The Myths And Truths About Sleep Paralysis

What Is Sleep Paralysis?

When you wake up or fall asleep, you may experience momentary sleep paralysis, which prevents you from moving or speaking. If you are unaware of what is happening, even for a moment, it can be frightening. Here are some widespread misconceptions regarding sleep paralysis and the facts behind them.

Myth: You Can't Open Your Eyes

Although it is sometimes said that people cannot move their eyes, this is untrue. You can open your eyes throughout an episode. During an episode, you can also shift your gaze. Because you are worried about what is happening, it could seem harder.

Myth: Breathing stops during sleep paralysis

False. You will experience breathing difficulties if you are having sleep paralysis. According to some patients it feels as if a heavy weight has been placed on their chest. Although it will be challenging, you will be able to breathe. Simply put, it won't be as simple for you to take deep breaths as it usually is.

Myth: You should sleep on your side instead.

Your sleep patterns have no bearing on sleep paralysis. Although some people think having an episode results from sleeping on your back, you are just as likely to experience one if you are lying on your stomach or your side./p>

How Should You Respond to Sleep Paralysis?

Be composed. The most crucial thing is to maintain composure when experiencing an episode. After the episode is over, think about getting help from a professional. Do not worry if this just occasionally occurs. The majority of people frequently experience this owing to sleep deprivation or anxiety. By obtaining more sleep and lowering your stress levels, you can minimise the episode or the likelihood of experiencing one. Try to reduce your tension as much as you can before going to bed. Seek assistance if this frequently occurs or if it occurs repeatedly.

If you are not aware of the symptoms, sleep paralysis can create anxiety and dread. You might experience it just once or several times throughout your life. A doctor should be consulted if your symptoms are worrisome.

Dr. Priyanka Srivastava
Department of Behavioural Sciences
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