Wednesday, July 16, 2008

No Rest For The Weary

I cannot fully judge the veracity of this blog post, but I must admit the 6 side effects they mention of poor asleep do seem to affect. The one that scares me the most? Temporary paralysis:
Imagine you are lulled from sleep and feel a heavy pressure on your chest. You can barely breathe, can’t speak or call for help, and you definitely can’t move. You have to really concentrate just to move a finger because, though your mind is awake, your body is still in sleep mode. Some have compared it to being possessed. This experience is called sleep paralysis, and it can be a very frightening, unnerving disorder. Even though sleep paralysis isn’t often discussed, it’s a common and perfectly normal (albeit disturbing) experience—most of the time. “It can be a symptom of narcolepsy, but … [it’s considered] a normal entity if it happens once in a while,” Julianne explains. Sleep paralysis is caused by a disruption in REM sleep, which can be brought on by stress or being extremely tired.
Scary, no? Why are you still reading this anyway? Get some sleep!

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