Can you have sleep paralysis in a dream? If you have had a dream like this before, you may have experienced sleep paralysis. According to Kenneth Moss, M.D., a sleep specialist with Henry Ford Health, sleep paralysis it is the sensation of being paralyzed that occurs while you sleep. And don’t worry – it can happen to anyone.
Why did I have sleep paralysis in a dream? Researchers believe sleep paralysis is caused by a disturbed rapid eye movement cycle because it mostly happens as people are falling into or coming out of REM sleep. During that stage, their brains normally paralyze their muscles anyway — so they don’t act out their dreams.
What does sleep paralysis look like? Sleep paralysis happens when there’s a glitch in your sleep, usually between REM sleep and waking up. During sleep paralysis, you might hallucinate and think you’re seeing, hearing, smelling, or feeling something that’s isn’t actually there. It can be a scary feeling, but it’s usually not a sign of anything serious.
What do people see during sleep paralysis? During sleep paralysis, the crisp dreams of REM “spill over” into waking consciousness like a dream coming alive before your eyes—fanged figures and all. These hallucinations—often involving seeing and sensing ghostly bedroom intruders—are interpreted differently around the world.