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Xanax (alprazolam) for bad. As u fell asleep each night my body froze. I could see and swallow but nothing else. After a minute back to normal. Sleep paralysis?

Xanax (alprazolam) for bad. As u fell asleep each night my body froze. I could see and swallow but nothing else. After a minute back to normal. Sleep paralysis?

COULD BE: Sounds probable. If repetitious, a sleep study would be in order. If negative, a neurological workup might be considered. ...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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Why do I have sleep paralysis mostly when I take a xanex or the night after? Everytime I am awake in my mind and asleep in reality and the brain zaps!

Why do I have sleep paralysis mostly when I take a xanex or the night after? Everytime I am awake in my mind and asleep in reality and the brain zaps!

Sleep Paralysis: Some factors include genetics, sleep deprivation, stress, narcolepsy, mood disorders, medications, ; substance abuse. Recommend consulting a neurologist for workup. ...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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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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What to do if I have sleep paralysis?

What to do if I have sleep paralysis?

Sleep specialist: Sleep disorders constitute a speciality all on its own Narcolepsy, sleep paralysis, catalepsy and hypnogogic hallucination usually go together You need a sleep study ...Read more

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Could I have stuck in sleep paralysis?

Could I have stuck in sleep paralysis?

Not likely: No it is not likely. Sleep paralysis typically lasts few seconds to a few minutes. If you experience it often, the fragmented sleep may point to a sleep disorder, such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea. In which case, it is recommended that you consult a sleep medicine specialist. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What if you have sleep paralysis? Bad!

What if you have sleep paralysis? Bad!

A sleep disorder: Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It is believed a result of disrupted rem sleep. While terrifying, it does not pose any serious health risk. A referral to a sleep neurologist may be helpful to evaluate for other sleep disorders like narcolepsy or circadian rhythm sleep disorders but improving sleep hygiene and addressing stress is most effective. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have sleep paralysis?

How to tell if I have sleep paralysis?

Sleep study: Sleep paralysis has been linked to narcolepsy and sleep apnea and may be worsened by things that prevent you from having a good sleep, including insomnia, sleep deprivation, an erratic sleep schedule, stress, overuse of stimulants, physical fatigue, as well as certain medications that are used to treat attention deficit disorder. I would ask for a sleep study to evaluate this. ...Read more

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How to tell if what I have is sleep paralysis?

How to tell if what I have is 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 to do if I continue having sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis: Sleep paralysis is not harmful medically. Narcolepsy is associated with sleep paralysis. A sleep study is warranted. An evaluation with a sleep expect can help improve sleeping habits and reduce the frequency or the recurrence of sleep paralysis. ...Read more

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I think I have sleep paralysis. What should I do?

I think I have sleep paralysis. What should I do?

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 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 should I do if I'm always having sleep paralysis?

What should I do if I'm always having sleep paralysis?

See below: Sleep paralysis, if often, usually indicates disruption of sleep and it can point to an underlying medical issue such as sleep apnea or narcolepsy. It is recommended you consult a sleep medicine specialist to discern if this is the case, especially if excessive daytime sleepiness is present. Hope that helps! ...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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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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Can tegretol cause sleep paralysis?

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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Does sleep paralysis lead to insomnia?

Does sleep paralysis lead to insomnia?

Sleep Paralysis: Normal rem induced sleep paralysis should not, sleep apnea, rbd etc can. ...Read more

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Can sleep paralysis or cataplexy kill me?

Can sleep paralysis or cataplexy kill me?

Absolutely not: Sleep paralysis and cataplexy are muscle weakness events while awake. This muscle weakness happen in a normal situation only during rem dream sleep. Cataplexy could cause falls, but rarely injuries. ...Read more

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How do I induce sleep paralysis in the morning?

How do I induce sleep paralysis in the morning?

Why in the world: Would you want to induce sleep paralysis in yourself??? Possible triggers include being overly stressed, deprived of sleep or having changes to your sleep schedule. However, don't have a clue as to how to cause am vs pm sleep paralysis episodes. ...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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What can I do about the fear of sleep paralysis?

Nothing: It is normal to be unable to move during sleep. If you are fearful about this, best to see a psychologist to help get over this fear. ...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

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What causes sleep paralysis, and how do I get rid of it?

Not sure: I'm sorry but I don't know, but I understand that it can be very frightening. I would start by seeing your primary cary physician, who may refer you to a neurologist. ...Read more

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I had a severe sleep paralysis issue. Should I get an mri?

I had a severe sleep paralysis issue. Should I get an mri?

See below: Agree with dr. Fowler. Sleep paralysis, if often, usually indicates disruption of sleep and it can point to an underlying medical issue such as sleep apnea or narcolepsy. It is recommended you consult a sleep medicine specialist to discern if this is the case, especially if excessive daytime sleepiness is present. Try to consolidate ; regularize your sleep. Hope that helps! ...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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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?

No: As frightening and frustrating as sleep paralysis is, dying from it is not likely. It is just a state where you are conscious but unable to move all your muscles except your eyes and diaphragm. It is due to intrusion of rem sleep into wakefulness. If you experience this often it could indicate a sleep disorder such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea, in which case it is advisable to see a sleep dr. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if I hear deep voices as I'm in sleep paralysis.?

Sleep paralysis: Although visual hallucinations are classically described during episodes of sleep paralysis - auditory hallucinations can also occur. Have you had a sleep specialist evaluation? ...Read more

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What to do if I had my first sleep paralysis/night terror will there be more?

What to do if I had my first sleep paralysis/night terror will there be more?

Maybe: Sleep paralysis is very common and not necessary a medical condition. It may occur more often and could be seen in patients with narcolepsy. New onset Sleep terrors on the other hand are rare in patients over 30-40.; maybe you could provide more specific information to determine if you have indeed sleep terror and not another sleep condition. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can sleep paralysis be induced in the morning, after 8 hours sleeping?

Help plz! Can sleep paralysis be induced in the morning, after 8 hours sleeping?

Yes: It usually happens early morning hours.
Its a sleep disorder. May need a sleep study. See a neurologist or sleep expert. ...Read more

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Is hydroxyzine related with increased incidence of sleep paralysis and nightmares?

Is hydroxyzine related with increased incidence of sleep paralysis and nightmares?

Only 0.01% of people: On hydroxyzine report sleep paralysis, not more than placebo. However, nightmares are a significant side effect of hydroxyzine. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I had my first sleep paralysis/night terror will there be more?

What do you advise if I had my first sleep paralysis/night terror will there be more?

Neuro check: Check for the presence of NARCOLOEPSY, that condition often accompanies sleep paralysis, cataplexy and hypnogogic hallucination. Sleep study may be necessary ...Read more

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Are these normal experiences to have for sleep paralysis, or do I have some sort of schizophrenia maybe?

Are these normal experiences to have for sleep paralysis, or do I have some sort of schizophrenia maybe?

Not necessarily: I'm assuming you are referring to hallucination experiences. There are normal experiences we can have called hypnagogic hallucinations. They happen in the transition state to and from sleep.The sounds can vary in intensity. People may imagine their name being called or the doorbell ringing. With schizophrenia the hallucinations occur at any time during the day and the age of onset is usually 19-25. ...Read more

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Please help me people! My sleep paralysis has just reached its very limit! I'm too scared even now to go to sleep!?

Please help me people! My sleep paralysis has just reached its very limit! I'm too scared even now to go to sleep!?

Sleep paralysis: If your sleep paralysis is creating a lot of anxiety to the point that you are afraid to sleep, you need to see your doctor. There are treatment options, such as medication. The anxiety itself may play a part in causing the sleep paralysis and needs treated. Your doctor may refer you to a sleep specialist. ...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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Can't even breathe and it's really scary because it's like I'm choking. Is it healthy to have sleep paralysis so often?

Apnea test: Your primary care physician may refer you to pulmonology or sleep medicine to find out why this is happening to you. ...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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Can you tell me in a dream and I'm not really awake, I'm just dreaming that I'm having sleep paralysis, what does that mean?

Huh?: Sorry, but you're speaking in a WORD SALAD so that's not my language. Do you suffer from sleep paralysis because there's no dream state in that condition. You are clearly awake, present, and accounted for but your body doesn't move. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 25 male. I've had recurring symptoms of sleep paralysis since I was 18. How do I avoid it and why is accompanied with fear and dark figures?

REM sleep: This occurs in rem sleep when you dream, hence the association. It may not be possible to treat it but you should try the best possible diet avoiding caffeine and all forms of sugar, pop, ice cream etc. If it does not work, your overall health will be better. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have terrible nightmares every time I drink? I tend to suffer sleep paralysis, but when I drink is like 10 times worse. Is it normal?

Is it normal to have terrible nightmares every time I drink? I tend to suffer sleep paralysis, but when I drink is like 10 times worse. Is it normal?

Avoid alcohol: Alcohol and substance abuse can severely disrupt REM sleep and exacerbate sleep paralysis symptoms. You should avoid it given your condition. See your neurologist for further discussion. Http://www. Thesleepparalysisproject. Org/about-sleep-paralysis/risk-factors/ ...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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