What Is Sleep Paralysis?

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I’m sure that by now, many of us have either heard of and/or experienced sleep paralysis. I’m guilty on both counts. Here is an interesting video that a friend shared on Facebook today…

…and another great video on the subject from one of the greatest YouTube channel’s I’ve ever come across, Top5s…

For years, I never really had a clear understanding of what causes sleep paralysis because I’ve heard of many different explanations.

The first explanation I ever heard was from a psychic medium named Sylvia Browne, who used to be on the Montel Williams show every Wednesday (remember, back in the day, fellow Americans?). I was a kid and I have no idea why I still remember this but I remember an audience member standing up and telling Sylvia about her sleep paralysis experience and wondering what caused it. Sylvia told the woman that when we have sleep paralysis, it’s because while we sleep, our spirits leave our bodies (to do what? I wonder???) and when they return, sometimes sleep paralysis can occur just as our spirits are re-entering our bodies. Sounds insane, right? Hey, I’m just the messenger. Haha.

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During my very first sleep paralysis episode 10 years ago, I saw an image (eyes closed) of a woman’s torso going into my body over and over again, as if she was on a wheel or something, entering my body, going through it and under my bed and re-entering. She was wearing a Victorian style dress (white with black accents) and that was all I saw going into my body…not even her face. That image was accompanied by the sound of a train on train tracks. I remember being so scared because I felt like I was being held down and had trouble breathing and I couldn’t even scream. It was terrifying!

After that scary experience, I obviously wanted to know what the hell happened to me and why. One of the first videos I came across on YouTube mentioned that visiting a psychic can cause one to have sleep paralysis. It apparently opens some kind of portal. This struck a nerve with me because I had, in fact, very recently made a visit to a psychic for the first time. I took a mental note of that as a possible answer and moved on with my life.

I’ve experienced sleep paralysis probably about 5 or 6 times after the first time over the last 10 years. The scariest part is when you feel like you can’t breathe properly. Although I did have an experience where I saw a vision (eyes closed) of a devil hovering over me and smiling in my face as he held me down.

Another time, while I experiencing sleep paralysis while sleeping on my stomach, I definitely felt FINGERS pressing down on my upper back, shoulder area which was very creepy. What kind of shit is this, where sleep paralysis can make you feel someone else’s fingers on your body??? Strange stuff.

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While I am more on the side of believing that the cause of sleep paralysis has to do with stress, depression, anxiety, etc. (I was always dealing with stressful situations during the times I had sleep paralysis, so it makes sense), I do also believe that there are other factors that can come into play when it comes to people feeling like they’re being held down in their beds at night, struggling to breathe. For example, if a person is living in a haunted house, there’s a chance that they’re experiencing something that’s a little less sleep paralysis and a little more of a not-so-nice spirit trying to get their attention. And who knows? Perhaps there is some type of sleep paralysis portal that can open up after visiting a psychic for one reason or another?

There are so many possible causes that very well could be true for anyone but there is one solution that could help with each cause and that is to simply do your best to take care of yourself always. Sometimes when we are going through stressful situations, for some reason, it just brings on more of the bad and sometimes, sleep paralysis can come into play. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and all that other good stuff you need.

Feel free to do your own research on sleep paralysis to find out more and even how you can stop it…or at least mostly stop it. Okay, this concludes my random post on sleep paralysis. Haha. Byyyeeee!

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A.S.M.R.-Don’t Knock It Til You Try It, Honey!

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Here’s what our good friend, Wikipedia, says about A.S.M.R….

“Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a term used for an experience characterised by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. ASMR signifies the subjective experience of “low-grade euphoria” characterised by “a combination of positive feelings and a distinct static-like tingling sensation on the skin”. It is most commonly triggered by specific acoustic or visual stimuli, and less commonly by intentional attention control.”

In a nutshell, ASMR makes you feel like you’re this guy…

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It’s been about a year since I first came across ASMR on YouTube accidentally. Honestly, I wonder just how far deep in the YouTube universe I traveled in order to accidentally come upon it.  You know how it goes: one minute you’re looking at cat videos and then an hour goes by and you’ve come to a video titled, “Flying Whales: Do They Really Exist?” LOL.

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The first ASMRtist I came across (if I’m remembering correctly) was ASMR Darling. Check out her YouTube Channel here: Click Here For ASMR Darling.

After watching a few of her videos and learning a little more about how ASMR works, I was reminded of the very first time I experienced ASMR in my life that I could remember. It was a few years back in Los Angeles. I was in a Japanese nail art salon getting my nails done. The salon was silent. I was relaxed with two woman working on my nails at once. As they worked on me, they were whispering to each other in Japanese about what I can assume was life, work and maybe even me (no, they were really kind I would hope not). Haha. The sound of their whispers was so relaxing to my ears! I felt like I was being hypnotized to sleep just from the sounds of their whispers. Very strange but every cool!

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There are people who are immediately turned off by ASMR without even properly educating themselves on the subject, “Ewww, it’s too fetish-like for me…” What?? No, it’s actually you making it fetish-like. They’re not pulling out whips and tying viewers to imaginary bed posts before spanking them for crying out loud. LOL (although if you travel deep enough into YouTube, who knows…). I personally, like to darken my laptop screen before bed, pop in those ear phones and just listen. It’s all about the sounds for me.  Although watching an ASMRtist brush their hands softly in front of the camera in an up and down motion can definitely help lull me to sleep as well.

Definitely give this a good go and explore different ASMR videos and discover what your triggers are. Do you like the sound of whispering like I do? Did you feel like falling asleep in a silent high school class room back in the day when there was nothing but the sounds of pencils on paper and the turning of pages? Do certain visuals help relax you? These are examples of triggers. Type them into the YouTube search and go from there. You may just find yourself addicted some day and you won’t be able to get enough of your ASMR videos before bed (or whenever) or you may decide it’s not for you at all. Promise me you’ll at least try it out ;-).

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There are great benefits to ASMR too.  It can help with insomnia, lower stress levels, help people with anxiety and I even read something about the digestive system and weight loss (the last one doesn’t work for me *ahem*)! These are only a few examples of what ASMR can do for you but most importantly, it makes you feel good and when you feel good you’ll start to do other things to take better care of yourself.

Okay, now it’s time to list my top five favorite ASMRtists:

Maria (Gentle Whispering)

Emma (WhispersRed)

Gibi (Gibi ASMR)

Dmitri (Massage ASMR)

Fred (FredsVoice ASMR)

There are many, many, many more great ASMRtists out there but these are the four that I personally check in on the most to see their latest videos <3.

I’ve come to appreciate ASMR so much that I was inspired to start my own embarrassing YouTube channel called, “Just ASMR Audio” a while ago. I wanted it to be just focused on just the sounds because that’s what I like and let’s be real, I don’t want to be on camera. LOL.  I don’t know if I’ll create more videos in the future but feel free to check out the first four videos I put on my channel here if you’d like: Just ASMR Audio  Maybe they’ll be of use to you or maybe you just want to have a laugh at an ASMR newbie (please let it be the second reason. :-P).

That is all for today, folks! I just wanted to give ASMR a shout out today and I hope you enjoyed it. Until next time…

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