Dream Paralysis is another name for Sleep Paralysis. Dream paralysis occurs when the brain is awakened from a REM state into essentially a normal fully awake state, but the bodily paralysis is still occurring. This causes the person to be fully aware, but unable to move.
Causes of Dream Paralysis
Little is known about the physiology of sleep paralysis. However, some have suggested
that it may be linked to post-synaptic inhibition of motor neurons in the pons region of
the brain. In particular, low levels of melatonin may stop the depolarization current in
the nerves, which prevents the stimulation of the muscles.
Some report that various factors increase the likelihood of both paralysis and hallucinations. These include:
Dream Paralysis and hallucinations
Many report hallucinations during episodes of dream paralysis. The features of these hallucinations generally vary by individual, but some are more common to the experience than others:
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