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Why We See Ghosts While Half Awake or Half Asleep

Seeing ghosts while one is half awake or half asleep is something that many people have experienced and it can be very startling and creepy. Most of the time, the ghost will be standing at the end of your bed, beside your bed, over your head, or crawling on top of you with its face almost touching yours. When this happens, some people think they’re dreaming, but what if a ghost is really there and you’re not dreaming at all? Why do people see ghosts when they’re either waking up or falling asleep?

The Spirit of the Dead Keep Watch or “Manao Tupapau” by Paul Gauguin

Seeing ghosts while waking up or falling asleep can happen anytime. But people appear to be more conscious of this when Halloween draws near—and to some of you reading this, it may be just around the corner. Halloween is the time of year when many people with a belief in the supernatural get “attuned” to these kinds of things. They get introspective and do more thinking about the afterlife and the world of ghosts and spirits.

The Mind Goes Where the Body Stops

If you are to believe that ghosts are indeed spirits, then you must also believe that they live in an existence that is separate yet parallel to ours. To make it simple—people live in the material plane while ghosts exist in the spirit plane. The physical body of people is trapped in the material plane, and thus is concerned only with things physical. It cannot just jump into the spirit plane and interact with ghosts. But if this is so, then how come our eyes can see ghosts? The answer lies in the mind.

It’s a fact that even if you close your eyes, you are able to see things in your mind. You are able to see yourself and the world around you using your mind’s eye. Unlike the eyes in your skull which are physical, the eye of the mind works at the level of consciousness which transcends the limitations of the body. In other words, the mind’s eye is not physical, and thus, connected to things of the spirit in a hypothetical sense. Let’s just consider, for the purposes of this article, that the mind’s eye does indeed see things of the spirit world. Wouldn’t your mind allow you to see ghosts? It makes sense if you are either half-awake or half-asleep.

Between Wakefulness and Sleep

If you’re wide awake, you see things vividly with your two physical eyes. If you are busy performing a physically-demanding task, you are focused and alert with no time to imagine or daydream. Your attention is outwards towards the physical sensations—not inwards where insights are experienced. Based on research done by science, this active state of mind is characterized by beta waves (mid frequency-20Hz) coming from the brain. Beta waves are relatively high in frequency and are associated with activity. These are the brain wave frequencies that dominate during physical activities that require your external attention. These include running, typing, computing, and other focused tasks. When you’re brain is in this state, you are described as being “present” and attuned to the physical.

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  1. Likha

    On August 17, 2010 at 4:08 am


    Yes, this has happened to me. I saw a white figure at the foot of my bed. I kept on shoving him away with my feet but he refused to go away. I knew he was a ghost in my consciousness. Good scientific explanation for these occurrences.

  2. Joie Schmidt

    On September 21, 2010 at 12:51 pm


    Interesting… I know people who’ve seen ghosts……… but not me, but I believe I see angels everyday (friends & loved ones) =)

    Blessings,

    Sincerely,

    -Joie Schmidt.

  3. Magic Quill

    On October 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm


    maybe I have seen one but I can not be sure

  4. Austin

    On November 17, 2010 at 1:42 am


    My eyes seem like it was wide open because I see the things exactly as they appear at night looking up at my ceiling where everything seems so perfect and real. I was half-asleep as you can say. My body couldn\’t move and I felt as if a ghost was flying past my bed but I could not see it. As I woke up, I can move my arms. What\’s frightening about it is that, the view of my room seems exactly as they appear when I was half-asleep.

  5. alvinwriter

    On November 18, 2010 at 6:08 am


    Austin, that sounds like sleep paralysis, in medical terms. But, if you ask mystics, they will say you experienced a form of astral projection wherein your spirit detaches slightly from your body which continues to sleep. You remain conscious in your spirit body which is why you can see around you even when “asleep.” Food for thought!

  6. deep blue

    On November 19, 2010 at 6:56 pm


    There is a case in involuntary astral projection where you get out of your body thinking you are awake but left your body behind thus preventing you to move away from your bed. Ghost seen while half asleep and related matters had been taken in my similar article, http://socyberty.com/spirituality/venturing-deep-sleep/. A very interesting topic.

    Will

  7. Davanita

    On February 3, 2011 at 5:11 am


    I think you are onto something here. It is really what I am starting to suspect, I just wish it didn’t startle me so much. thank you for taking the time to read my article and to inform me of yours.

  8. dondits

    On May 18, 2011 at 2:52 am


    i experienced this twice 1st when i was in college half sleep and i feel someone sleeeping beside me and when i opened my eyes i saw a white figure face lying withme but he is facing left side and the other one was in our house while im lying i felt somebody is pushing me which is really scary it has a force that literally moved me

  9. Margit

    On March 24, 2012 at 11:09 am


    I have been always thinking about what happened with me when I was 5 years old. Everybody was saying that I had a just a dream but I always knew that it was something else. Anyway i was half a sleep and half awake, in front of me was a something with red eyes, it was terrible. I couldn’t move or talk, and when I was abale to do that I screamed very loudly and that thing flew over me as a smoke or something. I have never been scarier thing as then.. Now I know what happened with me!

  10. BobbieMae

    On July 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm


    My boyfriend stayed the night with me about two days ago. he woke up about 2:00 in the morning and kind of jumped up. He was looking at my closet door. Suddenly he gasped and was backing up in terror. I have never seen him that scared. Ever. When I asked him what was wrong he just kind stuttered and told me nothing. The next day he told me he saw a white face in my closet. This kind of frightens me because my mother had a dream that involved two demons and my grandma. She said that my grandma appeared in her sleep and told her to “Get the girls and leave the house” because their are two demons in the house. I don’t know what to think or do. But all of this scares the life out of me!

  11. BobbieMae

    On July 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm


    My boyfriend stayed the night with me about two days ago. he woke up about 2:00 in the morning and kind of jumped up. He was looking at my closet door. Suddenly he gasped and was backing up in terror. I have never seen him that scared. Ever. When I asked him what was wrong he just kind stuttered and told me nothing. The next day he told me he saw a white face in my closet. This kind of frightens me because my mother had a dream that involved two demons and my grandma. She said that my grandma appeared in her sleep and told her to “Get the girls and leave the house” because their are two demons in the house. I don’t know what to think or do. But all of this scares the life out of me!

  12. kazzablanca

    On September 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm


    I saw this man ghost crawling over my husband to try get close to me i was just waking up scared the living hell out of me still dont know what to think about it.

  13. Stolensoul

    On September 3, 2012 at 2:19 am


    iv been seeing them since i moved with my family in the new house,since 7years and iv been seeing them untill this day,and my little sister shares the same room she was 5 years old when we moved ,there r times when idont see them for weeks but all of sudden i start seeing wierd things that iv never ever imagined or seen before not even in a movies! and all while am half a sleep which i couldnt move or only could move my leg or hands.
    iv even felt someone sayin words which i couldnt understand behind my eck as if reading something on me.

  14. Stolensoul

    On September 3, 2012 at 2:19 am


    iv been seeing them since i moved with my family in the new house,since 7years and iv been seeing them untill this day,and my little sister shares the same room she was 5 years old when we moved ,there r times when idont see them for weeks but all of sudden i start seeing wierd things that iv never ever imagined or seen before not even in a movies! and all while am half a sleep which i couldnt move or only could move my leg or hands.
    iv even felt someone sayin words which i couldnt understand behind my eck as if reading something on me.

  15. Claudia

    On December 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm


    I have had an experiance where, I am trying to go to sleep;and something tells me to open my eyes. When I do I saw this man dressed in blue, and he had this scary smile on his face. His eyes where wide open, and looking at me. He was coming closer, and closer to me. Of course I closed my eyes, and opened them back up again. When I did that he was gone, but a couple seconds after that a man dressed in almost all white appeared. He also was coming towards me the same same way as the first one. The difference was the second one didn’t scare me as much as the first one in blue. That one in blue scared me so bad. Can anyone help me make sense of this?

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