Why Do I Feel Paralyzed Before I Fall Asleep?enteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/T-expertAnswers-enHD-AR1.jpgFind out what the experts have to say.sleep, sleep problems, sleep paralysis, paralyzed, falling asleep, waking up, can't breathe when falling asleep, can't breathe when waking up, can't move when falling asleep, can't move when waking up, visions when falling asleep, visions when waking up, hallucination, hallucinations, problems falling asleep, narcolepsy, sleep deprived, sleep deprivation, sleep depravation, don't sleep enough, not getting enough sleep08/24/200708/12/201908/12/2019KidsHealth Medical Expertscf9fa01a-2b36-4502-b447-494cbc168405https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/sleep-paralysis.html/<p><em>Sometimes, just before I fall asleep, I feel paralyzed. I can think, but I can't take in air, and when I think about moving, my body won't respond to that thought. What's going on?<br /> </em>&ndash; <em>Kayleigh*</em></p> <p>Although we can't say what's going on in your particular situation, there is a medical condition known as <strong>sleep paralysis</strong>.</p> <p>Sleep paralysis is rare. But it can be scary if the person doesn't know what's happening: Someone with sleep paralysis temporarily loses the ability to speak or move while falling asleep or waking up. This sensation can last for seconds or even a couple of minutes. Some people may also have hallucinations. During an episode of sleep paralysis, people may <em>feel</em> like they can't breathe, but that's&nbsp;not actually the case &mdash; a person continues to breathe throughout the episode.</p> <p>Sleep paralysis can happen just once and never again. But, for a few people, it may be a regular occurrence. Either way, it can be a big relief to know what's happening. That's why the best course of action is to see a doctor and get checked out.</p> <p>If you do have sleep paralysis, a doctor can help figure out why it's happening. The condition may be linked with one of several things, including another sleep problem known as narcolepsy or certain mental health conditions. A person who is sleep deprived (not getting enough sleep) may be more likely to experience sleep paralysis.</p> <p><em>*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.</em></p>
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