10 Scary facts about sleep paralysis

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Robin Okwanma
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Sleep paralysis, almost 50% of the world’s population or more has experienced this at least once in their lifetime. Many people didn’t even know there is a term for it. First of all, lets understand what it is.

What exactly is sleep paralysis?

Simply put, Sleep paralysis is a term used to describe a moment where you’re awake and conscious but unable to move any part of your body.  Sometimes you might also be unable to speak. This happens while falling asleep or waking up.

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Here are some scary facts about sleep paralysis…

You’re more likely to experience sleep paralysis when sleeping on your back

Studies carried out by scientist show that most episodes of sleep paralysis experienced by various individuals usually happen when laying on their back.

Anxiety and Stress may trigger sleep paralysis

Scientists have also noticed that irregular sleep or lack of sleep can also lead to sleep paralysis.

You’ll be unable to speak or move

The scariest fact about sleep paralysis is the inability to move a muscle. You might have the urge to scream for help, but you’ll realize you cant utter a sound.

It can last for several minutes

Normally it lasts for just a few seconds, but sometimes it can last for several minutes or more. This can cause fear and panic to the individual experiencing it.

Hallucinations might occur

People might hallucinate during sleep paralysis which can make the whole experience worse and scarier. This is because dreaming becomes more vivid and realistic as you’re in-between being asleep and awake.

It might become difficult to breathe or the feeling of being choked might occur

Not being able to move all of a sudden can cause lots of reactions some including breathing difficulties. You might also feel like you’re being chocked or there is a  heavy weight on your chest.

It can escalate and become frequent

It is rare for this to happen frequently but if this happens, it is advised you meet a doctor. This could just be a side effect or a symptom of a bigger problem usually brain related.

It may be linked to Nacrolepsy

It has also been observed that sleep paralysis are linked to people with nacrolepsy. Nacrolepsy is when someone has an excessive tendency to fall asleep at irregular and relaxing moments and has no control over it.

Anyone can experience it

Sleep paralysis is a natural occurrence meaning that it can happen to anyone. although its more common with young adults and people with history of mental illness.

The experience  is Different for everyone

Although the sleep paralysis itself is the same, it is rarely the same experience for everyone and is mostly personal.

You can’t wake yourself up, there is no off switch

Some may say attempting to move your toes or fingers will end it but in reality, you just have to wait it out and let your mind take full control…. NO ESCAPE


People have been trying to figure out sleep paralysis for years. As stated above, mental illness, lack of sleep or irregular sleep has been said to be one of the contributing factor, but really, the true cause still remains unknown.

Witches, demons, sprits, UFO have all been believed to be the cause of sleep paralysis by various people which have also contributed to the level of fear it causes when you eventually experience it.

Finally, you should know there is no sign or evidence that sleep paralysis can cause death or any physical damage to your body.


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Robin Okwanma

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