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sleeping problem

By Anonymous April 12, 2010 - 1:31pm
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sometimes when i wake up, my body will paralyze. i cant call out or move or anything. its talk a long time before i can get up. I can hear everything going on around me but at the same time i hear other things. this has ben happening for three years now. i have not seeked medical attention. and this happens quite often. im 17 years old. It feels like im dying while im awake. its a strange feeling like a mid death syndrome.could this be serious?

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Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for your question and welcome!

Your situation does seem very strange. At first I was wondering if you may be laying on one side incorrectly and causing numbness this way but from what you are saying - is this happening to your whole body?

I think you need to look into a sleep disorder called sleep paralysis. This is a condition with many of the symptoms you are describing. This sleep disorder is more often seen is people who suffer from narcolepsy but can also be seen in women without narcolepsy.

Here is some info about sleep paralysis:
■Sleep paralysis. People with narcolepsy often experience a temporary inability to move or speak while falling asleep or upon waking. These episodes are usually brief — lasting one or two minutes — but they can be frightening. You may be aware of the condition and have no difficulty recalling it afterward, even if you had no control over what was happening to you.

This sleep paralysis mimics the type of temporary paralysis that normally occurs during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the period of sleep during which most dreaming occurs. This temporary immobility during REM sleep may prevent your body from acting out dream activity. Not everyone with sleep paralysis has narcolepsy, however. Many people experience a few attacks of sleep paralysis, especially in young adulthood.

Anon, the fact that you know what's going on around you but also "hear other things" makes sense as minor hallucinations can occur with sleep paralysis.

Hypnopompic or postdormital sleep paralysis are the names used for sleep paralysis when a person is waking up in the morning (as opposed to going to sleep at night).

Sleep paralysis is not considered serious - it more spooky. Treatment however can include medication is necessary, changing and monitoring sleep habits, and therapy, if a person has any underlying emotional issues that need to be attended to.

Talk to your doctor about this and see what he/she says. Bring a fact sheet with you (like this one: http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/sleep-paralysis) and explain all your symptoms.

While we are not diagnosing you, I do suggest that you look into the possibility of sleep paralysis and see if that is what you have.

Will you investigate this a bit more and let us know what you and your doctor think?

Do you think the information I've given you sounds like what you are dealing with?

April 13, 2010 - 1:25pm
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

yes very much. thanks. thats it.

April 13, 2010 - 3:42pm
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