What triggers sleep paralysis? Sleep paralysis happens when you regain awareness going into or coming out of REM. Because narcolepsy is characterized by unstable wakefulness and unstable sleep, people with narcolepsy have frequent night awakenings that can be associated with sleep paralysis.
Is sleep paralysis harmful? Sleep paralysis is when you cannot move or speak as you are waking up or falling asleep. It can be scary but it’s harmless and most people will only get it once or twice in their life.
Is it normal to have sleep paralysis? Sleep paralysis is a normal part of the REM sleep. However, it is considered to be a disorder when it occurs outside of REM sleep. It can occur in otherwise healthy people, as well as in those presenting symptoms of narcolepsy, cataplexy and hypnagogic hallucinations.
How can I stop sleep paralysis?
- Reduce stress in your life.
- Exercise regularly but not close to bedtime.
- Get sufficient rest.
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule.
- Keep track of medications you take for any conditions.