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mix of sleep paralysis and false awaking.

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I am having a sleep issue that seems to be a mix of sleep paralysis and false awaking. What happens is I will wake up, but I will still be in a dream state. I know I am dreaming, but I will sort of be half awake. I try to open my eyes but can't. I feel myself laying in my bed, but can't seem to move. If I do move, I start moving about in the dream state, not in real life. Basically I become trapped in this dream.

I try to force myself awake by kicking, or making myself hit a wall in the dream or really scarring myself until I finally do wake up. Weird sensations happen when I am in this process of waking, like feeling like my head is banging or zapping. Last one I felt as if I was going to die. I worry one day I won't be able to wake up, or stop breathing.

I've done a sleep study, and everything came back fine. No apnea. Dr contributed it to Anxiety.

I have this about once a week. Sometimes more. Any advice would be great.


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replied February 9th, 2015
Sleep Disorders Answer A51019
Thank you for consulting e-healthforum. The phenomenon you are describing IS a dream, rather than a sleep paralysis. It does not require any treatment. Should you have the dreams affecting your awake state and causing a significant anxiety, then, may be, it is reasonable to treat it. The type of dream is just a reflexion of your concerns and unsolved issues. You should know better, what worries you.


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