• Lucid Dreaming - Dream Views

    When the body paralyzes itself outside of the REM cycle. Occasionally accompanied by hypnogogic hallucinations.
    Often confused with REM atonia (REM atonia happens while in REM sleep)

    Sleep paralysis is a REM sleep parasomnia characterized by an inability to perform voluntary movements associated with marked anxiety and occurs either at sleep onset (hypnagogic form) or on awakening (hypnopompic form).
    Sleep paralysis attacks last some minutes, do not involve respiratory and ocular muscles, are fully reversible, and often are accompanied by terrifying dream images.
    Sleep paralysis may form part of the narcoleptic tetrad, but isolated sleep paralysis occurs independently from narcolepsy, sometimes in a familial form.
    Sleep paralysis is polysomnographically characterized by the presence of mixed REM-like and wake EEG or EMG features.Polysomnography, if performed, reveals the event to occur in a dissociated state with elements of REM sleep and wakefulness.
    Hallucinatory experiences may be present but are not essential to the diagnosis.
    Info from post #1, here http://www.dreamviews.com/general-lu...citations.html

    Actual SP is a condition affecting less than half of the population (7.6% general, more with sub-groups).

    Aggregating across studies (total N=36,533), 7.6% of the general population, 28.3% of students, and 31.9% of psychiatric patients experienced at least one episode of sleep paralysis. Taken from post #2, here http://www.dreamviews.com/general-lu...citations.html

    Related Links:
    Sleep Paralysis Explained
    Sleep Paralysis Demystified


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