If you get sleep paralysis, don’t open your eyes

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Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move.

It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, you may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes.

Sleep paralysis most often occurs in people who have sleep apnoea, but it can affect anyone.

Episodes involve not being able to speak or move while falling asleep or upon waking. This usually lasts one or two minutes and is often frightening.

The main treatment is improved sleep habits (sleep hygiene) including going to bed at the same time every night, ensuring a comfortable sleep environment free of distractions and avoiding caffeine before sleeping.

What causes sleep paralysis, and what should one do when they experience it?

It can be an uncomfortable and terrifying experience, but there are ways to make it go away faster and to make it a little more bearable.

This is not professional advice, please seek out a professional if you need help.

This video is created for educational purposes and awareness around different topics. Video may or may not be able to go fully in-depth in such a limited time.

If you care about sleep quality, please read studies about sleep problem that could damage key blood vessels, and treatment that could reduce severity of sleep apnea by one third.

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