Sleep Paralysis Explained

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Sleep Paralysis is a real and terrifying phenomenon when you awake from your sleep but find yourself literally unable to move. Why does it happen, who is at risk, and what can we do to prevent it?

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Welp Acum 4 ore
What if “the sleep paralys demon” is actually there every time u fall asleep so u can’t see it but when ur sleep paralyzed it doesn’t know u are awake... so it comes to stare at you
Trezzais Acum 20 ore
So im sitting there waiting for my sleep paralysis demon to come out but instead of learning how to meet him i learn how to prevent that? Hell nah
MisfitDK Acum o Zi
If not sleep my back wtf and an I suppose to do?
Zulhilmi Asyraf
Zulhilmi Asyraf Acum o Zi
Also sleep paralysis can turn to lucid dream if you doing it right.
The Game Guys
The Game Guys Acum o Zi
HA I thought he was kidding, i did the exact opposite he said to do and let me tell you, I had the worst month of sleep in my life
Jimin’s long lost jams
Jimin’s long lost jams Acum o Zi
“Don’t sleep on your back” My body - *literally can’t sleep unless I’m sleeping on my back*-
Joseph's Laidback Casual Gaming
Joseph's Laidback Casual Gaming Acum o Zi
Don't 4get the demons that come with it
🍓𝓢𝓽𝓻𝓪𝔀𝓫𝓮𝓻𝓻𝔂 𝓶𝓲𝓼𝓽🍓
🍓𝓢𝓽𝓻𝓪𝔀𝓫𝓮𝓻𝓻𝔂 𝓶𝓲𝓼𝓽🍓 Acum 2 Zile
Dr.Mike: get 7 to 9 hours of sleep School: wake up really early to go to school. Me: sleepy af Summer: sleep when ever you want to.
Tk Powell
Tk Powell Acum 2 Zile
It happens to me no matter how I sleep :(
wyclef O'hara
wyclef O'hara Acum 2 Zile
It happens to me regularly but less often ever since I reduced the amount of stress and anxiety (through yoga). I even try to get back to sleeping on my sides and my back which I pretty much haven't done in 15 years as I hear that sleeping on your stomach is not healthy. Anways, any time it happpens I focus on staying calm and not clenching my jaw, and I try my best to wink like crazy and wiggle my toes and fingers which allows the body to wake up :)
Gloriousturtlechan Acum 2 Zile
I've had this happen to me almost every night. Especially before sleeping. Went to many doctors and specialists and had multiple sleep studies and mri's done. Changed my diet, sleeping pills and regularly work out. It is still happening to me at least once every week if not twice. I don't get any hallucinations and I can only move my toes, which I have to wiggle wildly to get out of it. It's been a long journey with pretty much NO answers. It started when I was 12 and I am currently 24 years of age.
Popolues Acum 2 Zile
I had problems due to this
H K Acum 2 Zile
Why shouldn’t we sleep on our back?
StarWolffGaming Acum 3 Zile
Don't drink caffeine before bed That a problem
Kashish Acum 3 Zile
So here's a tip which i always uses to wake from sleep paralysis ( i got them often and i am an teenager) so start moving your finger tips then faster and then your whole hand will move and use your all strength to move your neck and wake up that's all but after all this you might be drenched in sweat coz it take a lot effort so better sleep again instead of waking.
Olivia Duffy
Olivia Duffy Acum 3 Zile
Wait but what do you do if you dont sleep bc i havent slept in 48 hours
MrBenTheBear Acum 3 Zile
I get this, but no hallucinations, my eyes are closed mind you and i cannot open them. Just 30 seconds of me trying to move. I figured out I can control my breathing, and if my wife is awake she will give me a good shake if I rapidly breath in and out. I did find I tend to get it when I take naps during the day. If I take too long of a nap during the day it is almost guaranteed I will get this during the night. I don't have any auditory hallucinations, nor do i have difficulty breathing or any of those symptoms, just trapped in my own body hearing everything around me but i am unable to move for a few seconds.
Bert Norticus
Bert Norticus Acum 3 Zile
Just go to sleep...why didn't I think of that 😕
Goose Acum 4 Zile
"Sweet dreams" Me with diabetes: *_NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO_*
peace bewith u
peace bewith u Acum 4 Zile
Just last night we had an earthquake here. Few nights before I had a sleep paralysis. I used to not mind sleep paralysis before that. But now It's scary not being able to move with an earthquake going on.
Alim ZazaZ Music
Alim ZazaZ Music Acum 4 Zile
For me, I get sleep paralysis everytime im super stressed out. I had this period of my life that Im always stressed out, i got a lot of sleep paralysis. Perhaps too many that I began to be able to control it. Everytime i get one, i can calm myself then I can wake up easy
Ola Bella
Ola Bella Acum 4 Zile
Question for Dr. Mike - how many hours should an adult (working an 8 to 5 shift) sleep?
soapy46 Acum 4 Zile
How have i not had sleep paralysis-
Rowlet the Owlet
Rowlet the Owlet Acum 4 Zile
Is it good to "oversleep" (i.e. sleeping for 15 hours - and yes it happened to me when I was 8. I slept from 8:40 PM to around 11:45 AM aka skipping breakfast)?
Anonymous Feather
Anonymous Feather Acum 4 Zile
But like, why does it happen?
Cluddzlol Acum 5 Zile
I had it once it was terrifying
Mango tango
Mango tango Acum 5 Zile
I’ve had this once and it was terrifying I just saw things dart around and I heard faint screams and whispers the worst part is you can’t talk at all
Danny Dennis
Danny Dennis Acum 5 Zile
Thx I have sleep paralysis I did what did for a year and it didn't so can help find out why
Cupcake Lovers
Cupcake Lovers Acum 5 Zile
Well or you could just not watch a horror movie before bed. 😂
Joey T
Joey T Acum 5 Zile
Also don't take naps
Fedje M
Fedje M Acum 6 Zile
Sleep paralyses is djin bogeboz or djin asheeq. You have to do roqia so it can go away. Djin: a ghoast. Roqia is a islamic way to het rid of djins or protect you from it.
hitmonchan Acum 6 Zile
I already had anxiety Now I'm anxious I'll get paralyzed when i wake up Thanks doc 😀
Rebecca Acum 6 Zile
this has happened to me MULTIPLE times even when i was younger. i had no idea what it was but as ive gotten older the only way for me to get out of it is to remain calm and focus on increasing my breathing. it’s so weird because i can still hear myself breathe so i just try and take breathes and increase and usually that helps me break out of it 😖 i only realized when i was older that hallucinations were a part of it which explains a lot 😂 i have had a lot of weird hallucinations some that i thought were real at the time i also pray when im in that state. a lot of people talk about seeing demons and i know sometimes they’re joking but i think praying helps to God me too ❤️
viviansytsui Acum 6 Zile
Shift work... I mean I don't think I can tell the hospital to change this. haha...
A Human 10000000
A Human 10000000 Acum 6 Zile
I’ve woken up unable to move my legs, is this the same?
z.o.n.e.d~o.u.t Acum 6 Zile
Is it weird that I've always wanted to experience sleep paralysis just to see what it's like?
Lana Jig-maker
Lana Jig-maker Acum 6 Zile
Terrifying? Wow, I've experienced sleep paralysis after a False Awakening dream, but I had a being near me that felt... protective and warm. Is that weird?
cyncxd Acum 6 Zile
i almost had sleep paralysis
murasaki Phoenix
murasaki Phoenix Acum 7 Zile
Get 7 to 9 hours of sleep and go to bed around the same time. Schools; im gunna stop you right there
Noxoreits Acum 7 Zile
I’ve had this. I woke up, I sleep in a relatively empty room, 2 windows covered, not much light, and a hallway with an open door to the rest of the house. A creature stands there, I couldn’t make out what it was. I was frozen, scared. Every blink, it gets closer, until eventually its in front of me. Weirdly, it started *stroking* me and I could feel it, until a good ten seconds and it disappeared and I fell asleep about 30 seconds later.
multi! sans
multi! sans Acum 7 Zile
Can someone tell me if its possible to get sleep paralasis AFTER u wake up bc i woke up in the middle of the night one time could Just normally move and then saw a shadowy figure outside of my room and suddenly couldnt move anymore
Elijah Ramirez
Elijah Ramirez Acum 7 Zile
Next time it happens to any of you repeat in your mind, “In Jesus name leave” He will help you!
Symmetrically weird
Symmetrically weird Acum 7 Zile
Ah yes. It's terrifying.
Arneth Productions
Arneth Productions Acum 7 Zile
𝓙𝓮𝓼𝓾𝓼 𝓲𝓼 𝓬𝓸𝓶𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓿𝓮𝓻𝔂 𝓼𝓸𝓸𝓷, 𝓽𝓸 𝓽𝓪𝓴𝓮 𝓪𝓵𝓵 𝓫𝓮𝓵𝓲𝓮𝓿𝓮𝓻𝓼 𝓲𝓷 𝓗𝓲𝓶, 𝓸𝓾𝓽 𝓸𝓯 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓼 𝓮𝓪𝓻𝓽𝓱, 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓫𝓪𝓬𝓴 𝓽𝓸 𝓗𝓮𝓪𝓿𝓮𝓷 𝔀𝓲𝓽𝓱 𝓗𝓲𝓶! ღ♱🙏 For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes (relies on; trusts; has faith in) in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (𝒥𝑜𝒽𝓃 𝟥:𝟣𝟨).I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said that. He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures (𝟣 𝒞𝑜𝓇𝒾𝓃𝓉𝒽𝒾𝒶𝓃𝓈 𝟣𝟧:𝟥-𝟦). For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Yet God, in His grace, freely makes us right in His sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins (𝑅𝑜𝓂𝒶𝓃𝓈 𝟥:𝟤𝟥-𝟤𝟦)Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me (John 14:6). God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it (𝐸𝓅𝒽𝑒𝓈𝒾𝒶𝓃𝓈 𝟤:𝟪-𝟫) If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (𝑅𝑜𝓂𝒶𝓃𝓈 𝟣𝟢:𝟫). All Who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. (𝑅𝑜𝓂𝒶𝓃𝓈 𝟣𝟢:𝟣𝟥) *Jesus loves you and God bless you!* ღ♱🙏
Nicholas Vondial
Nicholas Vondial Acum 7 Zile
More like demos
BugFlowerzz Acum 7 Zile
“Get seven to 9 Horus of sleep nightly” Well i already failed that
_CallMeKitty_ Acum 7 Zile
What I do is squeeze my eyes close or go under the blankets with the thoughts "hey i can't be scared by the hallucinations if i don't see them" Otherwise, if I feel it coming in i gently wiggle my toes/fingers and that prevents paralysis
Russ Acum 7 Zile
My grandma has been stuck in sleep paralysis for 21 years
Lucifer Morningstar
Lucifer Morningstar Acum 8 Zile
I don’t get sleep paralysis but when I do I try to move my body when I’m strong enough to some I was in the dark starring at a illusion of a tv on a white screen while a voice was talking through it
Evan Angel
Evan Angel Acum 8 Zile
Honestly I really want to experience sleep paralysis but only once
Bengemin Vue
Bengemin Vue Acum 8 Zile
I sleep on my back but I’m not the 10% of people
Hey♡Karly Acum 8 Zile
I didn't know I had sleep paralysis until today It was a normal night but I was awake unable to move and could see the whole room. I was really unaware of what was happening I didn't know if the door was open or closed but I saw something looked like a 7 yo boy ( I thought it was my brother)I didn't think much of it until its started running and high speed towards me, I anticipated my brother to jump on the bed but I never felt him I then noticed that it wasn't my brother and started screaming it was a red figure I was about 10 yo so this ready creeped me out. I woke up couldn't go to sleep but the next morning I felt as if I had a full night's sleep 🥲
Lynn.-.E Acum 8 Zile
Dude do you know how hard it is for a person that has anxiety to go to sleep for 9 hours straight- I can’t even do 1 hour at the worst time-
cave johnson
cave johnson Acum 8 Zile
Yo i want to have sleep paralysis once so i can frick the demon
Micheal :THE EVIL HERO Acum 8 Zile
I only had it once where I was awake and it was noon,I couldn't move and saw a weird humanoid shadow figure slowly approaching me and then it just stood there next to the bed for a good 5 minutes just pointing at me then another black shadow-like hand grabbed my head before it all stopped,I'd say the hand jumpscare was the creepiest part of it
IDCBMNTD Acum 8 Zile
Oh dat ish happened to meh I thought I was dying or something I w as unable to move and I found it hard to breathe I also felt as if a giant stone was on me or something after a bit I was ok but confused by the situation it happened like twice within half an hour for 5 mins
Sharkegy Acum 8 Zile
I'd used to have such realistic dreams I feel like Im awake, but then I can't move, then I wake up, but it turns out I'm still sleeping and I litteraly can't tell the difference between real or not
Family Sloan
Family Sloan Acum 8 Zile
This has happened to me like 5 times in the past few months
Syauqi Lintang
Syauqi Lintang Acum 8 Zile
Do yall sleep paralysis demon is looks like a monkey? No? Just me? Alright
Sandi Grandlic
Sandi Grandlic Acum 8 Zile
Im not even afraid of sleep paralysis becuase im a good friend why my shadow self
Scott Cronin
Scott Cronin Acum 8 Zile
Got it 1 night The outline looked like the little green aliens from toy story
Sabercon Acum 8 Zile
what if i wanna lucid dream though
Gojou satorou
Gojou satorou Acum 8 Zile
Men tbh I can't move when I wake up but I don't see hallucinations
Katijanna Ives
Katijanna Ives Acum 8 Zile
The last 2 times I've had sleep paralysis I was face down in my pillow I guess I passed out because I woke up that morning fine
Anonymous 5
Anonymous 5 Acum 8 Zile
I have experienced this before but it was more confusing and funny then ever
small_cod64 Acum 8 Zile
i literally do all of the things you said not to do (except smoking) and haven't had any sleep paralysis
Elytriferous Acum 8 Zile
it has happened to me multiple times but i just force myself to get up. and i mean absolutely force myself. Like constantly thinking i gotta get up i gotta get up and not go back to sleep.
blonde✨genius Acum 8 Zile
i’m only 13 but i get it every night. but it literally doesn’t bother me. just don’t panic and don’t open your eyes. don’t think about it and try to ignore it and you’ll be fine
Ozias Stega
Ozias Stega Acum 8 Zile
Recently when I've had sleep paralysis the way I've gotten out of it is my cats pawing at my face, somehow restoring my movement. XD
Marvelous Acum 8 Zile
I only had it once, but it was terrifying enough to where I never wanna experience it again.
Fabyz Acum 8 Zile
Im lazy thats all
JEZuZ Acum 8 Zile
So um my mom has narcolepsy and she can never really go to bed at the same time every night
WOOFLE Acum 8 Zile
The first time this happened to me i saw a black girl i mean like just pure black calling my name and im just there staring at here almost wanting to cry
Sims Life
Sims Life Acum 8 Zile
I used to get it nightly for decades until someone told me it was demonic and to pray over it. Had it maybe two or three more times and it stopped.
Baldwin xu
Baldwin xu Acum 8 Zile
Isn’t it good to sleep on your back though? That’s the basic rest position of your body… isn’t it?
ShowtimeZander04 Acum 8 Zile
Can you close your eyes
Le Noob
Le Noob Acum 8 Zile
Thank god that only happens to me once
Zay Acum 8 Zile
I have not got an episode for years now, but my first one was when I was a child and it was terrifying.
B_GUH Acum 8 Zile
anxiety and stress
The pet Poatato
The pet Poatato Acum 8 Zile
Ya know how long does that last bc it sounds fun
Trunks / Lucky Seven
Trunks / Lucky Seven Acum 8 Zile
I had one a few days ago i was f*cking terrified
yom0msfat Acum 8 Zile
It’s happened a couple times when I was a little kid, I was scared of the dark, and I couldn’t move and I saw my mom staring at me and for some reason that made me feel better, and then I can move again and I find out my mom is a hallucination.
UC19 Acum 4 Zile
Ben Haag
Ben Haag Acum 8 Zile
my sleep paralysis demon is me
Emily Acum 9 Zile
Omg my favourite disorder, shift work
Uzamaki tanjiro
Uzamaki tanjiro Acum 9 Zile
bruh literally me when I’m really tired I end up closing my eyes and I think of some horror going on like me getting killed and stuff and I get so scared I try to like wake up and shiz but then I can’t move I’m trying so hard to move my arms my finger anything because I get so scared from it
Iveta Rysová
Iveta Rysová Acum 9 Zile
Nah bruh
ThFewThProudThLEGIT Acum 9 Zile
What sucks most is when people have their first sleep paralysis and won’t shut up about it.
Eeee Acum 9 Zile
For me it helps when I have a light on
dushyant Acum 9 Zile
I had sleep paralysis 2 times but it was not for long it was like for 2 mins just because I was forcing my brain to be able to move my body I didnt had any ghost vision but when that had me I was like so terrified
ACIsLife ;-;
ACIsLife ;-; Acum 9 Zile
"Dont sleep on your back" book cover shows him sleeping.... on his back...
cora dorm
cora dorm Acum 9 Zile
i got it when i fell and hit my head will ice skateing
Link’s Channel
Link’s Channel Acum 9 Zile
Is there a way to cause sleep paralysis? I miss it
Squeaky _Mouse
Squeaky _Mouse Acum 9 Zile
I've never had sleep paralysis but I'm terrified of it so I sleep facing towards the wall every night and cover my eyes if I can with a sleep mask or something
Florzell webb
Florzell webb Acum 9 Zile
*my sleep paralysis demon Low-key thick though so I have to keep it happening*
Enikő Ferenczik
Enikő Ferenczik Acum 9 Zile
What should I do because I have sleep problems and I can not sleep for the first hour of the night
Fernando Ruiz
Fernando Ruiz Acum 9 Zile
I still don't get how people can sleep on there backs
Burnt toast
Burnt toast Acum 9 Zile
Umm Acum 9 Zile
Sometimes I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to speak. I can still move, just if I try to speak I couldn’t. And the creepy thing about it is that sometimes I’ll wake up my family members because I’m worried and they’ll get up with me, maybe make some food, and sometimes they even stay awake when I go back to bed. But when I wake up, I’ll have my voice back and everything will be exactly the same as it was the night before and none of them remember me waking them.
Hamza Acum 9 Zile
I had that i was scared to move when i woke up but one day i said f it and moved after that i was never scared again
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