If You Get Sleep Paralysis, Don’t Open Your Eyes | Psych2Go

Hello? Is anybody there? I can’t move. Why can’t I move? Hello? Somebody help me! Please! The following is the first video in a twelve
part series on disturbing sleeping disorders. In this first installment, we’ll be discussing
sleep paralysis; what causes it and how it affects the body. Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious
but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages
of wakefulness and sleep. In the Philippines, sleep paralysis is often
referred to as the “bangungot”, and some folklore has even suggested that people have
died from this. Sleep paralysis happens during REM sleep,
when the body is temporarily immobilized. This immobilization occurs as a natural way
to prevent us from acting out our dreams and potentially injuring ourselves, but the paralysis
normally goes away once the body is roused when we awaken. When experiencing sleep paralysis, however,
the mind wakes up often several minutes before the body does, and thus, the body is still
paralyzed despite the mind being fully conscious. The experience can be terrifying, and it often
coincides with sleep hallucinations, where reports of an evil presence are common. Also commonly associated with the experience
are the feelings of being crushed or choked. These sensations have given sleep paralysis
a firm place in the world of paranormal folklore, and also in the world of alien mythology. So, why do we experience sleep paralysis?
Well, many people have experienced sleep paralysis at some point in their lives, and it can sometimes
be triggered by sleep deprivation, anxiety, depression, or certain medications. The key
to dealing with it when it does occur though is to not fight it, and instead try to relax
and take slow controlled breaths. Then, while remaining calm, attempting to move the extremities,
such as toes or fingers can often do the trick, as the feelings of paralysis are not as prevalent
in these areas. So, that’s it for part one of our series
on the twelve disturbing sleep disorders. If you would like to see part two, which is
on insomnia, make sure to like this video and subscribe to Pysch2Go. Good night and
sleep tight.


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