One of the scariest experiences that you might face is sleep paralysis. Even Though you won’t be hurt or damaged physically there is a chance for you to remain paralyzed for a considerable amount of time.
This sleeping disorder usually occurs in the youthful ages of a person and becomes more usual in the ages from 20s to 30s. Sleeping paralysis can happen in either of these two stages. They are ‘hypnagogic’ which is the period before a person falls asleep and ‘hypnopompic’ which is when a person suddenly wakes up due to REM sleep.
When we fall asleep, our body becomes more relaxed while our mind is not conscious about what is happening. Hypnagogic sleep paralysis happens when a person’s mind is not fully aware about what’s happening while the physique becomes relaxed creating anxiety.
In the Hypnopompic type of sleeping paralysis a person’s body muscles cannot be moved for some time because that person’s brain is awake before and is aware of what is happening around him.
These types of experiences are not very popular. Only 8% of the total population are facing such situations frequently. The people who usually experience sleep paralysis are the ones who have different types of mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.
What are the Risk Factors?
The risk factors which can be the reason for sleep paralysis to occur are:
- Sleeping on a flat back
- Abnormalities in the sleeping schedules or not having enough sleep
- Mental status (depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar disorder)
- Different types of sleeping schedules (changing the sleeping schedule frequently)
- Drug dependance
- Some medications taken for diseases such as ADHD
- Problems occurring while sleep like narcolepsy and leg cramps
Signs which Show That You Have This Disorder
When you are a person who is experiencing sleeping paralysis, these situations can be commonly seen:
- Difficulty to breathe
- Increased pressure in the chest area
- Not being able to move any part of your body and not being able to speak
- Visions and impacts which makes you excited
- Severe headache or pain in muscles
- Paranoia (a strange thought that demons or ghosts are following you)
There is no exact medication or treatment for this disorder as it is a natural one. Somehow if you consult a doctor, he will give your prepper advice and sometimes a prescription in order to overcome frequent situations. The best way to overcome sleeping paralysis is by having a proper sleeping schedule, using sleeping aids if you cannot fall asleep, and taking actions in order to reduce stress. Doctors can also prescribe you medications to reduce underlying sleeping disorders and antidepressants. He can also direct you to a doctor who will provide you with a better sleeping schedule and will also help you to keep a good mental health. If you experience sleeping paralysis all the time, you are required to stay away from drugs, caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine.
Sleeping disorders happen when a person doesn’t get enough sleep or when he does frequent changes for his sleeping schedule. These disorders will negatively impact on your life such as by reducing your health level, causing insecurities, and reducing the quality of life. If you do a job which includes driving, then sleeping disorders will badly affect you.
So what are symptoms that show that you have sleep disorders? You will be sleepy most of the time during the daytime, inability to breathe properly before sleeping. You will also experience difficulty in falling asleep and also irregular cycles in sleeping and waking up.
There are many sleeping disorders and they are classified according to the type of effect they have on you and the reasons for them to happen. The most frequent sleeping disorders that can be experienced are:
- Insomnia – difficulty in falling falling asleep and managing a continuous sleep
- Restless leg syndrome (RLS) – It is also called as Willis-Ekborn disease, it makes a very difficult impact causing legs to move while you are trying to fall asleep
- Narcolepsy- Sleeping for a long time during the day and feeling sleepy during the day time
- Sleep apnea- Unusual sleeping patterns while asleep