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Sleep Paralysis (REM Sleep Atonia, Atonia of REM Sleep) Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Sleep Paralysis (Atonia in REM sleep) is a sometimes frightening form of paralysis that occurs when a person suddenly finds himself or herself unable to move for a few minutes, most often upon falling asleep or waking up. Commonly called sleep paralysis, the condition is due to an ill-timed disconnection between the brain and the body. The symptoms of sleep paralysis include sensations of noises, smells, levitation, paralysis, terror, and images of frightening intruders. Once considered very rare, about half of all people are now believed to experience sleep paralysis sometime during their life. Sleep paralysis strikes as a person is moving into or out of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, the deepest part of sleep. sleep paryalysis,Atonia in REM sleep,REM sleep atonia,rem sleep



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