Today’s focus point will be a Sleep Paralysis. Now, everything I say should be taken as subjective thoughts. I will try to provide as much information as I can though, along with personal experience. This COULD be tied into mental health, so it will be placed under that category. Let’s start off with the definition.
“Sleep paralysis is when, during awakening or falling asleep, a person is aware but unable to move. During an episode, one may hear, feel or see things that are not there. It often results in fear. Episodes generally last less than a couple of minutes. The condition can be triggered by sleep deprivation, psychological stress, or abnormal sleep cycles.”
Causes: Apparently it is when the body’s transition to or from REM, is out of sync with the brain. The person’s consciousness is awake, but their body remains in the paralyzed sleep state.
YOU HAD ONE JOB, BRAIN!!
During these episodes, there’s a few things that are going on within your mind, as it tries to jump-start the body. I guess we can think of it as being a car, but we are not getting jump started to come back to life. We do not want to get there!
- You can’t move your body for a few minutes.
- You are aware of what’s going on, as your awake.
- You might feel like you’re dying or that there’s an intruder on top of you.
- Breathing can get really fast, or even difficult.
I will link to the sites that I found this information on, as I do give credit, while trying to put my take on it. I have seen multiple sides claim that it can be caused by a mental health condition or anxiety. Medication can also be a lovely factor into this weird situation. Yet,this can happen to everyday people, based on the way their lifestyle may be.
There’s several tips and tricks on how to deal with Sleep Paralysis, when to call your doctor and seek higher treatment. It’s said to have been documented for centuries, there’s poor treatment options for it, and that it’s not seen to be life threatening.
Now onto my personal experiences with this sleep business. I quit! Take my resignation letter and shove it, ahah. When I was younger, I remember that I probably have slept walked. I remember sleeping in my room then I would see these really bright colors before I woke up, and would be in another location of the house. Never in a weird spot though. I was just in my bed, facing the complete opposite way,or I made it into my parents room. I honestly can’t remember what age I was, but it was old enough to recall this, and it was still acceptable to crash in your parents room.
That only happened a handful of times, and I just stopped doing it. As I grew older,probably towards my teens, I started to get into lucid dreaming, which is always a fun thing to do! Trust me, it ties into everything, I promise you a cookie! I did this over the course of a few years, but then I started to not pay attention on doing it, or I got frustrated with not being about to lucid dream. I mean, you only have a short window of time to become lucid. Now we are into the current days of me being diagnosed, on medication and then this Sleep Paralysis starts to happen to me. I do not want to blame the medication, fully….. There’s a lot of stress in my life, so that contributes, as well.
During the majority of my episodes, I would become lucid in my dreams, before getting the urge to kick-start my body. Told you it was worth the wait of a cookie. I know that you become conscious and start having the symptoms of trying to wake the whole body up, but I would almost always have lucid dreams. It’s like my indication that I will have an episode, so my brain is preparing me for it? Other than that, I think Lucid Dreams are part of another me. If you want me to write about this, I surely can. I believe in multiverse and these dreams feel like another life,but in alignment of this life,as that’s a principle of the theory.
But yeah, that is my findings and thoughts on the epidemic of Sleep Paralysis. I wish I knew more about the brain and how this really occurs. If you have experienced it, do tell me of it. Like, do you have a DX of mental health issues, or does it just happen? What are some methods that you use, to try to calm yourself during an episode, as they are scary as hell.