Sleep paralysis is not a thing of horror film : zoom in on this real disorder scary

La paralysie du sommeil n'est pas qu'un truc de film d'horreur : zoom sur ce vrai trouble angoissant

Sleep paralysis : what it is and how to avoid it ?

On Twitter, more and more young people are afraid of the sleep paralysis. A lot of tweeters have even confessed to have lived. But that is what it is ? A parasomnie creepy, that looks like a nightmare awake. You find yourself stuck between the dream and the awakening, completely still in the face of monsters and silhouettes little reassuring. Basically, you have hallucinations without having taken shrooms. What to do if it happens to you ? And how to avoid it ? Here are the answers to all your questions.

Sleep paralysis is scary for a lot of tweeters

More and more young people talk about sleep paralysis on Twitter. The majority of them are really flippés and several testify on this issue that they have had during the night. And the internet users are many of them hoped never to relive it. But that is what it is ? A sort of nightmare awake, which occurs when falling asleep or when awakening. It is a parasomnie which is part of the international Classification of sleep disorders has been established by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Here are the symptoms

How do you know if you have ever experienced a sleep paralysis ? If you felt as immersed in a nightmare, but it was impossible to move the little finger for you to come out of it, is that the answer is yes. While Kendall Jenner was revealed to be sleep paralysis very often, many anonymous, are also in his case. A certain Arnaud had told RTBF : “This presence I could not see her, but I know that she was there. I wanted to scream but no sound came out of my mouth, the same goes for trying to move even an arm, I was just a prisoner in this body. I woke up to the time when the dream became more intense and I felt like a stab me and pierce through the back”.

To his side, another unknown, Mathilde, had explained to Slate : “The monster looks so to me, I have the impression that it removes my blankets. And then, he supports with all his might on my chest and I have this choking sensation unbearable. I try to scream, I struggle, but I can’t move”. It is so downright creepy, normal that young people are likely not to want to live it. Especially that according to the figures of Doctissimo, 30 to 40 % of the population has experienced or will experience a day on this concern.

The horror filmmakers are fond of this “disease”

This problem has inspired many directors of horror films. The oldest will be reminded of Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), who haunt the nights of several characters in Freddy – Chapter 1 : The claws of the night of Wes Craven. Most young people, they have certainly seen Dalton and his father Josh (Patrick Wilson) being victims of sleep paralysis their causing travel the astral in Insidious or Kate (Olga Kurylenko) who has the same symptoms pétrifiants that the victims of a demon in the movie Mara.

But the other references to sleep paralysis in horror movies are many, whether The Grudge, Paranormal Activity, Slumber or, more recently, the series the French Marianne, available on Netflix. It must be said that a character lying in a bed, with the inability to move the face of a threat, it can only create fear.

That is what causes it ?

According to Slate, “a lot of people who suffer from it do not have any psychiatric disorder in addition”. And if sleep paralysis can “arise independently”, it can also be more rarely associated to different pathologies such as narcolepsy. But there are some predispositions”.

But then how sleep paralysis is it caused ? It is often linked to “anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder”. “In studies conducted in the United States, the people who had lived through conflicts, including the Vietnam war” could have. It can also happen in people with “other psychiatric disorders such as social phobia, panic disorder, generalized anxiety or depression or even bipolar disorder”. Finally, it can also appear “in people with sleep disorders : sleep, split, shift work, or irregularities in the schedules of wakefulness and sleep”. So if you have experienced a trauma, that you have psychiatric problems or simply that you are sleeping poorly, you can potentially undergo a sleep paralysis.

What are the solutions and how to avoid it ?

When asked by the Journal of Women, professor Isabelle Arnulf (neurologist and somnologue at the Pitié Salpêtrière hospital in Paris) has revealed the two ways to get rid of it. “Once paralyzed, there are two possibilities : give up or fight. Combat paralysis is difficult and anxiety provoking, because the person will feel even more that she is paralyzed and will do little to generate a few guttural sounds or jerking the brief. So, the best solution is the second one : let it go.

For this, you must imagine away from this nightmare, in a place that makes you dream like a beach in the Bahamas, a villa with sea view in Bali or Disneyland Paris. Once you see this place comforting, you’ll be going back to sleep, or to wake you up. You will not be stuck between the two, in this state of shock.

Finally, if you want to avoid to redo a sleep paralysis, know that there is no treatment, but several of the recommendations. Like what ? Avoid sleeping on your back, do not miss sleep (not bingewatcher the entire season of the New adventures of Sabrina in one night), go to bed at regular hours (and more to 23 than to 3h in the morning) and learn to relax in the face of stress.

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