Sleep Paralysis Tickling (Demon) Nightmare


Sleep paralysis tickling stories are all over the internet. As always, there’s a scientific explanation for it, although I understand why some people consider it paranormal. I’ve seen The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix and they depicted sleep paralysis in the most horrific way. What can I say? It’s in the horror genre, it’s supposed to scare us. Maybe there is a paranormal bit in real life sleep paralysis, I don’t know. I will tell you how it is for me every time it happens. My sleep paralysis is “extra” though. It only occurs when I have to force myself to wake up from a tickling nightmare. I have not experienced this in a while. I guess the time has come for me to write about it.

Round One

My sleep paralysis tickling episodes started when I was 6 years old. We can’t Google things back then so I didn’t know what to call the experience. I often get seemingly normal dreams that turn dark and it involves this unpleasant tickling sensation on my neck. And then sleep paralysis upon waking up. In my dreams, sometimes I can see someone doing the tickling, a lot of times no one’s doing it. The only way to make it stop is by forcing myself to wake up. Strong tickling sensation concentrated on the right side of my neck. It’s like having convulsive seizures except it does not involve the entire body. In my dreams, I tried fighting it and waiting for it to go away, but nothing ever worked. Only waking up can make it stop.

Sleep Paralysis Tickling Dream

Dreams rarely make sense. The one I had started with me casually flipping through a photo album while watching TV with my sister. I was on the sofa laying on my stomach, looking at this photo album (with moving images like the Daily Prophet). My sister was sitting on the floor as she laughed at the sight of my mom being on some TV game show. I glanced quickly. I saw my mom wearing a black starfish costume about to dive into a shallow kiddie pool. She would never do that in real life.

I could be doing other things but I just can’t stop looking at this photo album. At first, the images were not interesting until the photo of a doll soaked in blood. And I thought, okay, I’ll keep looking here and I might see weirder things. After the bloody doll was a photo of a ball, shaped like a Tupperware Shape-O Toy, it turns out it’s an old picture frame. Each hole has photos of people I don’t recognize. I flipped past this page but I went back to it when I realized something written right next to the image. The text says it’s possible to see the future of each person in the photos. I leaned forward for a closer inspection. Out of the blue, it triggered the uncontrollable tickling sensation on my neck.

Oh No, Not Again

We all know what it feels like to get tickled but the sensation I’m talking about is nothing like that. It’s forceful yet not painful, and uncontrollable in a dream state. The weird thing about it is, the sensation stops immediately as soon as I open my eyes. Last night’s dream was freaky but it wasn’t something I would consider a nightmare. Unfortunately, there’s no escape from this pain in the neck sleep paralysis tickling. I had to force myself to wake up. No sleep paralysis demon or bent neck lady or anything like that but it always takes a few seconds to feel something or even move slightly.

This image below is closest to the sleeping position I was in when I woke up. Except, my right leg was straight (also, I’m a woman and this guy has a weird sleep face).

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Tech FTW

Check out this data from my fitness band. It registered that I woke up abruptly at 12:01 AM but I wasn’t able to grab my phone and check the time until 12:02 AM. I’ll walk you through how I force myself to wake up and move normally every time I experience sleep paralysis. First, I’m (almost) always 100% aware that I’m in a dream when I’m dreaming. It helps me ignore the visuals and sounds especially in nightmares so I can focus on waking up. I shut my eyes as tight as I could and then slowly open them to check if I’m back in the real world or not. If it’s easy to open my eyes, I’m not awake yet. When I feel it takes a lot of effort to keep my eyes open, it means I successfully woke myself up.


Sleep Paralysis at 12MN Coz My Brain Is Extra

Sleep Paralysis Tickling Dreamception

I must keep at least one eye open because I’ve had “dreamception” episodes in the past where I thought I woke up but actually fell asleep again. On rare occasions, the dream becomes positive, however, in most cases my brain either takes me back to the same nightmare or comes up with a fresh nightmare. When it’s hard to move, I focus on breathing and keeping my eyes open first and then try to feel where my hand is. I usually pinch or scratch whichever of my body parts is closest to my fingers to wake the rest of my body up. Experts say sleep paralysis is not deadly, and that’s great news. Still a pain in the neck to snap out of it though.

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6 Responses

  1. Sid says:

    Wow same i got them quit alot but not i got once that this creepy men was tickling me or touching me really scary and i felt it in my stomach it was so horrifying but i woke up and the sensation stopped i also got the same thing someone tickling me (person) but I couldn’t see there faces but sometimes while im dreaming like normal dream or just sleeping i feel the tickling and its somehow wakes me up and its stop immediately after waking up “this is random” but I always get muscle tingling or ticklish leg and back while sleeping or trying to sleep maybe its kinda make sense

  2. Alien says:

    Woooow I thought I was the only one.. I’ve experienced this since a child frequently. I would be visited by a wide smile woman who would tickle beyond what is fathomable. I am now 38 yrs old and the other night in sleep paralysis she came again and had a look on her face like ” I’ve missed you ” I screamed my way out of it. I was fully conscious of everything and had a partner next to me also. My screams cried out into the physical and she woke up. At that point it stopped. Why does this only happen to a selected few of us.

  3. EV says:

    This is very interesting. I didn’t think there were many people who experienced this.
    Mine most always is triggered by an unpleasant dream. 9/10 times the tickling sensation is on my neck, more commonly the right side of my neck. I don’t think “tickling” really describes it well, because it’s to point where it is painfully uncomfortable, but it’s not painful in the way we categorize pain. The dreams I have, that are usually coupled with this phenomenon I experience, are of spirits, every once in while it’s something random. Some times I’ll go months without it happening to every night or four times a week. I’ve always had pretty vivid dreams. Also I’m a 90s kid and when Jurassic Park came out and I watched it I had nightmares for a year. Lol totally ridiculous, but being eaten alive scared the sh*# outta me. Anywho, I thought myself how to wake up from a t-Rex nightmare, by blinking my eyes till I woke up. I’m not sure if having different dream experiences is a factor but just thought I’d throw it out there

  4. C.taylor says:

    I’ve been experiencing this for years and had an episode last night. The demon grabbed me & started tickiling under my right arm. It’s always under my right arm when this happens. I couldnt move and could feel it pressing harder & harder so i bit it and then i woke up. I jate that feeling… helpless

  5. Mya says:

    Wow. I have the tickling nightmare at least a few times a year but it’s mainly in my ribs to the point where it can become painful . Its horrible. I’m the same way with nightmares as you though..I can wake myself up but I have to keep my eyes open for a certain period of time or else I’m dropped right back into the nightmare.

  6. Pal says:

    I had the same experiencies wen I was 6 … thing with the tickling and sleep paralysis , the difference is that it really didnt looked like a dream . It became so bad that I dont sleep in direction to the wall anymore because this thing always tickled my back

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