Opinions on dealing with sleep paralysis are varied throughout the world.
Some people encourage their experiences, Here we will give a list on how to minimise your experience.
1.Don’t fight it. – We know, this is difficult, especially when you are confronted by something whilst in a vulnerable postition. Fighting will make it worse, we know you will want to defend yourself when feeling attacked, Try to control yourself, don’t ‘antagonise’ the situation, Chances are, once you’ve learnt to control your sleep paralysis you will be unlikely to have a bad attack in future.
2. Close your eyes, – Some people cannot open their eyes during sleep paralysis,but for those of us who are the opposite, who can see every little thing infront of us, we forget that we can close them, we are intrigued and overwhelmed with what is infront of us, trying to see things clearer will only make it worse. When you close your eyes, don’t open them, you know you will fear seeing something come closer but stick with it.
3.toe wiggling, – This is hit and miss, it can work for some and not others, try wiggling your toes whilst in sleep paralysis, let us know how you get on.
4. jolt, – This is quite a successful way to get out of your sleep paralysis, don’t shake your head back and forth a million times. try to jump, jolt yourself, sharp shocks are more likely to help you get out quicker.
5. breathe, – Breathing during sleep paralysis is already difficult, your heart feels extremely slow, your chest feels tight and if you take lots of quick breathes, it’s very difficult, Think in the moment, remember you are in sleep paralysis and this will end. Play with your breathing, you’re not dying as much as you feel like you are. Control your breathing and your future experiences with sleep paralysis will be a lot better.
6. Avoid laying on your back, – when in a vulnerable position, a position which will lessen blood flow, you’re more likely to have a sleep paralysis episode. Laying on your side or front does not prevent sleep paralysis but it helps. Snuggle into something or someone so you feel safer.
7. Eye masks or ear plugs, – People who suffer bad episodes of sleep paralysis would benefit from sleeping with some sort of “avoidance” technique. Eye masks will prevent you from seeing anything ‘actually infront of you’, and ear plugs will help create a false impression of silence, helping you to minimise the loud train sound leading up to sleep paralysis which a lot of people people experience.
8. Tell your partner to watch out for signs, – Whilst in sleep paralysis, you can control your breathing and eye movement, If you have a partner whos tends to be awake whilst you sleep. Let them know, if you have irregular breathing, they can wake you up.
9. Television, Lights, – Leaving the television on during night helps a lot of people deal with their experience.