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Sleep Paralysis can be the Terrifying experience that is surprisingly common. It is feeling of conscious but unable to move. 

Sleep Paralysis occurs when a person is falling asleep or waking up. People will feel pressure on their chest or a sense of choking during the attack. Episodes of this condition last just a few seconds or minutes. Research indicates that stress, anxiety, and depression could increase the chance of experiencing sleep paralysis.

Sleep paralysis occurs when a person wakes up before the REM cycle is finished

REM is a stage of sleep when the brain is active and dreams often occur. During REM, the muscles of the body are essentially turned off. This happens to stop you acting out your dreams and hurting yourself. Sleep paralysis occurs when your brain moves out of the REM phase but your body hasn’t yet caught up.

Many people experience hallucinations during sleep paralysis. It occurs because the brain is still in a dream state. People have reported seeing strange and unusual visuals while experiencing sleep paralysis. Hallucinations in sleep paralysis can be experienced in different forms.

One of them is called the intruder phenomenon where subjects believe they have company in the room with them.

Another type of hallucination is called the incubus (male demon) phenomenon which is the feeling of being crushed or suffocated during sleep.

Causes

Approximately 7.6 percent of the general population experience sleep paralysis.The number rises to 28 percent in people who have general disrupted sleep patterns and up to 34percent in those who suffer from anxiety and depression.

This disorder is more likely to happen to people between the ages of 10 and 25, Genetics may play a significant role in sleep paralysis.

The condition is often linked to narcolepsy. A neurological disorder that is characterized by one’s excessive tendency to fall asleep

Sleeping on your back may cause frequent episodes of sleep paralysis. Sleep deprivation and irregular sleep schedule can also trigger sleep paralysis.

Treatments

There is no specific treatment for sleep paralysis. Antidepressants are sometimes prescribed in severe cases

A number of cognitive sleep therapy techniques can help People exert more control over sleep paralysis.

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