Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Sleep Paralysis

Another thing I suffer from apart from BPD and PTSD is a sleep disorder known as sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis refers to the sensation of being unable to perform voluntary movements either at the onset of sleep (during what is known as the hypnagogic state) or upon waking (during the hypnopompic state). Although people report it feels like it lasts a very long time, in reality sleep paralysis only lasts a few seconds. Sleep paralysis is also referred to as an out-of-body experience. 

Various risk factors are associated with sleep paralysis. Those who have been given a clinic diagnosis have higher risk of sleep paralysis compared to those who haven't been given a diagnosis. Anxiety and depression are also linked as well as panic disorders. 

I have had different types of symptoms happen to me during my sleep paralysis. I have had the intruder symptom, where you feel like someone is above you during your sleep and is going to suffocate you. Other symptoms I have had is I try to move and scream but I can't and if someone is asleep next to me I will scream and scream begging them to wake me up. 

The only way to treat sleep paralysis is monitor your mental illness with the right treatment, take anti depressants to help you sleep and make sure you get the amount of sleep required. 

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