Sleep Paralysis Disorder

Tue, Jun 23, 2009

Sleep Disorders

Definition of Sleep paralysis

Sleep Paralysis is a horrifying form of paralysis that happens when a person suddenly finds him/her self being unable to move for a short period of time, a few minutes or so, mostly when falling asleep or awakening.

  • Sleep Paralysis is still grey area among sleep researches, however, several symptoms of sleep paralysis have been identified.
  • They include sensations of noises, levitation, smells, paralysis, terror, as well as images of frightening situations and intruders.
  • Sleep Paralysis has been considered as a very rare disorder.
  • Unfortunately, about 50% of all people now believe to encounter sleep paralysis sometime during their life.

Rapid eye movements (REM) sleep and slee paralysis

According to the latest study, sleep paralysis usually occurs when a person is moving into or out of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.

More on REM Sleep see in this article. During REM sleep the body muscles are normally paralyzed.

During sleep, the brain is makes the body paralyzed until mind and body are synchronized.

It becomes clear now that Sleep Paralysis is the product of early mind-body detachment when a person is entering or exiting from REM sleep.

It has been noticed that Sleep Paralysis strikes when normal REM patterns is interrupted, especially after jet lag or periods of sleeplessness.

How sleep paralysis affect us

  • It has been also observed that Sleep Paralysis affects men and women equally of all ages, however, it is most common in teenagers.
  • Sleep Paralysis can be familial and may be genetic (inherited) in some cases.
  • Sleep Paralysis attacks are mostly harmless and short.
  • They tend to disappear in a minute or two as soon as the brain and body re-connect again in full consciousness and aperson is capable of moving again.
  • However, people who have been stricken by sleep paralysis, keep the memory of those terrifying sensations during sleep paralysis when they felt suffering. (Some scholars believe that sleep paralysis may account for some of the old claims of attacks by witches and the more recent “reports” of nocturnal abduction by space aliens.)
  • From a medical point of view, sleep paralysis is sometimes called waking paralysis (same as sleep paralysis), predormital (before-sleep) paralysis, postdormital (after-sleep) paralysis, and REM sleep atonia.

Watch Video: Sleep Paralysis With David Hufford 

The authority on sleep paralysis David J Hufford speaks openly about sleep paralysis. He will experience the terrifying phenomenon of sleep paralysis. Victims wake to find that they are paralyzed and unable to move or speak. Many experience frightening visions of demons, shadows, or an old woman known as “The Hag.” For others there is simply the unmistakable presence of evil. In extreme cases, these potentially supernatural attacks can occur for decades. Overwhelmed, exhausted, and entirely alone, victims can lead shattered lives dominated by the fear of social stigma. Those who seek medical advice are often misdiagnosed and labeled psychotic or schizophrenic.


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