Saturday, May 1, 2010


I have been suffering from sleep paralysis, this is an illness wherein a person's mind is conscious but his/her body could not move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, a person may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes. Some people may also feel pressure or a sense of choking. According to literature four out of every 10 people may have sleep paralysis. This common condition is often first noticed in the teen years but in my case I started to experience the condition at the age of ten. But any person of any age can have it. Sleep paralysis may run in families. I usually experienced sleep paralysis everytime I lack sleep, if my sleep schedule changes, and if am so stress with work. Based from my readings, there is nothing to worry about this condition as this had nothing to do with psychiatric or psychological disorder. There is also nothing to panic about this. Prevention is still the key to avoid the illness, which include trying to get enough sleep at least 7-8 hours a day and relieving oneself from too much stress, and for some who sleep on the back trying new sleeping position maybe helpful.

1 comment:

Accounting Trivia said...

This is what we call "urom" in our dialect. Been experiencing this often and having a new sleeping position really helps.. ;)