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What is the difference between lucid dreaming and sleep paralysis?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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In brief: Sleep paralysis

Normally a person cannot move much during REM sleep.
Some people with narcolepsy spontaneously enter this state of paralysis while they are awake- this is called sleep paralysis. A memorable, lucid dream is not associated with narcolepsy, but there may be physiological paralysis during the dream.

In brief: Sleep paralysis

Normally a person cannot move much during REM sleep.
Some people with narcolepsy spontaneously enter this state of paralysis while they are awake- this is called sleep paralysis. A memorable, lucid dream is not associated with narcolepsy, but there may be physiological paralysis during the dream.
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