The Connection Between Sleep Paralysis And Astral Projection

There’s a lot of debate in the Astral Projection community about Sleep Paralysis. Some people believe that it’s a stage before the separation of the Astral Body, others believe that it’s a full blown projection with the only difference being that the person isn’t moving.

In this post, we will explore the connection between Sleep Paralysis and Astral Projection.

The connection between Sleep Paralysis and Astral Projection

To better understand the connection between these two experiences, we need to first understand what each one of them is. Let’s get started.

Sleep Paralysis

Sleep Paralysis is the experience of being aware but not able to move or speak that happens during the Hypnagogic state. 

Keep in mind that the Hypnagogic state (state between being awake and being asleep) isn’t just a gateway to Sleep Paralysis. In fact, everyone goes through at least a few Hypnagogic states every night but not many experience Sleep Paralysis.

The reason for this is because the Hypnagogic state usually leads to either dreams, Lucid dreams and in rare cases, Astral Projection or Sleep Paralysis.

Sleep Paralysis can be a very scary experience because the person experiencing it is often “hallucinating”, hearing or even feeling bad entities that aren’t physically there.

An episode of Sleep Paralysis can last a few minutes and it’s often used by Lucid dreamers and Astral Projectors to reach other Hypnagogic states.

Astral Projection

Astral Projection (AP) is the experience of separating your consciousness, aka your Astral Body, from your physical body. This is mostly done during sleep or intense meditation.

Once your consciousness separates from your physical body you’re able to freely roam around and explore the Astral Plane. You can talk to other entities in the Astral Plane or even meet other projectors there.

A lot of people think that Astral Projection and Lucid Dreams are one and the same. The truth is that while both can be amazing experiences, Astral Projection is actually real compared to a Lucid Dream which is just in your head.

Of course, proving Astral Projection as real is probably impossible which is why I encourage people to doubt it and try it on their own. Once you experience AP, you’ll be 100% that it’s real because it’s one of the most realistic experiences that you can have. 

Also, based on declassified CIA Astral Projection research, the USA government believes AP to be real and they funded a lot of research into it (and probably still do).

For more information about AP read our in-depth Astral Projection guide where we go over everything about AP (including how to do it).

How AP and Sleep Paralysis Are Connected

Astral Projection and Sleep Paralysis are connected on many different levels.

Firstly, AP and Sleep Paralysis are both Hypnagogic states (the point between being awake and asleep). The hypnagogic states, which we all go through at least a few every night, lead to mostly dreams or Lucid dreams. 

However, sometimes the hypnagogic state can also lead to Astral Projection or Sleep Paralysis.

Secondly, Sleep Paralysis can be used as a gateway to Astral Projection and vice versa.

From Sleep Paralysis to Astral Projection

Some projectors believe that Sleep Paralysis is the stage right before separating your Astral Body from your physical self.

While this is technically true, it isn’t always the case. Let me explain.

Sleep Paralysis can sometimes lead to Astral Projection. However, this isn’t that common and one would need to be an advanced projector in order to consistently project out of a Sleep Paralysis episode.

From Astral Projection to Sleep Paralysis

While this isn’t very common, some people might leave the Astral Plane right into a Sleep Paralysis episode.

If this happens to you, focus on your fingers and toes and try moving them. Once you’re able to get control of them, you’ll be able to wake up from the Sleep Paralysis.


Astral Projection and Sleep Paralysis are two very closely related states. In fact, a lot of people experience their first Astral Projection after a Sleep Paralysis episode. 

Some advanced projectors are able to consistently reach the Sleep Paralysis state in order to use it as a “launchpad” into the Astral Plane.

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