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What is Sleep Paralysis

Sleep Paralysis Explained: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

What is Sleep Paralysis? Sleep paralysis is a descriptive term that means being unable to move even though one feels conscious. It takes place when an individual passes between stages of sleep and wakefulness. During such a transition, a person may be unable to speak or move for anywhere from several seconds to several minutes. Some individuals even feel a sense of choking or an odd sensation of pressure. Sleep paralysis–or more accurately, the ability to be aware of it as it occurs–may accompany narcolepsy or other sleep disorders. Narcolepsy is a condition during which the brain fails to properly regulate sleep, resulting in sporadic, uncontrollable naps. [toc] Three Phases of Sleep Paralysis According to the Mayo Clinic, there are two primary phases of sleep paralysis. These are hypnopompic and hypnagogic,...