Sleep Paralysis

22 Dec 2022

Sleep paralysis is a sleep disorder characterized by a complete inability to move or speak while transitioning from wakefulness to sleep. It is usually accompanied by intense fear and vivid hallucinations that make it difficult to tell the difference between reality and a dream. Symptoms can last from seconds to minutes, but they rarely last more than 20 minutes.

People who have this type of paralysis may also have other sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, so it's critical to be aware of any underlying issues when seeking treatment for this condition. Sleep paralysis is unpleasant and frightening, but there are treatments available to help manage these symptoms.

Signs of sleep paralysis

  • Feeling of being paralyzed or unable to move
  • Sense of pressure on your chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sensations of vibrations, floating, or tingling in the body
  • Abnormal heart rate and/or sweating

Causes of sleep paralysis

  • Sleep deprivation or erratic sleep patterns
  • Taking medications that affect REM cycles such as antidepressants
  • Psychological disorders like depression or anxiety
  • Traumatic experiences, such as physical or sexual abuse
  • Unusual beliefs

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