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Old 03-14-2003, 02:09 PM   #1
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Question Sleep Paralysis

Can sleep paralysis be a symptom of hypothyroidism? I've had this problem for the last few years, right around the time that I started to seriously wonder if I was hypo. It happens very frequently, probably once a week, if not more, and mainly during my day time naps. I'll wake up but my body is still asleep and I can't move. I'm aware that my breathing is really shallow and it feels like I'm not getting enough oxygen so I'll panic and try to wake up, but that doesn't work. I've figured out that if I just relax and fall back asleep, I can wake up normally, but often I'll wake up gasping for air. I just can't figure out if this is related to sleep apnea (which is related to thyroid disorders) or if this is just something else entirely.

Anyone else here experience frequent sleep paralysis?

Sarah

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Old 03-14-2003, 04:32 PM   #2
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When I was severely hypo right before my RAI, I had some experiences similar to what you described. I did not have trouble breathing though. Waking and getting up in the morning is still my primary symptom and a major problem for me, although it isn't quite the same now. I am still hypo as of now.

 
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Hi Sarah,
I just did a brief google search on this subject, and found a few references. Of course you know that anxiety, panic attacks, and various sleep disorders go hand in hand with a bad thyroid. So there is some evidence that sleep paralysis might too.

I found these by entering "sleep paralysis" + thyroid in the search bar.
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