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    Sleep Paralysis Theory

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    Sleep Paralysis and The Paranormal Sleep paralysis itself has been around for many centuries. However, with the development of cultures and more people sharing their experiences, sleep paralysis now has many theories relating to the paranormal surrounding it. This paper will explore various supernatural theories, including the paranormal and alien abductions, along with the lasting trauma people face after having a sleep paralysis episode. Sleep paralysis is known to be common during sleep. Many leading causes are connected to stress, as well as sleep being interrupted while falling asleep or waking up. Sleep paralysis occurs when the REM cycle is interrupted during sleep as the person wakes up, however, the mind has put the body to sleep to prevent the body from harming itself while dreaming which then gives the effect of sleep paralysis as the person becomes aware of their surroundings without moving (Reisner). This insight gives a…

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    Sleep Paralysis

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    When a person goes to sleep, the brain normally causes the muscles of the body to relax and stay still. However, sleep paralysis is caused when parts of the REM state of sleep intrude into wakefulness. Approximately twenty percent of the general population experience episodes of isolated sleep paralysis. People who experience sleep paralysis often wake up and develop anxiety when they become aware of the fact that they are incapable of moving their bodies and also unable to speak. Some people…

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    Erika Dobis 10/13/15 English Thriller Story Sleep paralysis is the inability to move or speak when falling asleep or upon waking. The feeling is so horrifying because you've always been able to move. When someone has sleep paralysis they feel vulnerable and watched. One day as I was walking home from a long day at work. I felt really strange today. I felt like there was always someone next to me...... I rushed in my house and literally passed out from my exhausting day. As I was sleeping, I…

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    this are crazy. It’s called sleep paralysis. Over the centuries, symptoms of sleep paralysis have been described in many ways and often attributed to an "evil" presence, unseen night demons in ancient times, the old hag in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and alien abductors. A night hag or old hag is a fantasy creature from the folklore. Almost every…

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    Sleep Paralysis Analysis

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    The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of Sleep paralysis is a medical condition that affects thousands, if not millions, of people every day. It is defined as “a temporary inability to move or speak that occurs when you’re waking up or falling asleep” (NHS). Due to minute personal experiences with the subject, Rodney Ascher became fascinated with the innerworkings of sleep paralysis. This obsession led to the creation of his critically acclaimed documentary, The Nightmare, in 2015. The Nightmare is…

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    What are dreams? Why do people experience them nearly every time they fall asleep? They have always been a topic of interest among scientists, consequently in the world of psychology. Moreover, they are raising awareness among general public as well. However, what if there is something more terrifying than a dream? At first glance appearing as a scene from a horror movie, but the problem appears when a person realizes the main character starring, is them. Something looking so realistic, yet so…

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    The Effects of Sleeping Position on Sufferers of Sleep Paralysis Sleep paralysis is a brief, conscious state of involuntary immobility occurring when falling asleep or upon awakening characterized by muscle atonia and vivid, reoccurring, terrifying hallucinations. Complete muscle atonia is naturally induced during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep to prevent the sleeper from physically acting out dreams (Lapierre & Montplaisir, 1992), The absence of REM atonia causes rapid eye movement sleep…

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    What is Sleep Paralysis? Have you ever experienced paralysis? Do you know what paralysis means? What it is? According to Google, it is the loss of the ability to move in part or most of the body, typically as a result of illness, poison, or injury. So, now that you know what paralysis means, let’s discuss sleep paralysis and the psychology behind it. I myself am a victim of sleep paralysis and will share my personal experiences. You enter consciousness just finishing a dream,…

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    Other cultural beliefs and explanations are normally important to the legends and myths of different countries. Although these explanations differ majorly, the core aspect of Sleep Paralysis remains the same. This website as well as the book used for reference, offers examples of nocturnal attackers; for example, Kanashibari and Old Hag. (www.thesleepparalysisproject.org, Sleep Paralysis by Shelley R. Adler, 2010 Paperback) Kanashibari is a Japanese explanation of Sleep Paralysis which means…

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    Sleep Paralysis and Anxiety Disorders Studies have suggested that individuals who suffer from an anxiety disorder are more likely to experience isolated sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is the inability to make voluntary movements during the onset of sleep called hypnagogic sleep paralysis or upon awakening called hypnopompic sleep paralysis. During sleep, the body alternates between REM (rapid eye movement) and NREM (non-rapid eye movement). During REM sleep, the body goes into a state of…

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