The dilemma, according to Reddit user u/megs_wags, began a few years ago when
she started suffering from sleep paralysis.
The phenomenon, which can cause a person to feel
immobilized in a half-dreaming, half-conscious state,
occurs in as many as four in 10 people, according to WebMD.
According to SleepEducation.org, those dreams can often be extremely frightening,
as was the case with megs_wags.
The user explained that her sleep paralysis often included her dreaming that a ghostly figure was visiting her at her bedside.
Eventually, the Redditor
created a drawing of the figure she kept seeing in her dreams.
She ultimately shared the image with her parents, whom she described as being “hella Catholic.” That’s when the drama started.
“Cue the panicked phone call from my parents who now believe the devil
visits me in my sleep,” the user added.
“They want me to talk to a priest and get my house blessed and use holy water every time I enter. The next time I visit them, I may end up in an impromptu exorcism”.
The Redditor received plenty of feedback from
commenters on how to approach the situation, with
many sharing their own experiences with sleep paralysis