Sleep Paralysis

“He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night...” - Psalm 91:4-5

Many creative people are prone to nightmares.  It may be because we can imagine things in more detail, and our vivid imagination is just sorting out our sub-conscious daily anxieties. - a scientific analysis.

Or it could be that creative people, particularly those of a faith, are just more aware of the spiritual side of nature.  Christians believe that there is a daily battle between our flesh (carnal desires) and our spirit (godly desires;) there is a daily battle between good and evil, angels and demons, God and the devil – lump it all together and it's called Spiritual Warfare.

Some of these nightmares, may just have more to do with spiritual warfare, than they do with anxiety.  Consider the phenomenon of Sleep Paralysis.  Dreamers suddenly find themselves in a semi-awake state.  With their eyes open, and usually unable to move,  they see a nightmare playing out in their bedroom.  Often demonic looking entities pester the dreamer until he or she gains full consciousness. It is terrifying to say the very least.

Theories abound on the subject of sleep paralysis, but no conclusive scientific evidence has ever been reached.  People who seek medical help for this sleep disorder usually find nothing more than unbelieving doctors, or worse, they are prescribed antipsychotic medication. Usually they do not find the help they seek.

I am one of these dreamers.  I occasionally experience sleep paralysis, and though I have not sought medical help, I have discovered a few helpful tricks, which have dramatically cut the frequency of the occurrence.  If you also battle with nightmares of any kind, these practices may help you too.

Physical Help: (keep in mind I am not a doctor, nothing here should be taken as medical advice)
1. Never go to bed on an empty stomach
2. Try eating protein before bed, This helps relax your muscles so you can sleep deeper. An egg works well.
3. Prevent indigestion or acid reflux.
4. Keep your sheets fresh.
5. Use a nightlight (sounds a little childish, but it helps)
6. Finish daily tasks, don’t leave things undone or half finished.  It leads to anxiety and restlessness.

Spiritual Help:
1. Pray!
2. Release any bitterness and forgive any wrongs before going to sleep. (This includes repenting and forgiving yourself for a wrong you may have committed.)
3. Understand that demons do exist, and they would not be attacking you if God did not have plans for you.
4. Remember that nothing can separate you from the love of God... Read Romans 8:38-39.
5. Read your Bible daily, His truth is our shield. Psalm 91:4.
6. Anoint your bed and pillows with anointing oil, if you are concerned with staining your sheets, anoint your headboard. Do this while praying for God’s presence and protection over you.
7. Stay away from dreamcatchers or other talismans, these are idol images and can invite a demonic presence.
8. Print the scriptures from the bottom of this article, along with any other scriptures that comfort you, hang them on the wall near your bed.  read them each night before falling asleep.  These will instill in you a confidence in God and His Word. 
Another tip, and this is true with any health or spiritual condition, never consider yourself a victim, you are not suffering from nightmares- you are battling them.  Always take a powerful position.

I hope this information helps you fight against your nightmares.  God Bless! and Sweet Dreams!

Print these Scriptures: (Psalm 4:8; Psalm 91:4-5; Proverbs 3:24)

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