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Could I die during sleep paralysis because I'm not able to move?

Could I die during sleep paralysis because I'm not able to move?

No: As frightening and frustrating as sleep paralysis is, dying from it is not likely. It is just a state where you are conscious but unable to move all your muscles except your eyes and diaphragm. It is due to intrusion of rem sleep into wakefulness. If you experience this often it could indicate a sleep disorder such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea, in which case it is advisable to see a sleep dr. ...Read more

Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


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I feel physical pain like I'm being electrocuted during sleep paralysis. I feel I'm not breathing/heart attack & I will die. I'm scared to go to sleep?

I feel physical pain like I'm being electrocuted during sleep paralysis. I feel I'm not breathing/heart attack & I will die. I'm scared to go to sleep?

Anxiety issues?: The pattern of symptoms & the timing does not seem to make sense with any organic condition that I am aware of. Sleep paralysis should not cause pain. I think there's some type of phobia or irrational / subconscious fear leading to bedtime anxiety. I think you should see a counselor or at least talk to someone who you are close to about your problems. Do you have a family doctor or use HT Prime? ...Read more

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Can you tell me if you can move during sleep paralysis?

Can you tell me if you can move during sleep paralysis?

Movement: The definition implies that you cannot move. This may last seconds or up to a minute. ...Read more

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Why is it that you think terrors occur during sleep paralysis?

Why is it that you think terrors occur during sleep paralysis?

Bisectional: Your mind/body is only partially awake and that is why it reads terrors. Your conscious part is trying to call for action, for example, to move yourself out of the bed, but unfortunately, your leg muscles controlled by the unconscious part of your brain would not follow the call. You undoubtedly felt your legs are bound/confined etc. ...Read more

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What are the chemical that is released during sleep paralysis, could it be flowing without having a paralyzing effect?

What are the chemical that is released during sleep paralysis, could it be flowing without having a paralyzing effect?

See below: Sleep paralysis is due to the intrusion of rem sleep into wakefulness. The centers in the brain which relax your muscles in rem sleep are left "on" while you wake up, causing this phenomenon. This occurs usually due to fragmentation of sleep. Having adequate sleep can be of benefit. If you're having them often, see a sleep doctor so it can be evaluated ; if needed, treated. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Why do your muscles tense up during sleep paralysis?

Why do your muscles tense up during sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis: Actually it is just the opposite. The muscles have no tone and no movement during sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis occurs when falling asleep or when waking up. Vivid terror or stress dreams are associated with sleep paralysis. If the paralysis episodes recur then see a sleep specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Do your muscles get really tense during sleep paralysis?

Do your muscles get really tense during sleep paralysis?

No: Actually your muscle is completely paralyzed during sleep paralysis. This is from spinal cord inhibition. Nocturnal muscle cramps (nocturnal myoclonus) can give intense muscle cramping, often painful. ...Read more

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What to do if I see dark figures or owl like eyes during sleep paralysis?

What to do if I see dark figures or owl like eyes during sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis: Hypnagogic and hypnopompic hallucinations occur often during episodes of sleep paralysis. Consider evaluation by a sleep specialist. Sleep study may be indicated. ...Read more

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During sleep paralysis I feel like something is moving in my head like flow of blood or something else I feel like my head will be explode???

During sleep paralysis I feel like something is moving in my head like flow of blood or something else I feel like my head will be explode???

What is question?: Are you describing a dream, or something that you feel just before you go to sleep, or just upon awakening? If you are waking up with this feeling, it could be anxiety after a nightmare. If this happens repeatedly, talk with your doctor, you could have some tests to rule out a physical illness. If all OK, and this persists, consult a psychologist using CBT therapy. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can your heart beat super fast during sleep paralysis happend to me last night couldn't move talk and my heart was racing so fast. My rates normal now?

Can your heart beat super fast during sleep paralysis happend to me last night couldn't move talk and my heart was racing so fast. My rates normal now?

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 ...Read more

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Wake up during sleep, can't move, heavy chest, try hard to breath& teeth grinding hard. Lasts abt a min each time. Is it sleep paralysis or apnea?

Wake up during sleep, can't move, heavy chest, try hard to breath& teeth grinding hard. Lasts abt a min each time. Is it sleep paralysis or apnea?

Sleep paralysis: Granted that apnea patients will have some griding issues and more a grasping for breath your other descriptive terms seem more like it would be sleep paralysis....please seek help and advise from your MD ...Read more

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I am experiencing sleep paralysis, episodes of not breathing during sleep and uncontrollable jerking. The following also describe me: Sleepiness, Disorientation, and Confusion. What should I do?

I am experiencing sleep paralysis, episodes of not breathing during sleep and uncontrollable jerking. The following also describe me: Sleepiness, Disorientation, and Confusion. What should I do?

Seek professional dr: Seek someone who is sleep medicine boarded or has a detailed sleep medicine practice (not just someone who runs a sleep study center, although lots of docs who participate in this do have this background) ...Read more

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How can I stop waking up during my sleep paralysis stage?

How can I stop waking up during my sleep paralysis stage?

Can't control this.: Stage 1: light sleep (10 minutes)-slow theta waves on eeg. Stage 2: 20 min of rapid rhymic brain wave activity (sleep spindles). Stage 3: deep slow brain waves (delta) emerge, transitioning from light to stage 4: delta wav, : deep, 30 minutes. At end this period maybe when sleepwalk or bed wet. Stage 5: dreaming, rem sleep: this is the muscle paralysis and increased brain activity period, paradox. ...Read more

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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.

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.

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. ...Read more

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Taking seizure meds for dystonia like facial spasms. Had sleep paralysis symptoms on 1 side of body during the day. MRI was normal was it a seizure?

Taking seizure meds for dystonia like facial spasms. Had sleep paralysis symptoms on 1 side of body during the day. MRI was normal was it a seizure?

Not clear: Need further information. Paroxysmal hemiplegia is unusual other than in setting of Todd's paralysis after seizure, hemiplegic migraine, or stroke. It could have been a Todd's but you would have an obvious seizure prior. Have you had seizures? It could be related to your hemispasm disorder. Have you been compliant with your seizure meds? Seek further eval from your neurologist. ...Read more

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Can sleep paralysis be dangerous?

Can sleep paralysis be dangerous?

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 ...Read more

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Can you have partial sleep paralysis?

Can you have partial sleep paralysis?

Sleep Paralysis: Can you be more specific? Sleep paralysis can be a normal phenomenon of being excessively sleepy where your physical body is stuck in "sleep" and your mind is awake. Hence, people describe feeling they are wide awake but they cannot move or speak. This can also occur independent of excessive sleepiness but it is not considered to be a sinister condition. It can resolve by simply being touched. ...Read more

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Does my friend have sleep paralysis?

Does my friend have sleep paralysis?

Any other info?: If your friend wakes up in the morning and finds that (s)he is unable to move for a few moments and then suddenly movement is restored, then, yes your friend could have sleep paralysis. Usually this can be diagnosed by history and does not in-and-of itself require a sleep study. If caused by something like sleep apnea, this would require a sleep study to diagnose. ...Read more

Sleep Paralysis (Definition)

Occurs in rem-sleep when the output from the rem-on neurons, located within the pons, travels along a two-cell relay beginning in the locus ceruleus and ending at the motor neurons of the spinal cord. The end result is deep suppression of output to the voluntary muscles, approaching full paralysis. The activity of the muscles of the diaphragm, of the hyoid and of ...Read more


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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more