Sleep Paralysis, Anyone?
5 Ways to Prevent Sleep Paralysis
I used to be a chronic victim of sleep paralysis. In the Philippines we call it "bangungot", although this word may also mean ' a nightmare'. It is also called Sudden Unexpected Death Syndrome (SUDS), Brugada Syndrome.
It was almost every night I have this temporary sleep paralysis. Having an "attack" is almost always frightening. Sometimes it comes during or after a 'normal' dream or a nightmare. It will really give you a heart attack! Some of those who died from this "mysterious" malady diagnosed to have died of heart attacks. Well, who will not have one when you are in a state where you can not move, and everyone thinks you're just asleep, and when you cry for help, they will presume you're just dreaming..? Victims hear things and see things... it's eerie. We can read their stories from from some forums in other sites. What they are experiencing are just like "hallucinations". There are sites that explains thoroughly the truth about sleep paralysis (avoid the paranormal explanations. It is far from it, believe me.)
It is true that there are unexplained "happenings" inside the room.. like you are in a horror thriller.. or a terror flick. Somebody's "watching", but you don't see them. Or you see yourself going about , just like Jim Carrie in the movie "The Truman Show". Or you see yourself floating, like having astral travel..whatever. I have experienced all that, and more. And I've experienced "near death" situations several times. But the Lord spared me. He always hear my silent cry for help. Indeed God sees us when no one is looking. Praise God Almighty.
I remember it all started when I was in my teens. I used to read pocketbooks. And I read them to sleep. That's when my eyes and brains get tired and will have the "bangungot", but the attacks has nothing to do with the books I read. (by the way, I read mostly romantic novels then). I wake up and find out I couldn't move.. I start to shout but no one seems to hear me. I noticed that every time I try to do that, or every time I try to move, I feel like a battery slowly going out of power. My brain is like being squeezed and it is so uncomfortable. In severe attacks, It feels like a welding rod touch my brain. It is frightening. It could be that my brain is starting to need more oxygen..? I don't know, really. This is all my experience, and it is only I can explain what's going on inside my brain, or while asleep while in the state of paralysis. Some do the research but they don't experience what some of us did. All they do is have volunteers (perhaps) by attaching some kind of apparatus to monitor their sleep. And they talk of things like temporary sleep paralysis do happen during REM stage, etc. Like it is just as simple as that.
Sometimes, when I'm in the state where I couldn't move at all, and when panic has not seized me yet, slowly moving the fingers until my brain will pick what I am doing could help me move at all. This is helpful in "slight" sleep paralysis. I know others have tried this, too, and has proven this effective (although not always.) It is best to do preventive measures.
For seven years or more now that I experienced just occasional attacks, having found ways to prevent it. It greatly helped me. Of course I am still vulnerable to attacks but at least now I found ways how PREVENT it. I hope this will help other victims too.
1. Just before going down to bed, drink a full glass of water. I guess drinking a glass of water will also hydrate the brains.
2. If you've done a lot of reading, or watching tv, or having mental stress due to your kind of job, sit and observe if there is throbbing at the back of your neck or at the nape. If there is some sort of throbbing if you turn your head down, then start to do a light neck exercise. Turn your head gently side to side for a few counts, then up and down, then gently rotate it.
3. After the neck exercise (you can do it while squatting on yourbed), look up and inhale and exhale deeply, like filling more oxygen to your brains. Do this 10 to 12 times.
4.Check if the throbbing at your nape is gone. If it is gone then I may say that it is safe for you to go to sleep.. but
5. Don't forget to say your prayers for protection from the Lord God Almighty.
Have a safe and sound sleep.
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