At first, this specter inexplicably terrified her. But when she became an adult, the ghost continued to visit her — and it became something of a familiar friend. It was almost like I was in a real relationship with a guy. It also, curiously, is used to describe sexual arousal derived from reflections in mirrors.
I could feel it all over my body. Giphy Grim grinnin' ghosts: Despite the elbow-nudging and eye-rolling the idea of ghost sex can evoke, eerily similar experiences of supernatural sex or spectral rape have been reported in one form or another since at least B. On the tablet, the demons are described as visiting men and women nightly to either become pregnant or to impregnate humans with hybrid spawn. The book Sleep Paralysis: It's normal and it's common, much more common than people thought that it was.
Because of a physiological mechanism that prevents sleepers from acting out their dreams, those who experience sleep paralysis are left paralyzed hence, the self-reports of being "frozen" during ghost sex encounters. They can also experience intense fear, chest pressure, hallucinations and difficulty breathing.
Worst of all, the sufferer, despite being unable to move, feels fully awake throughout the entire episode. It can be painful for some people," Ryan Hurd, an independent dream and consciousness researcher and the author of Sleep Paralysis: More difficult to pinpoint than the cause of sleep paralysis is the fraction of sufferers whose episodes aren't terrifying but are instead of a sexual nature. According to Hufford, sexual sleep paralysis experiences are "maybe no more uncommon" than blissful, out-of-body reports of sleep paralysis, which have also been reported.
Laura Hale, a year-old woman from Louisiana, said she has experienced both sexually pleasurable and terrifying episodes of sleep paralysis. The first time, she said, it was a combination of the two. I definitely felt sick about it, but it definitely felt like something sexual was happening to me and my body was responding," Hale told Mic.
She told Mic that she has a technique for keeping night terrors at bay: If I don't do that, I get super scared and it's a horrible experience. Giphy Yet the question remains: Why do some people find sleep paralysis pleasurable, while others find it terrifying?
Physiologically speaking, there are a handful of possibilities. One common theory is that we enter a natural state of sexual arousal while we sleep. Another possible explanation lies in the intrinsic link between terror and pleasure.
Hurd's readers have supported that theory, reporting feeling both scared and aroused by sleep paralysis episodes.
But the truth is that researchers still don't really know what's going on. Apparently, the answer to that question is quite a lot of people, if the popularity of online spectrophilia and sleep paralysis forums are any indication. Joy said she finds comfort in the forums because they normalize sleep paralysis and provide a nonjudgmental space for people to discuss its sexual dimensions.
She's even used the forums to recommend her "technique" to other paralysis experiencers who have intense fear during their episodes. I think it's just the sexual part of it that's embarrassing," she told Mic. Even though everybody masturbates. But until then, we'll continue to hear reports of spectral sexual encounters.
And as we do, it's important to remember that these accounts, while frequently bizarre and often inexplicable, are never quite as out of the ordinary as we might think.