I experience sleep paralysis often, and I've gotten so used that I now just acknowledge it and try to sleep through it. But I often dream that I'm floating or flying and I wake up feeling exhausted, with my hands and legs (most notably fingers) aching and feeling fatigued. I am not sure if there's another aspect to it that I'm missing, maybe something like sleep apnea?
Does sleep paralysis leave you physically fatigued?
- 22 Mar 2016 by manuprasad_07
- 7 December 2017
- sleep disorders, sleep, sleep paralysis, sleeping, paralysis
Added 22 Mar 2016:
Some more details: I've never received any sort of treatment/ medical advise for sleep paralysis. I've experienced it since I was 15-16 (24 now), and I didn't know it was a thing until maybe 20. Also, my sleep habits are extremely disrupted for the past 3-4 years. I sleep for 10 hours regularly, and almost 14 hours on weekends and still wake up tired and wanting more sleep almost every day. Once get up and active though, I have trouble falling asleep and can stay up through the night if I'm not tired enough to sleep.
Hi, absolutely you would expect to feel fatigued after reading about your sleep patterns, or lack there of. I would think you need some blood work carried out to check for anemia, low iron levels, and also a sleep study possibly to oversee just what is happening with your sleep paralysis. You say that you have not received any medical intervention for this problem, have you mentioned it to doctors in the past?
manu; Would be a good idea to bring it to your doctors attention at least when you're in for something unless it gets worse but yes this could for sure cause you to not get real good rest just as Deilil has said. But for sure if it continues or start to mess with your everyday life I would have a talk with my doctor.
Sleep paralysis doesn't leave you more fatigued to my knowledge but one of the causes of sleep paralysis is sleep deprivation. So it could be the effect rather than the cause. I would speak to your doctor because sleep paralysis can also be a symptom of narcolepsy. which isn't typically like how they comically portray it in movies, the number one symptom is excess daytime sleepiness and another symptom is sleep paralysis, also they have trouble sleeping at night and are more tired during the day... cataplexy where you collapse like you see in the movies is only present in some narcolepsy cases..they could do a sleep study to rule it out, and if you do have it prescribe you the appropriate medication so you sleep the appropriate number of hours at night and possibly something to keep you awake during the day. They wanted me to do a sleep study to see if I had it but I couldn't afford it but I wish I could have, your symptoms are very similar to mine and I have sleep paralysis.
This is an old thread...
If you haven't already, you totally need to see a neurologist or sleep specialist. I've been diagnosed with Narcolepsy & sleep paralysis. When I read that you often dream of floating or flying-I was surprised, as I've never heard of that before. But I experienced it today. (Usually my sleep paralysis comes in different forms.) Your other symptoms sound like sleep apnea or narcolepsy.
For safety & a better quality of life, you need treatment.
I had missed my meds last couple days (a medicine for another illness... but in my experience, they work together & that synergy is a must).
Unfortunately, due to Narcolepsy & quite a few other illnesses, I had to stop work & collect disability. Sucks.
I had the symptoms you describe since my teens. I wasn't diagnosed or treated until I was in my mid 30's. I feel, if I had proper treatment at your age, I wouldn't be disabled. (The sleep disorder aspect.)
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