\slˈiːp pəɹˈaləsˌɪs], \slˈiːp pəɹˈaləsˌɪs], \s_l_ˈiː_p p_ə_ɹ_ˈa_l_ə_s_ˌɪ_s]\
Definitions of SLEEP PARALYSIS
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A common condition characterized by transient partial or total paralysis of skeletal muscles and areflexia that occurs upon awakening from sleep or less often while falling asleep. Stimuli such as touch or sound may terminate the episode, which usually has a duration of seconds to minutes. This condition may occur in normal subjects or be associated with NARCOLEPSY; CATAPLEXY; and hypogogic HALLUCINATIONS. The pathophysiology of this condition is closely related to the normal hypotonia that occur during REM sleep. (From Adv Neurol 1995;67:245-271)
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