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Sleep Disorders: Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, and More

What can I do about sleep paralysis?

There's no need to fear nighttime demons or alien abductors. If you have occasional sleep paralysis, you can take steps at home to control this disorder. Start by making sure you get enough sleep. Do what you can to relieve stress in your life -- especially just before bedtime. Try new sleeping positions if you sleep on your back. And be sure to see your doctor if sleep paralysis routinely prevents you from getting a good night's sleep.

WebMD Medical Reference

American Academy of Sleep Medicine: "Sleep Paralysis."
National Sleep Foundation: "Ask the Sleep Expert: Sleep & Parasomnias."
National Sleep Foundation: "Sleep Paralysis."
National Sleep Foundation: "Topics A to ZZZZs: Narcolepsy."
National Sleep Foundation: "What Happens When You Sleep?"

Reviewed by Louis R. Chanin, MD on March 03, 2010

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