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Sleep paralysis is a neurological phenomenon in which a person awakens from sleep but is temporarily paralyzed.
The episode may last a few seconds to minutes and is accompanied by the strangest hallucinations. It can feel terrifying.
Sleep paralysis can sometimes make us feel like we're floating outside our body. The out-of-body experience can reliably be reproduced in the laboratory by disrupting the temporo-parietal junction in the brain. This region helps build a body image based on inputs it receives from the senses. The area is usually turned off during REM sleep.
In sleep paralysis, there is no feedback from the body telling the brain how to build the body image, resulting in out-of-body hallucinations such as seeing your body float in the air or sink deep into the bed.
Sleep paralysis often occurs when we take a nap, when jet-lagged or sleep-deprived. We wake up while still in the stage where vivid dreams occur, called the rapid eye movement sleep (REM).
During REM, the front brain - central to our ability to plan and think logically - turns off and makes our bodies temporarily paralyzed. It prevents us from acting out "real" dreams. Sometimes we wake up in this stage. The vivid and sometimes threatening dreaming of REM can "spill over" into conscious awakening. It can feel like a nightmare coming alive.
The most distressing during sleep paralysis is seeing an intruder that sometimes attacks the sleeper. Anything the imagination can invent can happen. Commonly, the intruder chokes the person by crushing his chest. The creature can include details like a demonic face with sharp teeth and cat eyes.
One explanation is that in the same way that people who are born with a missing arm may experience phantom limbs - they feel the missing limb - a person can 'feel' another phantom person during sleep paralysis.
Research suggests that your beliefs about sleep paralysis can shape your experience.
In Denmark, people see sleep paralysis as something trivial caused by the brain. Egyptians fear dying from sleep paralysis and consequently have longer episodes. The fear will activate fear areas in the brain, making them more likely to wake up during REM. The escalating anxiety would worsen sleep paralysis, causing more intense bodily hallucinations.
What you participate in or what your daily activities are are usually what reinforces your chronotype.
A chronotype is what a person's sleep cycle calls under, whether they're a night owl, an early bird, or somewhere in between.
One's chronotype is determined by a combination of nature and nurture. Respectively, one's genes determine whether one prefers to be awake late at night or early in the morning; whereas nurture is how we choose our lifestyle.
Being in a bad place mentally is extremely difficult when going through it alone, however, the good thing about the modern world is it offers three main sources for solace:
At a first glance, it seems like psychotherapy is not an option you'd like to get yourself involved in since it requires a large amount of your time, active engagement, and sustained emotional efforts.
However, psychotherapy is a great way to correct our self-ignorance in the most profound ways. It provides a safe space to let ourselves heal consciously.
When administered correctly, the medicine we get from our psychiatrist helps correct the chemical imbalances of our brain that help us get through our daily lives.
The side effects of these may range from nausea to sleepiness, but with it, we'd be able to function... more or less.
These are psychiatric sessions that last around 6 to 10 hours where we learn techniques to argue rationally with our irrational mind.
Our internal persecutors like paranoia, low self-esteem, shame, and panic, will be tackled. We'll then be able to distinguish facts from irrational thoughts.
Everyone who's been to a spa knows how relaxing the atmosphere of the place. You can do that too at home by lighting an aromatic candle, lights down low, some calm relaxing music playing in the background, and a diffuser with green tea and bamboo oil is scenting up the place.
De-stress yourself with those and include a little stretching here and there, but don't forget to drink your water.
Work hours are up! It's time to get some relaxation going and it's harder to relax with constant buzzing from your work e-mail and it's extremely tempting to check them.
Practice "Out of sight, out of mind."
Another day has passed and it's time to wind yourself down again. Meditation changes our state of mind. It can energize you, soothe calmness into you, or even both. It allows our bodies to become present in the moment.
If meditation isn't for you, there are other ways to sooth yourself like the box-breathing method, or yoga.
There are some projects that we aren't able to finish in a day, but luckily for us, there's always a chance to finish it tomorrow.
So whatever task you have left from work, jot it down so you won't forget about it.
Either you just take a walk around the block for 15 minutes or have an extreme workout session at the gym, it can help get your mind off of work.
Sometimes its better to get your blood going, stretch your limbs, and transition into relaxation mode.
After a long day of working, call a friend and just share laugh with them. Or just have an intimate conversation with your significant other.
"A simple video call with your loved ones is just a humanizing feeling, it helps us reconnect and regenerate the jolt to put the workday behind."
It now is able to disinfect food and inactivate soilage enzymes without significantly diminishing nutrient levels, this includes both thermal and non-thermal processes.
Milk offers a place where numerous pathogens grow and increase in numbers, including those that may cause tuberculosis, scarlet fever, E. coli, and more.
Before pasteurization, raw milk has been many milk-related diseases and deaths; only after the pasteurization process was introduced, milk-related diseases dropped drastically.