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Old 07-22-2007, 12:15 PM   #1
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Solution to sleep paralysis and the like

Well, I wouldn't say it's a solution, but more of a understanding of it. I have been getting sleep paralyze from time to time in my life now for about a year and a half. Although it's not a very long time to determine whether I understand it or not, I would like to share my experiences with you.

When sleep paralyzes occurs while I'm trying to fall asleep or during my sleep, I noticed that my breathing sometimes completely stops. Or maybe I am still breathing but can't feel like I'm breathing. Although sleep paralysis can be a good trip, I, myself, believe that if it gets severe, it can cause death to a person due to seizure-like problems.

I don't know how severe you paralyze in your sleep, but for me, the worse was when I was lying down beside my girlfriend watching a movie and it occured. My girlfriend panicked because my whole body was shaking tremendously. But during the process of the paralyze, it felt like I was just half asleep half awake. I remember I was still watching the movie with my arm around her neck, I still remember what happened in the movie. To me, it didn't seem like a serious problem during the occurance, but to my girlfriend, she thought I was having a seizure.

Though there is no known treatment to this disorder, I have found that while you are paralyze, if you control your breathing slowly, you can stop the paralyzing. Also, if the next time this happens to you, try moving your pinky, or your toe, it will also seize the paralysis. Through the times since sleep paralysis occurred to me, the more tired you are, the more likely it'll happen, and most of the time it's always when you're alone in a room. I don't think it has ever happened to me before where my brother or dad was in the room.

Many have said that it doesn't cause a problem to your daily life, but I believe it does. Several times, it got so bad that I thought I would not get out of it. So I had to force myself really hard to snap out of it. From time to time, I would fall out of bed because I was trying really hard to get up. The problem that it causes is fatigue during the day. I noticed that whenever I force myself out of the paralysis, I have no energy to laugh during the day. My knees would fall weak and my stomach would seem to fail as if I have kneel down and lean forward to be able to laugh.

Although it is a creepy and terrifying event when it occurs, it's not as severe as you think. During the paralysis, you'll hear noises, see things, imaging things you think are supernatural events, but what I think is that your senses gets really sensitive (similiar to when a person is under the state of ecstasy) your eyes make out images from lightings and your ears start hearing noises from far far away.

These are just my understanding of what sleep paralysis is, for people who just started experience this disorder, it will be creepy and new to you. After a while, your brain will just tell you that it's just another day dream of some sort.

 
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Old 07-23-2007, 06:58 AM   #2
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Re: Solution to sleep paralysis and the like

I used to have reoccuring sleep paralysis and sleeep walking and various other things. It all stemmed from my severe sleep apnea. Once my apnea was identified and I was put on my CPAP and started actually sleeping nightly. Everything changed. No more sleep walking or talking, no more sleep paralysis... etc.

You should go to a sleep specialist and get a sleep study performed. There are 80 different recognized sleep disorders out there and many unknown source symptoms are actually side effects of another sleep issue.

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