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The Weird and Intriguing History Of Sleep Paralysis

Regular bouts of sleep paralysis can be a symptom of conditions like narcolepsy or PTSD, but sometimes these conditions do not provoke sleep paralysis at all. Random occurrences of sleep paralysis typically stem from periods marked by lack of sleep, medical or anesthetic error or high levels of stress.

The unpredictability of this parasomnia makes it all the more frightening when it happens.

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Are we awake yet? Pour a cup of coffee, enjoy some content.

Over the yawn and past the alarm, the rest of the day is ahead.

Health

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While we usually think of being asleep or awake as clearly defined and distinct, conditions like sleep paralysis challenge these fixed boundaries.

Sleep paralysis is a temporary inability to move that occurs right after falling asleep or waking up.

Individuals remain aware during episodes, which frequently involve troubling hallucinations and a sensation of suffocation.

Sleep Hacks

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How To Fall Back Asleep: 10 Hacks

Waking up in the middle of the night and checking your phone to find out it’s 3 a.m. can cause frustration and sleep anxiety. If you find yourself waking up several times a night struggling to fall back asleep, you’re not alone.

However, there are several things you can do to combat this.

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We were getting plenty of blue light before modern digital life began. Most of it comes from the sun. But gadgets like televisions, smartphones, laptops, and tablets that populate modern life emit the brighter, shorter-wavelength (more bluish) light.

And because of the pandemic, we’re staring at those devices even more, according to Vision Direct, which surveyed 2,000 adults in the United States and another 2,000 in the United Kingdom.

Q & A

Our readers are invited to email us with their questions!

Q: What does AHI mean? (Diego I.)

A: Hello Diego!

AHI stands for Apnea Hypopnea Index. More importantly, it is the measurement that determines if you have Sleep Apnea and how severe it is.

The AHI measures how many times you stop breathing every hour. When you stop breathing, we call it an apneic event.

If you have Sleep Apnea, your AHI (or the number of times you stop breathing) may be anywhere between 5 to 120 times per hour. Even with an AHI of only 10, this means you are not breathing once every six minutes- and so your body is being woken up all night long. If you have Sleep Apnea, you should definitely seek treatment from a qualified physician or dentist.

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Q: How do I help my partner? Sometimes they stop breathing while they sleep and it's frightening.
(Harris J.)

A: Hi Harris!

You’re correct to be frightened. The halting of breathing is not normal and can have many serious adverse effects. Breath arrest is a sign of sleep apnea and your partner should take a sleep test as soon as possible.

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Newsletter #20, Volume 1, Edition 61

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