Isolated sleep paralysis Definition
Isolated sleep paralysis is a type of
paralysis that occurs with a sleep disorder. Sleep paralysis is the inability to perform voluntary muscle movements during sleep.
Sleep paralysis - isolated
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Isolated sleep paralysis is more likely to happen during the first two hours of sleep. Not getting enough sleep or sleeping on the back may cause more frequent episodes.
Though this condition may occur with narcolepsy, many people who do not have narcolepsy have isolated sleep paralysis. It is common in adults and is also seen in children.
Most people with isolated sleep paralysis do not have any mental health problems. However, these episodes seem to occur more often in people with:
Rarely, it runs in families.
People with isolated sleep paralysis have episodes that last from a few seconds to 1 or 2 minutes in which they are unable to move or speak.
These spells end on their own or when the person is touched or moved.
Rarely, the person may have dream-like sensations or hallucinations, which may be scary to them. Signs and tests
If you do not have other symptoms of narcolepsy, there is usually no need to perform
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David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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