Sleep paralysis is a sleep Disorder in which an individual while sleeping experiences an inability to move, speak, or react temporarily. It is a transitional or intermediate state between wakefulness and sleep, which is characterized by complete muscle weakness.
It often occurs along with terrifying hallucinations. Recurrent isolated sleep paralysis is a parasomnia. A sleep paralysis involves undesired events that come along with sleep. An episode of sleep paralysis may cause one to be unable to speak. It can also make the patient unable to move arms and legs, body, and head. Patient is still able to breathe normally.
Patient remains fully aware of what is happening. An episode can last for seconds or minutes. The episode usually ends on its own. It may also end when someone touches you or speaks to the patient. Making an intense effort to move can also end an episode. Sleep paralysis may occur only once in your life. It may also happen many times in a year.
Sleep paralysis is a common condition with a prevalence of 5-62%. Although most affected people have single or infrequent episodes, sleep paralysis may be recurrent, or occur in association with the narcoleptic syndrome. In a study of 22 subjects with frequent sleep paralysis and also excessive daytime sleepiness, episodes continued for between 5 and 35 years. In contrast to subjects with the narcoleptic syndrome, these patients did not have cataplexy, daytime sleepiness and insomnia were less severe, and there was no HLA DR2(15) or DQ1(6) association. Sleep paralysis was familial in 19 of these subjects. A non-HLA linked genetic factor, in addition to environmental factors, may thus predispose to sleep paralysis.
Journal of Sleep Disorders & Therapy publishes a wide range of article in this discipline covering all modern trends in clinical and experimental research associated with Sleep paralysis, Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, Epilepsy, Restless legs syndrome, REM Sleep, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Personality disorders, Mood disorders, Sleepwalking, Enuresis, Psychological disorders, Psychotherapy, Sleep medicine and creates a platform for the authors to contribute towards the journal. The scope of the journal is not limited to the listed research areas but also include brain and its functioning. The editorial office promises to peer review the submitted manuscripts and ensures quality.
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