Demons or Sleepwalking?

Sometimes I wonder if I really am a habitual sleepwalker, or if there are actually demons/ghosts who torment me every night, sending me on my midnight marathons. My sleepwalking is very rarely a pleasant experience, normally I’m running from terrifying things I “see” in my bedroom. I’ve always written them off as night terrors, those can feel extremely real, but what if they’re not? What if I really am being woken up and sent running by some ill tempered ghosts?

Last night I ran into Isaac’s room and begged him to come with me, I was shaking in fear. I told him there was something very scary in my closet. Like a good husband, he entertained my claim and followed me into my room where I led him to my closet. I just stood there staring into its darkness, waiting for him to see the horrible creature I was sure was there just a few minutes ago. He said it was very creepy.

Alas, the creature was gone. I crawled back into bed, my back now facing the closet, and went back to sleep after (another) goodnight kiss from my husband.

What is so disturbing about these episodes is how quickly they come on, and how real they seem. I’m jolted awake by a scary face or creature in my dream, but my eyes are open so I feel like I’m actually seeing it in my room. Night after night they happen, and I can rarely do anything to stop them. Something that does really help is doing the hypnosis CD before bed that my mother-in-law made for me. Sometimes it allows me to sleep through the night, but not always.

I don’t watch any shows or movies dealing with ghosts or demons because they are terrifying and make my night terrors worse. The last one I watched was The Exorcism of Emily Rose in 2005 and I’m still having nightmares from it!! It may sound silly, but sometimes I feel like ghosts sense my fear so they think it’s fun to mess with me.

Or maybe I’m just a sleepwalker with an over active imagination who was lucky enough to find a man who comforts her night after night as she runs from the boogeyman in her closet.

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19 thoughts on “Demons or Sleepwalking?

  1. I was a sleepwalker as a kid. Once I woke up curled up like a cat on our big food freezer and another time I woke up laying on some wide shelves we had under our basement stairs. Once when I was 11 years old, I was having some kind of nightmare that made me scream in my sleep. I could not remember this nightmare even after waking up and what woke me up was my Dad turning on my bedroom light. He said I was sitting on the edge of my bed on top bunk screaming and this was because there was a demon face bothering me in my nightmare and it did not go away when I woke up. I ran to the bathroom and turned the light on and stayed there for a while.

    As an adult I had three weird things happen to me over night when I was sleeping. When I woke up in the morning I had seven bleeding (dry blood) scratches on my back and each seven inch scratch was going in a different direction and none of them were reachable with my own hands. This happened twice and the third time (at a different address) was five bleeding scratches five inches long on my stomach. I sleep on a foam (sponge) mattress and I do not bring pencils or other objects to bed with me.

    I believe that sleepwalking is demons experimenting with possession. The scratches came after I became a Christian. Maybe I was fighting with demons in my sleep because my soul would not let them possess my body.

  2. I have always had episodes of sleepwalking and talking, and I know a presence bothers me often and my dreams are always involving me waking in a strange place and I’m trying to escape. But things got very strange about 6 months ago when my bf informed me that he woke up and I was sitting up in bed staring at the corner of the room and I told him that my demon was here and he preceded to look into the corner and said he saw a very tall, dark shadow. Then I apparently started talking in a different language to this thing and it answered me and suddenly left the room! I don’t remember any of it, but now my bf doesn’t doubt me about my demon bothering me!!

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  5. I would say contact a paranormal team of investigators, but I doubt you want all the hub-bub. I had something similar happen to me when I was a kid. I just prayed that if whatever I was experiencing was a “gift” or something, that it would just go away (asking whatever deity you believe in to just say thanks, but not thanks). It eventually did. Maybe it was psychological, I don’t know.
    Also, if there is something negative lurking around, it only wants your energy. I know it’s hard to not pay attention to it, but if that’s what it is, then don’t feed it. Just my two cents.

  6. Wow, I thought I was the only one who had these “night terrors” or “Visitors” as I like to call them…or I’d rather I didn’t have to call them anything, really. Had this my whole life and yes, they feel very, very real to me. As one of your readers commented above, speaking to them seems to do the trick for me quite often. Asking them what they want etc. Maybe they just want to be acknowledged. Or, if you don’t believe in that stuff, maybe it’s a part of you that needs acknowledging. I dunno. I’m just glad I’m not the only nutter out there πŸ™‚

    • Oooh a fellow night terror/sleep walker! I’ve had it my whole life too- my first time sleepwalking I climbed into bed with my friends parents, so embarrassing! We were in 2nd grade haha. I’m going to try speaking to them, even if “them” is myself like you said. I am pretty sure it is ME where the problem lies, my anxiety often manifests itself in the form of night terrors unfortunately. I need to figure out why I’ve been more anxious than usual lately! Also need to start journaling again, that really helps me too. Have you ever tried that?

      I’m glad I’m not the only nutter out there too, haha!! So do you do it every single night? Man, we should be studied or something :-p

      • I don’t do it all the time, no. It seems to come and go in phases. I used to sleep walk as a child – once I woke up in the laundry hamper!
        I have found that keeping a dream journal does help, especially if you can write immediately after having a bad dream – it seems to help you work through it and see it for what it is and what it’s trying to tell you.
        I tend to yell and cry out a lot in my sleep which is always disturbing for the people around me! Hope you get some peace soon πŸ™‚

  7. There is one remedy to this spooky things…try to speak to them. This is what my granny used to tell me – The more scared you are, they haunt you back. Try to speak to them and say ” Whatsoever, rest in peace”

  8. I have often wondered if ghosts and spirits are really there, but most people aren’t able to perceive them? I’ve never experienced anything like that myself…but I can only imagine it must feel terrifying! Whether they are real or not, I hope they magically morph into friendly ghosts and allow to sleep peacefully.

    • It does feel scary. I tend to believe that spirits are around, but I’ve never had any episodes where I feel like “yes, that was a ghost” haha. I have had friends and family members who have though! Ugh, I’d like to not deal with them. But that very attitude is probably what makes the whole situation worse. I am going through the Byron Katie method of “loving what is” to deal with it all!! It’s out of my control, may as well accept it as is. But I do love your idea, I’ll hope for them to turn into Casper the friendly ghost types πŸ˜‰ Thanks!

  9. I vote for that second option. And – thin silver lining? – it can be nice to feel needed, even if it’s just for closet-monster duty. πŸ™‚

    When I get spooked at home, I always tell myself that if a ghost or demon can’t find a better place to haunt than our raggedy 2008 town home, it’s probably a pretty pathetic ghoul anyway! Only the cool ghouls get to hang out in mansions and old farmhouses…

    • Haha thank you for that, I love your thin silver lining. Maybe he does feel that way.

      I like your coping method too!! Silly ghosts haunting us boring old people. Nothing to see here, maybe they’ll move on πŸ˜€

  10. Have you ever kept a food/sleepwalking style of journal? I know your foods are limited but I always wonder if you sleepwalk more when you’re not eating 100% vegan or if you are consuming more dairy or gluten as opposed to not eating that. It’s just a thought. I personally like to think that ghosts wouldn’t try to harm you in those creepy ways but I also don’t like to put too much thought into demons (that freaks me out and brings me down). I’m sorry you’ve been having some bad episodes lately!! Love you!!

    • I’ve kept a sleepwalking journal, but not one that involved my eating…but that’s a great idea!! When I was seeing Ken he was the one who told me to start journaling b/c it would probably help my sleepwalking and he was right. I need to start journaling again. In fact, I’m going to go buy one tomorrow. Thank you for the reminder to do so πŸ˜€ Love you!

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