Sleep Paralysis


I think I had my first sleep paralysis experience 2 nights ago. I woke up around 4am, and I couldn’t move my body.

This wasn’t the first time something like this happened—I’ve had hypokalemic paralysis (this is a condition that disables you from moving because of potassium deficiency). About 5 years ago, I woke up one morning and could barely move. Fortunately, I was rescued and diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I’m taking meds and have regularly check ups, so this shouldn’t be an issue..

However, I experience something similar recently—I couldn’t move my body when I woke up… but the sensation was different. After about 5-10 seconds, I was able to move again. After reading up about it, I think I experienced sleep paralysis. Basically, the brain releases acetylcholine which prevents the body from moving during sleep.

Anyone else go through this?