Would you go to sleep if you knew that a demonic, faceless creature will be choking you in your bed, and you’ll have no other choice but to lay paralyzed, unable to lift your finger? Nicolas Bruno has to.
For the last 7 years, the 22-year-old photographer has been suffering from sleep paralysis – a condition that occurs when he’s about to enter the dreaming phase called REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. During REM sleep, our bodies are paralyzed to ensure that we don’t act on our dreams and hurt ourselves. However, Bruno’s condition makes him conscious the whole time his body is paralyzed, and he’s forced to experience all of his macabre hallucinations.
At one point, Bruno was so terrified to go to sleep that he would spend several days without rest, which eventually led to insomnia and depression. Luckily, relief came when Bruno’s high school teacher suggested him to document his vivid dreams. Bruno turned to photography, and it’s been helping to take control of his visions ever since. “I’ve gotten so many responses from people who have had these dreams and didn’t know what they meant,” Bruno told CNN. “I think it’s my little mission to spread the word of this condition.”
Take a look at Bruno’s photos below!