This has probably occurred to almost everyone at some point in their lives. You were asleep, then you wake up in the middle of the night for some particular reason, maybe to get a glass of water, when you suddenly realise that you can’t move; your entire body feels glued to the bed.
Just a few seconds later, you feel as if an entity is looking towards you from a corner of your bedroom, and is gradually approaching you. You make an attempt to scream for help, but it is in vain. Then you start to feel that someone is trying to strangle you.
This is when you wake up completely and sit on your bed. You try to look for that entity that was staring at you all this while. But you can no longer find it anywhere.
There is actually a medical term for this condition. It is known as sleep paralysis. It might seem that something supernatural is involved with it, but it can actually be explained scientifically.
In the ancient times, when sleep paralysis couldn’t be explained scientifically, people used to believe that it was the work of demons. According to myths, upon the rooster’s crow, the demon’s powers were useless and so they had to leave.
But now scientific research has finally revealed the mysteries behind sleep paralysis. Basically, in case of sleep paralysis, your mind is awake but your body is still sleeping. These occur mostly when you are about to sleep or when you wake up unexpectedly.
The mind gets confused, more so because this occurs when one is undergoing REM sleep, the phase when dreams happen. And that is where those supernatural entities come in; those are all hallucinations. Since your mind still keeps on dreaming despite being awake, it seems as if the hallucinations are occurring in real life.
However, sleep paralysis can be avoided if you keep in mind the following points.
- Try to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every day. Optimum amount of sleep will not only get rid of sleep paralysis, but will also make you feel more energetic in the mornings.
- Try to reduce stress as much as possible. To be honest, in today’s life, getting rid of stress is almost impossible, but it can definitely be reduced. Keep in mind, you probably won’t experience sleep paralysis if you go to sleep completely stress free.
- Consult a doctor, if the above points don’t work. It could be that you have an adverse reaction to some food items or any medicine that you take regularly. Your doctor will help you fix these problems.
Sleep paralysis is definitely scary, but now that you know that there is no demon involved and you understand why this exactly happens, you will probably be less frightened the next time you experience one.