9 facts you need know about the terrifying condition called sleep paralysis

Sleep paralysis is a disorder we all have experienced at least once, even if we remember about it or not. Have you ever woke up in the middle of the night, absolutely terrified , enable to move or to talk? This phenomenon is known as sleep paralysis. It also gives you the sensation that there is someone in the room, or you can hear voices and see things, which makes the situation a lot more creepier.

Here are 9 facts about different aspects of sleep paralysis:


Studies revealed that people who are stressed, exhausted or sleep-deprived are more liable to experience sleep paralysis. Still, after many researches, the scientists haven’t found an explanation for this phenomenon.

2. There is no real danger

Even if you suffer from this kind of horrific disorder and you woke up terrified, there is no danger, actually. There haven’t been reported deaths till now, so it doesn’t cause physical injuries to your body. All you have to do, if you’ll ever experience something like this is to stay positive.

3.  Losing body control

One of the strangest facts about sleep paralysis is the inability of moving your hands, your legs or even your facial muscles. This can last from 20 seconds to a few minutes.

4. History of sleep paralysis

It seems that sleep paralysis date back to the 10th century. This phenomenon was first noticed by a Dutch physician in 1664. It was the case of a 50-yeard-old woman and the physician diagnosed with thus, saying she’s suffering from nightmares. These kind of situations were called thus till 19th century, when it was renamed as sleep paralysis.

5. Not a disease

It could happen to anyone and they studies proved that this is not a disease. The majority of the people have experienced sleep paralysis at least once and the intensity of it varies from person to person.

6. Hallucinations

The effects of sleep paralysis include bad dreams and hallucinations. In any case, these are not like the visuals that you see during your sleep, when your eyes are closed. These happens when your mind is awake and in alert and makes the situation more scary. More then that, the inability of moving or screaming increases the anxiety level.

7. How it occurs

Sleep paralysis occurs when your are falling asleep or when you’re waking up. It occurs when the body can’t make the transition into the REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement Sleep). So depending in which of these two sleep phases it’s happening, the paralysis could be “hypnagogic,” when you’re falling asleep or “hypnopompic” when you’re waking up.

8. The feeling of dying

Sleep paralysis is generally joined by a sentiment add up to misery or fear. It is nearly just as you are gradually kicking the bucket. This outcomes in a sentiment alleviation when you at last wake up practically as though you became alive once again.

“I had my first sleep paralysis when I was in high school. I was a Freshman or Sophomore. I fell asleep at my desk while studying. Suddenly, I became aware of my surroundings. I could see my desk and book. My mom walked in and moved stuff around. I tried to call out to her, but I couldn’t. I couldn’t move my body either.” This is what a man who experienced the paralysis shared.

9. The scientific explanation

During your sleep, the brain sends a charge to your muscled to relax and go into a condition of loss of motion known as Atonia. This has a tendency to confine your physical developments in your fantasies which help keep your body from any outside damage. During dreams, Atonia does not occur legitimately and as an effect muscles are still moving and the mind remains asleep.


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