Have you experienced like you were awake but unable to move or even felt afraid but could not call for help? A phenomenon that makes people temporarily experience an inability to move either when falling asleep or wakening is called sleep paralysis. This may occur once or even several times a night. Adults and children of all ages may experience sleep paralysis. Nevertheless, certain individuals are at a higher risk than the others. These high risk individuals include the following:
- People who have bipolar disorder.
- People with anxiety disorder.
- People who are affected by depression.
- People who are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTST).
- People who have insomnia and sleep deprivation.
- Stress, physical fatigue and over use of stimulants.
Sleep paralysis can be avoided with lifestyle changes through the following details below:
- Maintain regular sleep schedule and observe good sleep hygiene.
- Sleep on your side.
- Exercise regularly. You don’t have to go to the gym, just do a simple walking early in the morning and late in the afternoon.
- Eat healthy and avoid foods that can affect your sleep.
- Relax and do things that can help you calm down such as meditating, listening to music, etc.
- Consult your personal healthcare provider if your sleep paralysis occurs once a week for 6 months.
Tips that you can remember when you are in the state of sleep paralysis:
- Wiggle your toes and focus on that.
- Attempt to stay calm while you keep breathing normally.
- Loosen up your muscles in your arms and legs.
- Try to move your body as much as possible.
Sleep paralysis is not dangerous and no medical intervention is necessary since it has no serious risks for your health. This may be scary for some to experience it, and remembering the details provided above will definitely help.