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All About Sleep Disorders
Who is Affected By Sleep Disorders
Who Treats Sleep Disorders
What Happens At A Sleep Lab
 
Types of Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea
What is Sleep Apnea
What Causes Sleep Apnea
Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea in Children
Insomnia
What is Insomnia
What Causes Insomnia
Treating Insomnia
Sleep Walking
What is Sleep Walking
What Causes Sleep Walking
Treating Sleep Waking
Hypersomnia: Daytime Sleepiness
What is Hypersomnia
What Causes Hypersomnia
Treating Hypersomnia
Sleep Paralysis
What is Sleep Paralysis
What Causes Sleep Paralysis
Treating Sleep Paralysis
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
What is REM Sleep
What Causes REM Sleep
Treating REM Sleep
Narcolepsy
What is Narcolepsy
What Causes Narcolepsy
Treating Narcolepsy
Restless Leg Syndrome
What is Restless Leg Syndrome
What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome
Treating Restless Leg Syndrome
Nightmares
What are Nightmares
What Causes Nightmares
Treating Nightmares
Snoring
What is Snoring
What Causes Snoring
Treating Snoring
Sleep Deprivation
What is Sleep Deprivation
What Causes Sleep Deprivation
Treating Sleep Deprivation
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What are Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What Causes Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Treating Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Dentistry and Sleep Disorders
Dentists’ Role in Managing Sleep Disorders
Dental Treatments for Sleep Disorders
Advantages of Dental Treatments
 
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SLEEP PARALYSIS

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Sleep Paralysis is a Sleep Disorder that causes a person who is conscious to feel as if they are unable to move. You many have experienced sleep paralysis at some time in your life, but not realized what it was. By knowing what is going on, you improve your chances of not becoming frightened and potentially hurting yourself or others.  Sometimes while waking up with sleep paralysis you may feel like a stranger or intruder is around you, this is mainly you waking up and being worried because you feel as if you can't move.

What is Sleep Paralysis

Sleep paralysis is a sleep disorder that causes a person who is conscious to feel as if they are unable to move. It occurs when a person is either just falling asleep or just waking up. This type of sleep disorder is not considered dangerous, although it can be frightening to experience, especially if you are not aware of what is causing the feelings of paralysis. 

Sleep Paralysis is a Sleep Disorder that causes a person who is conscious to feel as if they are unable to move

What Causes Sleep Paralysis

Sleep paralysis happens when someone is going into or out of REM sleep. REM is one phase of the sleep cycle, and it is the phase during which people experience their deepest sleep. During REM sleep the body is disconnected from the brain. This causes some people to feel paralyzed when they suddenly wake from this sleep phase.

Treating Sleep Paralysis

Severe cases of sleep paralysis sleep disorder can be treated with medications. Minor cases involving sleep paralysis can be managed through behavioral and psychological modifications, such as lowering stress and establishing a regular sleep schedule. Learning proper breathing techniques and methods of relaxation can be effective in managing episodes of sleep paralysis.

 

 

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