Sleep paralysis, or paralysis

Sleep paralysis, or paralysis

If you wake up unable to move and you are captive to your own body, then this article is for you

You lie on the bed with a sane mind, you look at the blurred space, but you can not move, you are paralyzed, you can only blink your eyes and hear a voice;

You try to get out of this situation, scream, call someone, but it is impossible - this is sleep paralysis.

8% of the world's population has experienced sleep paralysis at least once.

It is a phenomenon that develops when a person falls asleep or wakes up, at which time it is impossible to move, talk, or to react because the body is paralyzed. All of this can lead to dangerous hallucinations as well.

What causes sleep paralysis?

Nowadays, there is currently no scientific explanation for sleep paralysis, however, modern neuroscience has linked it to a disturbance in the transmission of neurons by the brain during the REM (Rapid eye movement) phase.

Indirect causes of sleep paralysis can be:

  • Insomnia;
  • Sleep apnea;
  • Chest, face-up sleep;
  • Some medications;
  • Narcolepsy;
  • Depression;
  • Anxiety;
  • General mood swings;
  • Different types of sleep disorders;
  • Genetic factor;
  • Mental illness;
  • Circadian rhythm disorder.


A person feels the fear of death during sleep paralysis, experiences strong agitation, which in turn causes the brain to produce and activate visual and auditory stimuli, followed by hallucinations. For example, the entry of a dark figure into a room or its appearance behind a window, as well as imaginary unearthly creatures and their fears; There is a feeling of numbness, suffocation, which is characterized by difficulty breathing.

At this time there remains the feeling that you have been captive to your own body for quite some time, however, the paralysis lasts only a few seconds and it is not life-threatening.

What should a person consider who suffers from sleep paralysis?

It is necessary, to regulate the sleep regime and relax completely because it all has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, metabolic processes, and mental health.

Wish you health!