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Sleep Paralysis; the spirit in your dreams


Ever woken up from a bad dream, only to realize you are pinned down to your bed and cannot move?

I bet you have, this feeling of being out of control is known as Sleep Paralysis. Many Jamaicans would claim they have been held down by evil spirit while others said they have even seen ghosts. According to an article written by the NHS Choice; “sleep paralysis is the temporary inability to move or speak that happens when you're waking up or, less commonly, falling asleep.”

So in essence, your brain has woken up but your body is still in a state of sleep, which normally cause the muscles to be paralyzed. Despite, the muscles of the body being briefly paralyzed, you are still able to breath and even see in some cases.

It has been noted in several research that sleep paralysis has been experienced by majority of the population at some time in their live.  Researchers have even went on to say that most of these occurrences take place while the individual is sleeping on his or her back. Sleep paralysis may even cause individuals to experience hallucination, this is reason they may have sense ghost or evil spirit in their presence. This terrifying but harmless experience can last from few seconds to even minutes.

Wondering what could possibly cause such dreadful experience? Here are a few causative factors;

  • Sleep deprivation - the less sleep you get and the more exhausted you are, the more likely you are to experience sleep paralysis.

  • Family History - family history plays a very important role in our health and wellness, thus sleep paralysis is just one more thing in our life it will impact on.

  • Age – sleep paralysis has been reported mostly in the teens and young adults.

Sleep paralysis is also being rumored to be linked to mental illnesses such as bipolar and stress therefore, it’s important to check with your doctor if you have any of these concerns:

To reduce and eliminate the occurrence of sleep paralysis is to have a healthy sleeping life and to take care of your personal health through regular exercise and a proper diet.

Have you ever experience sleep paralysis?  


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