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I wake up unable to move, its like i'm being forced down, what is this?

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Dr. Jacques Conaway
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sleep Paralysis

Sleep paralysis is a sensation of being mentally awake but unable to move.
Common causes include inadequate sleep or irregular sleep-wake hours. If the problem persists despite maintaining an acceptable sleep schedule then consider an evaluation by a sleep medicine specialist.

In brief: Sleep Paralysis

Sleep paralysis is a sensation of being mentally awake but unable to move.
Common causes include inadequate sleep or irregular sleep-wake hours. If the problem persists despite maintaining an acceptable sleep schedule then consider an evaluation by a sleep medicine specialist.
Dr. Jacques Conaway
Dr. Jacques Conaway
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In brief: Consider narcolepsy

The narcolepsy symptoms may include daytime sleep attacks, vivid dreams (hypnagogic hallucinations), cataplexy, and "sleep paralysis".
So just to address this possibility, get some genetic testing, and perhaps overnight sleep study, but eeg may suffice.

In brief: Consider narcolepsy

The narcolepsy symptoms may include daytime sleep attacks, vivid dreams (hypnagogic hallucinations), cataplexy, and "sleep paralysis".
So just to address this possibility, get some genetic testing, and perhaps overnight sleep study, but eeg may suffice.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Alan Cohen
Psychiatry

In brief: Catalepsy

Common on awakening and going to sleep.
Compare it to cataplexy, a sudden falling out.

In brief: Catalepsy

Common on awakening and going to sleep.
Compare it to cataplexy, a sudden falling out.
Dr. Alan Cohen
Dr. Alan Cohen
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