i've experienced a lot of sleep paralysis. i haven't had the hag waking dream that's common with SP but i get a lot of hallucinatory/astral travel experiences while in that state. they're often like an abduction scenario with lights and a sensation of floating and shapes of people in the room with me. that's a typical waking dream i have.
ones that differ and stand out in my memory; i once had two old people sat in the room next to my bed talking about me... i couldn't open my eyes but i could hear them. another time i sat up in my bed but it seemed i was in a different kind of reality, and i was scared because i knew things weren't right, so i tried to call my mum on the phone except i couldn't dial the numbers properly and when i did all i got on the other end was white noise. i've had a few where i've got out of my bed and walked around the room and my body has still been on the bed, and others where i've flown around the house.
the one that disturbed me the most was a little like the hag scenario but with some differences. i had gone to bed and was trying to get to sleep when i felt myself almost being dragged into unconsciousness, like something was physically drawing me down, and i started fighting against it but the blankets were like concrete on me, pinning me in place. i could hear a loud mechanical grating noise coming from the other room, and every time i tried to move it broke up into a jagged choke that reminded me of laughter. i was suddenly aware of other things in the room and i could hear children laughing and talking. i felt something press down onto the blanket and move further onto my body, then there was an intense tugging sensation and i was dragged into a sleep state, into a dream i don't remember.
Very interesting experiences! I enjoyed reading about them. When I experienced it, it was like the earth was shaking, my bed sheets were being pulled off of me by someone terribly dark. So frightening. You should check out that link about wild, it's an incredible seeming experience.
That's the only reason I'm totally frightened haha. I attempted it, though, earlier after posting this... my impatience got me. It was odd, I started getting the muscle spasms right away... my mind was clear... my body felt so light and surreal, but at a certain point I was so afraid that i wouldn't be able to move my body, I had to shake out of it. I'm going to try again tonight huzzah!
well, i tried it last night and ended up falling asleep, and i did the same thing this morning and ended up sleeping through my alarm.... and didn't get up until past noon, so i'm not really sure if it was a good thing
If you're not familiar with WILD (Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming) I'd suggest this link. I am SO deeply fascinated with this.
I have experienced sleep paralysis, which has me very frightened to try WILD, mainly because I remember being so so afraid. Often, when one experiences sleep paralysis, it is because you wake up during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep -- the state in which we dream in -- and during that state, our bodies turn off our abilities to move so that we do not interact the dream. So you wake up unable to move, and since you are still dreaming, you can see parts of the dream in your room. I'll never forget my bed shaking and feeling like my sheets were flying off of me while feeling a presence in the room (And the reason for the feeling of an entity in the room is because the part of our brain that triggers that "oh shit, danger" sense even if one isn't in danger)
It makes me wonder...now that I know all the scientific bits (and it had been several years before I had learned what caused that experience) if I should be afraid of it any longer..