A clinician’s guide to recurrent isolated sleep paralysis

  title={A clinician’s guide to recurrent isolated sleep paralysis},
  author={Brian A. Sharpless},
  journal={Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment},
  pages={1761 - 1767}
  • B. Sharpless
  • Published 19 July 2016
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
This review summarizes the empirical and clinical literature on sleep paralysis most relevant to practitioners. During episodes of sleep paralysis, the sufferer awakens to rapid eye movement sleep-based atonia combined with conscious awareness. This is usually a frightening event often accompanied by vivid, waking dreams (ie, hallucinations). When sleep paralysis occurs independently of narcolepsy and other medical conditions, it is termed “isolated” sleep paralysis. Although the more specific… 

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