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What It's Like To Suffer From Sleep Paralysis And Why It Happens

Imagine awaking from sleep only to find you are unable to move. It may feel as though your body is trapped between sleep and wakefulness. 

This is sleep paralysis. 

Per WebMD, "Sleep researchers conclude that, in most cases, sleep paralysis is simply a sign that your body is not moving smoothly through the stages of sleep."

Many who suffer from the affliction have described nightmare sleep paralysis stories, such as the feeling of waking up in a state of fright, compressed and surrounded by a kind of unease often associated with the supernatural. 

While sleep paralysis has long been shrouded in mystery, scientific gains have helped researchers to understand more about this phenomenon, why it occurs and how to deal with it. As is the case with many strange sleep disorders, sleep paralysis continues to be extensively researched. Understanding the science - and how to control it - may help you stop worrying that Beelzebub is stalking your bedside.