I happen to have a daughter of my sister in law with a problem of which I would call Sleep Paralysis: Awake But Still Asleep for almost a week. is this possible?? and if so how should this be treated. This is a very serious problem, we all do not understand it, neither our Doctors in Uganda. The Girl has been experiencing this so called sleep paralysis for almost 3 to 4 years now; where by she can be asleep for a whole week without waking up. This just comes on and off, it could happen for between 2-3 times a year. Am wondering if at all you could came up with an explanation.
I watched a documentary about this a few years ago, It was based on a man who fell asleep for 40 years, but was healthy and fine when he woke, please don't be too worried by this as massive amounts of sleep are said to be extremely rare and there are only 2 recorded cases as far as i know. The only problem is no-one has found any explaination for it yet, but try not to worry too much, it shouldn't be harmful
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you. You seem to be concerned by the sleep paralysis lasting for a week in the daughter of your sister in law.
Sleep paralysis usually is part of Narcolepsy, a neurological condition in which person has uncontrollable naps but isolated sleep paralysis is also known to occur. Sleep paralysis consists of a period of inability to perform voluntary movements either at sleep onset (called hypnagogic or predormital form) or upon awakening (called hypnopompic or postdormital form).Sleep paralysis occurs when the brain awakes from a REM state, but the body paralysis persists. This leaves the person fully conscious, but unable to move. The paralysis can last from several seconds to several minutes "after which the individual may experience panic symptoms and the realization that the distorted perceptions were false". Sleep paralysis isn't harmful, but those experiencing sleep paralysis are frequently fearful since they do not know what is happening to them. Typically ended by stimuli such as sound or touch, within a matter of seconds to minutes after a bout of sleep paralysis, the person is able to move again. Medications such as Sodium oxybate (Xyrem) may be prescribed as a cure for sleep paralysis in severe cases, but the best treatment for sleep paralysis is to reduce stress and get the proper amount of sleep by following a good sleep hygiene. But in your case you have mentioned that the state of sleep paralysis lasts for one continuous week which has not been reported in the medical literature. The duration of sleep paralysis is from few seconds to minutes as per medical literature. The cause of sleep paralysis is not known as to why this occurs and is sometimes known to be familial also. In the case that you have mentioned it's important to consider alternative diagnosis. There may be an organic lesion in the brain that may be causing the paralysis which needs to be investigated in consultation with a neurologist taking a detailed history, thorough examination to look for focal signs and MRI brain etc.
Hope this helps. Take care.
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Thanks so much for your effort. am really grateful to this clarification please carry on the good work you are doing on behalf of the whole world at large. Now its time to try doing as per your advice and to try findingout where to get some of the presciptions you have mentioned. A lot of GodÃÂ´s blessing.
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