I’m getting worried about the thing that I’m in experience for a year. It’s getting worst. I would usually wake up but can’t talk, roll over, lift a hand, call out, breathe deeply and even open up my eyelids to see. It feels like someone is taking my breath away, my heart and brain is being squeezed and my jaw tightens and usually it feels like my teeth are all going to fall. I can’t even make any single movement. This usually happens when I sleep. I feel so horrified, what if I won’t be able to go back anymore. What if I can’t make it… It’s like death coming into you.
With these things I tried searching on the web for answers because this is the fastest way I could find it. Good thing we had this resource at home. I then found out that it was “Sleep Paralysis” associated with Narcolepsy.
Narcolepsy is a chronic central nervous system (CNS) disorder that causes patients to suddenly fall asleep, often at unexpected moments. The sleep disorder is the result of a malfunction in the brain that prevents the proper regulation of sleep-wake cycles.
Patients with narcolepsy feel drowsy much of the time and generally find it difficult to remain awake for extended periods. Though they do not sleep more often than other people do, their bodies are unable to properly control the normal boundaries between sleeping and waking. Narcolepsy can be hazardous if a patient falls asleep while driving or climbing stairs.
There are four stages of non-rapid eye movement sleep that progress from light to deep. Following these stages is rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, a stage in which a person’s muscles are temporarily paralyzed and dreaming occurs. Initially, brain waves slow down for an hour or two before brain activity picks up again, leading to REM sleep. People who are asleep typically alternate between non-REM sleep and REM sleep throughout the night.
In contrast, people with narcolepsy quickly fall into REM sleep, often at unexpected moments. They also experience symptoms that occur in most people at other times of the sleep cycle. These include a relaxation of muscle tone (cataplexy), a temporary inability to move (sleep paralysis) and intense dreaming.
People with narcolepsy may also have other sleep disorders such as sleepwalking and/or mood disorders such as depression.
Patients may go many years before realizing that they have developed narcolepsy. They accept the daytime drowsiness as a part of life, not realizing it may be a more serious condition. Many do not seek treatment until other more disturbing symptoms such as cataplexy appear. Narcolepsy is incurable. However, effective forms of treatment can help patients to control their symptoms and to live full lives.
I also discovered another term for this Sleep Apnea:
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
The most common kind of sleep apnea is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. Sleep apnea means “cessation of breath.” It is characterized by repetitive episodes of upper airway obstruction that occur during sleep, usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation. In other words, the airway becomes obstructed at several possible sites. The upper airway can be obstructed by excess tissue in the airway, large tonsils, a large tongue and usually includes the airway muscles relaxing and collapsing when asleep. Another site of obstruction can be the nasal passages. Sometimes the structure of the jaw and airway can be a factor in sleep apnea.
What are the symptoms?
- excessive daytime sleepiness
- frequent episodes of obstructed breathing during sleep. (The patient may be unaware of this symptom — usually the bed partner is extremely aware of this).
I’ll research more about this later…