Sleep paralysis isn’t quite as scary as it might sound. You may be alarmed to find that you are not able to move your arms, legs or any part of the body for a brief time either when falling asleep or just waking up. But this sleep disorder is not harmful. It simply indicates that your body is not moving smoothly through the necessary sleep stages.
Some people who experience sleep paralysis are unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes. They may feel pressure or a sense of choking. Typically, this phenomenon is a symptom of narcolepsy. In order to diagnose and treat you properly, our sleep paralysis doctor will discuss your health history and may ask you to keep a sleep diary to track your experiences. An overnight sleep study or daytime nap study may be recommended to rule out other sleep disorders.
Sleep paralysis treatment may include improving sleep health habits, prescribed medications or treatment for other related sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy or leg cramps. If you are experiencing any type of sleep paralysis, you can get relief with help from our sleep paralysis specialists.
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