Sleep Paralysis is a condition in which a person loses the ability to talk or move temporarily right after waking up. In a Sleep Paralysis episode, the person is wide awake and is aware of what is happening around him or her but is temporarily paralyzed. An episode usually lasts for around thirty seconds to two minutes.
This sleeping disorder is not harmful and or fatal. However, it can be quite a discomforting feeling. Sleep Paralysis can indicate serious neurological disorders for instance, narcolepsy and sleep apnea. Sleep Paralysis is found to be very common among teenagers and young adult which could be attributed to the intake of high amounts caffeine in their everyday lives in the form of coffee or tea or up to some extent energy drinks.
Moreover, genetics and hereditary are somewhat to be blamed for Sleep Paralysis also. According to a study, researchers have found out that although the genetic cases are less relatively to those that are caused by stress or anxiety attacks, there have been such cases in which sleep paralysis was passed down a family tree.
Is It Possible To Induce Sleep Paralysis?
Yes, it is very much possible to induce Sleep Paralysis. In fact, a large majority of people have beenkeen on experiencing the effects of Sleep Paralysis recently.
How Can Sleep Paralysis Be Induced?
These are the following steps which can be used to induce Sleep Paralysis:
- Set an alarm that will go off every four hours.
- Sleep as you usually do.
- When the alarm goes off, get out of the bed and occupy yourself by doing something productive such as reading a book.
- After 30 minutes, go to bed and lay down. Make sure the position that you are sleeping in is uncomfortable and different from how you usually sleep.
- Refrain from moving your body, there will be an urge to roll over or scratch parts of your body but the trick here is not to move. This gives a signal to your brain to go into a state of paralysis.
- Be wary of rolling or moving your eyes. When a person’s brain is trying to sleep but not actually sleeping, the brain tends to usually follow the movement happening around with the help of eye movement. Once a person tries to control this and stop it, it gives a signal to your brain that the person is sleeping and they slowly fall in to a state of paralysis.
What most people who try to induce Sleep Paralysis do not know is that it can be a very discomforting feeling and they should not take it lightly.
Causes of Sleep Paralysis:
Sleep Paralysis is caused due to following reasons:
- Sleep Deprivation
- High Intake Of Caffeine
- Irregular Sleeping Patterns
- Stress or Anxiety
What Is Experienced When In Sleep Paralysis?
The effects of sleep paralysis are associated with ghosts, demons and supernatural activity. This is mostly due to the discomforting feeling Sleep Paralysis brings with it. It makes a person feel that they are being suffocated due to a presence weighing down upon their chest. A person suffering from a Sleep Paralysis episode feels like someone has gripped them which is causing their immobility.