This Is What Actually Happens To You When You Wake Up In Terror And Can’t Move

 

It's likely that at some point in your life, you've woken up petrified and unable to move even a finger. Your body feels like a dead weight and you've been overtaken by a feeling of complete and utter dread. To make things even worse, you're sure there is something in your room with you and it feels like it's getting closer. No matter how hard you try, you can't even open your mouth to scream. Finally, after what seems like forever, you're able to shake yourself out of it. Check out what really happens!

 

Your eyes dart around the room and your heart is nearly beating out of your chest. Thankfully, nothing is there.

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This horrible and intense feeling is due to sleep paralysis.

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Before modern medicine figured it out, people used to believe that the condition was caused by supernatural beings.

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As far back as Ancient Greek times, people truly believed that demons and devils were the cause of their night time scares.

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The actual explanation is far less scary than you might imagine!

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Sleep paralysis occurs when your mind is awake, but your body hasn't quite caught up yet. It can happen right before waking or sleeping.

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Rather than being supernatural, the whole process is actually totally natural. Your body is in a natural state of paralysis when you're dreaming and in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.

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The sense of creepers hanging out in your room is just a simple hallucination. It is nothing sinister.

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Your mind is still dreaming when you experience sleep paralysis and you need to figure out what could be triggering this reaction. Maybe you're watching too many horror movies, perhaps you're under extreme stress or it could be that your not getting enough sleep at night.

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It's very important to de-stress and to relax at night so you can be well rested.

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If you're still experiencing sleep paralysis, even after adopting a healthier lifestyle, it might be an idea to take a look at any medications you've been taking and to ask around the family to see if they've a history of sleep issues!

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And finally, if you're at all worried, just speak with your doctor (but, remember not to work).

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