Ah sleep; more people than ever before are studying the thing that eludes hard workers, sufferers of epilepsy and narcolepsy. Sleep is often an illusive and frustrating thing. If you don’t get it, it can make you absolutely insufferable. People who work long hours often suffer from sleeplessness and irritability.
Modern workers are pulling more hours than ever, and with inflation making wages more insignificant than ever before, people are having to perform two or three jobs at once just to make ends meet. Without their cups of coffee or other substances, they can’t even function. If you suffer from sleeplessness you might actually be a victim of sleep paralysis…a common but often ignored ailment that affects more people than you think.
The terrifying concept of sleep paralysis is rooted in folklore. The concept of “hagging” or when a spirit keeps you hostage in your sleeping state, but lets you open your eyes has been around for generations. People call it different things, but basically sleep paralysis occurs when you can’t move, but are entirely mentally awake.
The horrific event of sleep paralysis has been studied and documented over the years by scientists and sociologists alike. Various social and psychological effects occur when someone suffers from sleep paralysis. Over 35 studies have been put into effect in order to figure out this mysterious illness.
A 2011 paper compiled them all. The authors of these studies found that 7.6 percent of the population suffers from or experiences sleep paralysis. 28.3 percent of high-risk people have it. High risk is defined as people with anxiety and depression. Those psychological effects make the likelihood of sleep paralysis way more prevalent, leading researchers to believe that psychological ailments can lead to an increased sleep paralysis response.
Most people that experience a sudden wake up call are groggy; this has to do with REM sleep and the cycles in our sleep patterns. Most of the time, the grogginess lasts only a minute, but tends to feel much longer.
A lot of people feel a “presence” when they experience sleep paralysis. This is where the “hagging” and folklore come into play. Many people claim that a spirit or demon is keeping them down. Scientists have tried to pin down exactly what this has led to, but they haven’t made a serious discovery there.
The part of the brain that’s responsible for fear is the amygdala; scientists think it might be to blame. This concept ends up sending people into a spiral of fear and loathing. The studies conducted and compiled in this paper have lead to further treatment and discovery in relation to this crazy and often horrific experience.