Maybe it's happened to you. You wake up in the middle of the night and can't move your body, or you wake up and see an apparition in your doorway. Sleep is supposed to be a restorative experience, but for people who have experienced creepy or weird things while sleeping, it can be downright scary. Feeling safe and secure when your head hits the pillow is the first step toward getting a truly restful night of sleep. If you fall asleep somewhere you don't feel safe, or you go to bed anxious, sleep can feel anything but rejuvenating.
Personally, I've never slept well. Our apartment was robbed when I was six, and ever since then sleeping on the first floor makes me feel uneasy — so much so that I sleep with a hammer under my pillow. I have also been startled awake in the middle of the night by my dog barking at a shadowy figure in my bedroom doorway that disappeared as soon as I turned on the light.
Other creepy and weird things people have experienced while sleeping run the gamut from sleep eating, sleep driving, sleepwalking, talking in their sleep, and more. If you've experienced anything out of the ordinary while trying to get your Zzzs, you're not alone. Here are 12 strange things people have experienced while sleeping.