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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Science reassures us that no matter how intense the symptoms and experiences might be, sleep paralysis is not dangerous and can’t kill you. It does not cause physical harm and there are no clinical deaths known to date.

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Stress, depression, certain prescription medications, and, more recently, an inherited gene have all been linked to sleep paralysis but in actuality no definitive cause has been linked to the phenomenon.

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Various studies have shown that when you sleep on your back you’re more likely to experience sleep paralysis.

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Users of anxiolytic medication (medications to control anxiety) are nearly five times as likely to report SP.

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During an interview Kurt Cobain (lead singer of Nirvana) once claimed he suffered from both sleep paralysis and narcolepsy.

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