What You Should Know About Sleep Paralysis
Tue, 07/09/2019 – 11:59
You may have had the experience of feeling like you can’t move during a dream, but if this has happened while you’re in the process of falling asleep or waking up, this experience has a name: sleep paralysis. During sleep paralysis , your mind is conscious but you are unable to move your body. You may also think you see or hear things that aren’t really there or experience the sensation of choking or someone sitting on your chest. It can be a frightening experience, but understanding what’s behind it can make it feel less stressful. Learn what causes this REM phenomenon and how you can lower the chances of it happening to you. What It Feels Like As you fall asleep, your body slowly relaxes itself and becomes less responsive to physical signals from your brain. During sleep paralysis, your body begins to go through the relaxation process but your mind is awake enough to notice that is no longer controlling your ability to move or speak. Sleep paralysis can also occur when you are in the process of waking up . In this case, your mind regains consciousness before your REM sleep cycle is finished. During REM sleep, your body is relaxed and your muscles are “turned off” off so that you
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