25 Facts About Sleep Paralysis That Make It Scary

Sleep paralysis is a very strange condition in which you feel like you are awake but cannot move. It happens when you are between the stages of wakefulness and sleep, and there are people who describe the whole experience as being awake in a horrifying nightmare. If you are one of those unlucky people who have ever experienced sleep paralysis, then you definitely know how awful this disorder can be. But is sleep paralysis something new? The answer is no. Myths and legends about sleep paralysis have existed for centuries all across the globe and symptoms of sleep paralysis have been described in many ways and often attributed to an evil presence. Almost every culture throughout history has had stories of shadowy evil creatures terrifying helpless humans at night. People have tried for years to logically explain this mysterious phenomenon and the accompanying feelings of terror, but most of these attempts have been unsuccessful since they attribute it to the supernatural. Only recently has science managed to more closely examine the causes and interpretations of sleep paralysis from both a scientific and cultural perspective. So what do you say? Want to know more about this bizarre, terrifying, but ultimately harmless sleep disorder? If the answer is yes, then check out these 25 Facts About Sleep Paralysis That Make It Scary.

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Sleep paralysis tends to first appear during adolescence and happens more frequently in your twenties and thirties. It rarely continues after that time but can still occur.

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Science suggests that sleep paralysis can be a sign of a more dangerous sleep disorder: narcolepsy (a chronic neurological disorder involving the loss of the brain’s ability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally).

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Dream expert Robert Moss introduced us to a new “kind” of sleep paralysis: a typical SP incident that was also extremely and disturbingly sexual in which a hag appeared to him in his sleep and he couldn’t move.

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Many studies have shown that sleep deprivation and exhaustion can “help” you experience sleep paralysis among other sleep disorders.

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There’s no doubt that an episode of sleep paralysis for the vast majority of people is a terrifying and extremely negative experience; however, there have been a few people who described the whole thing as very pleasant and enjoyable. To each his own, I guess.

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