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The phrase "sleep paralysis" can be a little misleading. Being unable to move is just one aspect of the common affliction. The paralysis also spreads into your dreams, and that's when things get very...terrifying.

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People who suffer from sleep paralysis tend to have more vivid dream than the rest of us. Only they're completely unable to move in them, basically resigned to whatever scary fate their subconscious has in store for them. The following photos are one man's attempt to share his terrifying sleep paralysis experiences with the rest of the world, for his own sake and for the education of people who might not be familiar with the haunting experiences this condition creates.

Nicolas Bruno is a photographer who, for the past seven years, has suffered from sleep paralysis.

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Using his talent and vision as an artist, he staged these photos...

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...which depict the actual torments and scenarios he's encountered in his dream.

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Most of us don't remember our dreams, but for people with sleep paralysis, they tend to stick with them.

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Even though, as you can see, these are images best left forgotten.

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Says Bruno about his condition, when he first started experiencing it, “I thought I was possessed by demons."

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Fortunately, these troubling images have served as a sort of therapy for Bruno.

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“This project has gifted me a sense of who I am."

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“It gave me the strength to persevere in life, to create art and speak to people. It gifted me art, and I don’t know where I would be without it."

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The idea came to Bruno when a high school teacher suggested he document the nightmares to claim ownership of them.

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Now twenty-two, he still suffers, but they don't control his life or sense of who he is.

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Could you imagine living through this image?

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There's not much narrative available from Nicolas on these images, and the context wouldn't make any sense, either (they're dreams after all), but take a look at the significant gallery, keeping an eye out for any symbolism or settings that you may remember from dreams.

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You might be able to learn a little about your own subconscious from his work.