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Any thoughts on sleep paralysis? I repeatedly wakeup w/out being able to move..?

I wake up without being able to move. I can look around using my eyes but I can’t move any part of my body. It’s happened since I was really young so I don’t get as scared anymore but still. When this happens I have to go back to sleep otherwise I will freak out, it doesn’t shake off on it’s own. I’ve gotten many different reasonings for this but does this happen to anyone else? Any thoughts?
I wake up without being able to move. I can look around using my eyes but I can’t move any part of my body. It’s happened since I was really young so I don’t get as scared anymore but still. When this happens I have to go back to sleep otherwise I will freak out, it doesn’t shake off on it’s own. I’ve gotten many different reasonings for this but does this happen to anyone else? Any thoughts?
Note: This is my first post and you may think whatever you want I’m just being honest. the anominity helps and I do appreciate the responses

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  1. This used to happen to me when i was a teenager and every now and again now i am in my early 30’s.It used to scare me then and and still scares me now.My doctor never had an answer as to why it happens.

  2. You too?? I get it often, but mine is from lack of sleep, I don’t sleep more than 3 hrs a night, ever since my mom died. I get horrid ones to this day, last one was this evil thing that was popping up under my legs, under my arm, I could feel his bald head against my skin….. I realise when it happens and force myself awake, I have a few ways of doing that, last time I woke up screaming, scared the bejesus out of my husband.
    There are a few causes:
    * Sleeping in a supine position (facing upwards)
    * Irregular sleeping schedules; naps, sleeping in, sleep deprivation
    * Increased stress
    * Sudden environmental/lifestyle changes
    * A lucid dream that immediately precedes the episode. Also conscious induction of sleep paralysis is a common technique to enter a state of lucid dreams, also known as WILD .
    * Artificial sleeping aids, ADD medications and/or antihistamines
    After an episode I have to go and do something, read something, play a game, watch TV to break the mind-cycle, I refuse to use chemical drugs to help with it.

  3. It happened to me once while I was sitting in on a speech.(I know! How rude!) I hadn’t gotten much sleep and was very tired. I wasn’t sitting with good posture and was very relaxed. I had slightly dozed off, but managed to be semi-conscious. Suddenly I was very aware I was about to fall asleep, so I tried to sit up and found I couldn’t move. I couldn’t even really talk. Just like you, I could only move my eyes. It was disconcerting. Eventually, my body started moving, but before that happened, I hoped no one would notice I was sprawled on that seat. Later I was told since my body was so relaxed,it had released a chemical/hormone (that your body releases to help you drift off to sleep when going to bed at night) to put my body to sleep, but somehow it didn’t effect my head. So I was conscious, but the hormone paralyzed me.

  4. My mother has had problems with that. The sleep paralysis part is normal, every goes through that, but the being awake during is not normal. It has something to do with the brain not going into deep enough of a sleep. The doctor prescribed her something, but I don’t recall what it was. I believe it was a benzodiazepine. Another problem that she has is never feeling rested. Does it seem like your not getting good sleep?

  5. This answer may not be what you are looking for…but here it is anyway. There is a phenomenon of leaving your body while you sleep. I recommend to listen to what Sylvia Browne has to say on this subject. She has many books out. Her explanation is that while you sleep you exit your body and the feeling of “paralysis” is when you are having trouble getting back in. Her suggestion…if you are a religious person…is to ask god to put a white light around you and keep you from leaving before you go to sleep. She also says that this usually is someones way of escaping. I hate talk shows, but she is on Montel every Wednesday so you can listen to some of her explanations without actually going to buy her books if you wish.

  6. this is called a daymare since you are fully conscience of what is happening to you with absolutely no control or ability to stop it. No thats life. try this every time this happens focus on moving one part of your body, it doesn’t matter which part, movement will restore the reality, and the subconscienous
    paralysis will disappear.

  7. What you’re experiencing has little, (though much) to do with a physiological problem as it has to do with something spiritual. You could call it a psychosomatic illness. There’s something known as an incubus and succubus who are beings that tend to sleep on humans, causing a total drainage of energy to the point where you can’t move. Lots of stories about this. My recommendation is to say ” In the name of God ” when you put your head down to sleep. Check out this site. Your condition is called ” Old Hag” according to this site.

  8. it is completely normal. i went to a doctor on thursday to talk to her bout this and she told me its perfectly normal…not at all to worry about. its as normal as sleeping itself!!!
    no medications.

  9. Sleep paralysis is a normal part of REM sleep, although it can linger into waking consciousness. This is completely normal & happens to everyone (most are dreaming when it does, however, so they’re not aware of it.) Don’t worry about it.

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