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 is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions you may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes.

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Many sufferers describe sleep paralysis like they have woken up dead. They suggest that your mind wakes up but your body doesn’t, so you essentially feel trapped inside your body and unable to move.

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According to science there are two types of sleep paralysis: isolated sleep paralysis, or ISP, where sufferers will experience sleep paralysis once or twice in their lives, and recurrent isolated sleep paralysis, or RISP, where a person will experience several episodes during their lifetime.

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RISP is more intense because it can last up to an hour and it can be accompanied by an out-of-body experience.

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Most people who suffer from sleep paralysis have said they feel like something or someone is in the room with them (during an episode) or like they have actually seen or heard something as well. Pretty scary experience now that I think about it.

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