Posted by: Monday | 2010/11/01

Another sleep paralysis qu

Hi there

I have been wanting to ask this - also read your reply to a previous thread regarding sleep paralysis.

i''ve tried finding the answers to these questions but would appreciate your input:

what may contribute to this condition? this happens to me just before i fall asleep and other times i wake up and also have it happen to me. my ''symptoms"  = i get pins and needles throughout my body, i get very hot, i hear like tingling (cant describe the sound) and i am unable to move or talk. my heart then races (i think that''s because i get very scared as i cannot explain this).

is there any research on a possible association with nutrition (lack thereof) and this? is it actually sleep paralysis? what may prevent further occurences?

sorry for this long post, but i appreciate your answer.

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Our expert says:
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What you are describing does indeed sound like sleep paralysis. It has nothing to do with nutrition.

When we go into the dream stage of sleep (so-called REM sleep) our muscles become paralysed. This prevents us from acting out our dreams, in other words sleep-walking. When this paralysis happens at a time it shouldn't, then one gets sleep paralysis. Very frightening, but of no health consequences.

Thank you for reading the posts, and keep the questions coming!

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Posted by: Trevor | 2010/12/03

My sleep paralysis is only felt in my shoulders and upper arms. I wake up 3-5 times every night with painful shoulders and upper arms and pins and needles in my whole arm and hands. I can only sleep on my sides (very uncomfortable on my back) and this means I have to turn over many times during the night. This does not cause me anxiety, just a lot of pain. I have a Simmons mattress, and that''s supposed to be one of the best - but I still feel the pain.

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