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Why Couldn’t I Wake up?

by Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker


From a teen in Nigeria:  I slept recently, After about 10 Minutes of sleep. I tried to wake up as I was aware I was dreaming and I could see what was going on. But I couldn’t seem to wake up for about 2 Minutes, Why does such happen ?

Please don’t be alarmed. This is not uncommon. You may have experienced a moment of sleep paralysis. The person believes himself to be awake but can’t move. It happens if you don’t move smoothly through the stages of sleep. As far as I know, it is not yet understood why a person sometimes gets “stuck” for seconds or even minutes during the transition from wakefulness to sleep or from sleep to wakefulness. When it happens, people report experiences much like yours.

I wish you well,

Dr. Marie

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