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Do You Ever Wake Up and Can’t Move? This is Why!

Are you among the many people who have faced a frightening experience while sleeping, waking up immobilized? This experience is so terrifying and you cannot move your body, make a sound, and you experience shortness of breath. Moreover, this condition may be accompanied by a strong feeling of pressure on your chest, weighing your body down and a sense of danger. This condition is actually quite common and known as sleep paralysis.

What is Sleep Paralysis?

Sleep paralysis is a form of parasomnia, which isn’t actually dangerous. This condition lasts up to several seconds and it occurs when a person is awakened from sleep, and it also can occur when in the process of falling asleep. Although the exact reason for this difficult sleep experience is still unknown, it appears that many instances of sleep paralysis occur because of difficulty transitioning between different sleep stages. This is particularly true when moving in and out of REM sleep.

During the rapid eye movement or commonly known as REM, the body becomes paralyzed. This happens so because this paralysis protects the body from injury during sleep. Hence, during REM the dreaming occurs. In case there isn’t a paralyzing effect, there may be a physical response to the dreams, which can be quite dangerous.

When it comes to sleep paralyzes, it is believed that it occurs during the transitions in and out of REM sleep and other sleep stages. Thus, you wake up and become aware of the paralysis. This condition may be accompanied by hallucinations of ghosts and sensations of falling or flying. Although it is frightening, it isn’t dangerous at all.

This is quite a common phenomenon and there are certain groups of people more susceptible to sleep paralyzes. Therefore, people who have disrupted sleep cycles, have experienced trauma, or suffer from depression are more prone to experiencing sleep paralysis. It is also believed that this phenomenon occurs due to heredity.

What to Do in Case of Sleep Paralysis?

If you do experience sleep paralysis, don’t panic. Make sure to remember that this frightening phenomenon is only temporary and harmless.

How to Prevent Sleep Paralysis?

Luckily, it is possible to decrease the chances of experiencing sleep paralysis. You can do so by improving your lifestyle. Hence, you should undertake the following steps:

  • avoid excessive alcohol consumption;
  • maintain a regular sleep routine;
  • do regular exercises;
  • avoid late night dinner;
  • have a healthy and balanced diet;
  • reduce stress and maintaining the mental health;
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  1. If you ask Monroe’s grandma Ada, you’ll know that the reason behind sleep paralysis is an Alpe – wesen, who feeds on the protein our brains create during REM sleep.

  2. This happens to me 3 times already but separated by years. The old people like my grandma told me that when this thing happens to you that you try to move your big toe and you will surely wake up. That’s why when this happened to me the first time I remembered that and I did it and it worked. When you’re on this state you are like half asleep and half awake. The first time it happened to me I saw red devil on top of me and I closed my eyes in my dream although my eyes were already closed physically. Scary. But because I was also half awake that I remembered what my grandma told me and I did try to move my big toe and that helped me wake up. Take care.

    1. Same thing with me. When I had sleep paralysis I could only control my big toe which seemed to be the domino effect to regain control of the rest of my body. Your grandma = very wise!

  3. yes this is so true and maney people think this is a joke no way i am ax serving marine and have seen maney things like this i all so had a experince only a few weeks ago and i was tottally imoblized on my sofa and could not breath at all and saw my body outter body sprit leave me tried to call out to my partner but could not speak it is a very frighting experince i did mange to move after 5 miunites just wished more people would take this a bit more serious

  4. Yes it happens once to me when i was younger did not now what it was i try to yell but nothing came out couldent move i keep on screaming till i get my voice back so i waked up it was scary at that time i told my mom about thr experiance . And she also had it once but also she didt no what it was . So if it happens again i wickel my big thoe like kill bill like Uma T

  5. I have also experienced it.. .. Most of the time in such case I find difficulty in breathing.. …….. So scary it is!

  6. You should mention the way to get out of it if it lasts too long (which is anything more than a few seconds because you do feel like you’re dying). Focus on wiggling your big toes. Soon enough with a bit of effort you will get them to wiggle and then the ability to move will quickly spread in an ascending fashion to the rest of your body.
    I laughed on Kill Bill when she “willed her limbs out of atrophy” by focusing on wiggling her big toe. Tarantino must have experienced sleep paralysis in the past.

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