Induce Sleep Paralysis
Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when your body is not moving smoothly through the different stages of sleep and can involve hallucinations. Sleep paralysis can be an upsetting and frightening experience, so think twice about attempting to induce it often, or at all.
Method 1 of 2: Trying to Induce Sleep Paralysis With Disrupted Sleep
1. Adopt an irregular sleep cycle
Adopt an irregular sleep cycle. Research has shown that there is a connection between irregular sleeping patterns and the likeliness of experiencing sleep paralysis, as well as a potential genetic influence. People who work irregular shifts and have unusual and disrupted sleeping patterns are more prone to sleep paralysis. Generally sleep paralysis is more common among those who sleep less and are more sleep deprived.
Remember that adults should aim for between six and nine hours of sleep a night, and frequently forcing yourself to have less than this is not advisable.
Regular sleep deprivation increases your risk of serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. You will also find it harder to concentrate and will have reduced alertness which can make you more prone to accidents.
2. Break up your sleep cycle with naps
Break up your sleep cycle with naps. There are no guaranteed ways to induce sleep paralysis. Although it is fairly common, the exact causes of the phenomenon are still not fully understood. Disrupting your sleeping cycle with shorter sleeping periods at night and naps in the evening is one way to do this. It is not precise, but is reported as one way to upset your regular sleep cycle and potentially induce sleep paralysis.
Get out of bed earlier than usual, before carrying out your daily activities as you would normally. You should be generally active during the day even if you feel tired.
Then have a short nap in the evening, for not more than two hours, some time between 7pm and 10pm.
After the nap stay awake and be active for at least another hour before heading back to bed.
3. Lie in bed and relax
Lie in bed and relax. If you are trying to induce sleep paralysis it’s important to lie down in bed in a comfortable position. Lying on your back when you sleep is one commonly reported factor that may help induce sleep paralysis. It is not really known what the causative connection is, but it is thought that a significant number of people who experience sleep paralysis sleep in a supine position. Lie as still as you can and try to repeat a single word in your head, like a mantra. This will help you relax and clear your mind.
Repeat the word again and again, and begin to imagine that somebody is speaking the word to you.
Try not to become distracted if you sense lights and other sensations.
Concentrate on the word, stay relaxed, and you may feel yourself moving towards the threshold of sleep paralysis.
4. Wake yourself up in the night
Wake yourself up in the night. An alternative way to disrupt your sleep and potentially help induce sleep paralysis is to wake yourself up during the night. Set your alarm for between four and six hours after you fall asleep, and then keep yourself awake for a short period of 15 minutes to half an hour. Get your mind active by reading for this period. Then as you go back to bed, close your eyes but maintain awareness.
To do this, repeat a mantra or focus on a particular point in your visual field.
You may then slip into sleep paralysis as you return to sleep but your mind stays aware.
Method 2 of 2: Understanding Sleep Paralysis
1. Know what it is
Know what it is. During sleep paralysis you will feel conscious and aware but unable to move your body or speak. This phenomenon could last just a few seconds, few minutes or in very rare cases longer. It is not unusual for people experiencing sleep paralysis to feel pressure on the chest or a choking sensation, as if something were pushing down on their chest.
The paralysis does not cause you any harm, but it can be a frightening situation, especially if you have not experienced it before.
Some people will experience it a few times in their life, others more frequently, and some not at all.
Typically, it is more frequently observed in teenagers and young adults, although it can affect anybody and is not thought to be influenced by gender.
2. Recognise the symptoms
Recognise the symptoms. The main symptom of sleep paralysis is the sense of consciousness without being able to move. This is often coupled with a feeling of restricted breathing. It is not uncommon for someone to experience scary hallucinations and have a powerful sense that there is something threatening in the room during sleep paralysis. These hallucinations may be especially vivid because you are semi-awake when you are dreaming.
These symptoms can create an anxious and disturbed feeling which can persist after you move out of sleep paralysis.
Sleep paralysis itself can be a symptom of narcolepsy.
If you can train yourself to recognize when you’re sleeping, you may be able to start lucid dreaming as well.
3. Know when to seek medical help
Know when to seek medical help. Sleep paralysis itself does not cause you any harm, but if you experience it frequently it can be upsetting and disruptive for your sleeping pattern. Most often, making adjustments to your sleep cycle so it is more regular, and trying to limit stress in your life will lower your chances of experiencing sleep paralysis. If it is having a negative impact on you, visit your doctor for advice and treatment options. In some cases the doctor may prescribe a short course of antidepressants.
If you have severe symptoms, they may be connected to another sleep disorder, such as narcolepsy.
Visit your doctor if you experience excessive sleepiness during the day and are finding it difficult to concentrate on everyday tasks.