Sleep Paralysis

All my books and articles are listed in Publications.

People often ask me what to read on a particular subject. Here are some suggestions.


Here is a link to a trailer for a new film on sleep paralysis (released 2022). If you’ve ever experienced it you’ll know it can be scary, especially if you don’t realise what’s happening – or fun if you learn to go with it. The film trailer includes people describing very varied experiences and a few words from me. We had a fun day when the German crew came to film me here in Devon. The film is 60 minutes long and currently being shown at film festivals – but you can join their mailing list to find out about future screenings.


Parker, J.D. and Blackmore, S.J. (2002)   Comparing the content of sleep paralysis and dream reports. Dreaming: Journal of the Association for the Study of Dreams. 12, 45-59  PDF

Blackmore,S.J. and Cox, M. 2000 Alien abductions, Sleep paralysis and the temporal lobe. European Journal of UFO and Abduction Studies, 1, 113-118

Blackmore,S.J. 1998 Abduction by aliens or sleep paralysis? Skeptical Inquirer, 22, 23-28  see SI version

and these Conference presentations

Rose, N.J., Blackmore,S. and French, C.C. 2002 Experiences and Interpretations of Sleep Paralysis. Parapsychological Association Conference, Paris, August

OBEs and sleep paralysis, 23rd International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, Durham, 3-5.9.99 abstract

Children’s experiences on the borders of sleep 22nd International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, York, September 1998


Sleep Advisor have an interesting page on their website called Sleep Paralysis: Demons, Diagnosis and Treatment which includes helpful information about different types of sleep paralysis.