This Happened to Me Last Night.
It was very upsetting.
- Something was breathing in the corner, and something else was sitting on my chest, and I knew I was asleep but I couldn't wake up. Goblins! Night goblins! Terrible! Also, this is exactly how I sleep.
The paralysis state may be accompanied by terrifying hallucinations (hypnopompic or hypnagogic) and an acute sense of danger. Sleep paralysis is particularly frightening to the individual because of the vividness of such hallucinations. 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.