Experiences of sleep paralysis


Background to the study

Have you awoken from sleep but remained unable to move?
During this paralysis, have you seen or heard things which were no longer present when fully awake?

These symptoms are common experiences within sleep paralysis (SP), which is the feeling of not being able to move, either as you are going to sleep or as you are waking up. It might feel as though you cannot move your arms or legs and cannot speak or cry out. Some people also experience seeing and/or hearing things around them during SP which are no longer present when they wake up. This is a completely normal SP experience.

This study concerns your experiences of sleep paralysis, so if you answered ‘yes’ to either of the questions above, we would love to involve you in the research which has been given full ethical clearance by the Departmental Ethics Committee.

Details about participating

We are developing a questionnaire about SP experiences which will be online soon. If you would like to be informed when the questionnaire is live then please register for the Participant Panel or email Julia Santomauro. Thank you.