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Originally posted by defcon5
You say that you have tried everything, but you do not say that you have tried going to a board certified sleep physician, nor having a sleep study run. I recommend that you do this, as you might have another underlying issue, such as sleep apnea. Often people who have insomnia, and headaches, actually have sleep apnea, so they float between stage one sleep and awake for hours with the desaturations causing a headache. Sleep apnea can cause arousals in REM sleep, thereby causing sleep paralysis. Narcolepsy is another potential underlying cause of sleep paralysis, and again only a polysomnography can diagnose this, while ruling out other possible issues such as apnea.
Originally posted by LeTan
Interesting question, and welcome to ATS! I have the same episodes of sleep paralysis as you, once every 2 weeks or so.
Mine usually occurs during my day naps or after I go for long periods of time without sleeping. I actually have been testing something out with my sleep paralysys.. with psuedophedrin hcl. I notice that on nights that I take some of it for my allergies, I get a slight nauseating feeling, the kind you get when your eyes open and you realise that you cannot move. However the full setting does not set in.
I do remember that one night I had cofee at ihop and could not sleep till about 7 am in the morning, I had one of my worst attacks when i did finnaly try to sleep. I woke up and was right in the middle of sleep paralysis. I also knew however that I was dreaming at the time. I kept trying to wake up but it kept chaining into another dream, like I would wake up, and seconds later realise that i was STILL dreaming. It was very frightning.
Originally posted by defcon5
reply to post by quitebored
Sorry I thought you said that you had headaches, I misunderstood what you wrote.
Yes, chemical changes can effect Sleep Paralysis, therefore doctors often change peoples medications and diet to try to remedy that issue if they know its not an underlying problem. There is no way that you can self diagnose whether you have narcolespy or not, it requires a set of sleep studies where we judge how many REM periods a person has in a specified amount of time using a polygraph machine (EEG). As to decreasing events with age, that can also happen, though not normally with sleep paralysis. Delta stage sleep (also called slow wave, or stage 3&4) starts decreasing in your 20's. Many of the odd sleep disorders that occur in youth occur in that state of sleep, for example: Sleep Terrors, Somniloquy, somnambulism, Enuresis, etc... Hence the fact that doctors tell many parents of children with sleep issues not to worry about them as they will pass, since slow wave decreases as they get older.
I hope that helps you some.
[edit on 2/1/2009 by defcon5]
Four other "classic" symptoms of narcolepsy, which may not occur in all patients, are cataplexy, sleep paralysis, hypnagogic hallucinations, and automatic behavior.
The only way to tell 100% is with a Polysomnography with a MSLT, if no issues are found on the PSG.