It all felt so real but you realize it was all a dream. II. This strange phenomenon happens often, and the term for it is “sleep paralysis.” according to Penn State University, their research shows that it happens more often in students and psychiatric patients (University Park,2011). III. So, what exactly is sleep paralysis?
Imagine falling asleep and having your nightmare come to life. Being attacked by a huge black figure is scary enough, but imagine not being able to move or scream while it is happening. Your only choice is to helplessly lay in bed and hope that what you are experiencing is only a dream. Sleep paralysis is a phenomenon that affects a small percentage of the population, myself included. Sleep paralysis is the inability to move or speak when you are either falling asleep or waking up.
Sleep paralysis has been used as an explanation for alien abductions and encounters, ghosts, demons, the night hag, and many more strange occurrences or beliefs. It has even inspired artwork such as Le Cauchemar by Eugène Thivier (1894) and Füssli 's The Nightmare (1781). Sleep paralysis has been around for centuries, and probably will not go away anytime soon. It will continue to inspire horror novels and movies for many years to come. Sleep paralysis is misunderstood by people.
Who isn’t scared of one? You and I, we all are - it could become so deadly. I was on the field fighting the night before, we stood together, our spirits linked. The next morning, I was stretched out in an anonymous place where I heard people crying, sobbing. I realised that I couldn’t move my legs anymore- not even if somebody poured lava on it.
He tries another experiment, throwing a ball at one of the patients. She catches it. "She is borrowing the will of the ball," the doctor speculates. His colleagues will not listen to this theory, which sounds suspiciously metaphysical, but he thinks he's onto something. What if these patients are not actually "frozen" at all, but victims of a stage of Parkinson's Disease so advanced that their motor impulses are cancelling each other out--what if they cannot move because all of their muscles are trying to move at the same time, and they are powerless to choose one impulse over the other?
One night, I woke up to my sister screaming; her body was drenched in sweat, and she repeatedly said, “I can’t move my legs”. I was young then and didn’t understand what she meant. I slowly lifted the covers off of her legs. They looked perfectly normal to me, so I asked her to wiggle her toes. Thirty seconds went by, and no movement occurred; she says, “I really can’t move my legs”.
Although my parents said to stay still if I ever got lost (months in advance), my feet wouldn't listen to me. I kept looking and looking, but to no avail. It was either I was looking in the wrong places or the fact that I'm too short. Probably both. With too many bodies per square foot, it was hard to move around.
Diagnosis: Sleep paralysis is diagnosed through clinical interview with patient and exclude other capable sleep disorders that could account for the feelings of paralysis. Psychiatrist or other doctor does not need any tests to treat most patients with recurrent isolated sleep paralysis but doctor should do an overnight sleep study if your problem is disturbing your sleep. This study is called a polysomnogram it records your brain waves, heartbeat, and breathing as you sleep it also records how your arms and legs move. Another study is electromyogram (EMG), its recording will show the level of electrical activity in your muscles and this level will be very low during an episode of sleep paralysis. Treatment of SP: Sleep paralysis is a once-in-blue-moon