When it comes to sleep-related problems, there are many that we’ve heard of, with insomnia being the most prominent. However, there is one issue that has often baffled scientists as to how it came to be and what causes it. This phenomenon is called sleep paralysis, and more and more people are reporting to have experienced it.


When you hear these patients’ stories, they sound like one of the scariest things that one can experience. The infographic below, which was compiled by sleep experts, provides us with the stats on how many people go through this, and it shows that this phenomenon happens more often than we’ve all thought.

What Is Sleep Paralysis?

So what is it? Sleep paralysis is actually defined as the inability of an individual to move or speak right after waking up. They are conscious and aware of their surroundings, but cannot move a muscle.


This might last for a couple of seconds and sometimes even minutes. While experiencing sleep paralysis, many have reported feeling pressure or even feeling like they’re being choked, which is also known as incubus hallucinations.

How Can You Stop It?

If you’ve ever experienced sleep paralysis, or worse, you’re experiencing it constantly, there are certain measures you can take to help get rid of it.


  • Make sure you get enough sleep. One thing that can help get rid of sleep paralysis is if you try sticking to a regular sleeping pattern. Also, try to get enough sleep. It’s a well-known fact that sleeping eight to nine hours a day is just what your body needs, so always make sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep if you want to win over this strange phenomenon.


  • Make your bedroom sleep-friendly. Another thing you could easily do to reduce the risk of sleep paralysis is to make your bedroom sleep-friendly. This means that your bed should feel comfortable, and make sure you stay away from bringing distractions into the bedroom. These distractions are usually electronic devices. Turn your phone off before going to bed.


  • No snacking or late exercising. Just as the late-night snacks can be bad for you, exercising right before going to bed can also have a negative effect on your sleep. If you snack before going to sleep, it will take more time for your body to digest the food, and at the same time, if you exercise late, your body will have difficulty going to sleep, increasing the risk of going into REM sleep.

Bottom Line

Although this phenomenon wasn’t something we used to hear in the past, today it’s more than evident that more and more people are experiencing it. Even though there are still no definite causes, there are certain things that one can do to prevent it.


If you’ve ever experienced sleep paralysis, make sure you give these tips a go.

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