n the past, I have had many different episodes of sleep paralysis, so I am fully aware of what happens during most episodes. However, a couple of nights ago, I went to bed late and after about an hour and a half of sleeping, I had sleep paralysis but with a very scary symptom. When I found myself in that "in between" being awake and asleep condition, as usual, I couldn't move or speak. All of the sudden, I felt as if the pressure in my brain was increasing gradually (as if being pumped up) until it got to the point that I thought I was definitely going to die of an aneurysm or something similar. The pressure then stopped, and then rose again, and then I finally woke up FOR REAL. After awakening, I was scared and my heart was pounding, but I didn't have any headache, pain, or anything. I went back to sleep immediately and the same exact thing happened again so I stayed up that time. I have been sleeping on the recliner the last two nights and I haven't had another episode. I don't have any pain during the day at all. I feel fine. I have had issues of dizziness and vertigo in the past few months, but I was diagnosed with Benign Paraxosymal Positional Vertigo. After about two and a half months, the positional vertigo is now completely gone and other symptoms of this disorder which include lightheadedness, head pressure, etc. have gotten progressively BETTER although they still linger sometimes. When I had this dizziness, I had a CT SCAN of the brain, and MRI w/wo contrast of the brain, an EKG, an ECHOCARDIOGRAM, a CHEST X-RAY, blood work, etc. I do have high cholesterol and triglycerides, but I am only 31 years old and have been eating healthy and exercising for a month. Is there any possible explanation for INTENSE HEAD PRESSURE during SLEEP PARALYSIS? By the way, ALL of the test I mentioned earlier were completely NORMAL.
Not aware of head pressure happening during an episode of sleep paralysis. But increased cholesterol by itself can cause dizziness, so have yourself evaluated for the same and try to maintain it under normal levels. Regular exercise and avoiding fatty foods can help to increase the flow through the arteries.
Although head pressure isn't the most common symptom of sleep paralysis, I have found around 7 or so people on websites describing their episodes of SP with severe head pressure as well. They seem to describe what happened to me. That said, it seems more rare than the classic symptoms. However, not being able to move, speak, etc. were also symptoms I had as well. And, again, when I woke up I had no pain whatsoever. Plus, it happened again after I quickly feel back to sleep within 30 minutes of the first episode (a classic symptom of SP). When I awoke the second time, again, I had no pain whatsoever either.
I agree that clogged arteries can cause dizziness/pain, etc. However, it would seem unlikely, in my opinion, that I would experience head pressure pain in sleep paralysis, wake up and feel fine, 30 minutes later go back to sleep and have another episode of SP and then wake up and feel perfectly normal again. Wouldn't a major problem carry on after I woke up two different times from painful SP? In other words, head pressure from a major problem wouldn't stop when awake, and then come back as soon as I sleep again?
Anyway, thanks for the reply and feel free to offer any more insight you might have. I do appreciate it and I have been working hard on my cholesterol numbers. I have lost 18 lbs. in 3 1/2 weeks while eating completely healthy and spending 45 minutes on my treadmill 5 times a week.
Hmm. Sleep paralysis has some weird symptoms at times it seams.
Ive worken up twice feeling like i was gonna have a heart attack.
(you know the old hag thing where she sits on your chest?)
Well kinda felt like that except no one was sitting on top of me.
Woke up paralyses, and felt like some force was pushing on my chest and feeling like was about do slip into a hole in the bed. Hard to explain really. Felt like getting slowly pushed through the actual bed.
This is kinda creepy. And do have some anxiety related issue around the heart subject. But makes no sense to get a heart attack one night and survive then later take a stress/bike test and everything shows up fine. . . So must have been something "mental"-
Also Ive woken up to the feeling of a storm kinda.... Roaming in my bedroom trying to push me over into the wall next to the bed.
So dont see it to be unlikely you would feel some pressure anywhere on your body.
(doesnt mean that it cant be anything else of course. )
I have had severe sleep paralysis since I was 20 years old and it almost always was accompanied by severe head pressure--to the point where you feel as though, indeed, something will break within your head. I am now 40 and they continue to happen though the frequency of the attacks were reduced following sinus surgeries -- not for the sleep attacks but for other reasons--I am super healthy, very low cholesterol, very low blood pressure, raised a vegan and now eat a healthy diet of fish, eggs, and whole grains and protein and organic greens--am slim, and do power/hot yoga. I assumed that the terrible pressure is just part of the paralysis and I have never had an episode where it was not a part of it. As you might experience, the more you try to fight it and wake up the worse it gets, to the point of having even that strange shadow sense of yourself moving, when you are not. I wake up finally after all this very weak and exhausted and often my body is sore. So...all I can tell you is I completely identify with what you are experiencing, though I think has nothing to do with physical health. If anything, I have often thought it was correlated to having sinus congestion and restricted airway passages--that has been theory anyway. I have found if I don't fight the attacks and even cry out positive things like "I love you!" or say a prayer it helps a lot. It would have been wonderful if 21 years ago, when I searched the internet terrified after going to the ER in the middle of the night, this kind of information would have been available. Best wishes to you! Of course, your symptoms may be very different than mine and I am glad you got all the basic medical check-ups.
I just had SP 15 mins ago 2 hr after I sleep. It happened 5 to 7 times before in last 10 years. It feels like brain will burst. I still have beep sound which I hear in SP but brain pressure is normal. I have concluded that it happened only when mosqito repelant was on and windows were closed and I found my self sufocated sweting and stressed. I hope fresh air and meditation before sleep is good idea. But if that pressure is real and actual physical then I realy need some guidance
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