WHEN I REALIZED I WASN'T ABDUCTED BY ALIENS👽
I 100% thought I was abducted by aliens. I remember the bright light shining through my skylight window. I remember the feeling of being paralyzed. I remember the centripetal force feeling of lifting off my bed. And I remember trying to scream but nothing could come out. SO to calm my sanity I just kept telling myself I had a crazy hallucination.
- •This past summer I took an Anthropology class on dreaming
- •We studied something called sleep paralysis. There are multiple steps of sleep paralysis.
- •1. Being awakeThis is important because it helps distinguish sleep paralysis from a nightmare. Nightmares are bad dreams. During sleep paralysis you're awake - which is why I remember it so vividly.
- •2. Realistic perception of the EnvironmentSince you are awake your perception is exactly as you are. I was on my bed. My room looked completely normal. This is honestly terrifying because it helps it feel real.
- •3. Inability to MoveThe body is paralyzed. This also affects breathing. When you're deep asleep in your REM cycle the body paralyzes itself as a mode of protection otherwise (as studies shown) you will act our your dreams - similar to sleep walking but can be more intense. But with sleep paralysis you're awake and aware of your surroundings so it's scary to not be able to move.
- •4. Overwhelming fear and dreadIt is so scary being awake and not understanding what is happening to you. It's worse than a nightmare because you believe something bad is actually happening to you.
- •5. A sensed presenceI unfortunately would experience sleep paralysis a lot and this helps explains the alien part. Other times I've had this I thought some type of bad spirit was around. This thing is crazy! In other cultures they have specific names for the prescences they believe come during this.
- •6. Chest PressureIt feels like a huuuuge weight is on your chest - as if something is pushing down on you. Which would be the force I thought I was experiencing from the abduction or a spirit pressing down on me.
- •7. Difficulty BreathingThis was mentioned before but is its own feature. It's hard to breath properly during this and especially trying to talk. My ex-boyfriend once shook me out of it because I was saying his name over and over in a really strained weak voice.
- •8. Supine PositionSleep paralysis happens most often when you are laying on your back. Thinking back I was definitley trying to fall asleep laying down on my back so now I will ALWAYS sleep on my side.
- •I got all my info from Shelley Adler and her book "Sleep Paralysis: Nightmares, Nocebos, and the Mind-Body Connection"
- •This is an excellent read. It also explains this interpretation in numerous cultures which is fascinating.
- •If you or someone you know thinks they've been abducted by aliens read about sleep paralysis! There is a known correlation. It gave me some piece of mind haha..or maybe I'm still crazy who knows😜