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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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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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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?

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

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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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?

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

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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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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