The issue of whether sleep paralysis is natural or spiritual is already over flogged but I came across an article about it yesterday. That article inspired this post. Have you ever been in a situation where you were about to sleep or you just woke up but you felt something heavy weighing down on you in a terrific way. Sometimes you hear voices, you feel choked, your brain conjure gory images and no matter how wide awake you are, you will never be able to move your body or speak a word while this ordeal lasts. I know some of you reading this article at this very moment can relate to it.
Many people attribute sleep paralysis to terrestrial powers, unseen forces and the presence of demons. A lot of people who experience this usually find it hard to sleep at night. When dusk is drawing near, they get enveloped in fear and stay away from their beds. Sometimes, they find it difficult to sleep alone or sleep in dark rooms. This is because apart from being pressured, they also feel the presence of a being.
According to the scientific explanation, Our body alternates between Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and Non Rapid Movement (NREM) whenever we are asleep. The first to occur is NREM and it takes at least 70% to 75% of our sleep. During this stage, our body becomes relaxed and from there, our body shifts to the REM sleep. Your eyes move so quickly that it’s nearly unnoticeable. This is also the period when dream occurs. When you wake up before the end of the REM, sleep paralysis will occur because during that period, our muscles are relaxed. If sleep paralysis occurs before you sleep, it simply means that while you’re sleeping, your body is aware of it but can’t move or do anything because you’re not meant to be aware of when you’re falling asleep. This is called postdormital and predormital sleep paralysis respectively.
Now let’s talk about the things that can cause sleep paralysis. Lack of sleep, sleeping on your back, effects of some medications, mental conditions, altering your sleep schedule or drug abuse are few out of what might cause sleep paralysis. If you’re experiencing this, try to sleep on time and also change your sleeping position.
Despite knowing all these, something still bothers me. A friend of mine only experience sleep paralysis whenever she puts on a black or red cloth while going to bed. Isn’t that a spiritual case? Or science has an explanation for that?
What do you think about sleep paralysis? Do you believe it has a spiritual connection or its just a natural occurrence? Have you experienced it before? I’ll be waiting for your responses in the comments section.
Thanks for reading!