Can You Die from Sleep Paralysis

Sleep Paralysis Causes

The following are some of the causes of sleep paralysis:

1) Sleep Paralysis Symptoms:

In most cases, sleep paralysis symptoms appear after a person falls asleep or wakes up from deep sleep. Most often, these people feel like they have been struck by lightning. They experience intense fear and panic during their episodes.

Sometimes, it takes them several hours before they realize what happened to them. Other times, they don’t even recognize that something strange has happened to them.

2) How To Stop Sleep Paralysis:

There are many ways to stop your sleep paralysis. Some of them include:

3) Sleep Paralysis Cure:

If you suffer from sleep paralysis, then there is no cure available. However, if you want to get rid of your sleep paralysis symptoms, then here are some things which will help you out:

4) Sleep Paralysis Treatment:

Some of the treatments for sleep paralysis include; Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Hypnosis and more. In most cases, these therapies help people get rid of their sleep paralysis.

In order to treat your sleep paralysis, it is best that you seek the help of an expert. You can also read books on how to deal with sleep paralysis by yourself. Sometimes, reading books and doing self-help therapies can be just as effective as visiting a professional.

5) How To Wake Up From Sleep Paralysis:

Waking up from sleep paralysis can be difficult. In most cases, the person suffering from sleep paralysis is unable to move, speak or react during their condition. Although rare, some people who suffer from sleep paralysis have reported that they can see their bodies from above, and cannot control their apparitions.

These people can only hope that someone will wake them up during their episode.

When waking up from sleep paralysis, you should try the following:

Disturb your sleep: Move around or make noise. This will eventually break the paralysis and allow you to wake up. It is important that you do not panic when this happens.

Most of the time, it is enough to open your eyes to break the paralysis.

Have someone wake you up: Ask someone to wake you up after a few minutes. Most of the time, sleep paralysis lasts for a few minutes. If this does not work, then ask the person to slap or kick you continuously until you wake up.

After waking up, stay awake for at least two hours before going to sleep again.

6) Is Sleep Paralysis Fatal:

In most cases, sleep paralysis is not fatal. Although rare, some people have suffered physical injuries during their sleep paralysis. In most cases, the person suffering from sleep paralysis will not remember what happened to them when they wake up.

If you are suffering from sleep paralysis and you feel that something is wrong, call your doctor immediately. There might be something going on with your health.

Do you have other questions on sleep paralysis?

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