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Causes of Sleep Paralysis
« on: December 20, 2018, 09:19:24 PM »
Causes of Sleep Paralysis


 


Imagine feeling like you're wide awake yet you canít move or speak. That's what sleep paralysis is like. Your brain has woken up (or not yet drifted off), but you canít move your body.

 It usually lasts seconds or maybe a few minutes.No one is exactly sure what causes sleep paralysis, but it seems to happen when REM (rapid eye movement) sleep gets disrupted. During this stage, your brain relaxes your muscles so that you canít move them, probably to prevent you from acting out your dreams and hurting yourself. 

   

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Re: Causes of Sleep Paralysis
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2018, 09:26:48 PM »
Sleep paralysis can happen at any age, but it most often starts between age 14-17. It seems to be more common among people with mental health problems, such as panic disorder. Research has also linked it to general stress, trauma, and substance abuse.  You may have sleep paralysis just once or twice in your life, and in most cases it doesnít affect your sleep overall.

But if it happens a lot, that can be a sign of narcolepsy, a sleep disorder in which you can suddenly and unexpectedly fall asleep. Let your doctor know if you often have sleep paralysis, especially if it keeps you from sleeping well.


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Re: Causes of Sleep Paralysis
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2018, 09:28:43 PM »
Youíre more likely to have sleep paralysis if you skimp on sleep or have an irregular sleep schedule. Getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night and going to bed and waking up at the same time every day may help.

Many people have vivid hallucinations during sleep paralysis. For example, you may think there's an intruder in your bedroom, imagine you're floating, or feel like you're being crushed or choked. In one study, about 90% of people who had sleep paralysis said that it was very frightening
People reported sleep paralysis long before the invention of sleep studies and brain imaging technology. Many cultures have interpreted it as something demonic: African-Americans in Louisiana, for example, used to describe it as a spirit or witch that rides your back. Others have blamed gnomes, ghosts, the souls of dead children, demonic dogs, and, of course, the devil.



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Re: Causes of Sleep Paralysis
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2018, 09:31:09 PM »
When researchers reviewed studies of more than 6,700 people, they found that those who snoozed on their backs were much more likely to report sleep paralysis. It's not clear why, but maybe it's time to curl up on your side or give stomach sleeping a try?
 
A one-off case of sleep paralysis doesn't need treatment, but if it happens a lot, there's a good chance another health problem is to blame. Treating that issue will help relieve sleep paralysis.




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Re: Causes of Sleep Paralysis
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2018, 09:31:57 PM »
If you have narcolepsy, antidepressant medication can cut back on the amount of REM sleep you have, and, in turn, make sleep paralysis less likely. Someone who has another health problem, like bipolar disorder or panic disorder, may need different treatment.

If you really try hard to break out of it -- perhaps by focusing on wiggling a toe or moving a foot -- you might be able to end the episode sooner. If someone else touches you or tries to speak to you, that should end it as well. Even if you don't do anything, it will be over within a few minutes. Sleep paralysis ends by itself, and while it can be scary, it's not dangerous.

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