24.7.15

Sleep paralysis or 'press by ghost' ?

Once I consulted a doctor on the above subject as I had the above problem since my late teens, though it's once in a blue moon. Seeing that the doc also specialised  in psychiatric , I take the opportunity to check with him though I am there for those normal flu and cough. Sometimes after I just fall asleep, I noticed I was actually awake but cannot move. The mind is awake and aware but I had difficulty breathing as well as I cannot move my body. I gotta struggled very hard in order to be able to 'break free'. 

Of course, I don't believe in those stories like being pressure by evil spirits or ghosts which forms urban legends among the community. I believe it is something medical , probably I awake too fast while the body is still resting. Well, after I consulted the doc, he actually told me this is a case of hypokalemia or lack of potassium. It occurred to folks who were stressed or too much exercise. Thus, he asked me to take more potassium intake from fruits like kiwis or bananas. Isotonic drinks do also provide potassium but it depends on how much your body needed it. It may not be rich in potassium.

That's a great insight into the issue and I begin to increase my potassium intake since I did a lot of sports by taking lots of fruits rich in potassium. Oh, btw, I had a meal rich in fibre and potassium , I believe. A nice salad for dinner.


Have a good weekend!

29 comments:

  1. THAT's all for dinner? You sure? I cant survive with that. I'll get hungry really fast.

    I do get this sleep paralysis from time to time. It was very frequent when I was staying in a hostel during college and woke up with bruises. People told me really caused by ghost that time >_<

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    1. Merryn - I had a heavy tea break this opted for a light dinner. Oh....do you still have it now and do you still wake up with bruises? In college...well....Maybe yes but you are in your home now.

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  2. You have a delicious salad. Keep eating that since you want to get fitter.
    So you don't believe in ghosts? I hope they will wake you up and chat with you.

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    1. TM - I love these salad, healthy and delicious. I do believe in the existence of ghosts as the Bible did mention on demons and etc. However I think my case is more medical.

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  3. Your doctor is wrong. This sleep paralysis is caused by ghosts and spirits. When you increase your potassium intake, the ghosts just find it harder to sit on you. Hahaha! just kidding.

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  4. I learned something today, thanks for sharing

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  5. Looks very fresh and crispy.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. Filip - That's what I like of some salad.

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  6. Not ghost kah? Happens to me sometimes. I would just say a prayer and go back to sleep. Would sleep so soundly after that. No need for potassium.

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    1. STP - To me, it's not ghosts la but more on medical.

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  7. It's common, but it only happens like once in a blue moon.. They call it "bei guai jak", but normally, they say coz it's becoz you're too tired + a little bit "sum lei jok yung"..

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    1. Princess - Too tired equals to overstress... thus I guess it's stress too. Try taking some fruits rich in potassium every evening.

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  8. oh yeah I guess we all have heard of that "pressed by ghost" story but I actually quite buy-in the scientific explanation.. anyway, lucky is that, I don't quite remember I had this kind of experience before, or maybe just a couple of times that have been long forgotten..

    it's a good insight to know about the lack of potassium!! after all, what I always heard of the scientific explanation is that our mind is awake but our body is still sleeping, that's it.. now it's actually called hypokalemia huh?? and it has something to do with potassium, useful information!!!

    errr, just that for your dinner?? I think it can be probably filling when you had that but I am definitely sure that it won't last long for you.. so what's for supper?? hahaha~~

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    1. SK - Well, that's what my doc said. Intially I thought the mind is awake but the body is still sleeping..hahah...
      Yes, it won't last long as I needed to go home for another dinner.

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  9. Pray about it.... God will be the healer...

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  10. That plate of salad looks good. I see chickpeas. Any meat in there?

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    1. Phong - Yes, some slices of chicken meat.

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  11. Hope you feel better and without such "disturbances" in your sleep soon.

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    1. Lina - OK la... just continue to run and exercise! :)

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  12. Yeah I have that problem sometimes too. I think it's coz you wake up before you're supposed to (REM sleep disturbance) so you're partially aware and yet your muscles are still locked coz you're in REM sleep so that's why you feel paralysed. It can happen to anyone, pretty harmless though, but maybe potassium could help. Cheers!

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    1. HB - Now I know it's very common as a lot of folks here encountered it! I also did some research and thought like you until I discussed with the doc and it could be lack of potassium. :)

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  13. Very delicious greens. We do need to balance our diet in order to stay healthy.

    Thank you for sharing. I never have such sleep problem before *touch wood* but I heard of such thing before.

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    1. Rose - Not all encounters it and its once a in a while. Yes, eat a balance diet.

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  14. Heard that kind of stories from friends before. Maybe don't sleep front up.

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    1. wenn - I seldom sleep up front .. don't think that's the cause.

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  15. I heard many stories like this, but they said the way to get away is pray when it happens.

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