PTSD & Sleep Paralysis: How Traumatic Experiences Can Affect Sleep

A brief, but important discussion of the phenomenon.

The Egghead Agenda

This week, I’m pleased to present an article written by the wonderful Melissa Flickinger–book marketing manager extraordinaire–about an experience I know all too well: sleep paralysis. More about Melissa later, but first her post:

PTSD & Sleep Paralysis: How Traumatic Experiences Can Affect Sleep

It began in high school, the terrifying nightmares of feeling suffocated. The frightening sensation of being “awake” in your sleep, unable to snap out it while a shadowy figure is dragging your lifeless body across the ground.

This phenomenon is called “sleep paralysis”

Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, you may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes. Some people may also feel pressure or a sense of choking. (via www.WebMD.com )

I first came across…

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