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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

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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What causes sleep paralysis?

What causes sleep paralysis?

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 are the causes of sleep paralysis?

What are the causes of sleep paralysis?

Causes: There are multiple possible causes of sleep paralysis such as lack of sleep, having a sleep schedule that changes, use of certain medications, other sleep disorders (i.E narcolepsy) and substance use. If you have a high amount of stress, anxiety or bipolar disorder it can make you more prone to the disorder. Some say that it may also run in families. ...Read more

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What are the causes and symptoms of sleep paralysis?

What are the causes and symptoms of sleep paralysis?

Normal: Sleep paralysis is a condition in which a person, either falling asleep or awakening, temporarily experiences an inability to move, speak or react. It is a transitional state between wakefulness and sleep characterized by complete muscle atonia (muscle weakness). It is often accompanied by terrifying hallucinations to which one cannot react. Sleep paralysis poses no serious health risk. ...Read more

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What is it like to have sleep paralysis? What causes it?

What is it like to have sleep paralysis? What causes it?

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 causes sleep paralysis? What stages sleep is this in?

Sleep paralysis: Recurrent-isolated sleep paralysis: results in the inability to speak or move at the time of sleep onset or on waking. Diagnosis implies that narcolepsy is not also present and that no other disorders that could result in transient paralysis are present. Typically occurs during rem sleep. ...Read more

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What causes sleep paralysis and how do you come out of it?

What causes sleep paralysis and how do you come out of it?

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 explain what are the causes and effects of sleep paralysis?

Can you explain what are the causes and effects of sleep paralysis?

No way that can be: Covered in 400 characters or less. Your question is just too broad. Are you working on a school paper? I liked this article: http://sleepdisorders. About. Com/od/commonsleepdisorders/a/sleep_paralysis. Htm. ...Read more

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What causes sleep paralysis? It happens to me at most twice a month

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What causes sleep paralysis? It happens to me at most twice a month

Sleep Paralysis: Some theories are; Disruption of REM sleep, Melatonin dysregulation, Genetics, Depression. ...Read more

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What is the cause of sleep paralysis, and can it be successfully treated?

What is the cause of sleep paralysis, and can it be successfully treated?

Sleep Paralysis: It is a normal phenomena which happens in everyone usually during rem sleep
during rem sleep glycince inhibits the spinal motor neurons causing paralysis of most voluntary muscles
blink your eyes and you will snap out of it
get a sleep study and mslt done to rule out apnea and narcolepsy. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the causes and effects of sleep paralysis?

Need expert help here. What are the causes and effects of sleep paralysis?

Can't cover this: Adequately in 400 characters or less. You can either narrow scope of question ; re-ask or this is a good article on the subject:
http://sleepdisorders. About. Com/od/commonsleepdisorders/a/sleep_paralysis. Htm. ...Read more

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Does sleeping on your back cause sleep paralysis?

Does sleeping on your back cause sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis: During REM sleep, when you are dreaming, your body is paralyzed so you do not act out your dreams and hurt yourself. Sometimes people wake up out of REM but their muscles are still paralyzed. It is very alarming but it goes away on its own. Sleeping on your back is not the cause of sleep paralysis. ...Read more

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What can cause sleep paralysis when I sleep in the sun?

What can cause sleep paralysis when I sleep in the sun?

Different stories: Check with your sleep specialist to get this answered.

A detailed history may provide the answer. ...Read more

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Is it true that no one really knows the cause of sleep paralysis terrors?

Is it true that no one really knows the cause of sleep paralysis terrors?

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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Sleep paralysis and terrifying dreams - are there medications that can cause that?

Sleep paralysis and terrifying dreams - are there medications that can cause that?

PERHAPS: If you also add daytime sleepiness, or sleep attacks, you are describing "narcolepsy", and indeed, there are several medicines that help.
Recommend you see a neurologist, or pulmonologist with sleep disorder experience, as this can readily be solved. Although some medicines do disrupt sleep, it is more likely that you possess a sleep disorder. ...Read more

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I keep on having sleep paralysis. Should I see a sleep specialist? What causes sleep paralysis?

I keep on having sleep paralysis. Should I see a sleep specialist? What causes sleep paralysis?

Maybe narcolepsy: True sleep paralysis is commonly encountered in narcolepsy, and can be successfully treated. So, yes, see a sleep specialist and get this diagnosed and treated. ...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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Can tegretol cause sleep paralysis?

Tegretol: Short answer yes. There is narrow window for most antiepileptic drugs. Too much does affect CNS and can cause paralysis but not the sleep paralysis from rem atonia. It tends to cause total muscle paralysis which involves the breathing muscles as well. ...Read more

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Can dayquill and redbull together cause sleep paralysis?

Can dayquill and redbull together cause sleep paralysis?

Seizures: Seriously? Do you know someone doing this? This combination is horribly dangerous. Save a life, help someone before they kill themselves doing something that dumb! ...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