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Muscle and brain signals are freaking out. Why though?? - December 14th 2016, 03:03 PM

This hasn't been the first time this has happened but it freaks me out when it does. So I was still dreaming as I was asleep but then the dream stopped and my brain started to wake up. I wanted to get up and do something with my life. But I was physically paralyzed for a few minutes before my muscles started to wake up. I almost had a panick attack bc I didn't know what was happening and I couldn't even open my eyes or barely breathe. Why is this happening? I don't want to go back to sleep later tonight bc im scared of it happening again.
   
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Re: Muscle and brain signals are freaking out. Why though?? - December 14th 2016, 03:22 PM

What happened is likely something called sleep paralysis. When you sleep, your brain keeps your muscles still to prevent you from acting out dreams and sometimes happens as you wake up or fall asleep. Sometimes sleep paralysis is accompanied by hallucinations, called hypnagogic hallucinations if you're falling asleep and hypnopompic hallucinations if you're waking up. I mention that just in case it does happen to you, you'll know it's not real and you aren't crazy. These hallucinations can happen with or without sleep paralysis, and sleep paralysis can occur with or without hallucinations. It can be a terrifying experience, waking up unable to move or sometimes seeing scary things. Normally it only lasts between seconds and minutes. If it happens again, try to remind yourself that it is only temporary and you are not in any danger.

For most people, it doesn't happen often. Some people never get it more than once in their life. However, if it keeps recurring you should ask for a referral to a sleep specialist as frequent sleep paralysis can be a symptom of many different sleep disorders. Keeping a sleep journal would be a good idea, things like if it happens again, whether you have days you're extra tired, if you slept well or not so well, etc. as well as when you went to bed and when you got up.

Some other things that may cause it can include certain medications, mental health disorders, and sometimes stress or lack of sleep. Keeping a regular bedtime routine and time may help prevent it.



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Re: Muscle and brain signals are freaking out. Why though?? - December 14th 2016, 07:09 PM

Thank you Nightblood. The last time it happened was probably about a little less than a year ago... so not often. I think it might have to do with stress and maybe mental health problems I already have and lack of sleep.
   
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