Paralysis and Shadow People
Jeffry R. Palmer
Some of the conditions reported in shadow people expereinces
are similar to occurances in episodes of sleep paralysis. Many
witnesses to shadow people have reported that the experiences
occurs just before falling asleep and just after waking. Sleep
paralysis may also cause halucinations. While there is some
evidence that shadow people expereinces may be related to sleep
disturbances it is important to note that many shadow people
encounters occur durring times of wakefulness.
Sleep paralysis is a condition characterized by temporary paralysis
of the body shortly after waking up this is also known as hypnopompic
paralysis and less often, shortly before falling asleep which
is known as hypnagogic paralysis.
Physiologically, it is closely
related to the normal paralysis that occurs during REM (rapid
eye movement) sleep.
Sleep paralysis occurs when the brain is awakened from an 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. In addition, this state is usually
accompanied by hypnagogic hallucinations.
More often than not, sleep paralysis
is believed by the person affected by it to be a dream. This
is the reason why there are many dream recountings which describe
the person lying frozen and unable to move. The hallucinatory
element to sleep paralysis makes it likely that someone will
interpret the experience as a dream.
The primary symptom of sleep paralysis
is conscious partial or complete skeletal muscle paralysis during
the hypnopompic or hypnagogic states. In other words, it is
the sense of being aware that one is unable to move or speak
while falling asleep or waking up. Sleep paralysis is often
accompanied by hypnagogic hallucinations. These hallucinations
can be auditory, tactile, and / or visual. If a polysomnography
is taken, at least one of the following will be shown: skeletal
muscle tone suppression, REM sleep at sleep onset, or dissociated
REM sleep. The sleep paralysis persists anywhere from a few
seconds to a few minutes before the person is able to either
return to normal sleep or to become fully awake and aware. However,
the sense of how much time has gone by is often distorted during
sleep paralysis. People who are fortunate enough to be facing
a clock while having an episode may often be surprised to see
how little time has gone by during an episode that seems to
last a long time.
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.
There is also a significant positive
correlation between those experiencing this disorder frequently
and those suffering from narcolepsy. However, various studies
suggest that many or most people will experience sleep paralysis
at least once or twice in their lives.
Some report that various factors increase
the likelihood of both paralysis and hallucinations. These include:
- Sleeping in a supine position (facing
- Irregular sleeping schedules; naps,
sleeping in, sleep deprivation
- Increased stress
- Sudden environmental/lifestyle changes
- A lucid dream that immediately precedes
- Medium to long-term imagining of involuntary
movements with your eyes closed before sleep.
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Shadow People Theories