“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.
Almost every culture throughout history has had stories of shadowy evil creatures that terrify helpless humans at night. People have long sought explanations for this mysterious sleep-time paralysis and the accompanying feelings of terror.”
🔒 While you sleep, your body experiences REM atonia: the brain’s process of locking the body’s movement to keep you from physically acting out what’s happening in your dreams. However, sometimes this mechanism misfires, paralyzing you right as you’re falling asleep or waking up.
As many as 40% of us have experienced sleep paralysis at some point during our lives, though for a few it’s a routine — and frightening — occurrence. WebMD reveals the causes and provides helpful solutions to overcome this phenomenon.
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