Sleep Apnea, An scary Experience
Have you ever woken up, but then you were unable to move? You are awake, but your body does not listen to your brain’s instructions. You can not move, not talk, and so do not get up ! A frightening experience.
What is sleep paralysis?
Sleep paralysis, or sleep apnea , is a sleep disorder in which the muscles in the body are paralyzed during waking or just before falling asleep. The paralysis of the muscles during sleep is a very normal phenomenon that happened to us every night during REM sleep .It’s a physiological defense system of the body to prevent us from actually performing the movements of our dreams in our sleep, and so to hurt ourselves (or your sweet partner).The difference with sleeper analysis is that paralysis occurs during awake. You are actually in between guard and sleep mode. This can, and certainly the first time and without knowledge of sleep paralysis, be a very anxious event.
Between sleep and sleep
I have also experienced it twice. Fortunately, not as extreme as many stories I’ve read, but I was frightened. You know the feeling that you were on an arm and that you had no more feeling in your arm? I woke up and had both my arms at the same time. Probably also in the rest of my body but my arms fell because I was trying to move but that did not work. I also think it took only a second or ten both times.However, I have read on many sites that the duration of sleep paralysis can vary from a few seconds to even 5 minutes. There may also be a lot of extreme features than I did
Who does this happen to?
Many people will experience this at least once in their lives, although most people do not know the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. It can occur once, but there are also people who suffer regularly or even almost every night. When I thought I thought it was my new quilt (which is also impossible to exclude). In any case, I did not know of sleep paralysis until I was reading it recently. So it’s hard to say how many people actually suffer from this sleeping problem.
Research seems to have drawn the conclusion that this phenomenon often occurs for the first time in the teens, and then most often occurs between 20 and 30 years. It can last until later.
In principle, sleep paralysis is not a health hazard itself, but if it is commonplace and it affects your sleep quality because you are, for example, anxious to sleep, loss of sleep may cause health problems.
Causes sleep paralysis
There is still relatively little known about sleeper analysis. And thus there is no certainty about the causes. It is thought that sleep paralysis is one of the symptoms of narcolepsy , although sleeper analysis may also occur in people who do not suffer from this. Sleep paralysis also appears to occur especially when sleeping on the back. Other possible causes of sleep paralysis include sleep deprivation, fatigue, stress, panic disorders or other sleep disorders such as narcolepsy and sleep apnea . Also epilepsy is sometimes mentioned. More research will eventually need to clarify what exactly the causes of this phenomenon are.
Characteristics of sleep paralysis
In addition to being unable to move, there are more features that may occur during sleep analysis, which may vary by person.
- Can not talk
- A suffocating feeling, not breathing well.
- Hearing or feeling of suicides and puffs in your head / ears.
- A sultry feeling
- An anxious or panicking feeling
- Headache and / or other pain.
- The feeling of a (mostly malignant) presence.
- Hallucinations where you hear, smell, feel or see things
Especially the hallucinations can be very fierce and provide scary experiences. Sleep paralysis is closely linked to REM sleep, this is the part of the sleep cycle we dream in. Your brains are then busy with the processing of all kinds of events, experiences, thoughts, emotions, etc. When you wake up with sleep deprivation shortly after (or actually during) this sleep sleep, this can lead to very realistic hallucinations. You’re actually dreaming while you’re awake, and that’s why it really seems!
Do you dream while you wake up?
Think of hearing voices or footsteps, and seeing objects, doors that open, and even shames or creatures! You can imagine that this can be very scary. Sleep paralysis can therefore be a logical explanation for many paranormal experiences of people with, for example, spirits or aliens observed. Because I find this interesting, I will write an article on this!
Breaking sleep paralysis
You can best get out of sleep sleep by staying calm and concentrating on moving one body part, such as moving an arm, hand, or one finger.This usually works and usually breaks down all paralysis. You can also move back and forth quickly (these are not paralyzed). Touching someone else can break the paralysis, but just by chance someone should wake up next to you. This is noticeable. If you have broken your sleep disorder, try to stay awake to prevent falling back into sleep paralysis. You can also reduce the chance of lying down on your side.
If sleep paralysis occurs more often, it is advisable to talk to your doctor. In consultation with him / her, medicines may be prescribed in some cases.
When I began to deepen in the phenomenon of sleep paralysis, I found it to be a super interesting subject, especially the link that was laid with paranormal events, which I intrigued. In this article you gained a little general knowledge about sleep paralysis; what it is, what the characteristics are, and possible causes of sleep paralysis. In the following article on sleep paralysis , I want to go deeper into the link that I have briefly described here with paranormal experiences of people. Can these stories about demons and aliens really happen? Or can all of this be explained by the trick of our brain caused by sleep paralysis? How hard are the proofs really?