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Quora Question Answered: How do you stop sleep paralysis as it’s happening? For example, laying on my side helps. I’m not looking for preventative measures because I know for me it is caused by lack of sleep.



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Sleep hygiene as you’ve mentioned is extremely important when it comes to stopping sleep paralysis, even though one tends to avoid sleep due to the fear of the episode which then compounds the sleep paralysis (SP). Sleeping positions are also important, as sleeping on your back is definitely out of the question if you are prone to SP. Anxiety, negative emotions, and all things which bring down your overall ‘vibe’ must also be avoided. And work needs to take place to keep your energy in a high place.

Ensure that your schedule includes things that you enjoy doing. Things that are fun-filled, that take you away from the everyday mundane. Laughing abundantly and going back to the child that is within is important. Enjoy nature, quite literally, and enjoy the simple things. It’s important to release the things in your life that ‘bring you down’ as this creates the negative energy that attracts and sustains the SP. It’s extremely important to be in a place where you are positive, happy, and express self-confidence. Having high self-esteem is important and work needs to take place to ensure that this is in place. Overall, a plan filled with self-love and self-care needs to be put in place. With this, you are armed to challenge the SP episode as you will strive to be assertive rather than passively accepting whatever is taking place.

Your awake state of mind is taken into your sleep state and so, by changing the awake state, you will also change your sleep experience. There is however a caveat. The sleep state also changes once the SP episodes reduce, and other, less frightening experiences will take place. I tend to see It as transcending SP, rather than stopping it. Some people find that they are more aware during their sleep and have clear lucid dreams. Astral projection takes place as well as the appearance of subtle psychic abilities. I have more posted below and I’m currently working on a Members area that will host SP-related information, QandAs, and a lot more.


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Sheila Pryce Brooks

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Sheila Pryce Brooks is an expert in sleep paralysis and extraordinary spiritual experiences. She is passionate about illuminating the overlap between sleep paralysis, spirituality and science through research and education and she has since dedicated her life to helping others manage and transcend sleep paralysis and other extraordinary spiritual experiences.


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