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Sleep Paralysis

What It's Like to Have Severe Sleep Paralysis

Science of Us | Posted 08.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Science of Us

In sleep paralysis, this normal function turns terrifying. The experience is often accompanied by some kind of hallucination, usually something scary; people report feeling as if they're being pinned down by a huge weight on their chest

Sleep Paralysis: You're Awake, But You Can't Move

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 06.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The cause of sleep paralysis isn't known. But it appears likely that many instances of sleep paralysis occur because of difficulty transitioning between different sleep stages, particularly moving in and out of REM sleep.

Here's What's Really Happening When You Wake Up And Think You See A Ghost

livescience.com | Posted 01.18.2015 | Healthy Living

It was an ordinary night, but Salma, a 20-year-old student at The American University in Cairo, had a particularly frightening experience. She woke up...

I See Dead People

Liz Jackson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Liz Jackson

Before I got sick (with an Idiopathic Neuropathy), I thought hallucinations led to stays at an insane asylum. And now that I get them, I wonder how quickly I'll be judged when others find out.

This Sleep Condition Sounds Too Crazy To Be True

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 01.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

Many of those afflicted with sleep paralysis report the perceived presence of a human figure at the bedside, often described as dark, like a ghost or a shadow. Understandably, this experience in the middle of the night, as you come out of sleep, can be downright terrifying.

'At 24, I Was Diagnosed With Narcolepsy'

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 08.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

Adjusting to narcolepsy in law school wasn't easy. The treatments improved my symptoms but did not erase them. A few months after the diagnosis, I reached an all-time low, realizing narcolepsy was a serious illness I would face every day of my life. There was no cure.

Inside The World Of Sleep Paralysis

Posted 04.08.2013 | Healthy Living

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 04/01/2013 11:29 AM EDT on LiveScience When filmmaker Carla MacKinnon started waking u...

Why Sleep Paralysis Is So Distressing

Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living

Have you ever experienced sleep paralysis, the condition where you may feel totally physically paralyzed either right before falling asleep or immedia...

Why We Don't Act Out Our Dreams

Posted 07.18.2012 | Healthy Living

Imagine this: You're having a vivid dream of something chasing you. You run and leap across buildings, jumping and spinning. What keeps your body f...

Sleep Paralysis: Huffington Post Guide To Sleep Disorders

Seed | Posted 01.30.2012 | Healthy Living

Sleep paralysis is a fairly common sleep disorder that can affect both men and women, but usually occurs first when a person is in his or her teens. W...

Expert Tips For Battling Sleep Paralysis

Seed | Posted 03.11.2012 | Healthy Living

Sleep paralysis is a common sleep disorder. Sufferers include would-be sleepers from across all demographics. We spoke to Kenneth C. Anderson, M.D., a...

Amanda L. Chan

7 Strange Things That Happen During Sleep

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living

For something we do on a nightly basis, there sure is a lot we don't fully understand about sleep. In fact, some of the strangest sleep phenomena ...

Who's Most Likely To Experience Sleep Paralysis?

The Huffington Post | Amanda Chan | Posted 01.09.2012 | Healthy Living

Maybe you've heard about it from a friend, or maybe you've experienced it yourself. But either way you slice it, the concept of sleep paralysis -- not...

Calling All Dreamers!

Anne Hill | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Hill

Do you listen to your dreams but have no one to talk with about them? Are you looking for a circle of fellow dreamers to help you explore dream messages? The perfect solution may be at hand.

Sleep Paralysis Gets Screentime--But Not as a Horror Flick

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Sleep paralysis is an area that deserves more attention and study.