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how to tell if what i have is sleep paralysis?

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Dr. Leslie Howell
20 years experience psychiatry
Sleep paralysis: If you find yourself unable to move or speak for a few seconds or minutes when falling asleep or waking up, then it is likely you have sleep paralysis. Often there is no need to treat this condition. Check with your doctor if you have concerns. You may be referred to a sleep specialist for a further evaluation.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
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Sleep Paralysis: Sleep researchers conclude that, in most cases, sleep paralysis is simply a sign that your body is not moving smoothly through the stages of sleep. Rarely is sleep paralysis linked to deep underlying psychiatric problems. http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/sleep-paralysis#1
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
Get sleep study: Many of the meds used for narcolepsy can control sleep paralysis. A sleep specialist can help immensely.

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