Can sleep paralysis last for hours? This condition is known as post-dormital or hypnopompic paralysis. The events can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes, with rare cases lasting for hours, where the person could well experience panic symptoms. Due to the correlation of the paralysis with REM sleep, this type of atonia is not complete.
How do you get out of sleep paralysis? There are no proven therapies that can stop a sleep paralysis episode, but most people who experience it routinely report that focusing on making small body movements (such as moving one finger, then another) helps them to recover more quickly.
What triggers sleep paralysis? Mental conditions such as stress or bipolar disorder. Sleeping on the back. Other sleep problems such as narcolepsy or nighttime leg cramps. Use of certain medications, such as those for ADHD.
How long does it take to wake up from sleep paralysis? A very miniscule amount of people can slightly move their fingers, wiggle their toes or facial muscles, which eventually helps them wake up the rest of their body. But, as I said, majority of people have to wait this out. The episode can last from somewhere between 20 seconds to a few minutes.