Sleep conditions

Have you ever woken up in the morning and can't move? Well many people experience a range of sleep conditions and Sleep Expert Elizabeth Shannon joined TODAY to explain them.

Sleep Paralysis

  • Generally paralysis is a part of REM sleep, so that we don't act out our dreams

  • It’s a problem when we wake up and can't move, or when it is accompanied by hallucinations, loud noises, etc. We are awake, but asleep at the same time.

  • May also be associated with narcolepsy and other sleep problems

  • Repetitive? Look at anxiety, panic and PTSD

  • Review your medications and any drug withdrawal

  • Watch your alcohol consumption

  • Some associated symptoms triggered by strong emotions, sudden lifestyle changes

  • Decrease stress

  • Sleep on your side

  • Get more sleep, and more regular sleep

  • If you wake up and can't move

  • Recognize it for what it is, don't fight it

  • Deep breathe yourself through the minute or so

  • Wiggle just a toe, or something easy

  • Use bright light to wake you up fully

  • Do some physical exercise for a few minutes afterwards

  • If it is worrying you at all, or you think you have narcolepsy, have it checked out.

    REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

  • Acting stuff out while we are in REM sleep, kicking, grabbing, yelling

  • It needs to be treated, because it can get worse

  • May occur during withdrawal from alcohol or some drugs and antidepressants

  • Can indicate the beginnings of a neurological problem

  • Definitely get it checked out professionally

  • Night Terrors

  • 1 - 6% of children

  • Don't wake them up, they are asleep

  • Typically no recall

  • There are associations with diet

  • Sleep Walking and Talking

  • Non-REM sleep

  • Part of the brain is awake, but the rest is asleep

  • Check food intolerances

  • Check the side effects of your medications

  • Take sensible precautions to avoid harm

  • Bed Wetting

  • Some children mature later than others, generally they outgrow it

  • Food intolerances are a possibility - check The Food Intolerance Network

  • Parents, don't overreact because it can effect the child's self-esteem

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