Sleep paralysis is the awkward feeling of being awake and yet unable to move. Basically your mind wakes up but your body does not. You feel like being trapped inside of your body.
Many people wake up feeling like they’re dead. You might experience this condition once in your life time or several times a year. Sleep paralysis can affect men and women of any age group.
During sleep paralysis you are still able to breathe normally and you are also fully aware of what is happening. An episode can last for seconds or minutes. The episode usually ends on its own. It may also end when someone touches you or speaks to you. Making an intense effort to move can also end an episode.
Sleep paralysis tends to first appear in the teen years. It then occurs most often when you are in your 20s and 30s. It may continue into your later years. It is not a serious medical risk.
Sleep paralysis can be one sign of narcolepsy. Other signs include disturbed sleep at night and falling asleep suddenly during the day.
A lack of sleep can make you more likely to have sleep paralysis. It is also more likely if you have a sleep schedule that often changes. Mental stress may also be a factor. It seems to occur more often when you sleep on your back.