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  • - [Narrator] Ever been in a state,

  • where you're coming in and out of sleep

  • and experienced the inability to move.

  • Even though you were conscious.

  • If so you may have just gotten a taste of sleep paralysis.

  • How is sleep paralysis

  • different from other types of paralysis?

  • It generally occurs, either during waking up

  • or falling asleep,

  • and it's temporary.

  • It's described as being aware or awake

  • while your brain is still somewhat in a sleep state,

  • but you're unable to move or speak.

  • This condition can be triggered by various factors,

  • such as abnormal sleeping patterns, insufficient sleep,

  • and psychological stress, among other things.

  • Sleep paralysis can be a scary and disturbing experience.

  • So to help you navigate these feelings,

  • here are seven actions not to do during sleep paralysis.

  • One, don't let your imagination run wild.

  • A good imagination can be useful and fun,

  • just not during sleep paralysis

  • because imagination also makes hallucinations more vivid.

  • You guessed it.

  • Sleep paralysis has often been associated with,

  • hallucinations.

  • And these hallucinations are usually unpleasant.

  • We're talking several reports of a sleep demon appearing,

  • and when you're unable to move or speak, you'll panic.

  • And when you're in panic mode,

  • it would be unfortunately easy

  • to conjure up the monsters in the closet

  • with your imaginations.

  • Two, don't believe what you see.

  • So we just finished talking about hallucinations, right?

  • Hallucinations aren't real.

  • And believing what you see

  • can cause some pretty chaotic situations.

  • Let's say you see something terrifying

  • and believe that it's real.

  • Trust me, you're not in for a good time.

  • It will only lead you to panic even more.

  • By understanding that these visions aren't real,

  • you'll have a better chance

  • of talking yourself out from panic and fear.

  • Three, don't focus on the visions.

  • Ever tried distracting yourself

  • during the scariest bits of a horror movie.

  • If so, you might wanna put that skill into practice

  • for the creepy hallucinations,

  • by trying your best to ignore these visions,

  • you may relieve yourself

  • and lessen the feeling that there's something to fear.

  • As I mentioned in point two,

  • by being aware that these visions are not real,

  • it will be easier for you to shift your focus away

  • from these visions during sleep paralysis.

  • Four, don't panic.

  • Panicking usually tends to make things worse,

  • unless you're at a disco.

  • Given this situation of sleep paralysis,

  • it's understandable, if you panic.

  • You're seeing frightening demons

  • and you can't move to fight back or run.

  • But the truth is, panic is just self-sabotage

  • and you'll unconsciously contract more demons

  • in your hallucination.

  • As hard as it is, by keeping calm during the process

  • and tapping into that rational part of your brain,

  • sleep paralysis will eventually pass.

  • Five, don't struggle strenuously.

  • What do you do, when you're trying to get a tight shirt off?

  • You struggle.

  • This is natural.

  • When you feel restricted, what do you do?

  • You try to escape and free yourself,

  • usually by struggling.

  • This applies to sleep paralysis as well.

  • Essentially, there's a good chance you'll fail to escape,

  • and this failure leads to more distress and panic.

  • Remember what we just talked about?

  • The more distressed and panicky you are,

  • the more terrifying the hallucinations become,

  • and vice versa.

  • It's a never ending cycle,

  • but here's what you can do instead.

  • It's possible and maybe even helpful

  • to create small movements in your body

  • to encourage a quicker release from sleep paralysis.

  • Here's a tip.

  • Focus on wiggling your toes or pinky.

  • Six, don't let your eyes wander.

  • Do you sleep in a large bedroom

  • or an area with lots of space.

  • If so, the roving eye may not be your friend.

  • Allowing your eyes to wander

  • may result in seeing or creating other things

  • that were not originally there.

  • As simplistic as this sounds,

  • the most helpful action may just to be, closing your eyes.

  • This will serve to shut out the frightening visions

  • and hopefully allow you to have an uninterrupted space

  • to talk yourself down and focus on something calm.

  • And seven, don't expect the worst.

  • Expecting the worst

  • when already in the unnerving state of sleep paralysis,

  • I think you can guess how that will turn out.

  • Thinking negatively,

  • can amplify your sleep paralysis experience for the worst.

  • Yes, this can be because of those hallucinations again.

  • Thinking about these worst case scenarios

  • can possibly encourage them to manifest

  • into a dreadful hallucination.

  • If we're able to channel positive thoughts

  • during these moments,

  • perhaps it may turn into something more pleasant,

  • like lucid dreaming.

  • sleep paralysis can definitely be scary

  • for a first time experiencers

  • or for those who don't yet have a good understanding

  • of the phenomenon.

  • Being robbed of everyday ability

  • is like movement or speech without warning

  • or obvious reason, is terrifying.

  • The good news is, exercising self-awareness

  • may help us also exercise better control.

  • Have you experienced sleep paralysis?

  • What was it like?

  • What did you see?

  • And how did you handle it?

  • Let us know in the comments below.

  • Thanks for watching.

  • If you relate to this video,

  • please like and share this video

  • with people who might benefit from it.

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  • and we'll catch you in the next video.

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