One in five will experience the terrifying phenomenon of sleep paralysis. Victims wake to find that they are paralyzed and unable to move or speak. Many experience frightening visions of demons, ghosts, dark shadows (shadow men) or an old woman (a witch or old hag). For others, there is simply the unmistakable presence of evil.

In extreme cases, these supernatural (spiritual) attacks can occur for decades. Overwhelmed, exhausted, and entirely alone, victims can lead shattered lives dominated by fear, and the fear of social stigma. 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.