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Transcript of Sleep Paralysis
Sleep paralysis may also be referred to as isolated sleep paralysis, familial sleep paralysis, hynogogic or hypnopompic paralysis, predormital or postdormital paralysis -A complaint of inability to move the trunk or limbs at sleep onset or upon awakening -Presence of brief episodes of partial or complete skeletal muscle paralysis -Episodes can be associated with hypnagogic hallucinations or dream-like mentation (act or use of the brain) Symptoms What Else -Some people with disrupted sleep schedules or circadian rhythm disturbances experience sleep paralysis -A study found that 35% of subjects with isolated sleep paralysis also reported a history of wake panic attacks unrelated to the experience of paralysis -Sixteen percent of these persons with isolated sleep paralysis met the criteria for panic disorder ? Hypnagogic Sleep Paralysis * a lack of sleep
* a sleep schedule that changes
* mental conditions such as stress or bipolar disorder
* sleeping on the back
* other sleep problems such as narcolepsy or nighttime leg cramps
* use of certain medications
* substance abuse Other Causes Diagnosis * you feel anxious about your symptoms
* your symptoms leave you very tired during the day
* your symptoms keep you up during the night
Your doctor may want to gather more information about your sleep health by doing any of these things:
* ask you to describe your symptoms and keep a sleep diary for a few weeks
* discuss your health history, including any known sleep disorders or any family history of sleep disorders
* refer you to a sleep specialist for further evaluation
* conduct overnight sleep studies or daytime nap studies to make sure you do not have another sleep disorder Treatment * improving sleep habits -- such as making sure you get six to eight hours of sleep each night
* using antidepressant medication to help regulate sleep cycles
* treating any mental health problems that may contribute to sleep paralysis
* treating any other sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy or leg cramps Hypnopompic Sleep Paralysis *Often associated with Narcalepsy NREM & REM Non Rapid Eye Movent Rapid Eye Movement