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Old 12-09-2007, 10:46 PM   #1
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This is probably gonna make me sound crazy, but if someone else has had a similar experience, I'd really like to hear about it! Here goes...

Last night the wife and I went to bed a little late and fell asleep around 2:00 AM after a rather uneventful Christmas party. Neither of us had more than three drinks the entire night, so we were sober and just plain tired. Less than an hour later we were startled awake by the strangest thing either of us had ever experienced.

I think I was dreaming, but it was a vivid dream that there was a pole or other long blunt object coming across the bed, over my wife, and forcefully pushing me out of bed - very deliberately and mechanically. I felt as if the object were pinning her to the bed and pushing me out. She made a weird noise as if to gasp for breath, and I felt strongly as if I needed to get both of us away from this object and out of bed. I think I was still asleep at this point.

I "came to" completely out of breath, spooning my wife in a sort of fetal position on the floor on her side of the bed. She was yelling, "it's ok, it's ok!" Neither of us felt ok. She said it felt as if I had taken a running leap into bed and tackled her, rolling us both off the edge. We didn't feel alone, either. It was very cold, and the dog was barking at the bedroom door.

When I turned the light on, the covers were completely off the end of the bed, as if someone had lifted them up, pulled them off the foot of the bed, and placed them, flat on the floor - very neatly, and NOT in the direction that we'd have pulled them as we fell out of bed. I had an overwhelming urge to check the entire house and make sure no one was there. So I checked...twice. The alarm had not been tripped, the doors were still locked, nothing was disturbed, and the dog was probably only barking at the commotion in our room.

We put the bed back together, and lay there talking about what had happened. We were still freezing cold, though the temperature of the house was 71 degrees, and the blankets on our bed are quite thick. We both agreed that it felt as if there were a strange presence, and we didn't want to go back to sleep for fear that it may return. Eventually I rationalized that perhaps there was an earthquake, since I'd had a similar "freaked out" feeling when an earthquake woke me up once before. We fell asleep and the rest of the night was uneventful.

After a few phone calls and some Internet research, I found that there was no earthquake last night, and none of our neighbors were disturbed from their sleep by any other strange occurrence.

My wife has a bit of a history with the supernatural - she says it's almost as if she can "feel" previous owners of antiques, and old houses often make her uneasy. I've never dismissed her claims, but this is the first time I've ever been remotely convinced that I've experienced something similar.

Anyone care to validate my uneasy feelings? Ghost stories, here we come!
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Old 12-09-2007, 10:50 PM   #2
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Whoa. That's messd up bro.
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Old 12-09-2007, 10:55 PM   #3
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Is it possible that people associated with that plane are going to be "retired" with it?
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Old 12-09-2007, 10:59 PM   #4
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Sounds a might freaky. Not sure about some of the details, but the pole holding you down thing sounds like it could be attributed to "old hag" (aka Sleep Paralysis). Some people (like myself) experience merely the sensation of being restrained, held down, as if a prisoner in your own skin---wanting to wake up, struggling to wake up, but unable to move and terrified beyond belief. Others report seeing apparitions holding them down (such as the "old hag"), but I can't say I've seen that. I will say that this has happened to me many times and I've grown accustomed to it----I almost look forward to it now because it's such a unique experience. It's still terrifying and mind-bending, but unique nonetheless.
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Old 12-09-2007, 11:04 PM   #5
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I had a similar experience once--and I SWEAR i was awake and not dreaming during it.

I woke up in the middle of the night, being held down by an arm to the side of my bed. I could only lift my head, couldn't sit up because of the arm holding me down. I didn't know who or what it was. Across the room (by the door to the bedroom) I saw a figure that looked like what you'd imagine Satan looking like. I couldn't see much, but I knew who it was, and could nto sit up. It was pretty freaky.

I was pretty upset--closed my eyes and tried to think it was a dream.

Obviously it was a dream, but dammit that seemed real.

Your experience is pretty hard core though.
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Old 12-09-2007, 11:05 PM   #6
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Sounds a might freaky. Not sure about some of the details, but the pole holding you down thing sounds like it could be attributed to "old hag" (aka Sleep Paralysis). Some people (like myself) experience merely the sensation of being restrained, held down, as if a prisoner in your own skin---wanting to wake up, struggling to wake up, but unable to move and terrified beyond belief. Others report seeing apparitions holding them down (such as the "old hag"), but I can't say I've seen that. I will say that this has happened to me many times and I've grown accustomed to it----I almost look forward to it now because it's such a unique experience. It's still terrifying and mind-bending, but unique nonetheless.
Whoa, I was writing my post as you submitted that. I've never heard of that before!
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Old 12-09-2007, 11:10 PM   #7
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How familiar are you with lucid dreaming? This could be a logical, non-paranormal explanation to this event, or at least certain parts of it.

I would read the wiki on the subject and see if any of the feelings and senses match up.

This may not completely explain the physical portion oh what happened, but I think it could offer some sort of explanation.

EDIT: Evan was quick on the draw with that one, sleep paralysis is a phenomenon associated with lucid dreaming and is part of the explanation I would have come up with.


 
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Old 12-09-2007, 11:20 PM   #8
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Dude - yeah, it's weird enough that I was a little apprehensive about posting this at all. But, I figured what better way to learn a little than to share?

Cheese - let's hope not!!!

Evan - Oddly enough, sleep paralysis was among my first thoughts, as well. I'm rather fascinated by sleep "issues," and I've actually experienced sleep paralysis a few times, myself. However, this experience doesn't really match. I felt like my wife was being held down and I was being pushed. I was quite free to move, and I've never woken up from a paralysis state out of breath and anywhere other than in bed.

mr_stimey - I'll have to do some reading on your suggestion. I'd like to learn more about it.

I would be perfectly content to call this a "bad dream" except for one thing: the covers. If we'd woken up on the floor tangled in sheets and blankets, things would make a little more sense. But, it's nearly impossible to throw the covers into the position they were in, and they moved in a direction completely different from ours. That's the eerie, nagging thought in my mind...
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Old 12-09-2007, 11:25 PM   #9
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When you have a bad dream you sweat. Sweating cools you. Hence waking up and feeling cold.
I think it was just a bad dream.
I've had dreams where I dreamt I woke up and then I did wake up. It felt real and it scared/worried me.

Plus what Evan! said.

I sometime have a dream of being stuck in stream 12 inches deep and not being able to get out of it. I then realise I am dreaming and have to fight to wake up.
I wake up shaking and sweating.

This is the total opposite of the drams I have of being able to fly and don't want to wake up.
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Old 12-09-2007, 11:28 PM   #10
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That's totally freaky!

Maybe you were being held down by the Festivus pole? Maybe it's a Festivus miracle?
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