Sleep paralysis is a state, during waking up or falling asleep, in which a person is aware but unable to move or speak. During an episode, one may hallucinate such as hear, feel, or see things that are not there, which often results in fear. Episodes generally last less than a couple of minutes.
The most common lifestyle habits that can lead to sleep paralysis are: lack of sleep, inconsistent sleep schedule, mental imbalances, other sleeping problems such as narcolepsy or restless leg syndrome, medications, health problems and substance abuse. Common treatments noted are to make sure to live a more balanced lifestyle with consistent bedtimes. Often, medication is prescribed. This is only a band aid that never solves the issue.
If you have sleeping issues, you want to get to the root cause, and that's what makes TICM a reliable method in helping sleep issues like sleep paralysis, especially because other imbalances can cause this uncomfortable experience.
In TICM, sleep disorders are the result of an imbalance of our vital energy, what we refer to as Qi. Our Qi (vital energy) weaves in and out of cycles throughout the day cycling our Yin and Yang throughout our body which is like our circadian rhythm. The natural cycle that all living things experience throughout the course of a day. If our body is imbalanced, energy stagnation occurs and disrupts this flow. This affects our sleep cycle, energy levels, hunger and productivity as well as body temperature, brain wave activity, hormone levels, and cell regeneration, healing.