Sleep Paralysis And Mental Disorders

913 Words Jun 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Less than 8 percent of the general population suffers from sleep paralysis, adding up to be approximately 25,898,400 people. Sleep Paralysis is when an individual is becomes fully conscious while falling asleep, experiencing the temporary inability to move or speak while falling asleep. Even though sleep paralysis sounds unnatural it is not classified as a psychological disorder, but as a phenomenon. While it might sound terrifying adding to the fact hallucinations are typically involved, it is surprisingly harmless to an individual 's mind and body. In some cases it even terrifies people to an extent, that makes them believe they are being haunted or have been cursed by a demon. However, in most scenarios this is not the case. It has been regarded that sleep paralysis is a symptom to psychological disorders such as narcolepsy. Furthermore, in recent studies psychologists, and scientists have not taken the time to do further study on sleep paralysis itself. Even when it is such a normal occurrence in the world of science today. Moreover, to find further research on the topic, judging whether this content should be further studied.

Prior to my research on sleep paralysis, I had believed that the only symptom regarding the phenomenon was that the individual was unable to move their body. I immediately connected this right away to cases involving “witnesses of the paranormal”. Moreover, I came to the conclusion that sleep paralysis was a disorder that affected a meager…
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