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  Sleep Paralysis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
Sleep paralysis is a term either used to describe the normal paralysis of the body that occurs during REM sleep, or a disorder where awareness is maintained when the body becomes paralysed when entering sleep (known as hypnagogic paralysis) or remains inappropriately paralysed when awakening (known as hypnopomic paralysis).
To differentiate normal sleep paralysis and the disorder, the term for the sleep disorder is often referred to as awareness during sleep paralysis.
Normal sleep paralysis is thought to be due to mechanisms in the brain stem, particularly the reticular, vestibular, and oculomotor neurons, which prevent bodily movements, block sensory input and provide the forebrain with the internally generated activity that characterises brain activity during REM sleep.
www.lucidnet.co.uk /sleep/paralysis.htm   (413 words)

 Sleep Paralysis: page 2
Sleep paralysis, or more properly, sleep paralysis with hypnagogic and hypnopompic hallucinations have been singled out as a particularly likely source of beliefs concerning not only alien abductions, but all manner of beliefs in alternative realities and otherworldly creatures.
Sleep paralysis is a condition in which someone, most often lying in a supine position, about to drop off to sleep, or just upon waking from sleep realizes that s/he is unable to move, or speak, or cry out.
Sleep paralysis is often thought to be associated with narcolepsy.
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 Sleep Paralysis
Sleep paralysis is now being studied as an explanation for terrors in the night, which have been experienced by people across all cultures and for thousands of years.
Sleep paralysis is a condition in which someone, most often lying in a supine (face up) position, about to drop off to sleep, or just upon awaking from sleep realizes that s/he is unable to move, or speak, or cry out.
Cheyne believes sleep paralysis to be an hallucination created by physical things occurring in the body as a result of a dysfunction or malfunction of the normal R.E.M. state of sleep.
www.dreamsnightmares.com /sleepparalysis.html   (511 words)

 Sleep paralysis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sleep paralysis occurs when the brain is awakened from a REM state into essentially a normal fully awake state, but the bodily paralysis is still occurring.
The primary symptom of sleep paralysis is partial or complete skeletal muscle paralysis during the hypnopompic or hypnagogic states.
Sleep paralysis occurs during REM sleep in order to prevent the body from manifesting the sleeper's dreams.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Sleep_paralysis   (1678 words)

 How to Cope With Sleep Paralysis - WikiHow
Sleep paralysis is a common condition where people are paralyzed at the onset of sleep or upon waking, often with terrifying hallucinations.
Some researchers agree that sleep paralysis is most commonly caused by the position you fall asleep in, most commonly when lying on your back.
Consider having a sleep study to diagnose whether the cause of the sleep paralysis may be sleep apnea.
www.wikihow.com /Cope-With-Sleep-Paralysis   (985 words)

Sleep paralysis refers to a terrifying experience that happens during sleep in some individuals.
Sleep paralysis is an isolated phenomenon in most individuals; however, in some cases it can be associated with a disorder called “Narcolepsy”.
It is known that stress and sleep disturbances increase the episodes of sleep paralysis.
www.sleepsa.com /paralysiseng.html   (531 words)

 Sleep Paralysis
Sleep paralysis is often described as being held down by an invisible force and can be extremely scary to the person being held in this confinement state.
This sleeping disorder is most often associated with demonic or malevolent activity because the disorder 'feels' like someone is holding or pinning you down, thus preventing you from being able to move or to scream for help.
Sleep paralysis can be attributed in most instance to something called a "Night Hag," or a waking dream.
www.ghostweb.com /sleep.html   (714 words)

 Paralysis, sleep definition - Medical Dictionary definitions of popular medical terms
Sleep paralysis is due to an ill-timed disconnection between the brain and the body.
Sleep paralysis is the result of premature (or persistent) mind-body disconnection as one is about to enter into (or exit from) REM sleep.
Sleep paralysis occurs most often after jet lag or periods of sleeplessness that interrupt the normal REM patterns.
www.medterms.com /script/main/art.asp?articlekey=9810   (407 words)

 Sleep Disorders - Sleep Paralysis - Dreams
Sleep researchers and psychologists pooh-pooh this idea, instead terming it a sleep disorder called "sleep paralysis." This sleep disorder has only recently been identified, appearing within the last ten years.
It is believed that sleep paralysis is an hallucination caused by physical or chemical activity in the body that causes a malfunction of REM sleep.
Sleep paralysis is a "parasomnia," which translates to "events about sleep." While sleep paralysis is typically a rare occurrence in most of the population, it can manifest as a common symptom of narcolepsy.
www.bellaonline.com /articles/art29750.asp   (876 words)

 What is Sleep Paralysis
Many people have experienced Sleep Paralysis but were just too afraid to mention it their doctor's, psychological or medical, and even leery about discussing it with friends or relatives.
Sleep paralysis is a phenomenon that is known, to some extent, by all cultures throughout the world.
Sleep paralysis is a condition in which someone about to fall asleep, or just upon waking from sleep, realizes that they are unable to move or speak, but can still breathe and move their eyes.
sleepparalysis.dnswh.com /what_is_sleep_paralysis.htm   (2413 words)

 sleep paralysis
The description of the symptoms of sleep paralysis is similar to the description many alien abductees give in recounting their abduction experiences.
Sleep paralysis is thought by some to account for not only many alien abduction delusions, but also ghost sightings and delusions involving paranormal or supernatural experiences (e.g., incubus and succubus).
Sleep paralysis is something many people experience once or twice in a lifetime but it is a frequent occurrence of those suffering from narcolepsy.
skepdic.com /sleepparalysis.html   (264 words)

 Night of the Crusher: Science News Online, July 9, 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
Sleep paralysis differs from nocturnal panic, in which a person awakens in terror with no memory of a dream.
Neither does sleep paralysis resemble a night terror, in which a person suddenly emerges from slumber in apparent fear, flailing and shouting, but then falls back asleep and doesn't recall the incident in the morning.
Sleep paralysis embodies a universal, biologically based explanation for pervasive beliefs in spirits and supernatural beings, even in the United States, Hufford argues.
www.sciencenews.org /articles/20050709/bob9.asp   (2669 words)

 Sleep Paralysis
Sleep paralysis is characterised by being totally aware and apparently wide awake but literally unable to move a muscle.
During ordinary REM sleep, the body is unlinked from the brain and effectively paralysed.
Sleep paralysis appears to occur either at the beginning or end of REM sleep when the brain and body get "out of synch".
www.here-be-dreams.com /sleep/paralysis.html   (479 words)

 Sleep Paralysis
Sleep Paralysis is a transient and generalized inability to move and speak that occurs during the transitional period between sleep and wakefulness
Many vivid descriptions of Sleep Paralysis can be found in the literature of the 19th century (in Maupassant's Le Horla and in Melville's Moby Dick, for example) and of the early 20th.
The term Sleep Paralysis, however, was introduced only eighty-five years later, in 1928, by Wilson to describe attacks of powerlessness that can occur upon awakening.
www.sleepeval.com /sleep_paralysis.htm   (720 words)

 Sleep paralysis, parasomnia, sleep apnea, sleep eat, parasomnias, paresthesias, dysesthesias, obstructive sleep apnea, ...
Over the years sleep paralysis has been well characterized, and is now known to be a normal event occurring at least once in about half the population.
It occurs during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, that sleep stage when the body is naturally paralyzed or "atonic." For some reason, the indidual wakes up during REM sleep and then realizes he/she cannot move.
Although full consciousness is usually preserved, there may be rapid alternation between sleep paralysis and dreaming, with distortion or absence of time sense (on one occasion I thought I heard people talking in the room, which was not so).
www.lakesidepress.com /pulmonary/Sleep/sleep-paralysis.htm   (1108 words)

 Sleep paralysis definition - Medical Dictionary definitions of popular medical terms
Sleep paralysis strikes as a person is moving into or out of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, the deepest part of sleep.
During REM sleep the body is largely disconnected from the brain leaving the body paralyzed.
Sleep paralysis can be familial and may be genetic (inherited) in some cases.
www.medterms.com /script/main/art.asp?articlekey=9806   (415 words)

 Sleep Paralysis
Sleep experts have long known about sleep paralysis, but research in the latest issue of the medical journal Neurology offers them a better idea of how common it is and what the risk factors might be.
The study also found that sleep paralysis often appears as a secondary problem for people with sleep-robbing mental illnesses like severe anxiety and bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive psychosis.
Sleep paralysis strikes during the transition between dreaming sleep - called REM sleep for its telltale rapid eye movements and being fully awake.
www.sgha.net /sp.html   (538 words)

 Sleep paralysis
Sleep Paralysis, from what I personally have come to understand, is a phenomenon that even science alone cannot seem to solve.
Firstly, Sleep Paralysis from what I have concluded is something that seems to be extremely common among people who have psychic abilities.
What I mean is that around ninety-five percent of people, who go through Sleep Paralysis, are those who can feel presences, communicate with life beyond the living realm, see into the future, or even those who just get random glimpses of impending doom in their minds.
www.ghoststudy.com /new6/article_submissions/sleep_paralysis2.htm   (1211 words)

 Sleep Paralysis, Nightmares & Night Terrors
Sleep paralysis often appears as a secondary problem for people with sleep-robbing mental illnesses like severe anxiety and bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive psychosis.
About 6 percent of kids and 1 percent of adults suffer from this parasomnia the word for bizarre sleep behavior which occurs when there's a glitch between sleep cycles, and the sleeper is stuck in a confusing and frightening state between deep sleep and wakefulness.
New findings suggest that sleep apnea already known to be one of the biggest causes of fragmented sleep may be a major underlying factor in night terrors.
www.wintersteel.com /Sleep_Paralysis.html   (2561 words)

 sleep paralysis and lucid dreaming
Depending on the experimental sample, up to 16% (5 to 10%) of the normal population experiences Isolated Sleep Paralysis (ISP) at least once in their lifetime (these percentages are population sensitive and may increase or decrease depending on the country or ethnic origin of the subjects sampled).
Geomagnetic, cross-cultural and occupational faces of sleep paralysis: An ecological perspective.
The isolated sleep paralysis event (and sleep paralysis in general) occurs most often at sleep onset.
www.geocities.com /jorgeconesa/Paralysis/sleepnew.html   (972 words)

 Waking Up to Sleep Paralysis (Doubt and About)
Sleep paralysis occurs in 30% of the general population.
It appears that humans have always experienced sleep paralysis and sought to explain it, resulting in well known stories of incubi and succubi--demons thought to sexually attack people in their sleep--as well as related tales from other eras and cultures.
The emphasis on sleep paralysis emerged from a program of research that McNally and Clancy had originally undertaken to study women claiming to have recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse.
www.csicop.org /doubtandabout/sleep   (1189 words)

 Sleep Paralysis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
I think the sleep paralysis was the most profound of the two disorders.
Sleep Paralysis victims have brains that operate primarily in the Alpha Brain Wave state.
Personally, I have never seen a brain wave activity from a sleep lab or anywhere,showing which brain waves is more dominant,as you say, during the isolated sleep paralysis occurence.
sleep-paralysis.spaces.live.com   (1753 words)

 Sleep Paralysis
Sleep paralysis consists of a period of inability to perform voluntary movements either at sleep onset (called hypnogogic or predormital form) or upon awakening (called hypnopompic or postdormtal form).
It was not until R.E.M. and its correlation to the dream state was discovered that the mystery of Sleep paralysis started to unfold.
During most regular sleep cycles the hormones begin to wear off even before the dream is completed and thus people wake with a full funcitionning body.
www.reikinurse.com /sleep.html   (1112 words)

 Links: Awareness during Sleep Paralysis
Sleep Paralysis from the University of Montreal The Dream and Nightmare Laboratory associated with Montreal's Sacre-Cour Hospital.
Characteristics of REM sleep accompanied by sleep paralysis and hypnagogic hallucinations in narcoleptic patients.
Sleep Paralysis: A REM Sleep Phenomenon as Documented with Simultaneous Clinical and Electrophysiologic Assessment.
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 Sleep paralysis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
Perhaps the most startling of all dream states is that of sleep paralysis.
The unconscious knows that sleep is inappropriate at that time, so an expectation of being discovered results in a dream of someone approaching.
In fact, the mother was experiencing sleep paralysis and the noise was the slight result of her frantic efforts to communicate, The doctor was, surprisingly, uninformed about sleep paralysis.
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/keithhearne/Paralysis.htm   (572 words)

 Sleep Paralysis
Sleep paralysis is a condition where as a person attempts to get up and out of bed and suddenly realizes they are completely paralyzed.
It can occur while the victim is sleeping during the day or night, and it is a worldwide phenomenon that has been documented since ancient times.
For all their explanations, however, the sleep experts still do not know what causes the brain to screw up like this, or why some people experience it more than others.
www.paranormal-nyc.com /sp.html   (448 words)

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