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Does anyone else get awaken by floating creatures in your bedroom?

Asked by windex (2921 points ) September 12th, 2010

For the record:
I do not do drugs, and never have. I am not, nor have I ever been on any medication. No history of mental illness in family. And of course not looking for any attention.
I believe in Science, Logic and Justice.

For the past few months, I wake up because of a weird feeling that something is watching me. When I do, there is a, what looks like a black sea urchin, hovering above me and it is aware of my presence and I’m aware of its presence. So naturally I jump back and try to get the F*ck away from it because I’m scare sh*tless.
By the time I manage to reach back and turn off the lights, it isn’t there anymore. If I break eye contact it also goes away, but I’m afraid to do so anyway.

A few days ago, the same thing, and up until this point, the few times that had happened, I just disregarded it, or thought that it was eye floaters. But the latest one was of a weird alien like butterfly with multi layered wings that were made out of fabric. (also black)
I swear each time, I could clearly see them and feel their presence and was so scared and felt like they were trying to get me or get something from me.

Just before I wake up, I feel like they’re almost about to get me (soul whatever you believe) and when I’m awake, they just hover away. (size=coconut)

The first thing I thought of when I woke up the last time was, I am getting night vision goggles, since it was SO REAL, I just need a better way to see it so I can prove to myself that it’s real.

I haven’t changed my diet, exercise, life routine. Nothing major happening in my life. Or anything that would raise a red flag.

I don’t believe we have been visited by aliens yet, that we know of. And I’m not a conspiracy theory nut, nor do I believe in ghosts or anything a normal person would find weird.

Has anyone else experienced this, can anyone explain this?

I used to have lucid dreams (just a few) as a child, but never think about it since to me it just feels unreal. Also a few out of body experiences where I could just teleport to wherever I wanted to instantaneously. But I never think or talk about it since I tell myself that they all could have been dreams I had.

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17 Answers

Coloma's avatar

Welll…I think the only two possibilities are, your eye’s are having issues, or, you are developing a mental illness like Schizophrenia.

I would consult a doctor or psychologist.

lillycoyote's avatar

Here are some previous questions on what you are probably experiencing, what are called “hypnagogic hallucinations.”

poisonedantidote's avatar

This sounds like a condition called sleep paralisis, except you are not paralized. so it is probably not that. I suspect it is most likely psychological, a sleep disorder of some kind. maybe you are awake but still dreaming, or perhaps it is a problem with your eyes that happens when you are in the dark, however, an eye problem would not account for any of the other sensations.

I dont think night vision goggles will help you much, as if it is all in your head or eye it will not be proof of anything, instead i would suggest you use a camera to try and take a photo of it, if photons bounce off it and in to the lense then there would be no doubt that it is a real physical thing.

having said that, i would say your best bet is probably an apointment with a neurologist.

perspicacious's avatar

Well, there is always the first member of a family to be burdened with mental illness. This doesn’t sound like anything other than psychosis to me. I, myself, have had sleep paralysis with hallucinations but this is not the way they present. I am very familiar with the psychotic mental diseases. Please see your medical doctor for a referral to a mental health professional.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Why don’t you try speaking with them?

I do with mine.

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keobooks's avatar

I’ve had a similar experience a few times when switching medications or suffered from insomnia from a long time and finally slept deeply . It was one of the side effects was night terrors. There’s the feeling of a presence in the room and fleeting images of shadows in the corner of my eyes. It hasn’t happened often, and like I said, usually caused by a first night of sleep from severe insomnia or switching medications (the ones that affect my sleep patterns mostly. Going on and off Adderall was about the worst.)

Nullo's avatar

It is my belief that there is stuff out there that wants to mess with you.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Could you have bats in your house?

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wundayatta's avatar

I agree with @poisonedantidote. It’s sleep paralysis. I was a little confused at first when you spoke of turning off the lights, because it sounded like you were awake, but the second thing you described made it sound like you were asleep.

What happens in sleep paralysis is that you wake up before your body does and also before your dream has ended. You can’t move, and since you’re awake, you experience the dream images as real. It’s frightening.

People with sleep paralysis used to mostly see the people coming after them as devils. Nowadays, it’s aliens as often as devils. But the feeling is the same for all—someone is coming to get you and perform experiments on you or do something evil to you. And it all feels as real as real life! People believe they have been abducted. That is their experience.

The problem is that most other people don’t believe it and think you are crazy in some way or another. Or just deluded. They deny your experience and you feel isolated and begin to wonder if you are crazy.

Research sleep paralysis online. There’s a lot about it, including stories of what people see and feel. You’ll recognize it. Then go to your doctor. He or she may not know about it, so you may have to see a sleep specialist.

Now here’s the bad news. There isn’t really a pill you can take that works really effectively. TO cope, you have to learn to cope. Knowing what it is, helps. But one effective technique involves accepting it. Not fighting it. It’s got you in it’s control (it being sleep paralysis) and you can’t do much. So let it become your friend. Enjoy your journey. Don’t be afraid of it. And learn to wake yourself up.

But it’s fighting it that makes it worse. Stop reaching for the light switch. Stop trying to push them away. If you fight them, they are negative. If you stop fighting, they become nothing more than entertainment, Enjoy it. They’ll stop bothering you once you stop being bothered by them. Kind of silly, I know. But true.

ftp901's avatar

That sounds terrifying. I can’t believe so many people on here have experienced something like this. I guess I’m pretty lucky. I just sleep normally and wake up normally – once in a while a nightmare but nothing else.

delirium's avatar

Don’t rule out epilepsy.

Nially_Bob's avatar

My immediate thought is sleep paralysis, a state described rather eloquently by Wundayatta above, however you describe yourself as leaping backwards when confronted with these images which is not only bizarre but impossible if this is indeed the case. The cause of sleep paralysis is a person awakening during REM sleep in which people dream but their muscles become unresponsive. Upon awakening certain physiological processes fail to initiate causing the person to be awake yet still in the process of dreaming and as such incapable of movement. Are you certain that having moved these images remain? I would imagine you would reach for the lightswitch with great haste given the scenario which may explain why it feels as though these images only disappear following this action. Something else you may want to investigate is whether your immediate family has experienced anything similar as sleep paralysis actually has been proven to have an unusually strong hereditary basis.
Assuming my speculations on the subject to be accurate it’s understandable that you feel what you’re seeing to be real as for all intensive purposes it is from your perspective. Our minds perceive our entire environment and as such are those that can most easily deceive us.
With all of this taken into account I would still strongly suggest that you discuss the matter with a physician to affirm what is wrong as though you may be experiencing a harmless, if unfortunate, disorder it’s also a possibility that you are genuinely hallucinating as the result of a more serious problem.

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Lorenita's avatar

Definately agree with the sleep paralysis theory or.. i dunno i believe in strange creatures phenomena so.. there might be something trying to mess with you.

windex's avatar

Thanks everyone, I learned so much

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