Imagine, after having a very hectic day schedule, you are sleeping and then you suddenly wake up in the middle of night but what? You are unable to move your body and you feel as if you wake up dead. You feel suffocated and it seems that somebody is standing by you. You are trying to move but no way! It’s an intense feeling of fear, it’s scary! Yes, it means that you are suffering from sleep paralysis, a sleep disorder that every person suffers at least once or twice in his or her lifetime.
Here are five scary facts that we tell you about sleep paralysis:
1. Sleep Paralysis let you feel as if you wake up dead
Many people who are suffering from sleep paralysis say that they feel as if they wake up dead. This is because of the reason that during a particular phase of sleep, a person has Rapid Eye Movement (REM) that enables a person to dream intensely. During such a phase, the muscles and body of a person are in relaxed mode while a person wakes up before the end of the REM phase thus having a feeling of waking up dead.
2. Sleep Paralysis can let you have scary hallucinations
You can have hallucinations due to sleep paralysis while you are about to fall asleep or when you are about to wake up from sleep. These hallucinations are like as if somebody is present in your bedroom or somebody is talking to you. According to American Sleep Association, hallucinations accompanied with sleep paralysis are of two types: hypnogogic and hypnopompic. During hypnogogic hallucination, a person feels total immobility but he or she is fully conscious. These type of hallucinations occur just when a person is about to sleep. The other form of hallucination that is accompanied with sleep paralysis is hynopompic hallucination. In hypnopompic hallucinations, a person feels suffocation and muscle tightness. Hypnopompic hallucinations occur when person is about to wake up.
3. You feel that some goblin is sitting on your chest
Many people suffering from sleep paralysis have reported that they feel some goblin or creature sitting on their chests and they feel extremely suffocated or having pressure on their chests. Hynopompia as mentioned earlier is accompanied by sleep paralysis in which a person feels suffocation or muscle tightness can be a reason of this. Some people see different animals such as a dog or cat sitting on their chests.
4. You try hard but you cannot wake yourself up
People suffering from sleep paralysis have reported that as a reaction to intense fear, they try hard to wake themselves up by moving their toes, hands, fingers, etc., but they can’t and have to wait till the sleep paralysis is over.
5. Is Sleep Paralysis, paranormal or scientific?
There is always a heated debate that whether sleep paralysis is a paranormal activity or is it scientific? Science has its own reasons to consider it as a normal scientific phenomenon. In contrast to it, many people consider it a paranormal activity as there is no answer to this that why people see such strange creatures in sleep paralysis. Therefore, there is no definite answer to this question.
Sleep paralysis can be avoided by improving your sleeping habits such as by taking 6 to 8 hours of sleep. It can also be avoided by not sleeping on your back but by your side. You may reduce sleep paralysis by avoiding stress and If recommended by your physician, by taking necessary medication to maintain your sleep duration.