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What is sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis is the sense of being awake, but unable to move. It can be accompanied with hallucinations and tends to occur when waking or falling asleep. Most episodes last seconds to minutes. Although frightening, it is not a serious health problem.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Insomnia (sleep problems)

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