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People All Over the World Are Reporting Sleep Paralysis Creatures Known as Night Hags

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by Joni Mayhan

Jason woke up every night feeling pinned to his bed. The terror was very real. He could feel an unknown presence looming above him in the darkness. His hobby of photography had recently taken him to several reportedly haunted locations. Did something follow him home?

Jason has always been intrigued by abandoned buildings. A recent road trip with a handful of fellow photographers brought them to several paranormal hotspots. They spent a few hours at each location, focusing on the architecture and scenery. While he didn’t necessarily get any creepy vibes while shooting the location, he still worried that something might have tagged along for the ride. What else could have woken him up in the middle of the night? The possibilities are as follows:

1. Sleep Paralysis


(Above: The Nightmare, by Henry Fuseli (1781) is a classic depictions of sleep paralysis perceived as a demonic visitation.)

According to sleep researchers, a phenomena known as Sleep Paralysis, also called Old Hag Syndrome can cause you to become paralyzed while waking. When we fall into REM sleep, our bodies automatically paralyzes themselves, with the exception of eye movement and breathing. This prevents us from hurting ourselves while we dream. Acting out a dream of running or falling could create serious damage to ourselves or our bed mates if this didn’t happen. In rare situations, sometimes the mind wakes up before the body does, which essentially paralyzes us, but leaves us fully aware. Some people who encounter this, also report the feeling of being watched or seeing something in the room with them. Many of them see an old hag-like creature sitting on their chests, pinning them to the bed. That’s where the theory gets interesting.

Typically, people who research sleep issues seldom delve into the paranormal probabilities. It’s far easier to explain a situation with proven scientific theories behind them than it is to blame it on something like ghosts or demons, but it still bears discussion. Can ghosts actually cause sleep paralysis? Is there any truth behind the Night Hag concept?

According to psychic medium, Barbara Williams, there could be more to it than a medical condition.

“Yes. There can be cases of entities holding someone down. It may be rare, but people can have attachments and possession,” she said.

2. Paranormal Entities


Ghosts can and will attach themselves to the living. While many of them roam the earth with no desire to interact with their living counterparts, many others have darker intentions. They latch onto the living, using them as energy food sources while finding delight in tormenting their days and nights. I know this firsthand, after contending with a malevolent entity in 2011, something I documented in my book The Soul Collector.

In Jason’s case, I asked him if he had any other experiences that could point towards a haunting, such as items disappearing, mysterious sounds in empty rooms or a feeling of being watched. Thankfully, he hadn’t. That led me to another question. I asked him if he could sometimes control the direction of his dreams.

Was he lucid dreaming?

3. Lucid Dreaming


People who are able to control their dreams are lucid dreaming. By realizing they are dreaming, they can take their dreams in any direction they want to. Unfortunately, a side effect of this is inadvertent sleep paralysis. In Jason’s case, he’s had one experience where he was able to control his fear and fully wake himself up, which could be the start of lucid dreaming.

Understanding all the circumstances surrounding a Night Hag episode is essential to stopping the process from reoccurring. If this happens to you, do your homework and then work on finding a solution that fits your situation.

If it’s truly a Night Hag, then you have your work cut out for you. Seek the assistance of an experienced psychic medium to help you clear your energy.

Joni Mayhan is a paranormal investigator and the author of 11 books, including Devil’s Toy Box, The Soul Collector and Bones in the Basement, all available on Amazon.com. To learn more about Joni, check out her website Jonimayhan.com.

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  • Clive

    I had a phase of disturbing sleep paralysis in my teans which was linked to two UFO sightings as I describe this here: http://www.realitywalker.com/ufo-ets-aliens-star-beings-experiences/is-sleep-paralysis-linked-to-ufo-sightings-experience/

  • Genesis Strickler

    Not sure if anyone will ever read this but I am experiencing a high number of sleep paralysis.
    A couple days ago I had one and I could have sworn someone grabbed my legs, as soon as I woke up I asked my husband to turn on the lights, I checked myself for markings, there were none but my legs felt as if someone has put their hands in them and it put extreme pressure on it.
    Last night I experienced it about 5 times, the only thing different is that it happened every 5 minutes or so, I don’t believe that’s enough time to go into REM sleep. And I was able to move my ankles and feet, that’s how I kept waking up my husband to wake me up.

    I had experienced this in the past but never seemed for help, now I have a one year old daughter and I’m concerned for her safety. Anyone have any tips or advise? It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • Harls

      As you said look for strange markings if you feel touched but what I have done is when I wake with the paralysis I pretend I’m still asleep and then when the shadow people come I spit on them if the spit goes through and lands on the wall or the floor you know there not real your bodily fluids will sort of like disappear dissolve into their shadow also they might get upset not something you want it’s all about showing you are stronger more dominant than it because it preys on you while your weak

    • Jamie Stein

      I had what is referred to as sleep paralysis with halucinations for about 20 years. It was so bad that sometimes I woke up in actual physical pain from what I can only describe as convulsion sensations following the paralysis (no, I am not epileptic). What finally put a stop to it was when I began to learn more about both the scientific and the spiritual explanations of the paralysis. This caused me to have less fear during the episodes. It even got to the point where I began to laugh at the “entity” that tormented me, because not only was I no longer certain it was real, I also knew from experience that even if it was, it couldn’t kill me. Interestingly, at first it seemed to make things worse- the entity was enraged when I laughed, and it threw me up against the ceiling. (I have no idea if that was real or not, and I’m not sure I even care anymore, because it felt about as real as reality can feel, so I wouldn’t have been able to distinguish one way or the other.) Then it tried to throw me into a dark hole that suddenly opened up in the ceiling, and I decided no way was I going in there- I splayed my arms and legs out over the hole and refused to enter. At that point I was launched into this bizarre lucid dream, and I woke up feeling physically exhausted and exhilerated, as if I had traveled thousands of miles in only an instant. After that, I never had sleep paralysis again. My advice to you: though it seems impossible, try not to let the experience frighten you so much. Try to take control away from the entity (whatever it is) by not allowing it to feed off of your fear. Fear seems to be key in both sustaining and perpetuating the negative aspects of sleep paralysis. Perhaps this is proof that it is all in your mind? Or perhaps it is proof that there is an actual entity feeding off of your fear? Either way, you get rid of the fear, you get rid of the entity. At least, that has been my experience.

    • Kittycatgirl

      My boyfriend says telling them to go away and leave you alone. Call on God if you’re religious.

  • Bill D

    I had the experience of clearly seeing a woman standing next to my bed looking over me and I was not paralyzed. I jumped out of bed yelling “who the F are you.” My wife was totally freaked out to find me yelling and lunging to my feet at this creature No chest pressure or breathing problems, just woke up and saw this figure that did not look friendly. I’m not afraid of much but my hair stood on end for an hour after this.