Woken up unable to move
If you have ever woken up unable to move, then you must know how horrifying this feeling could be. You may feel like being held down after just waking up or going to sleep. You can neither move nor scream and sometimes you have a feeling that there is someone or something in the room.
If you have ever woken up unable to move, this is what is happening to you:
Even though, nightmares can cause you to feel extreme fear, still sleeping paralysis can be an incredibly e terrifying experience.
Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious, but you can’t move. When a person is in the stages between wakefulness and sleep, the sleep paralysis occurs and the person is not able to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes.
What causes sleep paralysis?
During the REM (rapid eye movement), the sleep stage when much active dreaming occurs and the muscles are being paralyzed, the body goes into a state of sleep paralysis called REM atonia. This sleep paralysis provides one essential function –protects the body from injuries when sleeping.
How to wake up from sleep paralysis?
Some of the following tactics may help you, while others may not.
1. Relax –When having sleep paralysis, instead of fighting it, which can even cause you more distress, feel pressure or a sense of chocking, or other symptoms, which can be accompanied with hallucinations, try to relax yourself by breathing deeply.
2. Try moving your fingers and toes up and down to send signals to your brain that your body is awaken. Thus, you will prevent atonia.
3. Move your eyes and blink– Do not be afraid of looking around the room. Thus, you will awake your brain and your body.
4. Try moving your lips and facial muscles.
5. Perform a deep and slowly breathing.
6. Fill your mind with positive thoughts; picture yourself at the beach in the sun-this always helps.
7. Make a facial expression as if you smelled something bad. Repeat this 2-3 times in a row and the sleep paralysis will stop.
8. Wake up yourself, go to the bathroom and wash your face with cold water. Staying in bed increases the risk of experiencing sleep paralysis again.