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.

14 Responses

  1. Amanda Turvey says:

    Just woke up from nightmare about someone tickling my neck but rather forceful could hear myself scream WHO IS THERE. i was answered by loud mumble/grumble, took me a while to move and wake up but ever so pleased ai did. Have had nightmares since I was a kid but nothing scared me like this one has. I can atill feel it. Shortly before the tickle I heard something under my bed too (i suppose i was dreaming this bit too) and still cannot look under it.
    BTW I absolutely love Horror movies and none have unnerved me like this dream has, not even the dreams I have had about being chased by someone who wanted to kill me and that one was full on. I also am open to believing in spirits but this, this was so different.

  2. ScorpioSaiyan says:

    My experiences is always random and the dreams don’t be that weird or scary, just obscure. I just had one prior to making this comment but noticed most the time it revolves around me at school with friends/classmates..note that I usually only know at max, 4 people in the dreams: 2 or 3 I know personally and possibly 2 whom may be famous on social media that I know of. Now that I think about it, the dream after me waking up from the tickling usually ends with me running away from school to ditch and some stranger tries to grab me later on to end the dream completely. I’m 29 but dream me looks at least 21-25, yet in high school. And everybody seems to be over 18 as well. So starting off to how the tickling happened, this particular dream was focused around me and a group of friends walking to who knows where. My girlfriend (some famous IG model) was in her feelings about something and for some reason I was visually about to see her thoughts: she was feeling down about someone who died, I did not know who they were or the person who was portraying them. I then proceed to follow her as she was trying to plant a flower in their honor. I tried to make her feel better by saying I’ll help and I’ll plant one too in honor of someone I knew who died. She then jerks away from me and then goes to tickle my neck. I can feel within my dream that I’m feeling this in real life as well. I’m not laughing in my dream, the tickling is not painful but it becomes annoying. I’m so focused on how to stop it and why dream me is taking this “abuse” and why she’s doing it in the first place, that I couldn’t even hear what she was saying to me. The tickling causes my whole head to vibrate and is uncontrollable until I force myself to wake up. The weird thing is, its not a open neck to be tickled. I wake up laying similar to the photo in the original post so my right side is completely pressed against the pillows.

  3. John says:

    I have had something similar since I was 4 or younger. It was either a little gremlin chasing me, or a scary cow that ran very fast on 2 legs I called the “peekaboo cow”. My tickling is under my arms painful. But tickling is also painful for me in real life. They stopped around age 9ish I think. But just last night I had a dream I was walking the aisles of a store. I saw 2 small twin girls wearing brown robes. They saw me. Then they charged at me and started the tickling. I had to try punching them away from me, but nothing worked until I forced myself awake because they were invincible and kept latching on to me (as usual).

  4. Adrianna says:

    Ever since last year, I’ve been experiencing dreams where there’s a very intense tickling all over my body and it feels like I’m being held down and it’s uncontrollable. Even when I wake up, I still feel it and I have to shake it off. I guess it’s sleep paralysis but does anyone know how to stop it?

  5. tori ♡ says:

    I have been experiencing this almost every night and its the same what happens is very similar something starts tickling my neck but it feels awful it feels like something is not letting me move and is pinning me to my bed because once it starts tickling me it starts pushing me to my bed but i cant see it because i sleep on my back but my eyes are open and my bed is right by my window and its almost like outside my window its not that dark it’s like yellow i can see my room and stuff but i am unable to move or speak i try to yell but my voice is like screeching almost so I just stop talking and it takes a while for it to go away and thats pretty much it i am now unable to sleep and I’m very tired in the mornings

  6. Joleen says:

    I am 53 and have been having similar dreams for years. Not frequently, fortunately. In my dreams it is always my neck – and usually the right side – being tickled (more like tortured with light pressure of someone’s hand or hands. Last night I woke myself up by shaking my head back and forth forcefully and had to keep my eyes open for a while to prevent myself from going back into the dream. I absolutely hate being tickled there when I am awake as well. It is utterly painful (though not pain in the normal sense). My husband learned a long time ago that the neck is OFF LIMITS. I always referred to it as “my corner” and he is not allowed in my corner! Never knew others experienced this too!

  7. jada says:

    Before i woke up at 9am I had a really weird dream that I was being chased by gremlins and when they caught up to me they started tickling me and i literally could FEEL it. I had to force myself to wake up for it to stop but i never felt anything like it. It was so real. I came on here to find more research and there’s not much. But i usually have my crazy dreams in the morning before i wake up.

  8. kpopmuffin says:

    i had this kind of dream 2 times first when i was 6 or 7 years old i was on a table thing and there was a tv playing a episode of spongbob but it was going fast and there were 2 people that were tickleing me in the armpit and i cant move i try to wake up but it was really hard to i squeeze my eyes to wake up and ever since i was scared to be tickled and my scecond dream it was a wierd dream i was riding a bus i was on somekind of feild trip and the driver was asleep so i tried to steer the bus so it wont crash and then suddenly were at a store and we were taking a bathroom brake or somthing and then we were back on the road and there was no driver and only 2 passengers and me and the bus was steering it self i tried to steer it so it wont crash but when i try to steer it it goes out of control and suddenly im in a car with 2 people and im in the back with someone and some one is in the front and a lady out side was walking in the side walk and stopped right beside the car and then the driver said the doors are locked and then the wonmen out side of the car had long arms streched to me throgh the car and ticked me and i couldnt move and i try to wake up i feel like im twiching or having a seizer even know i dont know what a seizer feels like and i wake up jolting and i still feel the sensation of the tickling i checked the time it was 5am and i was too scared to go back to sleep i flipped my pillow over and drink some water and tried to go to sleep and evetually i went back to sleep after that i didnt had a dream like that during the second dream i was around 14 yrs old.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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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