People who believe they have been kidnapped by aliens were probably just dreaming, a leading researcher claims.
However real the experience may have seemed – involving space travel or sexual encounters with extraterrestrials – it is most likely to have been caused by borderline sleep, Dr Susan Blackmore, a researcher in the paranormal, has found.
Dr Blackmore, of Bristol, United Kingdom, identified "sleep paralysis" as the likely culprit for most alien kidnap experiences.
Although only a few people report alien encounters, she has found sleep paralysis is a common, if unnerving, experience shared by up to three out of 10 people.
The dreamer hears strange noises, sees flashing lights and senses shaking or juddering.
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