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Sleep Paralysis

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Cristal Reyes

on 22 April 2017

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Transcript of Sleep Paralysis

What is Sleep Paralysis?
Sleep paralysis is the feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs between the stages of wakefulness and sleep. The most common cases involve an intense feeling of fear as well as pressure on the chest and terrifying or joyful hallucinations. Sometimes you have difficulty breathing.
Hypnopompic sleep paralysis occurs while waking up. While you're asleep, your body alternates between rapid eye movement sleep (REM sleep) and non rapid eye movement sleep (NREM sleep). One cycle of this usually occurs for about 90 minutes. During NREM sleep, your body relaxes and restores itself. At the end it shifts into to REM sleep where your eyes move quicly and dreams occur. The rest of your body remains relaxed. Your muscles are turned off. If you become aware that the REM cycle has finished, you might notice you are paralized.
Who it Happens to and Why it Happens
4 out of 10 people may have sleep paralysis. It is a very common condition usually first notice in teen years. Anybody of any age can get it and it may run in families. Sleep paralysis might happen due to lack of sleep, your sleep schedule changes. you are experiencing mental conditions such as stress or bipolar disorder, sleeping on your back, other sleep paralyisis problem, use of certain medications and substance abuse. It can last years or be lifelong. There are more than 3 million cases per year.
Sleep paralysis can be treated by improving sleep habits, using anti depressants to help regulate sleep cycles, and treating mental health problems that may contribute to it. Sometimes it never leaves and you can never cure it.
Experience #1
(from Thought Catalog)
"The worst one was while I was lying on my side with my back to the door and it felt like someone got into the bed behind me. Under the covers it put their arms around my waist. Then it felt like they were cuddling into me and I could feel breath on my neck. It felt like they cuddled me for about half an hour. All this time, I'm trying not to show I'm panicking because it feels like 'Im getting cuddled by a skeleton with claws. It was only about the second, maybe third time, I'd had sleep paralysis one or twice, so I nearly had a heart attack when the thing feels like it's closer to kiss me behind the ear. Worst of all, it whispered, 'Not yet. You're not ready yet. I'll come back when you are.' I felt like it was silently telling me it meant that it was coming back when I was going to die."
Hypnagogic sleep paralysis occurs while falling asleep. When you are slowly drifting to sleep, your body relaxes and you become less aware of what is happening so you dont notice the change. If you do become aware that you are falling asleep, you may reaize you cannot move or speak.
Sleep Paralysis
Experience #2
continued from Thought Catalog
"My mom once told me that when she was younger, her room lit up and a couple of men dressed in white and gold were sitting at the foot of her bed playing music. One had a guitar and the other some kind of wind instrument. My mom said she felt such joy and peace and she didnt want them to ever go. But when she finally managed to move her head, she heard one say to the other, 'She is waking up. It's time for us to go.' They vanished."
Experience #3
I knew I was awake but I couldn't move. I wanted to open my eyes yet I couldn't. I felt a pressure on my chest as if someone or something was sitting on me. I couldn't breathe. I felt terrified for some unknown reason. The fear was intense. It felt like something was sitting on my chest and was staring down at me. It felt black and evil. I wanted to scream, I wanted to shout for help...but I couldnt. Then I could suddenly could breathe and move. I took deep breaths of air. I was drenched in a cold sweat and I sat there for a few minutes and hoped it would never happen. It did...the very next night. You've never felt real fear until you've experienced sleep paralysis.
The Nightmare is a 1781 oil painting by Anglo-Swiss artist Henry Fuseli. Since its creation, it has remained Fuseli's best-known work. It's one of the first depictions of sleep paralysis.
Shadow People are also seen by people while they are experiencing sleep paralysis.
Thank you! Remember, the demons arent real, they just want you to think that....or are they?
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