6 Ways to Prevent Sleep Paralysis
Sleep paralysis is by far my least favorite symptom of narcolepsy. Actually, that’s an understatement. Sleep paralysis almost broke me.
Not only is it extremely traumatizing, but if I try to explain it I am often told I need to see a counselor or get deliverance. Maybe I do.
My frightening sleep paralysis experiences
Sleep paralysis, in my words, is when your brain wakes up, but your body is still asleep. People report “seeing” scary beings. I have had what feels like these scary beings pin me down, and violate my body.
Sometimes, I also have felt like my conscience separates from my body. I don’t know what is really happening and honestly don’t think about it too much. I just have worked hard to make it stop. If you are also someone who is burdened by sleep paralysis, please know you are not alone.
Taking a different approach to symptom management
I often find myself approaching narcolepsy a bit outside of the box. Learning about brain waves and how narcolepsy affects them was pretty helpful during Neurotherapy. In short, narcoleptics bounce back and forth between really slow brain waves when we are asleep or fighting sleep and fast brain waves that occur with cataplexy.
My observation is that hallucinations and sleep paralysis occur when we are trying to go to sleep, but our brain waves are still too fast. I work to balance my brain waves and slow them down when they are too fast. Applying this to sleep paralysis has helped me come up with some unique ways to decrease sleep paralysis.
Ways I prevent sleep paralysis
Here are some of the ways I prevent sleep paralysis.
1. Listen to music during a nap
I listen to alternative music during naps. Crazy loud even. I have never had sleep paralysis when I am sleeping with music. Music has long been thought to interact with our brain function. I have played around with slow music, but it doesn’t work as well. My speculation is that the tempo of alternative calms my brain waves. I listen to an Alternative Pandora Playlist. I am curious to hear what kind of music helps, as you experiment. Here are a few songs I listen to: "Bad Liar" by Imagine Dragons, "Africa" by Weezer, "Happier" by Marshmallo, and "Legendary" by Welshly Arms.
2. Don’t sleep on your back
I have no idea why this matters or helps. For me, it just does. You can still have sleep paralysis on your side. It’s just less common, from my experience.
3. Go to sleep before you are crazily tired
Being crazily tired makes my brain waves speed up, not slow down. If I wait too long to nap or go to bed, sleep paralysis is pretty likely. I pay attention to my brain and make sure I rest before I get too fatigued. I go as far as to take a 20-minute catnap at 7 p.m. if I know I won't make it to my 10 p.m. bedtime.
4. Use frankincense essential oil
I believe frankincense has the ability to slow brain waves. The most effective modality for me is a few drops under the tongue. This calms my brain so sleep paralysis doesn’t occur. Make sure you have an oil brand that can be taken internally.
5. Eat Keto or low carb
I am still learning why this helps as well. All I know right now is it helps me, not only with my sleep paralysis but all my narcolepsy symptoms.
6. PrayIf you are someone who talks to God, this may be a good topic to discuss with Him. I often pray for peace before I go to sleep.Learning from each otherI warned you that I have outside of the box ideas on how to prevent sleep paralysis. Like anything, it’s not curable, but we can support our brains so they act less narcoleptic.I would love to hear any tips you have for easing sleep paralysis. Register with our site and then share in the comments below.Register Here!
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