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Sleep paralysis

Sleep paralysis: Introduction

Sleep paralysis: The occurrence of paralysis during ones sleep. See detailed information below for a list of 9 causes of Sleep paralysis, Symptom Checker, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Sleep paralysis: Symptom Checker

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Sleep paralysis: Comorbid Symptoms

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Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Sleep paralysis

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Misdiagnosis and Sleep paralysis

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Sleep paralysis: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Definitions of Sleep paralysis:

A common condition characterized by transient partial or total paralysis of skeletal muscles and areflexia that occurs upon awakening from sleep or less often while falling asleep. Stimuli such as touch or sound may terminate the episode, which usually has a duration of seconds to minutes. This condition may occur in normal subjects or be associated with NARCOLEPSY; CATAPLEXY; and hypnagogic HALLUCINATIONS. The pathophysiology of this condition is closely related to the normal hypotonia that occur during REM sleep. (From Adv Neurol 1995;67:245-271)
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Detailed list of causes of Sleep paralysis

The list below shows some of the causes of Sleep paralysis mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Sleep paralysis?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Sleep paralysis. Of the 9 causes of Sleep paralysis that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 0 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 1 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 0 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 8 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Sleep paralysis:

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Medical Conditions associated with Sleep paralysis:

Paralysis symptoms (385 causes), Sleep symptoms (1476 causes), Sleeping problems (873 causes), Movement symptoms (6001 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Muscle symptoms (7251 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Musculoskeletal symptoms (6264 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes), Nocturnal symptoms (698 causes)

Symptoms related to Sleep paralysis:

Paralysis (325 causes), Insomnia (521 causes), Difficulty sleeping, Nightmares (43 causes), Dreams, Cataplexy (12 causes)

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