Sleep paralysis is a common sleep disorder. I’ve experienced it many times, so I know how frightening it is. I’ve tried so many pieces of advice from various physicians, but most of them were unsuccessful. Recently I tried something which has relieved me of the daunting problem, so I thought I should share it with you folks. But first, let us see what sleep paralysis is.
Sleep paralysis is a condition in which a person stays aware while the body shuts down to Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the profound most period of sleep where one usually dreams. It happens either when falling asleep, or if awakening.
When it happens upon falling asleep, the individual stays aware while the body shuts down to REM sleep, and it’s known as hypnagogic or predormital sleep paralysis. When it happens upon awakening, the individual becomes aware prior to the REM cycle is done, and it’s called hypnopompic or postdormital.
The individual is not able to perform movements of their limbs. The individual may also experience paralysis of skeletal muscle that might be partial or complete. It normally last from a few seconds to many minutes. In acute cases it may last for hours. It isn’t a complete paralysis, as studies show that the eye movement is possible in it.
Apart from paralysis that the individual may experience increased heartbeat. It might also be accompanied by frightening hallucinations, such as feeling of mysterious and horrifying creatures in the room, or something sitting on the subject’s chest.
To search for its cure one should first attempt to comprehend its causes. Major causes of sleep paralysis include Migraine and Narcolepsy, a condition in which an individual undergoes sudden periods of sleep during daylight hours. Sleep paralysis may also be hereditary. In addition to those, following may trigger sleep paralysis:
- Stress and anxiety.
- Excessive use of alcohol.
- Disruption in sleep cycles.
- Sudden change in lifestyle.
- Sleeping at a face up position.
It is evident by reducing stress, relaxing and having a complete sleep are the strategies to control sleep paralysis, but how can you avoid stress? How can you relax and sleep if there’s a fear of sleep paralysis?
It is via Aromatherapy, and in this case you do not actually have to visit a professional aroma therapist and ask for support. In fact that you yourself would be the therapist. Try to work out the fragrances and odor that calm and relax you. It may be the fragrance of a flower, a perfume or may be food.
Just before you go to sleep have a whiff of the scent, or keep it in your bedside table. You may also help yourself unwind by incorporating essential oils or herbal tea to you bath water in the day. Lavender, chamomile, frankincense, neroli, and rose oils are recommended. It will relax your mind and therefore you’ll have the ability to overcome stress. Try to not think of your problems and stress during bed time, as it will damage the impact of aromatherapy.
For those men and women who experience sleep paralysis because of migraine, I will suggest they ought to use chamomile (a flower) tea. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons per cup. Dissolve and boil in almost any liquid (preferably water) 10 to 20 minutes. Use up to 3 cups daily.
Some other general precautions to prevent sleep paralysis are:
- Exercise regularly.
- Try to stay joyful, avoid tensions.
- Avoid sleeping in a face up position.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine and tobacco, especially before bed time.
- Try to remove the fear of sleep paralysis. Tell yourself that it isn’t actually a dangerous thing and that you won’t die of it.
I’ve tried all this and it actually works. I hope that this report can allow you to combat this bloodcurdling disease out.