Don’t ever do these 5 things when you’re having sleep paralysis


Last Updated on 2017-05-27 , 4:01 pm

Sleep paralysis happens when you find yourself completely awake and conscious, but are unable to move or speak. Some people might even feel like they cannot breathe due to a pressure pushing down on them (and then they name it under the superstitious term 鬼压床 in Chinese, loosely translated as “Ghost pushing down on the bed”).

Although the causes of this condition is not yet scientifically verified, we still have some advice for you on dealing with sleep paralysis if you constantly experience this somewhat scary phenomenon!

Don’t resist it.
If you feel like you are being pushed down by a force, don’t resist. This is because you definitely won’t be able to move for a while, and the more you try to do so, the more panicky you will get. You will just feel worse and there’s no point in doing that right?

Don’t sleep on your back.
This is definitely the healthiest sleeping position, as it doesn’t compress your heart and lungs. However, you are more likely to experience sleep paralysis this way. Most patients find themselves sleeping this way when they have episodes of sleep paralysis. Furthermore, such a position also increases the risk of you feeling a pushing sensation that aggravates the condition.

Don’t try and avoid sleep paralysis by getting less sleep.
You might be so scared of it that you just want to spend as little time sleeping as possible. After all, the shorter amount of time you spend sleeping, the less likely you will be at less risk of getting sleep paralysis right? However, this is not true.

Michael Breus, an American clinical psychologist claims that research has consistently shown that the more sleep-deprived you are, the more likely you are to experience sleep disorders like sleep paralysis. So, remember to get your 8 hours of sleep!


Don’t remain in bed after you recover.
You should get up from your bed immediately, no matter how much you feel like continuing to sleep or staying warm under the covers. This is because you might very likely experience the feeling again. Wash up, try and forget about the episode and start your day!

Lastly, try not to get freaked out by it.
The same doctor also advises that sleep paralysis is not dangerous. You won’t die from it, but if you keep getting panicky and avoiding sleep, then you might die from a heart attack or exhaustion even before you die in the midst of such an episode. However, this is easier said than done. I mean, if you are terrified, you can’t tell your brain to be logical, right? But really, just try to keep calm and move (pun unintended) on.

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