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A 27-year-old female asked:

Wake up can't move/breathe/feel something squeezing my chest. young and in shape. sleep paralysis or apnea? hoping the squeezing isn't sudden death.

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anuj Malik
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Not sudden death: Most likely this is sleep paralysis, just as you mentioned. Essentially, you are waking up in rapid eye movement when your body is paralyzed by active inhibition from your brain but your mind is active, and eyes are moving rapidly, with dream like activity or awake consciousness happening. Probably not something to worry about too much but consult a sleep physician if it continues or worries you.
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