The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli

Sleep Paralysis


So what actually causes sleep paralysis? When we go to sleep it’s normal for our muscles to relax, but paralysis occurs when the process that causes your muscles to relax during sleep momentarily continues after you’ve woken up. Sleep paralysis can be a symptom of narcolepsy, which is a rare sleep disorder which disrupts the sleep-wake cycle. Other contributing factors include, sleep deprivation, irregular sleeping patterns and age as it is more common in teenagers and young adults.

So can this phenomenon really just be a natural biological process that we all experience at some point in our lives, or is there a more sinister and supernatural explanation? Are the hallucinations actually visions from the spirit world, as when we sleep we access our sub-conscious, where communication from the other side occurs. Strange, Spooky and Weird would love to hear your opinions regarding ‘Sleep Paralysis’ and also any stories from your own personal experiences of this phenomena.

I’m not asleep… but that doesn’t mean I’m awake

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