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Old 01-12-2007, 05:49 AM   #1
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Sleep disorder or not?

Hello, I am 15 an know little of this stuff but somthing has happend a few times that I am concerned about.

It happend last night though so I will describe what happend.

I fell asleep, and had a dream like normal. It was a normal dream, the only thing that scared me was a little kid that reminded of the kid in the omen(I think).

The thing is though, when I went to go out side I became mixed in what seemed like real life and the dream, not for long but In the dream for about 10 seconds I became realy light headed and lost strength. I yelled for help in the dream and it accualy felt like I was yelling in real life(I accualy think I tried to) but nothing came out but a terrible attempt noise. After that I was in darkness from my room, and I couldnt realy move when I tried once. So i remained breathing deep breaths for about 30 seconds and then tried moving again and I could. I fell asleep right after and woke up today fine.

This has happend 2 times before this, I think one of the times I was scared of somthing. I cant recall the first time because it was awile ago.

Any idea of what this is?

 
Old 01-12-2007, 07:20 AM   #2
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Re: Sleep disorder or not?

Look into sleep paralysis. It is the result of your mind waking up before your body is ready. Do a google search on (sleep disorders - sleep paralysis). This is not life threatening and you can relax a bit. Here is a brief blurb from my favorite medical definition site.

What is sleep paralysis?
Sleep paralysis consists of a period of inability to perform voluntary movements either at sleep onset (called hypnogogic or predormital form) or upon awakening (called hypnopompic or postdormtal form).

Sleep paralysis may also be referred to as isolated sleep paralysis, familial sleep paralysis, hynogogic or hypnopompic paralysis, predormital or postdormital paralysis

What are the symptoms?

* A complaint of inability to move the trunk or limbs at sleep onset or upon awakening
* Presence of brief episodes of partial or complete skeletal muscle paralysis
* Episodes can be associated with hypnagogic hallucinations or dream-like mentation (act or use of the brain)
Polysomnography (a sleep recording) shows at least one of the following: (Performed during a professional sleep study)
* suppression of skeletal muscle tone
* a sleep onset REM period
* dissociated REM sleep

Is it harmful?
Sleep paralysis is most often associated with narcolepsy, a neurological condition in which the person has uncontrollable naps. However, there are many people who experience sleep paralysis without having signs of narcolepsy. Sometimes it runs in families. There is no known explanation why some people experience this paralysis. It is not harmful, although most people report feeling very afraid because they do not know what is happening, and within minutes they gradually or abruptly are able to move again; the episode is often terminated by a sound or a touch on the body.

In some cases, when hypnogogic hallucinations are present, people feel that someone is in the room with them, some experience the feeling that someone or something is sitting on their chest and they feel impending death and suffocation. That has been called the “Hag Phenomena” and has been happening to people over the centuries. These things cause people much anxiety and terror, but there is no physical harm.

What else can you tell me about sleep paralysis?
* Some people with disrupted sleep schedules or circadian rhythm disturbances experience sleep paralysis
* A study found that 35% of subjects with isolated sleep paralysis also reported a history of wake panic attacks unrelated to the experience of paralysis
* Sixteen percent of these persons with isolated sleep paralysis met the criteria for panic disorder

How can I stop the sleep paralysis?
In severe cases, where episodes take place at least once a week for 6 months, medication may be used.

You may be able to minimize the episodes by following good sleep hygiene:
* getting enough sleep
* reduce stress
* exercise regularly (but not too close to bedtime)
* keep a regular sleep schedule

Hope this helps. If this continues you should talk with your parents about seeing a sleep specialist. Also keep a sleep diary documenting you sleep habits.. if and when you wake up at night. When you go to sleep and for how long you sleep. How you feel upon waking.. etc.

Sincerely,
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Old 01-12-2007, 07:22 AM   #3
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Re: Sleep disorder or not?

Okay so the previous post was more than a brief blurb. On a more comforting note. I have sleep apnea and have on occasion had episodes of sleep paralysis. It happens on many occasions and to many people. Stress and lack of sleep are a big contributor to the cause of this phenomena in my opinion.

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Old 01-12-2007, 02:47 PM   #4
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Re: Sleep disorder or not?

Well I havent been getting enough sleep, 4 days ago I only got 30 minuters of sleep because I just coulnt get to sleep.
I was a bit stressed before last night as well because somthing for school.
I also Excersized before bed by lifting weights.

This has only happend on 3 occasions before and I cannot remember realy it was far apart. I was nervous though because i knew it couldnt be normal.


Thanks Mg.

I have a few more questions.

Is sleep paralysis dangerous?

Should I tell a doctor about it?

Is it normal to breath heavy afterwards, because I was breating hard after I woke up and couldnt realy move to much I cant remember though since i was so tired.

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Old 01-14-2007, 04:16 PM   #5
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Re: Sleep disorder or not?

I have a few more questions.

Is sleep paralysis dangerous?

Should I tell a doctor about it?

Is it normal to breath heavy afterwards, because I was breating hard after I woke up and couldnt realy move to much I cant remember though since i was so tired.



Question 1: Normally it is not dangerous and almost everyone has at least one of these experiences.

Question 2: It wouldn't hurt to tell your doctor. They me able to ask you some questions and clarify issues for you.

Question 3: It makes sense that the anxiousness of the sleep paralysis cased and increase in your breathing rate.

Sincerely,
MG

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