Theories On Sleep Paralysis

There are different theories why sleep paralysis takes place.

On one hand, doctors will tell you that sleep paralysis occurs when you undergo the stages of wakefulness and sleep. They say there are two kinds of SPs: hypnagogic and hypnopompic. Hypnagogic happens when you are about to sleep. Your body relaxes but your mind is still alert. Hypnopompic occurs when you are about to wake. What happens is your mind becomes alert of its surroundings before your body awakes. In this case, you become aware before your REM cycle is finished. Science explains that the body needs to be paralyzed while we are asleep in order to not act out what we see in our dreams.

Doctors asserts that sleep paralysis is not caused by demons. It is just a case of the mind becoming alert but the body still asleep. There is no necessary treatment and they recommend improving sleep habits, lessening stress and sleeping on your side among others.

On the other hand, paranormal experts say that sleep paralysis may be related to astral projection or out-of-body experience. Paranormal expert Jaime Licauco explains that, "Astral projection is a natural event or state and should not be considered a disorder or a pathological condition. Almost everyone goes out of his body while asleep and travels. Most of the time however this happens without 'awakening' in the astral world so we may not realize what has really happened when we wake up. That's when the trouble begins.

We become frightened because we can't move. We try to return to our body but we cannot because, the more we struggle, the more there will be a misalignment in the vibrations between the astral and physical body.

When a person feels like he is flying or being smashed, it is because his astral body is really flying while his physical body remains in bed. That's why doctors call this 'hallucination.' Actually it is not.

When the physical body gets jolted into waking consciousness and can already move, that's the exact moment the astral body returns to the physical body."

As to the voices a person might hear during paralysis, it is difficult to tell "whether the voices xxx heard were mere auditory hallucinations, caused by religious conditioning, or real visitations by spirits."

Licauco further states that "medical science has no knowledge of the 'astral body' and its nature. No medical instrument has ever detected its presence and therefore, to medical doctors, they tend to explain everything in terms of their own perspective or paradigm. This is understandable."

What is quite interesting in sleep paralysis is that there is this innate need to fight at something.

Now, who is right? Medical or Paranormal?

I don't know. It's like asking whether God exists.


mareliberum mareliberum
1 Response Jan 10, 2013

I agree with the innate need to fight at something. I am fighting to get my eye lids to stay open and my legs to move so I can get out of bed. It's an act of desperation. It seems to go on forever before one finally can finally wake up and move.