Were you struggling to move your body during sleep but could not move a bit? But after a few seconds or maybe a few minutes, everything became normal and you could move your body and take breathe without any difficulty.
What did happen to you then? (You started worrying)
This happened to you due to Sleep Paralysis.
Sleep paralysis is very common among people. Every four out of ten may have this sleep problem. Actually, it is a condition of our body during sleep when we cannot move any part of our body. Even, we can feel extra pressure on our body. We think that something (maybe, a ghost) appears in our bedroom, sits on our chest and holds us tightly so that we cannot move.
Thoughts about sleep paralysis over the centuries
Most people throughout history considered it as sleep paralysis demon that comes at night while sleeping to abduct us. But it is nothing but a bodily condition at the time of sleeping. When our body passes into sleep stages, it occurs. It is seen mostly in the night while sleeping. A shadowy evil creature comes to the helpless sleeping human being to terrify at night.
It can be divided into two parts
Sleep paralysis can be happened at the beginning of our sleep or at the end of our sleep. So, sleep paralysis is divided into two parts- predormital sleep paralysis and postdormital sleep paralysis. So, if you fall asleep and cannot move your body part, it may be the sleep paralysis symptom of the first one. As you know, when we fall asleep, our body relaxes slowly.
On the other hand, the same thing happens to you just before the end of sleep. It is because your sleep cycle changes its stage from NREM (Non-Rapid Eye Movement) to REM (Rapid Eye Movement). Both take at least ninety minutes to complete the stage. During NREM sleep, our body rests, repair and restores itself. After that, there happens a quick transition to REM sleep. During this sleep stage, our body muscles keep turn off; eyes move fast and start dreaming. Like the rest of our body keeps in a very relaxed mood and if you are aware before the completion of REM, you will notice that you cannot move your body or speak.
Sleep paralysis causes
Sleep paralysis occurs in teenagers in most cases. But it is not limited just to them. People of any age may have a sleep problem. It can run through generations. It has been found that most people have this problem during sleep all over the world. However, there are some causes also that are responsible for sleep paralysis.
- Those who do not have proper sleep may develop this sleep inconvenience at night for days.
- Frequent changes in sleep schedule can be a cause of this problem.
- Stress plays a vital role to develop this problem.
- Back sleepers may have the sleep issue.
- Narcolepsy or nighttime leg cramps can be a potential sleep issue.
Can you die from sleep paralysis?
The answer to the above question is a big “NO”.
To tell the truth, you may need no treatment if you have this sleep problem. Only if you notice that the problem is happening with you regularly, then you should consult with your doctor. Also, keep an eye whether you fall asleep faster and feel sleepiness during the daytime. If anxiety is going to take you, visit a doctor to have a prescription so that you can sleep well at night.
Actually, lack of sleep throughout the whole night can lead you to sleep paralysis as well.
Now I would like to jump to the section where I am willing to tell you the ways or treatment (you may say) to get rid of this nuisance.
How to treat sleep paralysis?
Though there is no specific treatment for sleep paralysis, some people may consult with their doctor if it happens regularly. Sufficient sleep at night, maintaining sleep pattern and other regular physical activities can keep you away from this sleep problem.
- You have to ensure that you are sleeping 6 to 8 hours each day.
- If you have anxiety, you cannot have a good night’s sleep. Antidepressant can be a good option for you to ease your depression so that you can sleep well.
- You should visit a doctor if you have narcolepsy or cramp legs.
If you can lead a disciplined life, you may overcome this problem over time. Also if you see that this problem is happening with you every day, you should visit your doctor. Though it is not life-threatening, it should be cured because nobody wants to fall into this problem. You may have other sleep disorder associated with sleep paralysis. So, it is also important to share this problem with your physician in order to get a good suggestion.