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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
...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
Disrupted REM= SP: Sleep paralysis occurs at least once in 40-50% of normal individuals. Sp consists of the inability to perform motor function at sleep onset. Sp lasts 1 to a few minutes and it may be aborted spontaneously by external stimulation or when a patient performs vigorous eye movements. Precipitating factors include sleep deprivation and disturbances of s-w cycle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Myths: I do not know of a true sleep paralysis. A transient form may occur when just awakening or just falling asleep if you have narcolepsy. It is frightening but transient and not dangerous in itself. Sleep apnea, a failure to breath adequately while asleep is the closest I can think of that it can be dangerous. Check with your PCP if monitoring is necessary. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not likely: No it is not likely. Sleep paralysis typically lasts few seconds to a few minutes. If you experience it often, the fragmented sleep may point to a sleep disorder, such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea. In which case, it is recommended that you consult a sleep medicine specialist. Hope that helps! ...Read more
A sleep disorder: Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It is believed a result of disrupted rem sleep. While terrifying, it does not pose any serious health risk. A referral to a sleep neurologist may be helpful to evaluate for other sleep disorders like narcolepsy or circadian rhythm sleep disorders but improving sleep hygiene and addressing stress is most effective. ...Read more
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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