June 2, 2015 11:03 am

A man suffering from sleep paralysis decided to set up a camera to film what he experienced while asleep. The camera captured something strange hovering over him Altered Dimensions reported on Monday.

Mike Pike often wakes up in the middle of the night and upon waking he experiences a half-waking state where he is unable to move. On several occasions Pike felt like he wasn’t alone and sometimes notices a strange shadowy figure at the foot of his bed watching him.

“I’m a rationalist and a very skeptical person with no previous interest in paranormal activity, but after doing some research it seemed like there was a possibility that this entity is real,” Pike said.

On one evening last week Pike decided to place a camera in his bedroom to document what he was experiencing on his sleepless nights. Pike set up a camera facing the bed and went to sleep with the lights on. The footage that he captured was shocking. In the video, around the 30-second mark, an eerie mist rises to the ceiling from Pike’s bed.

“I have watched the footage over and over trying to figure out some logical explanation for what could have caused the image of what seems to be a ghost, but I haven’t been able to come up with a solution,” Pike said about the video. “I am really starting to believe that I captured the entity I saw during my paralysis on video. This terrifies me so much that I can no longer sleep in my room.”

Scientists claim that a sleep paralysis condition known as hypnagogia is what causes the illusion of shadow people. Hypnagogia is also known as waking-sleep and the person suffering from the condition is in a dreamlike state but they are aware of their environment. During this state people experience a feeling of dread, pressure on their chest, and visual images of shadowy beings.

Some studies have showed that certain drugs such as pseudophedrine can produce hallucinations. Pseudophedrine is found in many over-the-counter allergy and cold medicines. Many people that suffer from pet allergies have had shadow person experiences.

What exactly is the strange mist? Is it a hoax? Could it be a shadow figure? Sound off with opinions in the comment section below.

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This post was written by Nadia Vella