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Ghost Question: Sleep paralysis and whispering in my ear?

Over the past year, my mother died (which she wasn’t ready to do) from dementa at only 65 yrs old, and my best friend since pre-k also killed himself cuz he also lost a parent and was depressed.
This has happened lots of times over the past several months – I would be asleep, my mind would wake up but my body can’t move and all I hear is like someone trying to whisper something to me but I can’t make it out.
The most recent incident happened two nights ago. I was alone, my girl was at work, nobody else was in the house. 6-7am in the morning, I was sleeping on my right side, my mind woke up but my eyes were still shut and I couldn’t move, and somebody kept trying to whisper/tell me something. After a moment, I eventually broke out of the paralysis and woke up. I never saw anything.
Do you think my best friend or my mom is trying to tell me something?
I find it totally bizarre how I posted this question in the Religion & Spirituality section but yet everyone who replies to this has an answer that contradicts religion and spirituality, stating there’s no such thing. Now, are there any people here who are not atheists or anything of that sort who have an answer to this?
If you believe in God/Religion/Spirituality, then you believe in ghosts too. Sorry, but they are part of that whole ordeal. And I know for a fact that there was someone whispering in my ear, I know what is and isn’t a whisper, it was not my ears playing tricks on me, that’s the dumbest excuse I’ve ever heard.


  1. I don’t know whether you will be sorry or relieved, but you’re right, this is “just” sleep paralysis, which can also be accompanied by waking dreams. If it bothers you, there are sleep medications that might help.

  2. This is an A typical sign of sleep paralysis, and even the audi disturbances coincide with this condition.
    Your not crazy, nor are you having visits from the grave, but maybe a talk with your doctor might help.
    Try not to stress too much, I’ve been there, and I know what it’s like. It’s easily dealt with, and maybe a small sleeping tablet will settle your nerves.

  3. Physiologically, sleep paralysis is closely related to the paralysis that occurs as a natural part of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is known as REM atonia. Sleep paralysis occurs when the brain awakes from a REM state, but the body paralysis persists. This leaves the person fully conscious, but unable to move. The paralysis can last from several seconds to several minutes “after which the individual may experience panic symptoms and the realization that the distorted perceptions were false”.[5] As the correlation with REM sleep suggests, the paralysis is not entirely complete; use of EOG traces shows that eye movement can be instigated during such episodes.[6] When there is an absence of narcolepsy, sleep paralysis is referred to as isolated sleep paralysis (ISP).[7] “ISP appears to be far more common and recurrent among people of African descent than among whites or Nigerian Africans”,[5] and is often referred to within African communities as “the Devil on your back.”[8][9][10]
    In addition, the paralysis state may be accompanied by terrifying hallucinations (hypnopompic or hypnagogic) and an acute sense of danger.[11] Sleep paralysis is particularly frightening to the individual because of the vividness of such hallucinations.[7] The hallucinatory element to sleep paralysis makes it even more likely that someone will interpret the experience as a dream, since completely fanciful, or dream-like, objects may appear in the room alongside one’s normal vision. Some scientists have proposed this condition as an explanation for alien abductions and ghostly encounters.[12] A study by Susan Blackmore and Marcus Cox (the Blackmore-Cox study) of the University of the West of England supports the suggestion that reports of alien abductions are related to sleep paralysis rather than to temporal lobe lability.
    Occultism & Parapsychology Encyclopedia: Succubus
    A demon who takes the shape of a woman, stealing the vitality of men during sleep. Old rabbinical writings relate the legend of how Adam was visited over a period of 130 years by female demons and had intercourse with demons, spirits, specters, lemurs, and phantoms.
    I had such experiences many a times – so are many of my friends.

  4. What you are experiencing happens to many persons, but you seem to be having this very often. I suggest that you see your doctor and perhaps get some medication that can help you relax and sleep restfully. Stop thinking that your mother or your friend are trying to contact you, that does not happen.

  5. I am sorry that your Mum has died and also your best friend. You will be grieving for them.
    I too have had the experience of waking up and being unable to move. It is sleep paralysis and happens when the body wakes up at different stages.If the mind becomes awake first we can feel we are paralyzed as the body is still asleep. It can be a frightening experience.
    Maybe the whispering you hear is not words or anyone trying to contact you, but your ears becoming awake too and adjusting to the sounds around you or even to the sound of your breathing.
    It is a common occurrence and some medication is available to help.
    However when you are feeling less anxious it does pass off
    Edit: I too had the experience of hearing something. We do have to be careful not to put everything unusual to a religious experience. We are after all body,mind and soul. Yes, some things can be due to a spiritual cause but even though we may be religious we have to be open to all causes.
    If you still feel it may be your Mum or your best friend trying to make contact, this may be wishful thinking.
    I too would like my Mum to contact me but I have let her go to God.
    I pray for her that she may rest in peace. Perhaps you could say a prayer for your Mum and friend? If not, I will do so for them.
    God bless

  6. The Bible says that the dead know nothing and the believer, absent from the body present in the spirit. I had a similar incident happen to me long ago. I was sleeping and I woke and saw this thing that looked like a hairy 2 legged muscular beast searching the pockets of my pants. I tried to get up and I couldn’t move and lay there shaking in fear watching the beast who looked as though it was desparation, I could see what time it was and everything else it seemed so real. I told my shrink and he had a name for it that has escaped my memory but it had to have been strange way to dream. Once I went to sleep and found myself floating over a familiar intersection on a cool night when I returned to my body it was as though I gently swayed side to side until I settled in. When I woke my arms were freezing.

  7. Shame on all of you who recommend sleeping pills! The body will then rely on them to sleep, its addicting! He’s not having sleep paralysis, he’s having a visit from some unseen source of energy that is out there. Unlikely that it is anyone he knows as a loving spirit would not hold the body down in restraint. When your mind is alert and your body is unable to move, use telepathy and call out in your own mind “WHITE LIGHT”.
    This automatically counteracts any hold on the body. All of the sudden your eyes can open and your body can move. Amazing stuff.

  8. I also had the feeling when someone was whispering to you and you don’t know what they’re saying… What you only know is that they’re whispering. But when I heard the whispers I immediately shouted and my mom was there for me.

    • Lumia,one time i was in my bed a heard a women whispering in my ear so i put the cover over my head.while the cover was on my head five minutes later a heard a group in my ear and then my ears started hurted so i call my big bro to cut on the light and i slept in his room

  9. These are demonic attacks people. I just had an experience and it was not human. Tread very carefully and sleep next to a Bible. I took it as a threat since it was whispering my girlfriend’s name I think.

    • Aaron, you are right. If you have a relationship with Christ, call on God. It is by His spirit not our might that we defeat demons. Stand in full authority as a child of God. Speak boldly telling the demon it is not welcome in your house, to depart and not return, in Christ’s name.

    • Peace Everybody, my name is Eddy & I have experienced similar things multiple times since I was about 17 yrs old. The one incident that stands out to me the most is when I was resting one night & a whisperer malevolently whispered into my ear but in a unique language or dialect which I still to this day can not make out. I also wrestled with the whisperer which caused me to awake from my rest do to my hand & arm movements. Now I am a fairly well studied individual (non-religious) in the subjects of religious doctrine & ancient practices as well as ancient history & symbolism… However, in my study of ancient languages I have heard people attempt to speak afro-asiatic languages such as cuneiform, sanskrit etc. These hieroglyphics can be translated but they have no rhythmic tones or spoken expressions that are known to man. I know what latin sounds like & the aramaic languages… I wanna know if this was a forbidden language or some type of lost dialect or tongue that was spoken long ago. And, And, What was this entity… Was it the djinn spoken of in numerous ancient texts & the quran or evil spirits spoken of in the bible? Or was it of some extraterrestrial dimension?

      • Personally I am non religious for many reasons, however, I think that the only way to unvail these types of occurrences is to use our religious doctrines & ancient texts as a study guide to get to the origins of these events. I don’t think however, that religious belief is primarily the influence of such instances either. On another note, since I come from a religious upbringing I will say that wherever your religious faith is (if u stand strong in it) do not fear the presence of such phenomenon. U ward off things (even) people when u show no fear… But simply, communicate with the force, whether it be you warding it off or seeking to understand it’s purpose. The key is to not fear it.

  10. Sleep paralysis was so scary the feeling of being pushed down and sinking down on the mattress, I actually tried to fight it off trying to turn on the fan and while I was doing someone whispered to me “twenty one…twenty one…twenty one” before I turned the fan on. When I got the fan going its as if something cleared up the pressure of being pushed down was gone like a fog disappearing kind of feeling it happened when I was 19 now I’m 21 I feel so unsettling…

  11. I do not think you are delusional I too have had this experience and heard whispering in my ear but could not make it out… I do take a religious stand on this as there is a battle for each of us … but I also believe that in a state of depression or sadness we are actually more vulnerable to these attacks from entities or demons what ever you may call them.

  12. It’s sleep paralysis. Your brain is paralyzing your body so you don’t act out your dreams and get hurt. Your mind wakes up before your body can move. This causes you to be awake in the middle of dreams which makes you hallucinate. It has nothing to do with spirits or demons or any other nonsense. I experience this too. I just closed my eyes 20 minutes ago and heard my name whispered multiple times, which turned into shouting in a deep voice. My boyfriend is sleeping next to me and it’s quiet. There’s nothing here. It’s just my brain being stupid again.

  13. It just happened to me. In my dream i was trying to escape a robbery that i had just committed and i was walking through an underground when all of a sudden a loud deep voice whispered into my ear (RALALA) and in my dream i fell to the ground and woke up and couldnt move for a few seconds. IM SCARED TO SLEEP NOW! Ralala is something i said the other day for no reason while i was takin a piss._. I think its a demon taunting me. Well goodnight!

  14. It may be sleep paralysis or it may be demonic. I have had two separate friends recently be dragged out of bed – that’s not sleep paralyisis! I have had all kinds of experiences along with apparations – too many, I do not seek them. The Bible says there is no contact between the living and the dead. Such things are demonic spirits, who yes can appear as “angels of light” and take the form of people with the sole purpose of deceiving them. I do not fear any of this. I am a Christian minister, and the more I am used by God the more these things try to happen. After saying the Lord’s prayer they always stop and disappear. My advice is do not get intrigued or interested in these things and call our to Jesus when they happen (The Lord’s prayer is very effective.). On the back of this though see that there is a reality here that you need to take seriously. God is real, Satan is real. Satan has authority in our lives because of our sin but Jesus died on a cross that so we can be forgiven. Call our to Him for forgiveness and follow him, and find a good Bible believing mainstream church.

  15. I had this sleep paralysis, i’m trying to fight it then suddenly an old woman with a short curly hair sat beside me and she came closer and begin whispering in other language .I don’t know what she’s talkin about but its too fast.

  16. Bout 20 minutes ago had a similar experience, woke up couldn’t move, it’s happened before so I wasnt surprised, but I herd loud whispering, didn’t seem to be whispering in English, I was curious and ‘listened harder’ to try hear what was being said. The audio cut out or unplugged like tuning out of a station. I broke out of the sleep paralysis by trying to move. I wouldn’t describe myself as being in complete fear but these seems to be an element of concern about what presence might be tuning in.

    • I experienced this last night. I felt like I was laying on my back but was being held down by my legs
      The voice kept whispering in my left ear in a foreign language. It did it twice and I kept laughing so I wouldn’t be afraid

  17. This happened to me a few hours ago where my mind was awake but I couldn’t move and I was on my left side and someone was whispering in my right ear and no matter how hard I tried to turn and look I couldn’t but it stopped talking I could move again this has been my first time experiencing this

    • This happened to me last night for the first time in my life and I couldn’t rest afterwards because I was scared. I was laying on my stomach and someone sat next to me and whispered “Can you hear me” and what’s so scary is it blew breath on me but the breath was warm. I thought spirits were always cold feeling NOT WARM!

    • this just happend to me and I’m very terrified, I woke up shaking so hard and before I went asleep I felt something was watching me in my room. I’m still so scard to go back asleep.

  18. This morning i suffered this too. We moved in to the house 10 months ago and strange thigs have happening but this morning i felt attacked. I was asleep about 6am, my daughter was asleep in her room and id just settled back down to sleep after my partner had left for work. I started hearing him clattering about downstairs as he does even though he’d left. But i couldnt open my eyes. I felt someone walk around the bottom of the bed but i couldnt move and someone began whispering on my ear. I felt hands on my side physically shaking me while tauntingly whispering in my ear abd i couldnt do anything. Eventually it stopped and i woke actually screaming, this woke my little girl up and she came in to my room. Ive never experienced anything like this and safe to say i never want to again. Still sat worrying about it now

  19. it happned to me so many times.i had sp and smbdy shouting into my ears very loudly and my body was skewered n it was so scaring

  20. MY best friend was murdered Jan. 4th 2018. She was murdered by her step brother, he then murdered his father, then later that night turned his gun on himself. I had sleep paralysis a few weeks back. I could hear my friend talking.. When I felt that heavy weight on my chest and heard that growl…. She said, “hey do you know him?” then started yelling ” GET OFF HER”. Then the paralysis lifted.. I feel she was trying to protect me. Can we communicate with Spirits through sleep paralysis? Im planning on putting myself back into sleep paralysis I want to see if it was really her..

  21. I’ve heard it too, kind of like tongues or Arabic. If it is in a odd and grim state, it may be false tongues, meaning it’s not coming from God. When I heard it, it was a really low voice mumbling on and on. If you pray to God or say, Jesus, it will eventually go away. “You believe in God. Good! Even demons believe that, and they shudder.” – James 2:19

  22. The first time this happened to me I was 25 and partying a LOT. NOT only drinking, if you get my drift. I fell asleep, and woke up to feel a slow buzz starting at the crown of my head and I could hear it too. My body was slowly getting paralyzed and then a man’s menacing voice whispered LISA!!! I could look around the room but couldn’t move, I could see the reflections of cars going by at night in the window. The buzz got louder and I panicked more, then finally was able to move. My friends thought I was crazy when I told them this — this was in the mid 80’s before any information about S.P. was readily available and the internet had just started to come out. The next time this happened, I had been up all night, PARTYING AGAIN, only this time I was a lot older. This was really scary — I was on my back, the buzzing began, the room started to glow an orange red, and I dont’ know why this happened but I could feel movement under the covers and I somehow knew that two of my dead cats from a long time ago, wear climbing up my leg to eat my face. So creepy! I tried to scream but all that came out was a whisper. Fortunately, my then-boyfriend somehow heard me and came in the room and shook me till the paralysis went away. Needless to say, I don’t party like that anymore. I am a Christian now and looking back I truly believe my lifestyle and beliefs invited something demonic in.

  23. I just had an experience where I was awoken and it felt like someone was laying on me or strangling me but I was face down, it felt as if my arm moved up and down three times and I heard a whisper counting 1,2,3. I fell asleep with my boyfriend on FaceTime and while this was happening, it sounded like he was grunting or that something was happening. I know I heard more whispering but I don’t remember what it was or if I understood it, worst experience I’ve had so far.


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