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What is Sleep Paralysis?

Dark red walls dripping black ooze. A man bursting from a hotel closet that grabs you with a tentacle. These aren't scenes from a horror movie — they're vivid hallucinations people had during sleep paralysis. 😴😱

What Is Sleep Paralysis ?

Between the waking state and sleep is a third state — sleep paralysis, or the inability to move or speak for up to a few minutes. It’s not a disease, just a benign malfunctioning of the brain and it can happen to anyone. During a healthy sleep cycle, the brain’s activity changes, going through different phases, including Rapid-Eye Movement sleep. This is when dreams are most intense. During these dreams our brain deactivates our muscles. Although you feel you’re awake, you’re unable to move a single muscle. Your brain is in an in-between state — a waking dream — and often has terrifying visual and auditory hallucinations. This is why sleep paralysis has long been considered a paranormal or mystical phenomenon in psychological health. The paralysis can last a few seconds or a few minutes.

Although the reasons it occurs are still not fully understood, several risk factors have been identified: a lack of sleep, stress or a traumatic event. Rather than fighting the paralysis by trying to wake up, specialists recommend accepting it and going back to sleep. At least 8% of the general population according to Sharpless et al., Sleep Med. Rev. 2011 and 28% of students experience sleep paralysis at some point in their life.

What is sleep paralysis? Between the waking state and sleep, there’s a third state called sleep paralysis - your mind wakes up, but your body does not. This waking nightmare is a benign malfunctioning of the brain and it can happen to anyone. Here is all you need to know. Although the reasons it occurs are still not fully understood, several risk factors have been identified: a lack of sleep, stress or a traumatic event. Rather than fighting the paralysis by trying to wake up, specialists recommend accepting it and going back to sleep according to Sleep Med. Rev. 2011

At least 8% of the general population and 28% of students experience sleep paralysis at some point in their life.

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05/22/2019 6:00 PM
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  • Timothy S.
    05/22/2019 18:01

    I get this swimming in black treacle is apt

  • Neleena M.
    05/22/2019 18:11

    This happens to me when I sleeps a lot

  • Claire B.
    05/22/2019 18:14

    That was me every Sunday. Then it happened at night if I was in an unfamiliar room. Scary stuff

  • Brut
    05/22/2019 18:23

    For more on this terrifying phenomenon: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/the-nightmare-of-sleep-paralysis/

  • Sonali S.
    05/22/2019 20:06

    This bloody thing has a name. Happened umpteen times. 😮😮

  • Steve C.
    05/22/2019 20:06

    Www.facbook.com/MyTroubledSleep

  • Charles W.
    05/22/2019 20:43

    The point between waking and falling asleep is a point which brings the spiritual world closest to contact with the dead. It is our weakest spiritual point. Alien abductions and "visitations" are the result. This is a spiritual phenomenon.

  • Robin L.
    05/23/2019 02:35

    Love you 😍

  • виктория в.
    05/23/2019 02:40

    Had a lot of times. Scary for the first time than just interesting, unusual experience.

  • Marie C.
    05/23/2019 03:46

    This happens to me all the time, the reason why i tried not to take a nap. Its so scary I felt like im dying every time im having an episode

  • Marie C.
    05/23/2019 03:49

    This happens to me all the time, the reason why i tried not to take a nap. Its so scary I felt like im dying every time im having an episode. I even took a video of my self while sleeping i look like im being possessed, my body can’t move but my eyes and my mouth looks really awful.

  • Jason A.
    05/23/2019 06:03

    Last time this happened to me i couldnt breathe and there was something sitting on my chest but it was all black and i couldnt make it out

  • Neil Q.
    05/23/2019 06:15

    New topic

  • Nemmie K.
    05/23/2019 06:48

    I never want to sleep agaian after it .....plus its so terrifying ...and tiring ...hardest thing is that I know its a dream m unable to getup still cnt get up

  • Nerijus K.
    05/23/2019 14:13

    Happened to me as well. Couldn't move and felt the weight on my legs as I saw someone dressed in white sitting at the end of my legs. The more you panic the longer it will last. Main thing is to stay calm

  • Baqir E.
    05/23/2019 15:10

    This happens to me regularly, I can't even move a muscle & I can't even take a single breath, & I feel like OMG it's the end, 😭

  • Neha T.
    05/23/2019 16:39

    It has happened to me several times.I can hear people talking around me and see them doing their stuffs but can't breathe, can't talk or move any part of my body as a dark black shadow comes and sits/sleeps on me. To get rid of it, I often try hard to move my index finger first and when it's succeed, that dark human form shadow slowly leaves my body and I feel light n relieved.

  • Luis H.
    05/24/2019 02:41

    I hate this because I know I'm asleep and I try wake up and cant and I do and im terrified I also have night terrors wake up screaming

  • Azher K.
    05/24/2019 02:41

    Sleep.paralysis is a lie Truth is we experience real stuff

  • Avee L.
    05/24/2019 06:10

    This happened to me a lot of times already. Its scary and im being worried that i might not able to wake up again.