The stage between wakefulness and sleep is called sleep paralysis. This is one weird experience but there is nothing strange, you are just unable to move and not aware of the surroundings around you.
What does it means?
This is one sure frightening phenomenon. The person who is experiencing this cannot move any part of the body but it is in conscious state. It doesn’t do any harm of the body and happens between two stages known as “hypnagogic – the paralysis happens before falling asleep” and “hypnipompic – after waking from REM sleep”.
When we sleep, our body is relaxed while our mind is less aware. The paralysis usually occurs when the body achieves the state of relaxation. After the person realizes that is unable to move, the feeling of panic occurs. During the rapid eye movement, the muscles are paralyzed and certain part of the brain wakes sooner. This kind of wakeful state does not affect at the part of the brain and the result has no voluntary control over muscles.
Which people experience this?
Some people experience this so often, sometimes more than 3 times in a week while others experience once or twice in their lifetime. People who have mental disorders, anxiety and depression often can be more exposed to this and one study discovered that 8% of population have frequent issues.
There are few risk factors like the lack of sleep, changes in sleep schedule, mental conditions, sleeping on the back, narcolepsy, substance abuse and certain types of medications.
Symptoms – It occurs while you fall asleep or after waking up and can happen in almost every circumstance. There is no type of treatment but if you often experience this you should go visit sleep specialist.
Treatments – It occurs naturally so there is no prescribed treatment. If there is detected underlying condition in the process, treatment regimen may be in order, the treatments are: prescription of sleeping aids, referral to sleep specialist, treatment of any sleep disorders, anti- depressants and implementation of sleeping schedule. Limiting unnecessary stress before bedtime should be priority to you. Many professionals for sleep recommend special attention to the habits of sleeping and avoiding several alcohol, drugs, nicotine and caffeine. The electronically devices should be out of the bedroom for establishing the sleeping patterns.
This should not mean anything, the paralysis can still happen. Remember to stay calm.
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