Parapsychology Mini Lecture: Night Hag & Sleep Paralysis

Learn about the phenomena of Night Hag; a frightening sleep disturbance estimated within 10 to 40% of people.
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  • Lectures 7
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2015 English

Course Description


Have you or someone you know ever heard their name called in their sleep? How about odd noises? Have you ever been unfortunate enough to awaken to the sound of footsteps or worse, seen something approach your bed while not being able to move? If so, you have experienced the phenomena of the Night Hag.

This mini-course covers:

  • The myths and history of Night Hag experiences.
  • The psychological/neurological explanations of the Night Hag phenomena.
  • A Discussion of how Night Hag has been related with external haunting phenomena.

Included In The Course: Three Videos, Outlines of Lecture Material, Additional Optional Resources, Optional Quiz, and References, Structured in Five Sections.

Time For Course: Approximately One Hour

Suitable For: Students interested in: Sleep Disorders, Parapsychology, Myth & History, Haunting.

What are the requirements?

  • This course is designed for individuals with no background in parapsychology or psychology. It is suitable for any individual with a high school education.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Know some of the history and myths of the Night Hag
  • Identify the features of a Night Hag experience: Paralysis, Terror, & Hallucination
  • Know about medical explanations for Night Hag: Sleep Paralysis
  • Know about medical explanations for Night Hag: Hypnogogic Episodes
  • Identify the limits of Speep Paralysis and Hypnogogic Episodes in relation to Haunting Phenomena

Who is the target audience?

  • Students who may have experienced some form of sleep disturbance
  • Students who may have experienced some form of visitation in their sleep
  • Students who are interested in research explanations for haunting phenomena

What you get with this course?

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Night Hag & Sleep Paralysis

Start here with a brief introduction about the course.


This lecture section will explain:

  • The characteristics of a Night Hag episode.
  • The different names for Night Hag used in different cultures.
  • Some accounts of Night Hag in history.



This lecture section will explain:

  • How Night Hag is explained through Hypnogogic and Sleep Paralysis episodes.
  • How the two conditions occur together to create a Night Hag episode.
  • Research showing some factors that predict Night Hag episodes.

This lecture section will explain:

  • How Hypnogogic and Sleep Paralysis episodes sometimes have paranormal phenomena associated with them.
  • Raises the question if Hypnogogic Episodes and Sleep Paralysis can account for all the experiences that people have.
19 pages

For individuals who want to learn more, here is a research article e that gives a summary of hypnogogic episodes and their possible relation to para-psychological phenomena.

30 pages

Here is an additional research article by Schacter describing aspects of hypnogogic experiences and sleep paralysis.

11 questions

A series of T/F and Multiple Choice questions to test your knowledge of the lecture.


A brief conclusion and information about where you can go to learn more about parapsychology.

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Brian Laythe, Parapsychologist

I am a Ph.D. Social Psychologist and Parapsychologist with twelve years of college teaching and research experience. My areas of research expertise and publication include: the psychology of religion, ideology, haunting and associated phenomena, paranormal beliefs and experience. I am the Director of the Institute for the Study of Religious and Anomalous Experience, a non-profit research organization dedicated to the collection and research publication of honest and unbiased research and evidence about paranormal and religious experience.

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