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What can I do about sleep paralysis?

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There's no need to fear nighttime demons or alien abductors. If you have occasional sleep paralysis, you can take steps at home to control this disorder. Start by making sure you get enough sleep. Do what you can to relieve stress in your life -- especially just before bedtime. Try new sleeping positions if you sleep on your back. Be sure to see your doctor if sleep paralysis routinely prevents you from getting a good night's sleep.

From: Sleep Paralysis WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Sleep Medicine: "Sleep Paralysis."

National Sleep Foundation: "Ask the Sleep Expert: Sleep & Parasomnias;" "Sleep Paralysis;" "Topics A to ZZZZs: Narcolepsy;" and "What Happens When You Sleep?"

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 26, 2018

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American Academy of Sleep Medicine: "Sleep Paralysis."

National Sleep Foundation: "Ask the Sleep Expert: Sleep & Parasomnias;" "Sleep Paralysis;" "Topics A to ZZZZs: Narcolepsy;" and "What Happens When You Sleep?"

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 26, 2018

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