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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
...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
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
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
No evidence for this: There is no data correlating sleep paralysis and heart conditions. Sleep paralysis occurs when the part of the brain responsible for turning off our muscles during dream sleep, continues to stay on momentarily when we become awake. It usually lasts for a few seconds to less than a minute. It can be frightening but never life threatening. ...Read more
Depends: Sleep paralysis is waking up from sleep paralyzed (whole body), unable to move. It usually lasts a few seconds or minutes. Although it can be a symptom of narcolepsy, often it is a normal variant. It may happen if you wake up from a dream (rem sleep). If you are also sleepy during the day, see a sleep physician. If not, treatment is not necessary, but there are medicines to control it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do you suggest if I have been having issues with sleep debt because of had issues with sleep paralysis?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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