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Can B12 prevent sleep paralysis

Sometimes when I'm trying to wake up - I have the frightenng experience of being awake but not able to move. I can't open my eyes - can't move - and in desparation I try to make noise (which comes out like a faint groan) in order for my husband to hear me and shake me awake. Can Vitamin b12 help prevent this experience.
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Hi,

Sleep paralysis is a common condition marked by the inability to move the body or limbs, either during the onset of sleep or upon waking. The actual cause of sleep paralysis is not understood. But sleep paralysis can run in families and people who have narcolepsy.

Sleep paralysis can be treated with clonazepam, Studies show that vitamin B12 improves sleep patterns but not enough evidence show prevention of sleep paralysis. Reducing stress and getting the proper amount of sleep may be beneficial. Learn to recognize your symptoms and the triggers of your sleep paralysis. Triggers could be things in your life you have no control over, like stress, environment, even your dreams. By establishing your personal triggers and working to avoid them will appreciably lessen the chance of experiencing sleep paralysis. It is best to discuss which treatment option is best for you with your doctor. This link may be helpful: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_paralysis

Take care and keep us posted.
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I have this too, I try and make noises but I can only make slight groan. What I do sometimes is focus hard on my arm, and if I push my mind to it enough I can start drifting back enough to change my breathing pattern and wake up.
Do you find that it only happens to you when your napping, rather than full nights sleep?
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Now that you mention it - yes I think it may happen more during long naps. I think also it also may happen more when sleeping on my back.
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I just figured out how to respond back -and wanted to thank you for your advise.
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I just experienced sleep paralysis this morning, for the first time. Rather unpleasant. Could it be connected to conditions such as insomnia and migraines? I'm on an anti-seizure med that works as a migraine med too (topamax), and forgot to take it last night.
I've heard that sleep paralysis can be caused by miniature seizures in the brain. All I know is, I forgot my meds, experienced sleep paralysis, and had a whomping migraine later in the day. Is there any connection I should know about? I'm thinking about rescheduling my neurology appointment so its before June...
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I too have experienced sleep paralysis. I didn't know the name of it until I read the comments. I just had one about 1 hour ago. I heard my family in the other room but could not speak so I managed to slowly move inch by inch until I was able to throw myself off the bed. Mind you , my bed is very high. I hurt my knee but my family came running in. My husband is very concerned about me. I told him not to worry because it only happens about twice a year. I did notice that when I'm extremely tired it happens. When I was in college, my roommate knew when to wake me up when I was having an episode. In college it happened more ofter because I was running track and was exhaulted when I went to sleep. I'm just hoping it won't start to happen more as I grow older and more tired . I'm still young now...What does the future hold?
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i have been having this for a long time the only thing i can do when this happens is wiggle my toes and it mostly all the time helps me out of it! and also anti-depressants help!
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I would like to comment on B-12. I recall reading several years ago about a lady having symthoms that mimicked MS. Drs looked her over top to bottom, meds, etc. to no avail. She went to another Dr that did something a little different. He actually had her LIST everything she was taking. He noticed she was taking mega doses of Vitamin B-12. He weaned her off completely and the MS symthoms went away. So if take read directions and only take proper doses. I realize that some in Med field will dismiss this and that is ok-it helped this lady and that is what matters. The sleep paralysis is common and yes scary when it is you! My mother suffers from this and literally has to moan to get my dad to pull a arm or her body and gradually it comes back to her.
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