Are you one of those many people that have faced a frightening experience while they sleep, waking up immobilized?
This is one very frightening and terrifying experience and you cannot move your body, or make any sound, and you also experience shortness in breath.
Another thing about this condition is that it can be accompanied with a strong feeling of pressure on your chest weighing your body down and a sense of danger. This is a quite common condition and it is known as sleep paralysis.
What actually is sleep paralysis?
This is a form of parasomina, which is not actually dangerous. It lasts up to several seconds and it occurs when a person is awakened from sleep, as well as in the process of falling asleep. Although the exact reason for this difficult sleep experience is still not known, it has been shown that many instances of sleep paralysis occur because of difficulty transitioning between different sleep stages.
This is particularly true when we move in and out of REM sleep.
During REM, or rapid eye movement, our body becomes paralyzed. The reason for this happening is because this paralysis protects our body from injuries while we sleep. Hence, during the rapid eye movement, the dreaming occurs. When there is no a paralyzing effect, there may be some physical response to the dreams, which can actually be quite dangerous.
As we already mentioned, it is believed that sleep paralyzes actually occurs during the transitions in and out of REM sleep and some other sleep stages as well. So, you wake up and become aware of the paralysis. This is a condition which may also be accompanied with hallucinations of ghosts and sensations of falling or flying. Although it seems frightening, it is actually not dangerous at all.
This is actually quite a common phenomenon and there are certain groups of people more susceptible to sleep paralyzes. Therefore, those that have disrupted sleep cycles, have experienced trauma, or suffer from depression are more prone to experience this kind of condition. It is also believed that this phenomenon may also occur because of heredity.
What should we do in case of sleep paralysis?
If you do experience this kind of condition, you should not panic. You should only remember that this frightening phenomenon is only temporary and completely harmless.
How to prevent sleep paralysis?
Fortunately, there is a possibility of decreasing the chances of experiencing sleep paralysis. You can do that by improving your lifestyle. And also, you should undertake the following few steps:
– Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol;
– Maintain a regular sleep routine;
– Do some regular exercises;
– Avoid taking dinner late at night;
– Have a healthy, as well as balanced diet;
– Reduce the stress and maintain your mental health well.