On the contrary, as told by the experts, there's no way you can escape into it and the only way to escape is to wait for it to stop. No matter how you try to wake yourself up, even you shake your toe a lot, your facial muscles and your fingers you're still under that sleeping paralysis. Still, after you get back to reality, being a victim of sleeping paralysis, it will leave you awake and fearful of sleeping again for it may happen again.
Here are some scary facts about sleeping paralysis:
1. It feels like you woke up dead.
Most of the patient are saying the exact statement like others. They say that it feels like you're waking up dead, and you know your mind is awake but your body is not and you feel like you are trapped and you have nothing to do with it instead you just stare at those things around you.
2. Its a way more extreme than a night mare.
“It is the complete opposite, actually,” Breus explains. When you enter deep REM sleep, your brain tells the body’s voluntary muscles to relax and go into almost a state of paralysis, which is called atonia. Atonia actually helps protect the body from injury by preventing you from acting out the physical movements in your dreams. In other parasomnias, such as sleepwalking or REM sleep behavior disorder, atonia does not occur properly and the voluntary muscles move while the mind remains asleep, which is why people can sometimes do crazy things in their sleep and be totally unaware of it.
In sleep paralysis, the body remains paralyzed in REM atonia while the brain awakens and the eyes start to open, explains Breus. Sufferers become alert in a transient conscious state, but they are unable to move voluntary muscles or speak. Although involuntary muscle movement, like breathing, is not affected, there is often a sensation of chest pressure, which is why many people wake up from sleep paralysis gasping to take a deep breath. Episodes can last anywhere from 20 seconds to a few minutes.
3. It always happen between waking up and falling asleep.
Sleep paralysis can occur during one of two transitions in the sleep cycle. The body must go into REM sleep, and it must come out of it, but sleep paralysis occurs when the body has trouble making these transitions. If it happens when you’re falling asleep, it’s called hypnagogic sleep paralysis, whereas if it happens during waking it’s called hypnopompic, Breus explains. Unfortunately, why the body can’t transition smoothly is still unknown.
4. It can make you see scary things and hallucinate.
Unlike the visuals in nightmares or lucid dreams, which occur when the eyes are closed in REM sleep, these hallucinations occur in the state between sleeping and waking when the mind is alert and the eyes are open. True visual and auditory hallucinations during sleep paralysis are relatively rare, according to Breus, but many patients report feeling an undeniably strange or scary presence in the room.
In addtion, sleep paralysis is just super frightening to begin with, so it often triggers a panicked response with increased heart rate. People freak out because they can’t move, and it’s this extreme anxiety which causes people to be very fearful of their surroundings.
5. You can escape it by waking yourself up.
Some of the victims says that in order to wake yourself up is just by moving your toes, facial muscles and fingers. Ever body tries to do something to wake themselves up, but what is really freaking truth is you cant wake yourself up even you move any body parts, you cant fool the sleeping paralysis. The only thing to do is wait for it to stop by itself and you'll get back to reality, said by the experts.
6. Sleep paralysis is actually a natural occurrence and can happen to anyone at any age.
Every time you go to sleep, there is some risk of waking up in sleep paralysis. But severity and degree of consciousness vary greatly — most people have at least one episode at some point in life but aren’t even aware of it. When it does happen, it’s highly individual and rarely the same experience for everyone. But it’s most common among young adults and people with a history of mental illness.
7. It’s probably related to being sleep deprived.
According to experts, research has consistently shown that the less sleep you get and the more exhausted you are, the more likely you are to experience sleep paralysis and other sleep disorders.
8. But really, there is no definitive cause.
Stress, depression, certain prescription medications, and, more recently, an inherited gene have all been linked to sleep paralysis. But while research shows associations, there is no clear cause of sleep paralysis, which is obviously super frustrating for anyone going through this.
We do know that sleep paralysis can either occur on its own as an isolated incident, or it can be a symptom of other sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy. And there’s no explanation for why it might happen every other day or just every once in a while.
9. Seriously, people have been trying to explain this weird phenomenon for centuries.
Accounts of sleep paralysis can be found in Persian medical texts dating back to the 10th century. The first clinical observation was made by a Dutch physician in 1664 who diagnosed a 50-year-old woman with “Night-Mare.” It was believed to be caused by demons or spiritual possession until the 19th century, when it was termed “sleep palsy” and eventually “sleep paralysis” in medical texts.
10. People have blamed sleep paralysis on everything from witches and UFOs to giant ghost dogs.
And there are various folk legends all over the world that attempt to explain the existence of it in different cultures. Some says that you don't have to be afraid and there's nothing to be afraid of sleeping paralysis. But try to tell it to those who has sleep paralysis then they'll make you a debate, cause nothing is ever scary than having a sleep paralysis.