Interesting hypothesis about sleep paralysis

Interesting hypothesis about sleep paralysis

Apparently a 57-year-old woman reported having “demonic visitations” during sleep for half a year, often feeling paralyzed when waking up.  The Chinese term for sleep paralysis is “gui ya chuang” or “ghost pressing down on the bed”.  She was unable to get rid of the feeling of paralysis so she went for a medical checkup.  Doctors diagnosed her as having atrial fibrillation or arrhythmia.  The doctors also apparently concluded that atrial fibrillation was the cause of her sleep paralysis.

Apparently her life is rather chaotic, eating at irregular times and not sleeping enough.  She also suffers from tenseness, anxiety, worry and fearfulness.

Taiwan’s heart rhythm data shows that there are 230,000 people on Taiwan with atrial fibrillation problems.  The occurrence of atrial fibrillation among the general population is about 1%, and 5% to 6% among those 65 years and older, and 10% among those 80 years and older.

As far as is known, there is no proven scientific link between atrial fibrillation, arrhythmia and sleep paralysis.  The Taiwanese doctors surmise that arrhythmia may cause mini- and micro-strokes and thrombosis and they can bring on temporary sleep paralysis.

The doctors’ conclusion is hypothetical, although it is most likely based on medically proven links between narcolepsy, migraines, anxiety disorders, obstructive sleep apnea and sleep deprivation.  And apparently, the woman does suffer from anxiety disorders and sleep deprivation.




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Victor Chen, herbalist, alternative healthcare lecturer, Chinese affairs analyst, retired journalist
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