Sleeping paralysis is a condition that affects a large number of people. Since you aren't completely asleep, you feel as if someone is pressing down on you or sitting on your stomach. Some people have sleeping paralysis that causes them to see a dark figure in their room.
It's not a spiritual attack; it's your BRAIN failing to turn off your muscles, causing you to fail to move and think someone is pushing down on you. When we have a bad dream, the brain ensures that we do not strangle ourselves or our bedmate to death while dreaming. If your brain does not turn your muscles off when you have a nightmare or a dream in which you see yourself fighting, you might be kicking your brother or sleeping with your spouse without realizing it. That is why, during a bad dream, when we are deeply unconscious, the brain momentarily paralyzes our body to prevent us from injuring ourselves. Many people have connected this ailment to a spiritual attack; while it's fine to pray about something, we should be cautious. Almost every Africans has been affected at some point by this condition; tell me, are all Africans spiritually attacked? What we need is wisdom.
Since your brain is still perplexed as to what is happening when you try to turn your muscles back on now that this disorder has manifested, you see a dark figure in the bed. In order to make sense of its own misunderstanding, the brain produces an illusion picture of another to explain the event that happens before it. "Assume your child has broken a glass cup and does not want you to know about it; she now tells you a tale about how the cat in the house smashed the glass," she says. "Even if the story is a lie, you'll believe it; that's exactly what the brain does in this case; it summons a dark figure to justify why you can't move to protect its own secret." Since they are faceless, the person you see is still dark. The brain is unsure which face to use.
But, if the brain is awake, why can’t the body move?
It all comes down to three or four phases of non-REM (rapid eye movement) sleep and one REM state in particular. While dreams may occur at any stage of sleep, those encountered during REM sleep tend to be more vivid and genuine. During REM sleep, the brain is highly busy, and people become paralyzed. While scientists aren't sure why many people assume it's because the body doesn't act out the dream. This is referred to as REM atonia. The majority of people who wake up unexpectedly are able to move quickly. Sleep paralysis occurs when a person is unable to move after waking up. It's REM atonia that continues until you wake up. This experience usually lasts a few seconds to a minute (I am sure it feels much longer). In extreme cases, however, some people need 10 to 15 minutes to recover motion. When people are in the grips of sleep paralysis, they always sense a presence. Researchers aren't exactly what's causing it, but they have a few theories. One is that the figure is the mind's effort to imitate action that it is unable to perform. The brain is basically saying, "I can't lift your muscles, but here's a good hallucination of them moving."
Another theory is that the amygdala is responsible. The amygdala, the fear center of the brain, becomes overactive, as Denis explains: "You wake up with your amygdala shouting, 'There's a danger!'" So the brain needs to come up with a solution to the amygdala's inexplicable activation.” (Source: Business Insider) While the amygdala remains active during sleep, sleep paralysis causes it to go into overdrive. This is understandable given the frightening nature of the situation. Different Types of Sleep Paralysis
There are three forms of hallucinations that can occur during sleep paralysis, according to a 1999 study: "incubus," "intruder," and "unusual bodily experiences."
People experience heavy chest pressure and a sense of being unable to breathe. This is, however, just a game of the mind. Since they are scared, they seem to be unable to breathe. Furthermore, the body is still in REM breathing mode, which is characterized by very shallow breathing. To us, it would seem odd.
The intruder causes people to feel a sense of presence, anxiety, and visual and auditory hallucinations. It's a "hypervigilant state of the midbrain," according to the authors, that can make people hyperaware of even the smallest stimulus and "biased toward cues for threat or risk." That's why a slight sound will startle someone suffering from sleep paralysis. (Source: Business Insider)
Unusual Physical Observations
These individuals believe they are experiencing an out-of-body experience. They have the sensation of floating or levitating around the room. Since various areas of the brain are activated at the time the person awakened, this form of sleep paralysis is unique.
Sleep paralysis makes prevention impossible. This is due to the fact that it is genetic and is related to a slew of other sleeping and health problems. However, there are certain steps that can be done to assist in the solution of the problem.
There will be no sleeping on your back.
Sleeping on one's side has been found to minimize the occurrence of sleep paralysis. Some sufferers also wear special clothing that makes it difficult for their bodies to sleep on their backs naturally.
If a person wakes up unable to move, they should focus on moving a single digit. Try moving a finger or toe and concentrating on that. The paralysis is broken until a muscle moves.
Fatigue, stress, and poor diet may also cause sleep paralysis.
It is not a supernatural attack; rather, it is a brain disorder that does not pose a life-threatening danger.
How have you dealt with sleep paralysis in the past?
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