Many Chronic Kidney Disease patients are aware that sleep disorders are common among those undergoing Dialysis, but not many know that as much as thirty-six percent (36%) suffer from Sleep Paralysis. It is a terrifying feeling of being held down and unable to wake up from your sleep or move. Although you're awake, for a few seconds to several minutes, your body is briefly paralyzed and you can't move or scream. Sleep Paralysis can involve hallucinations and sometimes it is accompanied with a certainty that someone or something is in the room. While it varies in severity, BuzzFeed.com said, "It feels kind of like you woke up dead." This disorder can greatly impact a Chronic Kidney Disease patient's quality of life and overall health. Hence, what can those conducting Dialysis do to combat Sleep Paralysis?
Sometimes, when patients suffer from Sleep Paralysis they have a very hard time getting back to sleep. Ironically, the sleeping complication is far more common among individuals who also suffer from Sleep Apnea (a sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts) and patients who are sleep deprived. The Mayo Clinic suggested, "The main treatment is improved sleep habits including going to bed at the same time every night, ensuring a comfortable sleep environment free of distractions, and avoiding caffeine before sleeping."
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Dr. Michael Breus (American Academy of Sleep Medicine) noted that, “Research has shown that sleep paralysis is not dangerous." While it does not cause physical harm to the body and there are no clinical deaths known to date associated with the sleep issue, it is still very scary and unsettling to deal with. The following are a few tips offered by Dreamstudies.org which Chronic Kidney Disease patients may utilize if they experience Sleep Paralysis:
- Do not fight back because it will intensify the experience.
- Surrender yourself and go with the process that your body is taking you through.
- Prepare an affirmation that you can think of if you cannot move like, “This is Sleep Paralysis and I am okay.” Say over and over during a temporary paralysis episode.
- Focus all your attention on the toe and try to move it back and forth (wiggle your toe). In many cases, this will break the paralysis.
- Try to clench and unclench your fist.
- Attempt to cough into wakefulness.
- Scrunch up your face as if you smelled something terrible.
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