Sleep Disorders
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
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
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
What are Nightmares
What Causes Nightmares
Treating Nightmares
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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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.

Since sleep paralysis is related to REM sleep, it occurs when a person is either going to sleep or just waking up. Jet lag is known to increase the chances of sleep paralysis. In fact, people who travel often tend to have the largest chance of sleep paralysis since their REM schedule is off. Sleep paralysis has also been linked to other sleep disorders including sleep apnea and narcolepsy.

There isn't much that can be done to help prevent sleep paralysis, but it has never been seen as a dangerous sleep disorder.

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