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Think You’ve Seen A Ghost? You Actually Might Have, Here’s Why

Your mind and your body usually work together in harmony, but there is a medical condition that can disrupt this harmony. When it does, the results are absolutely terrifying.

That’s when ghosts and demons come to call.

Seeing them yourself? You’re not imagining things, for the most part. Here’s the science.

Sleeping Is A Chemical Reaction

When we sleep and move into dreaming, our bodies release two chemical groups. The first is a neurotransmitter known as glycine and the second is a mild paralytic agent called GABA which paralyzes our muscles, preventing us from moving in our sleep.

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These chemicals will normally wear off before we wake up, leaving us none the wiser.

Sleep Paralysis Is What Happens When They Don’t Wear Off

If we have been sleep-deprived, are taking medication, or we’re just plain unlucky, the chemicals released during dreaming don’t wear off.


This means that we become conscious while we are dreaming, but remain paralyzed. This is called sleep paralysis. It happens to nearly 7% of people at least once in their lives.

Sleep Paralysis Can Be Terrifying

When we suffer from sleep paralysis, we also appear to suffer from nightmares while we’re paralyzed. People report ghosts, demons and horrific black figures on or near their beds and it leaves them wanting to scream, except they can’t scream, they’re paralyzed.


This phenomenon is known around by almost mythological names. In the U.S., it’s called “witch riding,” in Thailand it’s the “ghost of Phi Am,” in Hungary it’s “witch’s pressure” and so on.

The good news is that there are no ghosts and demons really plaguing sleep-paralyzed victims. The bad news is that while for most people sleep paralysis is a one-off event, a small group suffer from it regularly. These folks need treatment to make their demons disappear from their lives, quite literally.

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