Sleep paralysis is the worst experience ever, and I have had the awful misfortune of enduring episodes of it over the past few years.
Keep reading to discover ways to prevent future relapses and what to do when/if they happen.
What Is Sleep Paralysis?
Sleep paralysis is a parasomnia, in other words it’s an undesired event that is associated with sleep. It usually happens shortly after falling asleep or upon waking up, in the transition between waking and sleeping. It sort of feels like a glitch because your body is immobile but your mind is wide awake. So, your brain naturally freaks out!
What It Feels Like
During sleep paralysis, you are conscious but you are incapable of moving at all. You may feel pressure on your chest, the sensation of someone choking, or may hallucinate and see frightening shadowy beings. In my personal experience, everything was blurry as if I was experiencing the desert heat and my hands were not my own. They were long, burnt, and hot!
6 Ways To Prevent It
1. Make sleep a priority. Try to get 8 hours of sleep veery night. Do not be one of those people that brags about getting 4 hours of sleep to work. Trust me, it is not worth your sanity. If you want to calculate your sleep. Click on the link: https://startsleeping.org/sleep-calculator/
2. Promote a good night’s sleep. In addition to exercising, try having a bedtime routine. Some ideas are using face masks, putting essential oils on your pillow, turning the humidifier on, drinking some sleepy tea, using a weighted blanket, dimming the lights 20 mins before bed, doing some bedtime yoga to relax your muscles, and staying away from electronics. Blue screens have been proven to suppress the production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Most importantly, try to reduce overall stress and anxiety (also mentioned below).