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Seeing things as I wake up??

bsk96
bsk96

This happens occasionally, maybe a few times a month? It's hard to describe well but it's like, I wake up in a panic (sitting up in bed gasping, seriously terrified) and see something that's not there. For example, the majoritof the time, it's a HUGE spider like the size of a medium dog, or other strange creature, crawling down the wall or on the ceiling. One time it was the shadow of a man standing in the doorway. I know it's not real and nothing is there but it's EXTREMELY lifelike & feels completely real, especially bc these aren't nightmares..I'm awake when I see them and panic. It is such a scary experience each time and this started maybe a year ago? Does anyone know what this could be and has anyone else experienced this?

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HEY THERE I HAVE BEEN THERE MYSELF WAKE UP AFTER NOT BEING ABLE TO SLEEP IN DAYS PANICKED WHEN SECONDS BEFORE YOU WERE SLEEPING IS SCARY FOR ME I THOUGHT MAYBE I COULD NOT FINALLY FALL ASLEEP BEFORE EVERYTHING EVERYBODY I SPOKE TO DAILY WERE IN BED ON THE THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PHONE WAKE UP UNABLE TO BREATHE I AM NOT VERY BIG PERSON I WOULD BE SWEATING HEART POUNDING SCARED TO GO TO SLEEP IN CASE ANYTHING HAPPENS AGAIN IS TERRIFYING

Do you have anything connected to the occult? It's been known before. I see my dreams/nightmares as I'm going to sleep and what I see makes today's horror films seem like Tom and Jerry and I have nothing connected to the occult. For me, I think it's tricky chemical transmission.

No, nothing connected there. It is terrifying.

I have seen human-shaped shadows in doorways for many years, and of late, I actually saw one that looked like Billy Bunter, not tubby, but facial features, hair and clothes, just like his. It is disturbing but I just tell myself it's a chemical thing and move on. Medium dog-sized spiders sounds terrifying and although I've dreamt of giant spiders, they're not part of the awake visions. I also hear my mother calling me and of late, my son calling me, when they're not there.

Maybe you can get something from the medical world?

I AM NOT SURE IF THIS IS SAME I TAKE MY ZOPICLONE THREE A NIGHT SOMETIMES ONE DURING THE DAY I TAKE HALF OF ONE TO RELAX WHILE GETTING READY FOR BED THEN ANOTHER HALF WHEN I START WATCHING TV TRYING TO GET SLEEPY THEN THE OTHER TWO FALL ASLEEP FOR MAYBE THREE HOURS AND I CANNOT SHUT MY THOUGHTS OFF OR CALM DOWN I AM SCARED TO TO SAY ANYTHING TO MY DOCTOR NO ONE UNDERSTANDS

Where are you getting Zoplicone from?

HELLO THERE THANK YOU FOR READING MY POSTS I AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH THIS I AM UNCOMFORTABLE WITH MY INTESTINAL PROBLEMS AND I AM JUST GETTING TO KNOW MY DOCTOR HERE FROM THE COAST AND DO NOT GIVE UP MY WHOLE WORLD AND EXPECT TO BE HELPED TRULY TRUST ANOTHER THAT WILL RELATE TO ME

Ah ok.

I have sometimes woken as if I can't move and am stuck and struggle to breathe. Once or twice I felt something was pushing down on me. I had my experience explained as that I hadn't woken properly or as a state that happens when coming out of dreaming. Mine seems to be a recognised symptom I think its all to do with no sleeping very well. x Anita

bsk96
bsk96 in reply to dickinson1954

I've read some into sleep paralysis, that's what that sounds like! So scary

Hidden
Hidden

Are you on medication?

Steroid can sometimes cause strange hallucination.

bsk96
bsk96 in reply to Hidden

Yes I just started Buspar & Lexapro for anxiety last week but this has been going on for a lot longer.

Try looking into hypnopompic hallucinations. These can be caused by medications you may be taking, substance use/abuse, mood disorders, even narcolepsy (since these are only on occasion I’d say you don’t exhibit classic signs of this sleep disorder).

bsk96
bsk96 in reply to RoxieDawn

I did some research on it and it sounds exactly like what I experience but I'm not sure bc like you said, it's not an all the time thing.

RoxieDawn
RoxieDawn in reply to bsk96

I was stating that narcolepsy being the cause doesn’t sound likely, you’d have symptoms all the time not on occasion with narcolepsy.

bsk96
bsk96 in reply to RoxieDawn

Oh I misunderstood! Hypnopompic hallucinations sound just like what I go through.

Sounds crazy i know, but to me it sounds like you have a spirit/entity in your house. Pray and read the Bible aloud while you look for someone to help you expel or cleanse this from your home.

I see people when I wake in the night, not always but I have runs of seeing them quite plainly. I saw a snake 2 nights ago and it was going to bite me, all night every noise was frightening me, I even looked in the draws under my bed. I,m going crazy!

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