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Do You Have Any Information on Sleep Paralysis?

By April 6, 2011 - 8:29am
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Sleep Paralysis is very scary. Actually, it's terrifying because you are awake the entire time but cannot move or talk so you cannot alert a nearby family member/friend to shake you, which immediately interrupts & ceases the episode. Although fully awake & aware of what's happening, audio and/or visual hallucenations can accompany the attacks, which makes them even more frightening; to the point of being afraid to go to sleep. Many report an "Evil Presence" in the room with them during the attacks or sense they are in danger. Although I know much about the disporder, I don't know any cures or preventions. Are there any treatment & prevention methods that can effectively reduce the severety or occurances of the attacks?

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I've had sleep paraylsis since I was about 13, and now I am 19. Is it normal for your eyes to shake during an episode, or everything going white? Or sitting upward when an episode is over, and then falling back into one, is a headache normal after an episode?
Sorry for all the questions, I am debating whether or not I should mention this problem to my doctors.



June 11, 2011 - 11:33am
(reply to Anonymous)

Hi Syanne,

I cannot tell you whether or not my eyes roll back and forth during an episode of SP, but I do know that as I struggle to peel open my eyes during an episode I can feel my eyes flutter, but not neccessarily roll back and forth. I have never experienced a headache after an episode, but that doesn't mean that it's not possible. However, one thing is for certain, and many others who experience SP all say that after pulling themselves out of one, they find themselves falling right back in. This is especially true for myself. I cannot tell you how many times I struggled to pull myself out and as I start to fall back to sleep I go right back into it. This is the most frustrating and scary thing, because it makes me fearful to go to sleep and I get to the point where I am so sleepy, I end up nodding off and will experience several episodes a night, as many as 5,6, or 7 and sometimes throughout the entire night. It is something I cannot control and fight with it quite often, however, doctors don't really have a "cure". They know "how" it happens, but apparently, they don't know "why" and that's what I would like to know.

July 25, 2011 - 5:14am
(reply to MissLenaiya)

Strange, I completely forgot that I had commented on this when I didn't have an account!
But anyways, I go through the same thing, like having as many as 5 or 6 or even 7 a night. It gets scary, because then you are so tired, but are so afraid to go back to sleep--so you try to stay awake. I wish I knew why it happens. I'm going to mention this to my doctors, to see if I can get any relief from this terrifying disorder.

September 7, 2011 - 8:07pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Syanne

I hope that someone with this disorder can give you some input as to their experiences.

But there should be no debate about mentioning these side effects to your doctor - please do so. The headache could be tension/stress related but it's worth mentioning - as to losing color in your vision.


June 16, 2011 - 8:07am

Hi Susan,

Thank you for your quick and thorough reply. I am asking for myself. I am a life long suffer of SP but have never sought tx for it because for one, I thought nobody would understand what was going on and I didn't even know how to begin explaining what was happening. I found it difficult to describe, but as time goes on and I experience a plethora of episodes, I have almost mastered the ability to describe it to others. I have PTSD as a result of some of my more severe episodes, and I am prescribed ativan for that. However, it does not help with the SP symptoms or episodes at all. I am gathering as much information as I can on treatments and studies so if you happen to come across any information in that regard that you think may be helpful, please feel free to share that with me, I would really like to learn all I can and try to find something that works or at least helps to lessen the severity. Thank you again for your response :-)

April 7, 2011 - 6:56pm
HERWriter Guide

Hi MissLenaiya

Thanks for your question and welcome!

Sleep disorders are indeed very scary things and sleep paralysis is one of them. It happens when we are in our deepest sleep and tend to dream, called the REM cycle. We have a hormone secreted in us in order to stop us from becoming physical in our dreams. In other words, if we're running in our dream, this hormone "paralyzes" the body to stop it from running for real. However, sleep paralysis can occur when we wake up from our dreams but the body still cannot move; the hormone malfunctions. And as we wake, we cannot move yet we still "see" the dream we just had. This is what causes us to see frightening things and hallucinate.

Fortunately,. this only lasts from a couple of seconds to a couple of minutes but those seconds and minutes can be terrifying.

Treatment can vary from therapy (and the use of anti-depressants) to enforcing a very strict sleep schedule. Going to bed at the same time every night/getting up at the same time. A very healthy diet and regular exercise helps, as does limiting caffeine. Believe it or not, having sex is also considered therapeutic in this area because it helps with sleep and releases comforting hormones that relax us.

Are you currently getting treatment? What kind? Or are you asking for someone else?


April 6, 2011 - 11:46am
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