Eternal Nightmare: Sleep Paralysis Found to be Linked to Traumatic Experiences and Stress
viaThe Daily Grail
Greg @DailyGrail writes:
Researchers involved in a new study have attempted to shed a bit more light on the subject, by conducting a systematic review of 42 previous published studies that have investigated variables “associated with both the frequency and intensity of sleep paralysis episodes”. They found that, although many of the most obvious categories – such as age, gender, and ethnicity – showed little evidence of difference in frequency and intensity of sleep paralysis experiences, there were a few areas that seemed to be related. One of those areas was a history of trauma or stress:
“A confirmed or unconfirmed history of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) was found to be significantly related to frequency of sleep paralysis episodes… The frequency and intensity of intruder and incubus hallucinations were significantly greater in both CSA groups as compared to those who did not report sexual abuse… Sleep paralysis prevalence was significantly higher in both CSA groups compared to a control group who reported not having experienced CSA.”
Do you often remember your dreams? Or maybe when you’re awake, what went on during sleep remains a mystery. A group of researchers in France conducted a study to find out why some people remember dreams while others don’t.
They studied brain scans of 41 people while they were awake and asleep. They found that high dream recallers, people who remember dreams about five times a week, have a higher level of activity in certain parts of the brain.
Whether awake or asleep, those participants showed higher activity levels in the medial prefrontal cortex and the temporoparietal junction — areas involved in processing information, including external stimuli. (ViaWikimedia Commons / Ranveig)
The results also showed people who often remember their dreams are more prone to waking up during the night.
“Sleepers who can recall their dreams vividly have twice as much wakefulness during sleep as people who forget them almost immediately, meaning they probably wake up briefly during the night, cementing their dreams into memory.” (Via KMAX)
As the lead researcher explains, the “sleeping brain is not capable of memorizing new information; it needs to awaken to be able to do that.” (Via HealthDay News)
According to the study, high dream recallers also have more dreams compared to low recallers — giving them more dreams to remember.
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There was much more to the dream but that was the basic theme. There was also a scene where I and a friend became trapped in an incredibly small elevator – like the size of a highschool locker. The elevator malfunctioned and seemed to plummet to a sub-basement. We had to pry the doors open and I recall the person / child I was with reading the tiny serial numbers on the inside of the door, stating that she could recite these numbers to the automated system and get us out. It worked – sortof.