For anyone who does not know what sleep paralysis is, I have provided an overview from Wikipedia below.
I am curious to know if others with sleep apnea also frequently experience sleep paralysis (SP) I have experienced it all of my life and since my earliest childhood memories. It wasn’t until adulthood that I learned what it was. Prior, it was very frightening and in fact, I grew up being afraid of the dark. As a long time apnea patient (25 years) I have had 14 nights in hospital sleep labs. I have always hoped that SP would occur on one of those nights as I was eager to learn if and how it showed on the sleep architecture data they collect. Alas, I never had SP during a titration.
I am hoping others will share their experiences with SP, especially how often it occurs. For me it still occurs on a weekly basis.
THANKS for sharing!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sleep paralysis is a phenomenon in which a person, either during falling asleep (Hypnagagia) or awakening (Hypnopompia), temporarily experiences an inability to move, speak, or react. It is a transitional state between wakefulness and sleep, characterized by muscle atonia (muscle weakness). It is often accompanied by terrifying hallucinations (such as an intruder in the room) to which one is unable to react due to paralysis, and physical experiences (such as strong current running through the upper body). One hypothesis is that it results from disrupted REM sleep, which normally induces complete muscle atonia to prevent sleepers from acting out their dreams. Sleep paralysis has been linked to disorders such as narcolepsy, migraines, anxiety disorders, and obstructive sleep apnea; however, it can also occur in isolation.