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Old hag syndrome February 20, 2012

Posted by Yakuza in facts.
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Believe it or not, your body is virtually paralyzed during your sleep – most likely to prevent your body from acting out aspects of your dreams. Glands begin to secrete a hormone that helps induce sleep and neurons send signals to the spinal cord which cause the body to relax and later become essentially paralyzed.

Sleep Paralysis is thought to be demons or ghosts sitting on ones chest, while the sleeper is aware of what is happening. Here are some of the symptoms of Sleep Paralysis:

Buzzing in ears
Unable to move or call out
Hallucinations
Sense of danger
Pressure on chest or face

During an episode, the sleeper can see everything in the room but some things my look distorted. Sometimes the victim will feel a presence or even see a figure in your room and begin to panic. These are very frightening and I even experienced a few.

Sometimes it is associated with a few sleep disorders. Here is a list of factors that can cause such an episode:

Sleeping on your back
Irregular sleeping patterns
Stress
Depression
Anxiety
Lucid dreaming

Have you ever experienced this “Old Hag Syndrome?”

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