Sleep paralysis is the symptom of a sleep disorder called Narcolepsy. This sleep disorder is characterized by excessive day time sleepiness, sleep paralysis, cataplexy where the person has episodes of loss of muscle function while awake, hypnogogic hallucinations and automatic behavior.
It is usually diagnosed by sleep onset REM sleep (SOREMs), which is dream sleep in multiple episodes of MSLT (multiple sleep latency tests). However, therapy helps to regulate Narcolepsy.
She will need to consult her primary care physician, who may schedule her for a polysomnogram (sleep test) to rule out this sleep disorder and initiate appropriate therapy.
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