What Is Sleep Paralysis?

Sleep paralysis happens when your brain thinks you are sleeping, but you feel awake. It happens when you are entering sleep mode. When sleep paralysis occurs you won’t be able to move for a couple of minutes. Some people report feeling like they are held down or panic. This issue may a part of another sleep issue that you are not aware of. This may also occur when you have narcolepsy.

When can this happen?

Sleep paralysis can occur when you are trying to fall asleep or when you are waking up. It can not occur in the middle of your sleep or during daytime when you are awake.

Sleep Paralysis Treatment?

The vast majority require no treatment for this condition as it does not occur very often in most people. Treating other sleep disorders that may be causing sleep paralysis might help in treating sleep paralysis. You doctor may suggest treatments listed below:

  • Making and following a sleep schedule
  • Using medication prescribed by your doctor
  • Dealing with any underlying mental condition to help with sleep paralysis
  • Finding and treating other sleep disorders

How to prevent Sleep Paralysis?

Begin by ensuring you get enough sleep every night. Eliminate as much stress from your life as possible. Try sleeping on your stomach or your side. Do not hesitate to talk to your doctor if the problem persists and is stopping you from sleeping properly.