Sleep paralysis is a common condition that anybody can experience. There are different types of relaxation therapy to relieve terrors.
Have you ever felt mysterious experiences while sleeping? Demonic visits, alien shadows or anything eerier? You are suffering from sleep paralysis where your body feels paralysed as you are awake but you are neither able to move nor speak. Many people around that world are dealing with this issue that can also hamper their mental well-being. There are many causes of sleep paralysis but the solution is very simple- meditation and relaxation.
What Is Sleep Paralysis?
Sleep paralysis is a state where the skeletal muscles that are involved in the process of sleeping are paralysed. The person fees physically paralysed but he/she is mentally awake and aware of the surroundings. They experience weird supernatural activities such as the presence of ghostly creatures, demonic shadows, alien abduction, etc.
This indeed is a terrifying experience and one out of five people reportedly experience this. It could be due to sleep apnoea, sleep deprivation, post-traumatic stress disorders, etc. For the uninitiated, there is no medication for this condition as of now. This is why most sufferers are unable to find relief. Researchers have now found a potential solution for this condition which is meditation and relaxation therapy. Meditation is one of the best therapies for mental health problems as it calms down the disturbed mind. Meditation and relaxation therapies can also control sleep paralysis terrors as per a study published in the journal Frontiers in Neurology.
How to Overcome Sleep Paralysis with meditation-relaxation therapy?
This research was conducted by the Department of Psychiatry, the University of Cambridge in collaboration with the Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy. They studied 10 narcolepsy patients who encountered sleep paralysis. The team asked people to do the following types of relaxation therapies:
- Muscle relaxation therapy- relax their muscle and do no movements. Also, avoid controlling their breathing.
- Emotional and psychological distancing- convincing themselves that this is just an illusionary state and shall pass. Nothing to fear.
- Inward focused-attention meditation- shifting focus to positive memories and people to ward off negative thoughts. You can also do bhramari pranayam to get relief.
- Reappraisal of sleep paralysis attacks- thinking that these are temporary things and you can control them.
What do researchers say?
"Although our study only involved a small number of patients, we can be cautiously optimistic of its success," said Dr. Baland Jalal. "Meditation-relaxation therapy led to a dramatic fall in the number of times patients experienced sleep paralysis, and when they did, they tended to find the notoriously terrorizing hallucinations less disturbing. Experiencing less of something as disturbing as sleep paralysis is a step in the right direction."
"I know first-hand how terrifying sleep paralysis can be, having experienced it many times myself. But for some people, the fear that it can instill in them can be extremely unpleasant, and going to bed, which should be a relaxing experience, can become fraught with terror. This is what motivated me to devise this intervention," he added.
Sleep paralysis is a state that can be controlled with various therapies. There is no medication for this condition as of now and therefore, people should find aid in meditation-relaxation therapies as explained in this article.
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