Sleep Paralysis: You're Awake, But You Can't Move

April 25, 2015 1:19 PM

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Have you ever suffered an episode of sleep paralysis? It can be a tremendously frightening experience, one you're not likely to forget. You wake from sleep immobilized, unable to move your body or turn your head. You try to make a sound, but you can't open your mouth. You feel short of breath, with a strong feeling of pressure on your chest, weighing your body down. You feel a deep sense of dread or danger -- maybe you even feel there's a strange presence in the room.

As frightening as it is, sleep paralysis -- one form of parasomnia -- isn't actually dangerous, nor is it typically a sign of a serious condition. Sleep paralysis is one symptom of narcolepsy, but many instances of sleep paralysis aren't an indication of narcolepsy or another sleep disorder. Episode...

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