What is Sleep Paralisys?

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Sleep Paralysis occurs when an individual goes through a phase between sleep and wakefulness. During this sleep phase, you may not be able to talk or move for a few seconds or even a few minutes. At this stage, you are not able to move or speak for just a few seconds or a few minutes.

During an episode of sleep paralysis, a person experiences temporary paralysis of the muscles that do not allow movement. Those who are unable to open their eyes may hallucinate that there is a supernatural presence in the room and seek to do harm.

Episodes with disturbing hallucinations or the feeling of suffocation often include elements of sleep and wakefulness as part of the episode, leading to disturbing symptoms. Some people feel they can't breathe during an episode of sleep paralysis, but this is not the case and the person can continue breathing during the episode. Sleep paralysis can be accompanied by chest pressure, difficulty breathing, headaches, muscle aches, general pain and pain that can extend over an episode.


While sleep paralysis can occur on its own, it can also be associated with conditions such as migraine, mental health and anxiety disorders, obstructive sleep apnea and long-term brain disorders called narcolepsy. Episodes of sleep paralysis can also occur with a sleep disorder known as anesthesia.

Another sleep disorder known as narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder that causes sudden sleep attacks and overwhelming drowsiness during the day. Narcolepsy's overwhelming need for sleep causes problems with the brain's ability to regulate sleep.

Sleep paralysis is a regular experience in Narcolepsy, a sleep-wake disorder that disrupts the ability of a person to stay awake. Not only does sleep paralysis occur, but also waking hallucinations occur when you fall asleep (also called hypnagogical hallucinations) after falling asleep, lose muscle tone during the day and have poor sleep quality at night.

In addition, after falling asleep or after awakening there may be a brief loss of muscle control, known as atonia, and some people may experience hallucinations during episodes of sleep paralysis. These isolated episodes of sleep paralysis are not associated with an underlying narcolepsy diagnosis, but with a neurological disorder which prevents the brain from controlling wakefulness and leads to paralysis. Neurological disorders that affect how the brain regulates sleep and wakefulness (such as narcolepsy) can include periods of excessive daytime sleepiness, for example when a person has no control over falling asleep during the middle of the day or during activities.

If you suffer from recurrent or disturbing symptoms of sleep paralysis, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor about other sleep disorders in addition to narcolepsy. If you already have a sleep disorder, treatment can help prevent paralysis. Narcolepsy sleep disorder is a serious disorder that requires treatment by a sleep specialist who is well suited to diagnosis and treatment.

The most important thing you can do to reduce the likelihood of an episode is to get enough sleep, preferably at least eight hours a night. Maintaining a regular sleep pattern and going to bed at the same time every night can also help.

In extreme cases, doctors may prescribe sleeping pills or other medications to help you sleep better. If the episodes are frequent or particularly disturbing, your doctor's suggestions can help you get a calmer sleep.


For example, talk to someone involved in the treatment of narcolepsy about steps to treat sleep apnea. In some cases, you may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for recurrent sleep paralysis. The technique includes learning techniques to interrupt sleep paralysis symptoms with moments of relaxation, to practice hallucinatory skills and to develop healthy mindsets about sleep paralysis that do not feed into the experience. This includes removing electronics from the bed and optimizing your bedroom for restful sleep.

There are several circumstances, including insomnia, sleep deprivation, irregular sleep schedules, stress and physical exhaustion. Common causes include insomnia (lack of sleep at night), narcolepsy (drowsiness and loss of muscle control), a family history of sleep paralysis, other relatives sleeping on their backs, disturbed sleep patterns due to work shifts, Jet lag, sleep apnea or other psychiatric or mental disorders. Changes in sleep schedules (e.g. Sleeping on the back), taking certain medications, stress or other sleep-related problems such as narcoLEpsy can also play a role.


Other signs include excessive sleepiness during daytime, fragmented sleep, sleep-related hallucinations and cataplexy. It sounds scary, but this condition is not dangerous and not a chronic sleep disorder. Sleep paralysis, a condition in which a person awakens unable to move can occur and although it can be frightening, sleep disorder specialist Alicia Roth, PhD, reassures us that it is indeed a benign condition.

If these episodes persist, a sleep specialist may diagnose narcolepsy sleep paralysis. In some cases, your doctor may recommend you to take part in an overnight sleep study that tracks your brain flow and breathing during sleep.

Sleep hygiene and environmental improvements can give you a good night's sleep. In addition to getting enough sleep and being well rested, health, sleeping habits and other aspects should also be taken into account. For example, your sleep schedule may be disrupted, including night shifts or jet lag.

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