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Muscle freeze, breathing trouble after waking from sleep. Scared to sleep. Sleep paralysis?

Why is it that most of the time when I am asleep I would wake up but when I wanted to get up from sleep. There would be a feeling of tiredness and the next thing I knew I couldn't move. It is as if my muscles freezes. I also would start having trouble breathing. It's a very scary experience. But it's even scarier that I go through it almost everytime. Most times I would be afraid to fall asleep and would rather stay up all night. Please help me. Whats going on actually. What causes this to happen? And how do I stop it? Or just reduce it. I've been living with this my whole life. It's like a part of my life now. Like a routine.haha. but it's still traumating though. I did look up the internet. I got an answer which said that what I'm experiencing is called sleep paralysis. Could you also explain to me all about sleep paralysis. I'll be very grateful for whateve amswer is given. Thank you soo much.
Asked On : Sun, 21 Apr 2013
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Sleep paralysis is a complete inability to move for one or two minutes immediately after awakening. This immobility may be accompanied by hypnopompic hallucinations or a feeling of suffocation, perhaps due to slight reductions in tidal volume. These episodes can be quite frightening(narcolepsy)

Cataplexy and sleep paralysis are probably caused by inappropriate activation of the pathways that cause paralysis during REM sleep. The difference is that cataplexy is triggered by positive emotions, while sleep paralysis occurs upon awakening.

venlafaxine, atomoxetine, and fluoxetine. Clinical experience suggests that they may substantially reduce cataplexy/sleep paralysis with relatively few side effects. We have found extended release venlafaxine to be effective in many patients at a dose of 37.5 to 150 mg each morning, although fluoxetine and atomoxetine are also protriptyline or clomipramine

Gamma hydroxybutyrate — Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB, sodium oxybate, Xyrem)

hope that helps completely and have a sound sleep from now on

take care

Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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