Is there any way to alleviate sleep paralysis?
December 16, 2004 5:23 AM Subscribe
Sleep Paralysis: Is there any way to alleviate it?
posted by substrate to health & fitness (15 answers total)
When I get stressed out or I screw around with my sleep schedule I tend to get sleep paralysis
. My consciousness wakes up but the rest of my body doesn't so I can't move any limbs or even blink. My breathing feels laboured because I have no control over it, it's still in full control of my central nervous system. I'll have auditory hallucinations and it'll usually feel like my heads in a vice.
I've talked to my doctor but he's never heard of it and seems unwilling to learn anything new. It happens a few times per year to me but usually for days, sometimes over a week, in a row. I'm tired of it because I end up waking up from sleep feeling worse than if I'd skipped it.
I've never been very good at sleep so I guess I violate one of the central recommendations: Maintain a regular sleep pattern. It takes me over an hour to fall asleep then I wake up after 4-5 and that's it. Sometimes I don't manage to get to the actual "fall asleep" part though and if I do it a few days in a row sleep paralysis is the inevitable result.