back to sleep. I get totally paralyzed and can't speak. The noise in the ears is so disturbing that I've snapped out of it before and found myself crying. The dreams that accompany it are usually very frightful, not like a horror movie, but like what some of you said above. Panicking and trying to get someone's attention and they clearly see you and just ignore it. Also, with the ear pressure, I get eye pressure too. Like when you squeeze your eyes shut really hard and you hear that pressure noise? Only I can't stop it. When I do come to, which seems like forever, it will happen over and over again so I just usually quit trying to back to sleep. It's awful, and my position doesn't matter, it's been in different ones. Now I'm curious; is it medical, ie ears, sinus or OBE? It's weird!. So glad I found others to help describe it. This is the 1st time I've googled it as it just happened again to me this morning.
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replied July 29th, 2011
this is the 3th time im replying in this topic because i had it again last night after partying with some friends.
i used to think that i was the only one who ended up in a bad dream, but the person above me expirienced it too, this time i wrote down evrything right after it happened (because dreams mostly fade away right after waking up)
this is what happened:

at 5.00 pm i was lying in bed, really tired but i couldnt sleep, the buzzing and ear contractions started again, and i knew i was gonna end up in a horrible dream (expirienced it many times before), so i tried to snap out of it, it always works in the beginning..
but the buzzing starts again after like 10 seconds, snapped out of it again untill i was so tired of fighting it, so i let it go all the way.
the buzzing, (in ears and eyes) got so intence and suddnly i was in the dream, i saw an old mean woman staring through me, i was so shocked but couldnt snap out of the dream, like the person above me said its always a dream of someone looking at you but the person doesnt give you any attention, its the strangest dream u could possibly have, and i only have those after i the earbuzzing.
the woman kept staring at me and it felt like i couldnt do a thing, its like seeing a ghost, your just so shocked that nothing moves or works anymore, total shock and awe..

i dont remember how i woke up, but when i tried going back to sleep evrything was normal again.
i have this 'thing' like 1 time evry month, and its getting so annoying, mostly because i hate the feeling, and i know that the dream that follows is really scary, not like scary movies or nightmare scary.. but a feeling of fright and lonelyness, i really hope we can keep this topic alive because this is the only place on the internet that is related to the subject, and most of us epirience the exact same thing
if someone found a way to snap out of it so that it doesnt return for the night i would be really happy

excuse my crappy grammar, greetings from holland
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replied July 29th, 2011
ive found a new doctor, who had never heard of it before, but he THINKS its our body's natural DMT kicking in, DMT or dimethyltryptamine is the fluid in your brain that makes you dream, this fluid is also available as a drug (extracted from plants and animals) because its in evrything that lives.
and when a person takes it they literally go to another world, a dream if u will. ive watched some videos on youtube about people using DMT and they literally say: what is this buzzing noise!!!, and then they fade away, and get lost in the dream,
if you want to know more about it watch DMT the spirit molecule. its available for download and is also on youtube.
i really think my doctor is right about this, because when the earbuzzing gets so intense i end up in a dream, just like the drug.

the doctor said that evrybody expiriences it evry night, we all dream, but never know how and when a dreams starts, because the buzzing normally happens when you are asleep!
we just have 'the ability' to open up our 3th eye when we are awake. the dmt comes from your 3th eye, also known as the The pineal gland,
some lizards still have that eye visible, and when they sleep a liuid comes out of it (DMT)

so i think thats the awnser to our question as of why it happens, we skip sleep, and feel dmt entering our brain, the liquid that makes us dream

and this is where its all gonna make sence:

when you are in a dream you SEE and HEAR things that arent real, you can walk in your dreams BUT your body stays still in your bed, so when the dmt kicks in, your ears start buzzing, and also the eyes, wich means our vision and hearing is switching to the dream, now your body is numb right, why? because you cant move in a dream! when you walk in your dream your body HAS to be numb, else you wouldnt stay in bed. so we just expirience a dream, but with concious,
think about it!!!the buzzing sound is just our hearing switching over to dreamstate, because in your dream you hear things too, same as with the eyes, and again the body numbness is because we dont move in our sleep/dreams.
this also explains a womans expirience from a post on the 1st page, she felt herself standing up, but she saw herself lying down, that means that in her dream she was standing, but because we are still partially awake we see that we are just lying in bed.

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replied July 30th, 2011
this doctor explains it better than me: /1740
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replied July 30th, 2011
the awnser we where looking for!!!
sleep Paralysis: Awake But Still Asleep
Hiro Takahashi
A person may wake up and find himself unable to move or speak as if he is frozen. He also may hear footsteps, see a ghost-like creature, or feel someone sitting on his chest. Throughout the history, people considered this phenomenon as work done by evil spirits. However, the modern science can explain the terrifying event as a Sleep Paralysis.
A Sleep Paralysis is possibly a hereditary disorder in which one experiences very frightening seconds or minutes of total body paralysis with little respiration and eye movements (1). A victim in this state feels awake, but he cannot move or speak (2). In addition to the immobility, the common symptoms include feeling choked or suffocated, hearing strange noises like footsteps and voices, seeing beings or dark shadows, and feeling an existance of someone in the room (1). Although these symptoms often direct the victims to believe in ghosts, mistransmission of neural signals in the brain causes Sleep Paralysis. When a person sleeps, his brain sends signals to inhibit any muscle contraction (3). If he comes into consciousness before the brain sends signals to activate muscle contraction, he cannot move his body, and consequently, become "paralyzed"(2).

In order to understand how a body becomes paralyzed while the person is awake, it is necessary to understand sleep cycles. In a mammalian sleep, the brain activity undergoes two different states called non-REM (NREM) sleep and REM sleep, which differ very much from wakefulness (3). NREM and REM sleep alternate cyclically through the night; in human, about 80 minutes of NREM sleep starts a night of sleep, about 10 minutes of REM sleep follows, and this 90 minute cycle is repeated about 3 to 6 times during the night (3). During NREM sleep, a body produces few movement, but the body has capability of tossing about in bed and producing some other motor events, such as sleepwalking and sleeptalking (3). The cardiac-muscle contraction and breathing occur at a uniform rate, and the eyes move slowly (2). During REM sleep, on the other hand, heart rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure vary (3). The eyes move rapidly because most dreaming takes place in this period, and the sleeper probably "look" at the moving objects in a dream (2).

The brain's control over muscles during REM sleep points out that in this period, a body is normally in the state of total paralysis, called a "nonreciprocal flaccid paralysis" (3). Probably to prevent a person from "acting out" a dream, the brain sends signals to inhibit any muscle contractions (2). Although some peripheral muscles, such as the muscles of the fingers and face, still twitch, the large skeletal muscles become relaxed, or "paralyzed" as a result (3). Some evidence supports that the motor paralysis of REM sleep protect against the acting out of one's dreams. A patient who suffers from rare syndrome called REM Sleep Behavior Disorder lacks the normal nonreciprocal flaccid paralysis, and he acts out violent dreams during REM sleep, often with injurious consequences (4). For example, a 60-year-old surgeon dreamt that he was attacked "by criminals, terrorists, and monsters who always tried to kill [him]" and fighting against them in the nightmare, he was actually punching and kicking his wife who slept in the same bed (4).

A nonreciprocal flaccid paralysis during REM sleep is accomplished actively by postsynaptic inhibition of motorneurons (3). Although the exact process of motor inhibition is not clear, some neurotransmitters and hormones are known to generate the many components of REM sleep. Aministering physostigmine, an inhibitor of the catabolic enzyme, increases the concentration of acetylcholine within the neurons in the pons, making it possible to artificially generate and start REM sleep in the middle of NREM sleep (3). Carbachol, the cholinergic agonist, produces a period of REM sleep in cat when directly injected into the pontine tegmentum (3). The hormone melatonin, a "master hormone" (5) that mainly controls circadian rhythms, also seems to play an important role in enhancing the REM state; the level of melatonin secretion by the pineal gland reaches its lowest during REM sleep (5). Such neurotransmitters and hormones probably activate or inhibit the activity of second messengers, which then activate or inhibit the third messengers, and so on till the last messenger inhibit the synaptic transmission or cause hyperpolarization of the motorneurons. And if, for some reason, the nervous or endocrine system continues to release the neural inhibitors, a person may experience Sleep Paralysis as he enters awakefully into or awakens directly from REM period (2).

While the modern neuroscience can describe the state of Sleep Paralysis as some errors of the neural transmission in the brain during REM sleep, a person who has seen or heard ghost-like figures/voices may easily believe that eveil spirits fully controlled his entire body. However, the images or noises, which the victim believes that he has seen or heard, are most likely hallucinations; and hallucinations, too, can result from the brain activity. In the 1960's, the Canadian neurologist W. Penfield introduced that electrical stimulation of the temporal lobe can cause the auditory hallucinations in the wake state (5). The buzzing or ringing sounds in the ears and other auditory hallucinations are closely associated with the activity of the auditory cortex and involves the temporal lobe (5). During the early period of sleep paralysis, the activity of the temporal lobe increases significantly, sometimes inducing hallucinatory sense (5). Similarly, the visual cortex generates internal visual stimuli, causing the victim to "see" terrifying figures during the paralysis (5).

How an episode of Sleep Paralysis induces visual or auditory hallucinations is still not clear, but it seems to have a significant relationship with anxiety (5). For anxiety is a neurocognitive event closely related to both psychological and physical processes, the extreme anxiety or panic may cause the release of several different signal molecules that trigger all kinds of physical events (5). A person experiencing Sleep Paralysis feels mortal fear or extreme panic, and hence, the brain generates and releases internal visual or auditory stimuli, producing hallucinations.

Also, hallucinations during Sleep Paralysis may happen, for one keeps dreaming even after some parts of his brain wakes up directly from REM sleep. Since the nervous and endocrine systems continue to release the neural inhibitors which sustain the paralysis, it may be possible that those systems keep releasing the neural activators that stimulate dreaming. Thus, a person continues to "see" the images and "hear" the noises produced in the dream that he has just had in REM sleep from which he has awaken.

Understanding more neural concepts of Sleep Paralysis, some researchers now hypothesize that a very rare condition called Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome (SUNDS) may closely relate to Sleep Paralysis (1). Upon the death, a SUNDS victim produces no body movement even though he experiences a myocardial infarction and strong breathing difficulties and should straggle in agony (5). The death may be caused by the extreme muscle atonia during Sleep Paralysis, which is so severe that even the cardiac muscles and the diaghragm paralyze (5).

Until I started researching on this subject, I have believed that the total paralysis of a body is due to an evil taking absolute control over the body. However, the interactions between neurons in the brain can explain this seemingly mysterious phenomenon in a scientific way. Although the explanation is not complete yet, for there are many unclear processes about Sleep Paralysis, the current hypothesis appears to reject the possibility of ghosts on this matter. Of course, it is impossible to completely disprove the existence of "spirits", "minds", or "God" affecting one's behavior. Nevertheless, like Sleep Paralysis and SUNDS, many or the mysterious conditions and behaviors which are only explained in supernatural terms probably result from brain.
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replied August 8th, 2011
It's all to do with the inner ear. I've had these problems for almost a year. Going to see an ENT specialist in a couple of days so will keep you all informed but I can say it's not sleep paralysis (I've had that over the years) and it's not an out of body experience! Soz to dampen anyone's hopes!
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replied August 14th, 2011
If you always sleep in the smae bed, chair or place....try changing it, just for a night.

If that does not work, pick a favorite item, ie...blanket or shirt. Fall asleep with it. Lose your pillow for a night.

If you do not experience these terrible things after doing what I just suggested then get rid of the thing you slept with and your pillow and hope yyou never encounter another phenominon again.
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replied October 19th, 2011
Your not alone.
Hi guys, I've been having this problem for about a month now, and it hasn't gone away. I feel the same symptoms most of you guys do: the ear pressure, the paralysis, and the fear when I wake up. I noticed that it only happened when I sleep on my left side, with my right ear facing the ceiling, the same position I've been sleeping in for basically all my life, because that is the side where my wall is, and I don't like sleeping facing the door, which is directly across from the wall I face. It feels like something is dropping from the ceiling into my ear and keeps going down. I am completely aware of this happening but I have no control over it, and I can't move either. It's happened every couple nights now, but I have found some ways that work for me to get out of this. Usually, when I feel this sensation, I think of a
"safety word" or "safety chant" to calm myself down. I just keep repeating the word or words until the sensation stops. It gives me a sense that I can control it and make it stop at my will. When I wake up from this, I turn to my other side, where my right ear is on the pillow and my left ear is facing the ceiling. The pressure thing doesn't happen to my left ear for some reason. Anyways, if anyone finds out what this is, like not guessing, but truly knows, please post it. I'll be checking this periodically. Its just nice to no I'm not the only one feeling this.

-Joseph, 16
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replied November 7th, 2011
There may be a scientific explanation for this. It may not be an OBE. But either way, the whole thing feels demonic. This only happens when I sleep on my back. Two seconds after I fall asleep I hear almost a "screaming" in my ear and something in the room. Last night when I "awoke" from this, there was strange words written all over my room just floating in the air that almost looked like san skrit or hyroglyphics or something. I was fully awake I even stood up and shook my head a bunch to "fully wake up", because it always trys to drag you back in. Once I even "left" my body and there was this force trying to suck me under the basement door. Crazy. I don't think this can be explained scientifically.
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replied December 18th, 2011
ear rining and sleep paralysis
Hello, I have had the similiar symptoms that you are describing since I was a little child. I remember when the ear buzzing would start was when bad things would start to happen. I would have nightmares. I started to learn this and I told myself that when these buzzing noises started, I was dreaming and I was ok. I just had to wait until I woke up. Usualy the buzzing would get louder and louder until it would suddenly pop and I would wake up.

I have not had that symptom for 20+ years. I grew out of it but it was replaced by the 'sleep paralysis' awaking nightmares. I believe that when this happens, your mind pulls something from you sub-conscious that will scare you. Kind of like your own Freddy Krueger.

There have been times where it felt like a ghost was crushing me and I couldnt move. There were times when I heard my mother screaming help but I could not move. When I finally do wake up fully, I ran to her room to check on her and she was asleep and did not yell at all. There were times when I felt people touching me and screaming at me when I was under the covers. When I was able to move, I removed the covers and found nobody there.

I think the sleep paralysis takes whatever your affraid of and makes you imagine it to try and wake you up fully. I dont know how to stop it. I just have learned to try and figure out when it is happening so I can control it. I learned that it always involves me lying in bed and I cant move. This tells me 'usualy' that I am having a sleep paralysis moment. I try and calm myself down and the waking nightmares usualy get better. As some others have mentioned. I try to move just part of my body. Focus really hard on moving just one thing like a finger or a toe or your head. Once you can move one thing, your whole body should unlock. Most important, just realize that you are having a 'sleep paralysis' moment and try and relax and control it. They are terrifying. I have never been so scared in my life as I am when I am having one of these waking nightmares. Dont be affraid of these. They will happen but you can control it. A good thing though is that is seems like the number of times it happens has decreased as I get older.

On another thought. I have also had waking dreams where I am fully concious of what is happening around me but also part of my vision turns into a dream. Kind of a window into the dream world. It happens very rarely but is a lot better then the sleep paralysis nightmares. I can control the dreams when I am in the concious state.
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replied April 22nd, 2012
thank goodness i'm not alone! been sleeping with a ring of salt around my bed for years... all your thoughts on the subject have definitely eased my mind
oh just on the subject, when i eventually force myself to wake up i have to get up and move around or i will go straight back into it, but when i return to bed after 10 + minutes i'm usually fine to go back to sleep
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replied June 15th, 2012
I have also had this strange buzzing (electrical arching) noise in my head when trying to sleep and I came across this ead_syndrome
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replied September 10th, 2012
When this happens to me it's the pressure sound in my ears and it slowly gets louder and feels weird, when it gets to where I can't take it anymore I snap out of it and can move again.. If I try to fall back to sleep after the first time it will repeat.. I am not dreaming when this happens. It's very scary and is happening more often!! I don't want to fall Back to sleep on the nights it happens because its getting worse! Anyone know or have the symptoms like I am? (without the dreams and it worsening).
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replied October 6th, 2012
I just experienced it today for the first time. I was in a dream state having a dream and all of sudden I wake up from it being completely paralyzed with intense pressure on my right ear that seemed to get worse., like someone took an object stuck it in my ear and started vibratin it rapidly. I tried snapping out of it by praying to God and screaming, I couldn't scream at all but i kept trying until i started hearing moans coming out. . That finally woke me up .

I believe the above post are right I believe your in a dream state but your other half is awake and your brain is trying to get you back into that dream, which causes all those phenomenons. . I say let it take over you, get back into that dream . And now you know your in dream controlling it. I say take advantage and do what you want in there.

If it ever happens again to me, im gonna go back into the dream and make It rain in vegas.
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replied October 15th, 2012
i've noticed the humming in my ears since little. it usually happens right as i'm falling asleep. it's something i just attributed to the process. i've always figured that your ear canals close up in order to keep out any noise that can possibly interrupt your sleep. it is also where i begin to lose consciousness. like someone mentioned before, there were times where i was dozing off, yet fully conscious going into the state of "dreaming" and the humming became more intense and eventually i physically kicked myself out of it. then i was wide awake.

i've recently taken an interest in meditation as i am realizing more that there is a world that lives within us and there is much to experience. during meditation, if i'm not mistaken, you are supposed to let your body shut down (as if you are sleeping) and allow your mind to reach it's potential (as if you are dreaming), all while being fully awake. i have tried this a few times with little success, because it is something that has to be practiced. one time, though, i think i acheived what meditation is all about. it was brief, but it felt like i was in total control of a dream. and since i was awake, i was fully aware of my 'lifeless' body. my ears were humming. i must've gotten too excited and snapped out of it.

my theory is that everyone's occurences coincide with the entering of the spiritual world. there are different account because i'm sure people have different experiences. but it is all the same thing. we go through sleep paralysis to allow the muscles to recover from daily wear, allowing all of our bodily energy and focus to flow through the parts of the brain that require no muscle movement. it's kind of like a deaf person that sees better. or a blind person that has better hearing. it's why we close our eyes to take in an aroma or to zone in on something we need to hear. it's why some people have no cognitive skills but are unbelievably artistic. we work at 100% that is spread throughout the body. when the body shuts down the full load goes into the brain.

i am now interested in a DMT drug to see if i can induce the boost and travel somewhere i've never been. i'll try to remember this forum to give an update. but yea, whatever your religion, there is God in you. look at the complexity of the universe. everything is connected. we are fully capable of reaching what we see as impossible. we just have to learn to tap into it. hope i've been helpful
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replied February 5th, 2016
Hi, I will cut straight to the chase, its obvious why Im in this post. This event happened to me for the first time last night (im 19). When I felt 'earthquakes' in my ears I knew this stuff is real (heard of sleep paralysis before) so I snapped out of it. How? I clenched my jaw 3 times, first two times without a result but the third one did it. Hope I helped somebody!
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replied October 24th, 2016
This just happened to me a few minutes ago. Actually why I ended up here reading your stories.
I began falling asleep feeling the same kind of pressure in my ears as you get when you go flying in high altitudes. But i was too tired, so i didn't want to do anything about it. I kinda just let my ears go through pressure after pressure. Then suddenly I didn't know if i was dreaming or not. It was kind of like those nightmares you get, where you want to wake up from something, and you do, but you just wake up in another nightmare.
The creepy thing about my experience is that i felt someone kiss my shoulder, with a beard and all. Then I woke up, and I could still feel the kiss on my shoulders. Actually I can still feel it right now.

Though I don't have any hearing problems, i just clean my ears a lot. I also had a kind of seizure, like my body was fighting to keep me awake. I don't know if anyone tried to talk to me.. but in one of my nightmares before, i didn't feel like I was alone in the room. I felt a lot of stress, like people were running around over my head, trying to get noticed.

I have felt a kind of bond between my dreams and spirits before, and I can sometimes feel negative energy, but this is new.
I know it seems very paranormal and some of you prob. don't believe in this stuff, but that was my experience.

I still don't want to go back to bed. Maybe I should go get the salt.
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