You Were Not Pressed. What You Experienced Is Called Sleep Paralysis.

So up until recently, I didn’t know they was something called sleep paralysis. For those of you that don’t know;

Sleep paralysis occurs when a person wakes up but finds themselves unable to move or speak. It is accompanied with the thought that someone is in the room watching or hearing them. They might feel pressure on their chest, hallucinate etc.

Well, after readingย Winnie’s blogย about sleep paralysis, I realised it is the exact same thing I have heard countless tales about. I have never experienced it but my older sister has and she told me she rebuked the first person she saw and hasn’t experienced it since.

It is believed that the first person you see after the occurrence is the winch responsible for the act and should be dealt with harshly.

In boarding school, a lot of people got pressed by winches or so we thought because no one knew about sleep paralysis.

Onetime a senior was pressed and she flogged all of us with a broom stick behind our ears cus it is believed that flogging a winch with a broom stick will make her confess.

By the way, nigerian witchcraft is not the kind you see in movies like vampires dairies or originals and it is not passed down from generation to generation. ย It is believed that one could be initiated into witchcraft by eating things from strangers. In one of the schools I attended, about 10 people were expelled because they confessed that they were witches. So witchcraft is a terrible thing.

While writing this, I asked my mum if she believed that witches pressed people. She said she had experience it first hand and I shouldn’t publish or doubt it if not I’ll be pressed too. She doubted it and was pressed twice.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

My heart goes out to all the innocent people who have been wrongly accused of witchcraft because someone saw them first after an episode of sleep paralysis.

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Please let me know in the COMMENT SECTION if: You have ever experienced sleep paralysis and how you dealt with it.

Stay unapologetically weird.๐Ÿ’•

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32 Comments Add yours

  1. winnieukpai says:

    ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m glad my post inspired you. I always experience sleep paralysis and I’m used to it and no its not caused by witches from the village ( ignorant people). It usually occurs when I sleep very late probably past 3am (or when I change my normal sleeping schedule and my body can’t adapt to the change) or when I sleep on my back. After the episode, I just lie by my side and continue with my sleep. I just pray people become aware that it’s called sleep paralysis.

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    1. Sim says:

      Yes.
      I linked this post to my facebook page and my profile and some people still believe “pressing is real” after reading.

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  2. Tony Michele says:

    Lol, sometimes we prefer the not so simple answer ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sim says:

      Haha.
      Nigerians๐Ÿ˜„

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  3. This thing happened to me! Like I woke up in the middle of my sleep but I couldn’t move. I wanted to go pee but I couldn’t so I peed on my body ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ I honestly thought I was under attack

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    1. Sim says:

      You are a nigerian.
      I would be abnormal if you didn’t think it was a spiritual attack. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
      In all people need to be educated about this.
      Thanks for reading and sharing your experienceโคโค

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  4. DGGYST says:

    I frequently experience sleep paralysis. And sleep walking/talking and night terrors. I definitely would have been burned at the stake

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    1. Sim says:

      Hahahahahaha.
      You would have been taken to several prayer houses for being such an easy prey for witches.

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  5. murisopsis says:

    I know sleep paralysis is real but having no experience with the culture of Nigeria, I had no idea that it was linked to witchcraft. Seems pretty silly to me. My husband experienced it once and thought he was having a heart attack. It wasn’t and he’s fine. Has never had another episode – and he’s never flogged anyone!

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    1. Sim says:

      Nigerians are known to assume everything is a spiritual attack and deserves immediate spiritual measures.
      Flogging with a broom stick is only one way, some people who have been seen immediately after an episode of sleep paralysis have been beaten up badly and almost ostracised on grounds witchcraft
      Ignorance is bad.

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  6. Liifeai says:

    This witchcraft issue in Nigeria eehn ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. There’s no story I didn’t hear in secondary school but I’ve never experienced sleep paralysis tho and I wasn’t a boarder so no one has ever accused of it either.

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    1. Sim says:

      You know it!
      Everything is associated with witchcraft.
      Thankyou for your๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. Liifeai says:

        Ya welcome!!!!โค๏ธโค๏ธ

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  7. SOMGOLIBE says:

    I have experienced it o, though I never knew it had a name ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. When I woke up, you need to see me praying, casting and binding. It felt so real I thought it was evil spirits๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Thanks for schooling me oh, oshey๐Ÿ™Œ

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    1. Sim says:

      Hahahaha. It is very normal to suspect evil spirits๐Ÿ˜‚
      You are a true nigerian.

      ThankGod I’ve never experienced it, although my mum still thinks publishing this was a bad idea and I’ll be pressed๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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      1. SOMGOLIBE says:

        For real, now that’s very laughable๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ @ last sentence

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      2. Sim says:

        ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

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  8. osamarenkhoe says:

    Lol
    Ur mom.is funny
    Well its nice to know abt sleep paralysis didn’t even know abt it but we are in Africa, Nigeria and been pressed cannot be totally ruled out
    However it’s not necessarily the first person u see in the morning.

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    1. Sim says:

      Some people share your thoughts on the matter and feel the scratches they have seen after the ordeal further validates their claims of being attacked my demons.
      I guess we will never know.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  9. diingy says:

    yup i experienced it, for about two years in secondary school. It often occurred in response to my anticipation of it ocurring. and cuz i was scared sometimes i’d stay up anticipating it. it was just a cycle of insomnia and stress. but it started reducing only occurs when i’m forcing myself to stay awake despite being tired,which i barely do anymore.

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    1. Sim says:

      Indeed. A better sleeping schedule is one good preventive measure to take.

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  10. Hehehe…. It has happened to me more times than I can count sef. ๐Ÿ˜‚
    But I don’t blame awa innocent witches for it na. That would be tagged ignorance ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. Sim says:

      I can imagine how they’ve been screaming ‘fake news’ all these years.

      Perhaps a witch blogger blogged about it and
      They’ll be comments like:

      Old witch: non witches are wicked.
      Little witch: when will all this stop? We have been marginalised for too long.
      Village witch: Get used to it little one, na so life be.

      I still can’t convince my mum that witches are innocent of this accusation.

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      1. Chai! Kuku kee me oh ๐Ÿ˜‚
        Old witch? Little witch? Village witch? We’re now giving them class? ๐Ÿ˜‚
        I think my mom’s case is stronger than yours oh.. I woke up yesterday with two ant bites on both cheeks. With the way one bite was perfectly aligned with the other, my mom started talking about how โ€œtheyโ€ had planned to blind me and all that stuff. Our parents are really something

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      2. Sim says:

        ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  11. Experienced it and episodes like is many times, not fun!

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    1. Sim says:

      Yes. Sorry about your experience.

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  12. spiceman31 says:

    Yeah experienced just a mild episode of sleep paralysis was not the highlight of my evening. My wife who is a Muslim swears by playing the quran at night but it did not bloody well work and I was completely paralysed from the waist down. Maybe the Misses needs to turn the speakers up a bit?

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    1. Sim says:

      ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.
      I’m sure turning up the speaker won’t help.

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