edaofblacklagoonFeatured By OwnerJan 21, 2013Hobbyist Traditional Artist
after eating. u shouldn't sleep, cause once the food doesn't digest. it will cause a sleep paralyze.
second is u should close ur eyes hard before going to sleep, not a very soft closing eyes. make it hard and all dim. and always turn right or left. because if u sleep frontal then for sure it will attack u. trust me, this are the reason why people always suffers from it.
Someone may have already mentioned this in the comments below, but just in case they haven't — never fall asleep on your back. I struggle with sleep paralysis, too. I learned to stop sleeping on my back and I've not had an episode since.
I know, I wrote that to someone else insisting to sleep on one's side to prevent it. I've had sleep paralysis on both my back and side. It was less ominous, though. I was more aware of it, said to myself in my head "Oh for fuck's sake " and my body was like "Oh shit, she's onto us, ABORT ABORT! "
I agree with *shininginthedarkness. Improper sleeping habits are often what triggers it. I've had a couple episodes of it myself, and it was when I was taking a nap, not during a full night's sleep. My sister suffers from them often and it too is always during her naps.
I actually strive to achieve sleep paralysis. The only reason it's scary is because you allow yourself to become afraid when it occurs, which causes the nightmarish hallucinations. If you can stay calm when it jappens, the hallucinations will be a lot less scary. Plus, waiting it out can end up becoming a lucid dream! The one time I achievef sleep paralysis, I calmly waited it out, and the hallucinations that it left formed a fictional movie trailer. Give it a calm try next time, and see where it takes you!
thesurrealisticMindFeatured By OwnerJan 17, 2013Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, the images don't really scare me anymore. Now I actually find them annoying, lol, mostly because not being able to move is frustrating. I thank what you said about lucid dreaming is interesting though, so I'll probably try it out to see what happens.
The best way to reduce episodes of sleep paralysis is to make sure you're getting adequate sleep, and you have a 'normal' sleep schedule - sleeping at night, and for 8 hours in a row. If this isn't possible I don't know what else to do. I had annoying levels of sleep paralysis back when I worked third shift. I kind of learned to have fun with it after a while, but it still got on my nerves.