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Sleep Paralysis. by Friday-13th Sleep Paralysis. by Friday-13th
'Sleep paralysis is a condition in which someone, about to drop off to sleep, or just upon awaking from sleep realizes that s/he is unable to move, or speak, or cry out. This may last a few seconds or several moments. People frequently report feeling a ' presence ' that is often described as malevolent, threatening, or evil. An intense sense of dread and terror is very common. The presence is likely to be vaguely felt or sensed just out of sight but thought to be watching or monitoring, often with intense interest, sometimes standing by, or sitting on the bed. On some occasions, the presence may attack, strangling and exerting crushing pressure on the chest. Many perceptions are associated with SP, such as visual illusions, visceral buzzing, loud sounds, adrenal mental state and presences.'



Inspired by 'O Pesadelo/The Nightmare' painting by Henry Fuseli: [link]

I wanted to make it look like an old painting. I couldn't find any demon or gargoyle photo stock which could fit so I didn't manage to represent the demon sitting on the chest and had to place a shadow in the background instead.. This theme has been on my mind for a long time because I've been experiencing many periods of SP and I've have some sleeping troubles as well since I am about 9, I think sleep paralysis is a terrifying and yet fascinating experience and it's still leaving me confused.

STOCKS
*Sinned-angel-stock Model [link]
~fallen-angle-stock Couch [link]
!audpod Curtain [link]
~LunaNYXstock Curtain [link]
~AutumnRaindrop-Stock Wood horse [link]
~minmestock Table [link]
~rewston-stock Doves [link]
!EternalStock Floor [link]
*SolStock Hand [link]
~solis-sacredotibus Wall [link]
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LucyBlackwinter Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Last night I woke up from these terrible nightmares I get very often. I can't remember everything, but I always feel someone next to me. It's so scary that I feel the presence of this man of my nightmare; his cold hands, his voice in my head, even the smell. It lets me think I'm beconing mad. I just hate this sleep paralysis, but your work is very beautiful!
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budderninjaMC Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ive had that happen to me before. I always felt like I was a mummy or something. like I was wrapped up in linen. that's some scary stuff.
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12345olo6789 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
hehe
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FadingSunset Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
been there a few times,scares the life out of you,can't breathe
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NightpeltAtDawn Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student General Artist
i know how you feel i have SP episodes almost everynight and sometime about 5 times a night and its just horroble and to me it happens with any sleeping possition so in a way i never feel safe when i go to sleep.
just the feeling of not being able to wake up, more or even scream scares the hell out of me.
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danton111 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
check my sp site [link]
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danton111 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I've suffered with sleep paralysis many times. great picture
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:iconfriday-13th:
Friday-13th Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!
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emeraldgardensnail Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Amazing work!
I've experienced sleep paralysis several times over the past few years, more particularly when I was exhausted and fell asleep on my back. I have learned to avoid sleeping on my back altogether, but there are the rare occasions that I end up doing it... Well if I find myself paralysed I try to move but there's no use in panicking too much. I know that I will not be able to get up for a while. You are slowly able to move yourself a bit more until your body is working right again. It's not that something is weighing on you, it's more like your body is still asleep and it's heavy as lead so you can't move it. It's just that you really cannot move, the most you can do is twitch your fingers and slightly raise your head. I don't know about inability to speak, because I never tried to speak or cry out while paralysed :) I just kind of wait until I can move again.

Just...don't sleep on your backs when you're freaking tired guys!!
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Friday-13th Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :)
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alteregoliz Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous!
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FishWishDesign Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
I know this all to well...having an inability to move, fighting to, but nothing! Also having chronic Fibromyalgia makes sleeping difficult.
Great details and lighting,
Love it!
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Squishy-Mew Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I experience SP last night, it is the single most terrifying experience of my life.
I actually thought I was dying.
It was horrible. :(
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Friday-13th Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I understand. Hope you will no longer experience it.. :/
thanks for commenting
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Squishy-Mew Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, this piece is really well put together!

I hope I never experience it again!
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ErraJawnson Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice update on a classic!
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Friday-13th Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :)
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Keeeenny Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
Dude this just happened to me x.x
Three times, lool. I woke up, realised there was a pressure and I couldn't move, finally shook the feeling, then dropped off to mid-sleep again, realisedi I couldn't move, sucked balls man, and the process pretty much repeated a third time, when I realised it wasn't worth sleeping hHA.
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nutella86 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
This has happened to me many times, the weight I feel on my body when I'm paralyzed is very heavy, it is absolutely terrifying. I would ordinarily believe the common scientific reasons but that doesn't explain the very heavy weight on my body and the amount of fear I feel. I feel certain there is a dark presence in the room when it happens, it's a demonic force I'm sure.
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nutella86 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
This has happened to me many times, the weight I feel on my body when I'm paralyzed is very heavy, it is absolutely terrifying. I would ordinarily believe the common scientific reasons but that doesn't explain the very heavy weight on my body and the amount of fear I feel. I feel certain there is a dark presence in the room when it happens, it's a demonic force I'm sure.
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nutella86 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
This has happened to me many times, the weight I feel on my body when I'm paralyzed is very heavy, it is absolutely terrifying. I would ordinarily believe the common scientific reasons but that doesn't explain the very heavy weight on my body and the amount of fear I feel. I feel certain there is a dark presence in the room when it happens, it's a demonic force I'm sure.
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SharonLeggDigitalArt Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Featured today in my journal.
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nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Mind-blowing, fantastic manip!
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Friday-13th Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :)
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JesseJamesKlimt Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
beyond perfection.
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Friday-13th Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, that moves me a lot.
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UnkwownDivinity Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I suffer from SP, and for the past 2 months it's happened to me 6 times. I can say from experience it is the most terrifying thing I have ever felt, it usually starts with a dream that escalades into a buzzing sound and the "mind-awake but body asleep" feeling, you breathe deeply and try to yell, scream do anything to get help.... But you can't. You cannot move nor flex your vocal cords enough to make anything more than a "hmmph". I feel as though I'm slowly running out of air and a heavy weight has been placed upon my chest and I can't push it off. I lay motionless except for the few times I manage to twitch a finger or move my eyes. Scared to death I pray for it to be over, struggling feeling no end to the firm hold that constricts me. My heart begins to race the sense of Fear grows somethings happeneing... And then.... seemingly out of the blue, as if a switch has been flipped, I increasingly regain control of mobility, Gasping for air and nearly falling out of bed I feel drained and weak, but alive. The thought of the experience is not bad when you think back about it but when you go through it its Hell. 24% of people will experience it once in their lifetime, lucky me I get to go through it God knows how many more times, there is no cure. The worst part of it is that it is believed to be associated with "SUND Syndrome" or Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome which theoretically when all your muscles are paralized including your cardiac muscles and diaghpram, stopping you from breathing. So you get to sit there paralized, awake alone in the dark and watch as you slowly run out of air and suffocate as if you have forgotten how to breathe.
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SilentBloodShed Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
nice work! :)
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minmestock Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
This is really gorgeous!!! A great piece!! Thanks for using our stock!!
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MoOnshine90 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, you have been featured in my Journal: [link] :heart:
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xiete Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
hi! :D your work has been featured here :D

just tell me if it is okay or not :D

:heart: :iconxiete:=xiete
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opal-moon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, good to know I'm not crazy or anything, although i can't say i ever felt a presence, let alone felt anyone/anything attack me, but i can definitely feel that sense of dread when i realize i can't move just right! great manip! :D
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gokhanproject Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
good work nice composition nice colours...
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DarkMistressOfPain Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Beautifully done!! :love:
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masKade Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very powerful and beautiful, I love the colours and details.
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jbillitteri Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
I had to comment on your comments. I've had this experience before! It was my Great Grand Father as I was awakining. It scared me SO!...not for anything he did or anything, but just because I knew he was dead. I was trying my BEST to scream and woke myself up trying; with my mouth opened and nothing coming out but air.
Trying to run, I couldn't move. It was so real!

I'm glad to know there is a word for it, and that I'm not the only one.

Thanks..Joey


Oh!....Fantastic peice too.
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Yukkabelle Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
I love your work Darling. The amount of details and "clin d'oeil" is amazing, as the hidden hand behind the couch ... You have a great talent for show up human disorders. I have suffer for years about this sleep paralysis. It was more when I fell asleep while a trip in car. I remember so well yelling and yelling but I was not able to open my mouth. And I was alone with this because nobody wanted to believe me :no: Despite my age now, I am still very afraid to have again this paralysis. I have still some scared things when I sleep ...
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