Sunday, February 5, 2012

Hag phenomena and sleep apnea

There are many sleep disorders besides sleep apnea with one of the most frightening called hag phenomena or sleep paralysis. As I described in a post a few years ago sleep paralysis is what happens when you wake up and can’t move, which can be terribly frightening. The reason it is called hag phenomena that the feeling of not being able to move when you wake was compared to having a witch sitting on you in bed.
I received a comment recently regarding the sleep paralysis post
Here is part of the post from Reesy…
I have had the experience about three or four times. I consider myself to have quite a strong resolve but to wake up unable to move or breathe is horrendous. I focus so hard on trying to move and snap myself out of it but it is almost impossible - I have been researching online and most conclusions are that the body will eventually kick in and it is just connected with REM.
In fact states that a possible reason for sleep paralysis “Sleep researchers conclude that, in most cases, sleep paralysis is simply a sign that your body is not moving smoothly through the stages of sleep” and it isn’t connected to any psychiatric problems. However a study by states that 16 percent of those who have experienced sleep paralysis met the criteria for panic disorders.
 For more stories on sleep paralyses check out this site.
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1 comment:

  1. 16% isn't that much though, so I wouldn't be overly concerned. However I suffered form a lot of sleep problems myself. If you're at all religious, I might offer turning to God. If you look at surrendered sleep in a biblical perspective, you see that that a spiritual answer my solve all your problems. Bible sleep, if you will, works wonders.