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How can you prevent sleep paralysis?

How can you prevent sleep paralysis?

Sleep study: Hypnogogic sleep is characterized by sleep paralysis. Many people experience this phenomenon. It has to do with the stages (depth) of sleep. A sleep study can help provide info and there may be ways to help patients get to a different stage of sleep where this does not occur. See a physician about this and he/she can prescribe a sleep study. ...Read more

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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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Are there any good ways to prevent sleep paralysis tonight?

Are there any good ways to prevent sleep paralysis tonight?

Sleep Paralysis: It happens in rem sleep to everyone usually but when you wake up paralyzed it can be scary and panicky, simply blink your eyes and you will snap out of it also get a sleep study with mslt and rule out apnea and narcolepsy. ...Read more

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I keep getting sleep paralysis (demons). How can I prevent this?

Not sure: Paralysis is normal during rem sleep. If you have demons i would suggest seeing someone that can remove them.. However i know of no scientific papers that would support or not support doing so. For other sleep issues a sleep specialist or psychiatrist might be appropriate. ...Read more

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Could I get hypnotized to prevent myself from getting sleep paralysis?

Could I get hypnotized to prevent myself from getting sleep paralysis?

Narcolepsy: Sleep paralysis is one of the most common forms of narcolepsy. Good sleep hygiene is the best way to prevent it. Getting regular sleep and not drinking too much alcohol. Hypnotism may work in a short term way, but this form if suggestion is rarely a long term fix. ...Read more

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I keep having episodes of sleep paralysis numerous times ever night. How can I prevent this?

I keep having episodes of sleep paralysis numerous times ever night. How can I prevent this?

Sleep study: Hyponogogic sleep is characterized by 'sleep paralysis'. Many people experience this phenomenon. It has to do with the 'stages' of sleep. A sleep study can help provide info and there may be ways to help patients get to a different stage of sleep where this does not occur. See a physician about this and he/she can prescribe a sleep study. ...Read more

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My husband has been experiencing occasional sleep paralysis. We've read that it's normal but it freaks him out. What can cause it & how to prevent?

My husband has been experiencing occasional sleep paralysis. We've read that it's normal but it freaks him out. What can cause it & how to prevent?

No real answer yet: You may have tried this site, http://www.thesleepparalysisproject.org/about-sleep-paralysis/treatment/...and I'll be interested to see if anyone is really good on the subject. As you've already found, the general idea is caused by imbalance in sleep structure, and prevented by improving that structure. Lots of sleep meds disrupt normal sleep, and would probably change things. ...Read more

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I need a cure or prevention for sleep paralysis?

I need a cure or prevention for sleep paralysis?

Would encourage: You to see a sleep specialist for formal evaluation. ...Read more

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Lately i've been having sleep paralysis a few times a week. Should i go to the doctors? If not, what can I do to prevent it?

Narcolepsy: Sleep paralysis is the most common form of narcolepsy. It is often associated with hallucinations. A sleep study will better help understand the extent of the problem. This occurs when you move in to rem sleep very quickly and you skip other phases of sleep. Good sleep habits often prevent this from happening. ...Read more

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My son had sleep paralysis problems last night what can he do just before bed to prevent it from happening and how can he brake out of it whenhappenin?

My son had sleep paralysis problems last night what can he do just before bed to prevent it from happening and how can he brake out of it whenhappenin?

Sleep paralysis: Circumstances that have been identified that are associated with an increased risk of sleep paralysis: insomnia and sleep deprivation, an erratic sleep schedule, stress, overuse of stimulants, physical fatigue, as well as certain medications that are used to treat ADHD.Anecdotal reports indicate that wiggling fingers or toes upon awareness of the condition MAY help recover movement during episode ...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