During the centuries of sleep, paralysis was described in many ways. But this is not a topic really to worry about. Simply put, this is just a sign that your body isn’t moving smoothly throughout the normal sleeping stages. So what is sleep paralysis according to experts?

What do experts say about this?

Sleep paralysis is just when you are conscious but unable to move. This is quite a normal behavior as it occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. As you transition from one stage to another, it’s possible you may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes.

I know sleep paralysis can be scary sometimes but is not life-threatening and it’s just for a brief moment.

This kind of behavior often appears just after falling asleep or upon awakening in the morning.

Although this topic is still quite unclear why it happens, in one study from 2018, scientists concluded that sleep paralysis might be linked to insomnia symptoms and sleep quality. During this study, scientists also observed that it often occurs when having a nightmare or experiencing the exploding head syndrome.

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How to prevent it?

As this behavior is generated insomnia and sleep quality, assuring that you manage stress can be one of the steps to take. Exercise can help too, but be sure not to do it too close to bedtime. Be sure to get enough rest. And also it’s good to maintain a regular sleep schedule.

Final thoughts

Sleep paralysis is quite a common condition. According to experts between 5 and 40 percent of people experience this condition. It’s not dangerous, but it may be scary.

If the behavior still occurs consulting with your doctor may be the best option.

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