The following article takes an in depth analysis into sleep paralysis and tries to provide some solutions and answers. After reading it you should be in a better position to deal with the problem.
REM sleep is the state of sleep when we experience dreams. If during the time that you are experiencing a dream and you are suddenly woken up then you will experience REM sleep paralysis. The paralysis sets in because the transition from being totally asleep to being fully awake is a gradual process. When the disruption is sudden the speed with which the body and the brain reacts is not the same and you are likely to experience the paralysis.
Why does it occur when you are having dreams? The reason for this is that a dream is not a threat to you physically. When the brain is immediately awake in the middle of a dream you are actually trying to physically respond to something that is not there and the body goes into a state of paralysis. Can you imagine what would happen if we reacted to everything that happened whilst we are asleep.
So you can clearly see that anything that will interrupt the normal sleep pattern of an individual will likely cause it. There are some things that the brain reacts to even if you are asleep. Light and sound are two examples I can think of. So making sure no light filters to your face when you sleep and a relatively quite environment are good.
There are also some things that are known to precipitate this condition. I’m referring to things like alcohol, smoking and caffeine when taken at night or before sleeping. Try and be relaxed and stress free especially at night.
REM sleep paralysis is an acknowledged medical condition and you shouldn’t feel ashamed or embarrassed to get help for it. There are quite a number of ways that you can deal with this condition and with the internet alternatives are never hard to find.