WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT SLEEP PARALYSIS?
A couple of months ago, I would sleep and when I’m about waking up I won’t be able to move my body nor speak and, I would know, I want to wake up. it will seem like someone is holding me down and doesn’t want me to get up. It happened at intervals for a while until, I told my dad and he prayed for me cause we all felt someone was trying to kill me in my sleep. Until my brother saved me from the consistent prayers saying its normal and no one was trying to kill me. It’s just sleep paralysis.
Let me remind you of a popular person who may have had sleep paralysis. J.M. Barrie, the author of peter pan stories when he described several incidents in the peter pan stories that indicate that he is familiar with an awareness of a loss of muscle tone whilst in a dream like state. For example, maimie is asleep but calls out “what was that… its coming nearer, it is feeling your bed with its horn… it is boring for you”
I know some of you might have gone through the same thing I went through, and you are now fasting and praying about it. I’m honored and just to let you know it’s not the witches from your village that wants to kill you. It is just sleep paralysis and it doesn’t kill.
What’s sleeping paralysis?
Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It’s also a temporary inability to speak or move while falling asleep or upon waking up. at times some people feel pressure or a sense of choking. sleep paralysis last for a couple of minutes. it can occur in both females and males. We imagine we hear, feel or see things that out fear into us. It can happen to both healthy and less fortunate people.
If it occurs while you fall asleep, it’s called hypnagogic or predormital sleep. if it occurs while you are waking up, it’s called hypnopompic or postdormital sleep paralysis. In the former your body slowly relaxes. Usually you become less aware, so you do not notice the change. If you remain aware while falling asleep, you would notice you can’t move or sleep. you would just be talking to yourself alone.
While the latter, your body alternate between REM (rapid eye movement) and NREM (non-rapid eye movement) Sleep. NREM occurs first, during NREM sleep, your body relaxes and restores itself. At the end, your sleep shift to REM. Your eyes move quickly and dreams occur and the rest of your body remains relaxed. If you become aware before the REM cycle has finished, you would notice that you can’t move or speak out.
During the sleep paralysis, dreaming is frequent, but the body muscles are relaxed to the point of paralysis. To keep you from acting out your dreams. The two brain chemicals responsible for the muscle paralysis are glycine and GABA.
Dyssomnia: according to Wikipedia, they are primary disorders of initiating or maintaining sleep or of excessive sleepiness and are characterized by a disturbance in the amount, quality or timing of sleep. this is mostly what causes my sleep paralysis. Anytime I try to sleep, even though I’m not feeling sleepy, I force it.
Sleeping on the back can also cause sleep paralysis. If you do have sleep paralysis often learn to sleep by your side.
People who do have mental conditions such as stress or bipolar disorder.
Abnormal sleep cycles. Sleep schedule that changes. When you don’t have a particular time you sleep at night. At times you sleep by 1.00p.m and another night 9.00 p.m.
Sleep problems like narcolepsy or night time leg cramps.
It may run in the families as a result of specific genetic changes.
Can you ever stop sleep paralysis forever?
Yes, you can. The first thing is to find out what causes your sleep paralysis. And work towards it. start by getting enough sleep. sleep for 8 hours a day. just try your every best to relieve stress in your life. Also try some new sleeping positions if you sleep at your back. you can see a doctor if it persists after trying all these solutions for a week.
What’s the demon behind sleep paralysis?
The demon that said to be behind this scary thing is called incubi. Sleep paralysis was widely considered the work of demons, and more specifically incubi, which were thought to sit on the chests of sleepers. The nightmare by Henry Fuseli ( 1781) is thought to be a depiction of sleep paralysis perceive as a demonic visitation.
Can sleep paralysis kill?
There is no record of anyone dying as a result of sleep paralysis. Research as shown that sleep paralysis is not dangerous” says Breus. “it does not cause physical harm to the body”. So in conclusion, it can’t kill.
Most embarrassing time, it happened to me?
I was in a bus with my chess mates. we went for a e4 competition. While coming back, I was bored in the bus so, I forced sleep as usual. we wanted to stop by and get food in an eatery by the road side. I was actually asleep and knew everything that was going on, when the bus stopped and when people went down to buy food. I wanted to go down but noticed I was caught up with sleep paralysis. I couldn’t move nor speak was just struggling until I finally got up. the race I took from the bus to the eatery wasn’t funny at all. That was I decided that I won’t ever force sleep again especially in public.
You can tell me about your experience in the comment box below and how you intend to stop it.