The Symptoms, Causes and Cures of Sleep Paralysis

sleep options mattress, memory foam mattress, natural latex mattressHave you ever found yourself lying in bed thinking you’re awake, but are unable to move or yell for help? Have you felt pressure on your body or a sensation of choking during the night? If so, you may have experienced sleep paralysis. There have also been reports of people facing hallucinations during sleep paralysis, by hearing, seeing or feeling things that are not really there. Although it’s an extremely scary incident, sleep paralysis is not considered a serious health issue.

Sleep paralysis is infrequently linked to underlying psychiatric problems. More likely, people experience sleep paralysis because of an interruption in their sleep. It almost always occurs at two times during the night: when you are falling asleep or when you are waking up. If a person does not move smoothly through their sleep cycles, it is not unlikely that they will experience sleep paralysis at some point in their lives.

Sleep paralysis affects people of all ages, but it is first seen in the teenage years. In fact, 4 out of every 10 people experience sleep paralysis. There are many factors that can be linked to this sleep problem, including sleep deprivation, changes in sleep schedules, and sleeping on your back. Additional links include stress, bipolar disorder, certain medications, substance abuse, or other sleep disorders such as leg cramps and narcolepsy. Each of the above factors aid in preventing a person to move smoothly through their sleep cycles.

So how do you go about treating sleep paralysis? Most people do not need any treatments for the sleep condition, unless they have underlying medical issues. If you have sleep disorders or mental health problems, then try to receive treatment for them. If not, the way to put an end to sleep paralysis is by getting into a regular sleep routine. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep every night (6-8 hours is ideal.) Also, start using stress management to eliminate feelings of anxiety before bedtime. If you sleep on your back, try sleeping on your side or your stomach. If sleep paralysis is constantly keeping you from getting a good night’s rest, speak to your doctor.

Feel free to leave questions, comments or your own experience with sleep paralysis below!

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