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paulmessen asked in HealthMental Health · 1 decade ago

Sleep Paralysis?

Hey yall, I have a problem with sleep paralysis. Its not as bad as some people, I wake up and I cant move anything and cant breath. However I dont see or feel in terror. Anyone else have this problem, and how do you get rid of it???

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Few things which can be done to reduce the number of episodes related to sleep paralysis:

    1. Get enough sleep

    2. Reduce stress

    3. Exercise regularly, but not before bedtime

    4. Sleep at a regular schedule

    5. Don’t drink/eat caffeine type products before bedtime

    6. Take a hot bath before bed, it will relax you

    You may be able to minimize the episodes of sleep paralysis by following a good sleep hygiene.

    1. Sleep patterns can have a severe effect on sleep paralysis. Prevent the events of sleep paralysis by keeping a regular healthy sleep pattern and getting enough sleep.

    Sleep paralysis can be triggered by a variety of conditions. Sleep paralysis is most usually caused by the position you fall asleep in, most commonly when lying on your back.

    2. Try keeping a log of the conditions of your incident of paralysis. Track details of the experience, your sleep pattern, the time, sleeping position, mental/emotional state before and after you were paralyzed, and if you were paralyzed while falling asleep or upon waking up. This can all be useful information, particularly if you decide to see a physician about the condition.

    Identify the triggers and work to avoid completely reducing the chances of sleep paralysis. If you experience sleep paralysis every time you sleep on your back, try sleeping on your side or stomach.

    3. Try to avoid overtime if your sleep paralysis happens every time you work overtime. It's simple and efficient at preventing sleep paralysis.

    4. When accompanied by a hallucination, sleep paralysis can be scary but some people only experience the feeling of being paralyzed. When this happens, 30 seconds seem like five minutes, but it's not going to harm you. If you focus on moving, you can break out of it quickly.

    5. Along with the paralysis, most people find that they are unable to talk or cry out for help. The only thing you can do is open your eyes and make a low quiet groaning noise. Make sure that your bed partner identifies this and calmly wake you out of paralysis. 6. Don't be distressed if they fail to recognize that you are experiencing sleep paralysis. It's like trying to determine if someone is having a bad dream, you have to focus on it to know its happening.

    7. Sleep paralysis usually starts at a young age and becomes most common during the teenage years. Paralysis should become less and less common as you get older, and often by the time you reach 30 years of age the symptoms can disappear completely.

    Hope these things help you a lot!!! Good luck.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Yes, many times. My most recent case was a few hours ago. This case was different from the others. I never get scared anymore. Ever. My first time I got terrified. I had no idea what was going on and I opened my eyes only to find a black figure standing by my door and approaching me. I heard whispers in my ear and I panicked. It lasted about 40 seconds. I opened my eyes and I panicked. Now, after research I understand what is going on when I get the paralysis. But I wonder if it's much more then just your brain being awake and your body not? My recent case, I was lying stomach down, and I get it. I'm sure the rest of you know that when you get sleep paralysis you get those breezes and you feel figures drift past your body? I felt that, but I also heard voices. Someone called out my name. I heard it loud and clear. Then, I thought it was over but I opened my eyes, seeing a black figure so closed them. I felt a drift and heard children laughing. I need an explanation for this. A memory?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There is not much, if anything, you can do about this condition. Hypnogognic sleep--sleep paralysis--occurs when you are between wakefulness and sleep. As such, it usually occurs either while you are going to sleep, or while you are waking up.

    You are lucky not to experience the terror. I have had this condition--if it is a condition--for as long as I can remember. It used to be horrifying to me. Now I have learned not to fight it and actually enjoy the experience.

    There has been some limited use and limited success with the use of sleep aids. I don't feel the trade-off in dependency, grogginess etc.. is worth it.

    Source(s): me
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  • m c
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Sleep paralysis consists of a period of inability to perform voluntary movements either at sleep onset (called hypnogogic or predormital form) or upon awakening (called hypnopompic or postdormtal form).

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  • 1 decade ago

    Could be having bad dreams that you dont remember. Try this if you can come up with anything that may help you. It is a great site.

    Another thing, and I know from personal experience, it spirits, whether they are good or bad, can cause this also. Try puttin a bible next to your bed or somewhere closer to you if you prefer.

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  • 1 decade ago

    i too have had this to happen a few times also, and it terrified me i felt like i couldn't breath or move or say anything, i learned that when it happened to just keep saying the name of Jesus and in just a few seconds its gone good luck

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