Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Sleep Paralysis Treatment

 It is difficult to treat something that has no clear cause. That being said, there are many things that can help people with regular sleep paralysis.

First of all, there are a variety of ways you can reduce the chances of sleep paralysis. The most recommended is to maintain an active lifestyle, with plenty of exercise and rest.

This is because sleep paralysis mostly occurs in people who are sedentary and don't get enough rest. So if you can avoid that, it will help greatly.

In addition to that, you should try to sleep in a comfortable bed. If your mattress is uncomfortable or old, it may cause pain when sleeping.

The same goes for your pillow. If it is uncomfortable or old, you may end up waking with pain in the back of your head.

Also, try not to exercise right before going to sleep. When you're tired and running on adrenaline, your body may overheat.

Sleep paralysis is a condition in which people, either when falling asleep or wakening, temporarily experience an inability to move. It can occur at sleep onset (more commonly known as hypnagogic or predormital paroxysmal paralysis) or upon awakening (hypnopompic). Sleep paralysis has been linked with other conditions such as narcolepsy and nocturnal panic attacks.

Sleep paralysis occurs during the transition between wakefulness and REM sleep " (Wikipedia) I call it dream state, but whatever floats your boat!

Sleep Paralysis Treatment

The brain enters into this stage of sleep by shutting down motor control so that we do not physically act out our dreams. This temporary period of muscle weakness can be very helpful in terms of survival because it could prevent us from acting out dangerous actions while dreaming; for example, one could choke if they were dreaming about eating something and their bodily functions remained intact.

Many cultures have mythical stories that are rooted in this phenomenon, such as the incubus and succubus of European folklore. In some traditions, it is considered to be an encounter with a demon or spirit which lies upon sleepers, causing nightmares (mara), but sometimes also purported to cause orgasms.

Many people experience sleep paralysis, but most do not report it. People who have had several episodes of sleep paralysis tend to report more fear and a greater belief in the paranormal compared to those with less frequent experiences.

Sleep paralysis is common. In one study, 8% of the participants experienced at least one episode over a period of 3 months.

In most instances, the paralysis is accompanied by auditory and visual hallucinations (in nearly 80% of cases). These may manifest as a feeling of suffocation or choking, abnormal breathing sounds, an oppressive sense of terror or impending doom; seeing threatening intruders in the room such as burglars or monsters; extreme fear; strange bodily sensations including floating out-of-body experiences. The person with sleep paralysis is usually fully aware that they are dreaming but unable to physically move.

Sleep paralysis is often accompanied by hypnagogic or hypnopompic hallucinations (usually visual, but can be auditory) that usually do not affect the subject’s consciousness. These may take many forms, including a sense of floating above one's body; seeing strange shapes and kaleidoscopic patterns; perceiving bizarre objects in the room such as an alien spacecraft; seeing demons or monsters.

Sleep paralysis is the inability to move, speak, or react during a dream. It often occurs at sleep onset and may last from several seconds to several minutes.

It is often accompanied by terrifying hallucinations. The content of these hallucinations may be any of the following:

The presence of an intruder in the room, often a malevolent goblin or witch.

A creature trying to touch the dreamer, often a hand or claw.

A feeling of being dragged out of bed.

Pressure on the chest, often associated with crushing or suffocating.

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