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What disorders are associated with sleep paralysis?

What disorders are associated with sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis: Sleep paralysis does not have to be associated with a sleep disorder as it can be a normal phenomenon especially in people that are sleep deprived. It is simply a marker of being sleepy for whatever reason. It can be seen in narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia, sleep apnea, and chronic sleep deprivation. It can also be a normal phenomenon in individuals without any of those circumstances. ...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 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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What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

Sleep Paralysis: Nightmares and sleep paralysis occur in rem sleep which increases in latter part of the night so if you have delayed sleep phase syndrome along with intermittent arousals it could wake you up in rem sleep. ...Read more

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I think I am experiencing sleep paralysis while I am dreaming of overdosing(description). Is this a sign of bipolar disorder?

I think I am experiencing sleep paralysis while I am dreaming of overdosing(description). Is this a sign of bipolar disorder?

? Sleep Paralysis?: Although sleep disorders can co-occur w bipolar disorder, sleep paralysis isn't a diagnostic criteria for bipolar. If you are concerned that you have sxs consistent w bipolar disorder - please seek diagnostic assessment w a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist. If the sleep experience isn't a 1time incident than talk with your doctor about a sleep medicine consult. A sleep study is diagnostic. ...Read more

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What is sleep paralysis?

What is sleep paralysis?

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 more

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What causes sleep paralysis?

What causes sleep paralysis?

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

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How to remove sleep paralysis?

How to remove sleep paralysis?

Depends: Many people experience sleep paralysis normally in life and is not pathological and for some it can be severe. Trying basic techniques of stress reduction, good sleep hygiene, melatonin supplementation might help, else talk to a sleep physician. ...Read more

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Can sleep paralysis be dangerous?

Can sleep paralysis be dangerous?

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

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What does sleep paralysis feel like?

What does sleep paralysis feel like?

Narcolepsy: Sleep paralysis is part of the narcolepsy syndrome, which includes sleep attacks, cataplexy, hypnagogic hallucinations. When one awakens in the am, tough to move for a few moments, almost as if really paralyzed, and relates to altered rem sleep patterns. ...Read more

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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

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