Sunday, May 1, 2016

9 Ways To Conquer Sleep Paralysis!

How to fight sleep paralysisWe often think that sleep paralysis was so dangerous to us, we always think that it could kill us. Based on the elders, they always told that it could kill us and according to some issues of death due to sleep paralysis. We, the people until now believes that it can cause death to many of us. Once you experience that horrible sleeping paralysis you'll be convinced that it could harm us.

On the bright side, these sleeping paralysis could not harm us. As the experts say, these phenomenon
is only a biological event and there's nothing to worry about. You’re not dying. It’s a hiccup in the brain’s chemical soup as we transition from sleep to wakefulness. Moreover, we can now prevent and escape being a victim of sleeping paralysis.

Here are some thoughts on how to fight and how to get through that sleeping paralysis:

Note: Because this is such a personal thing, some of these tactics will work for you, and others won’t. Choose the ones that make the most sense to you intuitively.  Think of these strategies as tools in a toolbox to bring out when the conditions are right. Make a plan and resolve to remember it for the next time you wake up in sleep paralysis.

1. Don't fight.
In these moment the most important thing to do is to control your emotions and fear. When you feel that you're being held down, don't fight back. These will just amplify the situation, the fear is just getting stronger. Fighting back can increase the feeling of being held down and it feels more like you're being crushed heavily it can also trigger the emotion center of the brain and intensify your nightmare.

2. Surrender and just go with the flow.
Instead of fighting back, relax and prepare yourself whenever you feel that sleep paralysis is starting to happen. Just go with the flow and let that horrible thing tumble around you do anything to you. It’s like winning a fight by having no resistance. Then say to yourself, "its just a night mare and nothing more than that, I can get through this". After that you'll get back reality.

3. Wiggle your Toe
Another great tactic is to wiggle your toe. When you are under that sleeping paralysis try to move any part of  you body calmly. Don't be affected of what's happening around you instead just go with the flow. When you feel than you can freely move, simply wiggle your toe until you got awaken.

4. Clench your fist.
This method is a variation of the toe wiggle tactic. All you have to do is clench your fist then you'll pop out to reality.

5. Focus on your breath.
An easy way to stop these nightmares is to do some controlled breathing.  Controlled breathing does several things at once.  For starters, it lessens the feelings of chest pain that sometimes accompany sleeping paralysis. Breathing is autonomic like the heart’s beating or digestion, so it’s not paralyzed like the big muscles in our arms, chest and legs.  But breath can be controlled with attention or be affected by severe fear, which may be why SP sufferers “forget” to breathe when under attack.   If you can control your breath, you can control your fear.  Simply draw your breath in at a normal rate, and exhale fully, using all of your lung capacity.  Notice that you can breathe fully without obstruction. This technique will keep you calm as the SP runs its course and then you will wake up without any trouble.  A few moments of focused breathing with a strong intention to wake up is effective.

6. Getting Help from your Sleep Partner.
When you have a partner that shares your bed you better inform them about your sleeping paralysis attack, tell them all the signs when you're under sleep paralysis. Told them to wake you up a as soon as possible the got the signs.

This tactic only works some of the time, because some signs are not noticeable and hard to clarify to your partner that you're under sleeping paralysis. Most of the time your partner was in a deep sleep and its so hard to wake them up, but some patients can speak during their paralysis though some of them can't so it's really hard to notice. Choose a short word that is easy to say.  “Help” is a good choice.  When you’re in paralysis, focus your attention on your throat and say “Help.”  Don’t try to say it as loud as you can; what may happen is that your imagination will take over and you will only say the word in your dream.  Instead, say it forcefully but without screaming.

7.Coughing for Help
A variation of using your voice is to try to cough into wakefulness.  Like breathing, coughing can be autonomic or consciously regulated.  By coughing on purpose, you can jar yourself awake.

8. Lean into Love to Find Courage
Now is also the time to lean into unconditional love.  For many, the surest path is in religious or spiritual beliefs.  Regardless, focus on a figure that you admire and love. Think of someone who calms you down, someone who you associate with peace, love and safety.  This could be Jesus, the Dali Lama, or someone you know personally. In my first sleep paralysis nightmare when I was fourteen years old, I thought about the love and respect I had for a girl in my class. Embarrassing but true!  It worked, the feelings of oppression and evil dissipated immediately. In this case, true love really does conquer all.

9. The most effective of all.
When you realize that you're under the sleeping paralysis crunch up your face just like you smell something annoying or you saw creepy things. Snarl and squint. Do it three to four times in a row and you'll be free with the sleeping paralysis. This is the most effective way of escaping and fighting these night mare.

After you wake up, get out of bed immediately and turn on a light. Wash your face with cold water. If you just stay in bed, the chance of sliding right back into sleep paralysis is pretty high.

FACTS: The suggestions above all have helped hundreds of people get out of sleeping paralysis and get some sleep.  Not every tactic will work with you.  But having too many tactics in your mind can actually be counterproductive.  So it is important to make a plan, almost like the fire escape plan you may have for evacuating your family home in case of emergency. Write it out; this will cement the plan in your mind and make it easier to remember when the paralysis comes on strong.

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