"The Terror That Comes in the Night"

Many people have experienced the terrifying phenomenon of "sleep paralysis." Victims of sleep paralysis are awakened during the night and find themselves paralyzed, pinned to the bed, unable to move or speak. Many experience frightening visions of demons, dark shadows, shadow men... or an old woman -- a witch or old hag.

Victims of sleep paralysis have visual hallucinations (like being visited by aliens) and lucid dreams (dark or light) "that feel so real." Some have "out of body" experiences. Many find these experiences frightening; others find these experiences exciting. Some hear voices... and feel physical vibrations... And some enjoy these sensations.

"Some of my experiences (of sleep paralysis) are encounters with malevolent demons. Although nothing ever harms me, I sometimes hallucinate physical pain. Other experiences are enjoyable and include flying or floating (out of body), sexual encounters with an imagined, human-looking figure (succubus)... and feelings of amazing energy all over my body."

[ Many women and men have experienced the unwelcomed visit of a spirit that seduces, sexually stimulates... and attempts sexual penetration.
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These spiritual attacks can occur for decades. Those who seek medical advice are often misdiagnosed and labeled psychotic or schizophrenic.


As with the “alien abduction” experience, the experience of “sleep paralysis” can be abruptly stopped by crying out the Name, JESUS!

God greatly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)

The Name of Jesus causes the Devil to tremble.

But the one name that contains everything is the one that the Son of God received in His incarnation: JESUS. The divine name may not be spoken by human lips, but by assuming our humanity The Word of God hands it over to us and we can invoke it: "Jesus," "YHWH saves." (Exodus 3:14; 33:19-23; Matthew 1:21) The name "Jesus" contains all: God and man and the whole economy of creation and salvation. To pray "Jesus" is to invoke Him and to call Him within us. His name is the only one that contains the presence it signifies. Jesus is the Risen One, and whoever invokes the name of Jesus is welcoming the Son of God who loved him and who gave Himself up for him. (Romans 10:13; Acts 2:21; 3:15-16; Galatians 2:20) _ Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2666


Q: Are there possible ways to prevent sleep paralysis from occurring?

1) Get your home blessed by your priest;
2) Become a daily communicant;
3) Pray the rosary, asking Mary to protect you during the night;
4) At bedtime, spray the bed and the entire bedroom with holy water;
5) Do the following spiritual warfare: “I plead the Blood of Jesus on my mind and body.” / “I plead the Blood of Jesus on every evil spirit attacking my mind and body.”

If nothing seems to work, ask your priest to do the "renewal of baptismal promises and sprinkling with holy water" -- as it is done at Easter.