Sleep Paralysis is Scary, But Is It Dangerous?

Sleep paralysis refers to the inability to move your body as you’re falling asleep or waking up. You might be aware of being fully conscious and fully able to breathe, but you’re paralyzed and you may even suffer from hallucinations. The experience can be frightening and unsettling.

In this video, sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus explains what is happening with your body when you experience sleep paralysis, where it occurs in your sleep architecture, and how you can stop this from happening by making some modifications to your bedtime routine.

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0:00 What is Sleep Paralysis?
1:34 How Common is It?
2:40 Two Kinds of Sleep Paralysis
4:10 What Makes Sleep Paralysis SCARIER
5:34 How to Get Better Sleep if You're Experiencing Paralysis
7:05 What to Do With Someone Who is Experiencing Paralysis

😴 Michael Breus, Ph.D., is a double board-certified clinical psychologist and sleep expert. He's been in practice since 1999 and helped thousands of patients improve their sleep. Dr. Breus has written five books on sleep and conducted over 1,000 interviews to the press and public.

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  1. Consciously inhale—that’s the tip that helps me wake up if I ever find myself in that weird in-between state.

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