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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

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 am night person i can't go to sleep early or wake up early when i wakeup early with enough time sleep i feel sleepy how can I improve my sleep time?

I am night person i can't go to sleep early or wake up early  when i wakeup early with enough time sleep i feel sleepy how can I improve my sleep time?

Good sleep hygiene: Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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Having sleep paralysis and night terrors when i wake up in the morning and having hallucinations while awake. What can help treat this?

Having sleep paralysis and night terrors when i wake up in the morning and having hallucinations while awake. What can help treat this?

Need sleep eval: Please see a sleep disorders specialist to rule out physical and sleep related causes. One specializing in neurology or psychiatry would be best qualified to sort this out.Best wishes. ...Read more

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During night i can't fall asleep. Or when I do I wake up every hour :/ what can I do to help my sleep patterns ?

During night i can't fall asleep. Or when I do I wake up every hour :/ what can I do to help my sleep patterns ?

Sleep hygiene: Work on sleep hygiene such as bed restriction and stimulus control. If it's a breathing disorder, a sleep study should be considered. If it's a parasomnia, medication can help. Seeing a sleep specialist can help you determine the best course. ...Read more

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How can I change my sleep habits? I am awake during the night and sleep during the day?

How can I change my sleep habits? I am awake during the night and sleep during the day?

Slow changes: You'll need to slowly change the times you are awake and asleep by shifting things by an hour or so a week until you shift back to a normal day-night pattern. Using natural sleep aids like l-theanine and magnesium to help you sleep during night hours will help your body calm down and allow this change. Check local health food store for help with supplements. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a nightmare and night terror? I wake up during the night and walk and wake up not remembering anything

How can I tell the difference between a nightmare and night terror? I wake up during the night and walk and wake up not remembering anything

Sleep walking: Sleep walking is neither a nightmare or a night terror. Night terrors generally occur in young children where they act terrified, screaming but do not respond and are not awake. Night mares are bad dreams that you remember when you wake up. Sleep walking is walking in your sleep. Eyes might be open but not awake which is why it's not remembered. ...Read more

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When sleeping my breathing stops during the day (sometimes night). I am conscious that I am asleep but cannot get my body to respond or wake up.

When sleeping my breathing stops during the day (sometimes night). I am conscious that I am asleep but cannot get my body to respond or wake up.

Sleep Apnea: You should see a sleep doctor and have a sleep study done to determine the severity of your condition. Sleep apnea is a very common problem. They can recommend the right treatment which usually involves a CPAP. For those that don't like or won't wear a CPAP, there are oral appliances that work great that a qualified dentist can have made. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do I fall asleep if i wake up during the night?

How do I fall asleep if i wake up during the night?

Use good sleep: Hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. ...Read more

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Fall asleep immediately but then wake up during night for hours. What can I do ?

Fall asleep immediately but then wake up during night for hours. What can I do ?

Age, physical activi: Age physical activity, other food and drink effect, ., sleep habit, prostate related urination at night are factors. See PMD for comprehensive evaluation. Anxiety is also a separate class. ...Read more

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When can I expect my baby to sleep through the night?

When can I expect my baby to sleep through the night?

3-6 months: By age 3 months babies have start a more regular sleep/wake pattern and have dropped most of their night feedings. Somewhere between 3-6 months, most babies can sleep through the night for 5-6 hours. ...Read more

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I feed my 11week old before I put her to sleep at night. She wakes up for night feedings. How do I stop this habit and get her to sleep thru the night?

I feed my 11week old before I put her to sleep at night. She wakes up for night feedings. How do I stop this habit and get her to sleep thru the night?

Feed to wake: If a kid is fed as they wake up, changed later & stimulated until they tire, they do not need to be fed again before sleep. After a 2+hour sleep, they awake to feed & start over. Feeding prior to sleep sets up feeding as necessary with settling.An infant can only learn to self settle in the night if they are not trained to require feeding or rocking or whatever to settle in sleep. ...Read more

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How can I prevent waking up multiple times during the night?

How can I prevent waking up multiple times during the night?

Get Evaluated: Get evaluated to rule out a medical cause for waking up multiple times during the night. There are many reasons for sleep disturbance, some causes can include sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and hormone changes. Adequate sleep is important for overall health, and disease prevention see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and treatment options, . ...Read more

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I wake up many times during the night. My one nostril is sometimes blocked. How can i know that i have sleep apnea?

I wake up many times during the night. My one nostril is sometimes blocked. How can i know that i have sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea is characterized by snoring, and daytime drowsiness to name a few things. Clogged nasal passages are usually a sign of a sinus problem. Sleep apnea is usually diagnosed with a careful history by a qualified doctor, and sometimes a sleep study in a sleep laboratory. Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists typically deal with sinus problems. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My nose blocks up every night when i sleep. How can I prevent this?

My nose blocks up every night when i sleep. How can I prevent this?

Head up, nasal spray: This occurs because things in your nose (turbinates) swell up when we get horizontal. Elevate your upper body (like on a sleeping wedge) for starters. Ask your doctor for a prescription for a nasal steroid spray. Use it every day (not as needed), and give it a week or 2 to begin to work. After several weeks, you should note a significant improvement. ...Read more

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What to do if i experience sleep paralysis everytime i'm not wokeneffective ways to wake up from sleep paralysis?

What to do if i experience sleep paralysis everytime i'm not wokeneffective ways to wake up from sleep paralysis?

See below: If you have sleep paralysis often, it is important to understand the underlying cause of the disrupted sleep pattern. So, it is best to see a sleep doctor to evaluate it. Try to consolidate ; regularize your sleep. Avoid caffeine. During the episode moving your eyes, on occasion, may break up the episode. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How can I sleep through the night and not wake up at 4am?

How can I sleep through the night and not wake up at 4am?

Also consider.....: If you are waking up at a similar time no matter your stress/worry level or your level or tiredness, consider having a conversation with a sleep specialist. They will go over issues that may be inadvertently impacting your sleep. In the meantime, watch your sleep times, timing of activities and meals before sleep, get regular exercise, ask you doc about medication effects, if any, on your sleep. ...Read more

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Whenever i go to sleep early, around 10:00 pm, i suddenly wake up at around 1:00 am. How can I sleep through the night?

Early to bed: For adults, going to bed early usually results in a mid-sleep awakening. The body clock awakens you after slow-wave (deep) sleep drive has attenuated. Before the electric light, when people went to bed near sunset, mid-sleep awakenings were normal. After a period of quiet wakefulness, the waning clock makes sleep possible again in the early morning hours before dawn. Relax, read a book, and wait. ...Read more

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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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Afraid due to recently sleep paralysis... No conditions... How can I stop this? It scares me...

Afraid due to recently sleep paralysis... No conditions... How can I stop this? It scares me...

Sleep paralysis: Sleep paralysis is not unusual. While frightening, it's not serious. During dreams our body blocks impulses from the brain to the spinal cord; otherwise, when dreaming about walking etc. you'd actually do it. In this case the paralysis kicks in before you are fully asleep. See http://bit.ly/1ubNpKG & http://dreamstudies.org/2010/04/29/9-ways-to-wake-up-from-sleep-paralysis/ for good advice. ...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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When I laid down to bed, I almost instantly fell into sleep paralysis, is this normal? Also, I felt euphoria during it, should I be concerned?

When I laid down to bed, I almost instantly fell into sleep paralysis, is this normal? Also, I felt euphoria during it, should I be concerned?

Sleep symptoms: Please see your doctor for a through check up w/focus on neurological status. If all is well see a clinical psychologist for diagnosis and to learn ways to manage stress better. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I get sleep paralysis frequently, no hallucinations but paralysed for 5 -10seconds then wake up l. How can I stop this? I sleep 8-9 hours daily

I get sleep paralysis frequently, no hallucinations but paralysed for 5 -10seconds then wake up l. How can I stop this? I sleep 8-9 hours daily

Need Sleep study: The type of sleep disorder which has sleep paralysis as one of its features could be a mild or a typical form of narcolepsy and this would be best studied with polysomnography.The advantage of the polysomnogram would be to record EEG characteristics during the time when you believe the episode of paralysis is occurring.I would not recommend medication until a sleep study were performed. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing sleep paralysis since i was a teenager, why doesn't it go away? Why & how does it happen? & how to stop it? Its painful and scary

Possible narcolepsy: Sleep paralysis affects almost everyone occasionally, especially when sleep deprived. Frequent sleep paralysis can be a part of narcolepsy. If narcolepsy is diagnosed by a sleep study, then there are treatments for the sleep paralysis. ...Read more

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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

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What is sleep paralysis and how to make it stop?

What is sleep paralysis and how to make it stop?

Parasomnias: Sleep paralysis is actually several different things. First it is normal in rem or dream sleep, without it you would act out your dreams! secondly it can be a parasomnia something that occurs next to sleep, and in this instance it must be determined why it is happening. Stress, insufficient sleep, alcohol, sleep apnea are some reasons why it can present. You need to see a sleep doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could stop sleep paralysis?

Can you tell me how I could stop sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis...: That question all by itself is unanswerable. Did you diagnose yourself or did a doctor diagnose you? If yourself, you could be misdiagnosing yourself. If by a doctor, I'm guessing that the question of narcolepsy came up. If you have narcolepsy, your question should be addressed as part of your overall treatment. If you're dissatisfied with your medical care, try Johns Hopkins. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could stop my sleep paralysis?

Can you tell me how I could stop my sleep paralysis?

Sleep Paralysis: Avoid becoming overly stressed, deprived of sleep or having changes to your sleep schedule. Consider evaluation by a sleep specialist/ sleep study. ...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?

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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I had sleep paralysis for the first time in years and I got so scared... How can I stop this? I don't have any disorder. I just drank warm milk.

I had sleep paralysis for the first time in years and I got so scared... How can I stop this? I don't have any disorder. I just drank warm milk.

Natural brain care: Sleep deprivation can cause sleep paralysis. Some suggestions for brain health: sleep hygiene = 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night, the same time to bed and to rise each day. Aerobic exercise at least 3 days/week, 30 minutes per session. Smoking cessation. Adequate hydration, at least 64 ounces of water each day. Moderate caffeine intake. Stress reduction. Good luck! ...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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Is this sleep paralysis? Every couple of months, when trying to fall asleep or waking up, i feel paralyzed for a few minutes. I also hallucinate and i feel like i'm being pinned. I try to call for help but i can't. What should I do?

Is this sleep paralysis? Every couple of months, when trying to fall asleep or waking up, i feel paralyzed for a few minutes. I also hallucinate and i feel like i'm being pinned. I try to call for help but i can't. What should I do?

Yes : Yes this may be sleep paralysis but a full work up should be done by a sleep specialist to rule out other issues. 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. The following is taken from web md: what is sleep paralysis? Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, you may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes. Some people may also feel pressure or a sense of choking. Sleep paralysis may accompany other sleep disorders such as narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is an overpowering need to sleep caused by a problem with the brain's ability to regulate sleep. When does sleep paralysis usually occur? Sleep paralysis usually occurs at one of two times. If it occurs while you are falling asleep, it's called hypnagogic or predormital sleep paralysis. If it happens as you are waking up, it's called hypnopompic or postdormital sleep paralysis. What happens with hypnagogic sleep paralysis? As you fall asleep, your body slowly relaxes. Usually you become less aware, so you do not notice the change. However, if you remain or become aware while falling asleep, you may notice that you cannot move or speak. What happens with hypnopompic sleep paralysis? During sleep, your body alternates between rem (rapid eye movement) and nrem (non-rapid eye movement) sleep. One cycle of rem and nrem sleep lasts about 90 minutes. Nrem sleep occurs first and takes up to 75% of your overall sleep time. During nrem sleep, your body relaxes and restores itself. At the end of nrem, your sleep shifts to rem. Your eyes move quickly and dreams occur, but the rest of your body remains very relaxed. Your muscles are "turned off" during rem sleep. If you become aware before the rem cycle has finished, you may notice that you cannot move or speak. Who develops sleep paralysis? Up to as many as four out of every 10 people may have sleep paralysis. This common condition is often first noticed in the teen years. But men and women of any age can have it. Sleep paralysis may run in families. Other factors that may be linked to sleep paralysis include: a lack of sleep a sleep schedule that changes mental conditions such as stress or bipolar disorder sleeping on the back other sleep problems such as narcolepsy or nighttime leg cramps use of certain medications substance abuse how is sleep paralysis diagnosed? 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 isolated recurrent sleep paralysis. Often there is no need to treat this condition. However, check with your doctor if you have any of these concerns: you feel anxious about your symptoms your symptoms leave you very tired during the day your symptoms keep you up during the night your doctor may want to gather more information about your sleep health by doing any of these things: ask you to describe your symptoms and keep a sleep diary for a few weeks discuss your health history, including any known sleep disorders or any family history of sleep disorders refer you to a sleep specialist for further evaluation conduct overnight sleep studies or daytime nap studies to make sure you do not have another sleep disorder how is sleep paralysis treated? Most people need no treatment for sleep paralysis. Treating any underlying conditions such as narcolepsy may help if you are anxious or unable to sleep well. These treatments may include the following: improving sleep habits -- such as making sure you get six to eight hours of sleep each night using antidepressant medication to help regulate sleep cycles treating any mental health problems that may contribute to sleep paralysis treating any other. ...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

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