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Sleep paralysis is an event that occurs either at the onset of sleep or upon awakening, where an individual’s senses and awareness are intact but the individual is unable to move, reports an article in MNT. Sleep paralysis is highly associated with narcolepsy, depression, panic disorder, and excessive stress. The person usually experiences intense fear and complex hallucinations. During sleep paralysis a person’s body to or from REM sleep is out of sync with the brain and the person’s consciousness becomes awake while the body remains in a paralyzed sleep state. Stress management and maintaining a regular sleep schedule can reduce the likelihood of experiencing sleep paralysis. To read this article in its entirety, click here.