Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
© Dr. Neil Stanley 2013-2019
What is Sleep paralysis? Sleep paralysis is a common condition where people wake up during the night and feel that they cannot move and/or feel a heavy pressure on their chest making it difficult to breath. Essentially when you are dreaming you are usually paralysed so that you are unable to act out your dreams, however sometimes when you wake up from a dream this paralysis may persists for a number of seconds causing the feeling that you cannot move or breathe. Although sleep paralysis can be frightening, especially if it occurs after a ‘scary’ dream, it is harmless. Although it is the reason why some people feel that certain strange events occur, such as being abducted by aliens. When you fall asleep (hypnagogic) or wake up (hynopompic) hallucination can occur these are usually indistinct but often people report a perception of a sinister presence in their bedroom again such may be scary but are completely normal.