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What is sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis episodes are characterized by a temporary inability to talk or move when falling asleep or waking up. These may last for a few seconds to a few minutes. Sleep paralysis may also occasionally occur in people with no sleep-related disorder.
Sleep Paralysis is a unique situation where your brain wakes up, but your body does not! You feel paralyzed for a few seconds, but it can feel like a long time. Many people tell me they think that they "woke up dead." This is often simply a sign of sleep deprivation (not getting enough quality or quantity of sleep) and can be treated with just more good quality sleep. If however this does not help, then you should speak to your doctor as this has been seen as a sign of a serious sleep disorder called Narcolepsy.

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