Do you feel that the dead person rises? ... what is this chilling phenomenon due to?

Millions of people around the world have an anecdote about the ‘rise of the dead‘ well some say they saw shadows, heard laughter or malevolent voices, or saw creatures seizing their immobile bodies.

The stage is the same, you find yourself sleeping quietly, but without any explanation you wake up, but you realize that you can’t move or speak while an immense fear takes hold of you. Is happening: the dead one went up to you.

About 10 minutes, people are immobilized, experiencing breathing difficulties, as well as auditory, visual, tactile and olfactory hallucinations.

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Although it may seem so, this “false awakening“, is not a supernatural phenomenon, but your brain.

The false awakening is directly related to the stress, because when tense or worrying moments are experienced, the brain does not stop working to solve this situation.

These sensations have a medical justification, actually “the dead man does not climb”, But a sleep paralysis.

What is sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis is a condition in which you cannot move or speak when you are barely staying asleep or waking up.

During an episode of sleep paralysis you are fully aware of what is going on. Among its external causes we can find:

• Irregular sleep schedule

• Sleep on your back

• Increased anxiety

• Excessive use of stimulants

• Physical fatigue

• Significant life changes

• Some medications.

We say I know “the dead rose”, When the brain is flooded with the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which suppresses muscle tone in all major non-autonomic muscle groups such as the heart, intestines and lungs.

However, many lose the sleep from paralysis, which contributes to insomnia and actually increases the chances of another attack.

Paralysis occurs during sleep-wake transition, belongs to the subgroup of disorders associated with REM sleep.

Within this group are:

• The nigthmares

• Sleep paralysis

• REM sleep behavior disorders

The usual thing is that they appear during childhood and decrease in adolescence.

So why do we say that the dead man got on us?

Paralysis attacks cause great terror in the individual, since it is impossible for him to react, hence the origin of the expression: “The dead man got on me.”

Likewise, it can cause anxiety or chronic depression, as well as discomfort that can influence sleep habits and therefore, reciprocally, chronify the attacks. To prevent them it is necessary to have good habits before sleeping.

The criteria for diagnosis are:


Mild: less than once a month Moderate: more than once a month but less than once a week Severe: at least once a week Duration:

Acute: a month or less.

Subacute: more than a month, but less than six months.

Chronic: 6 months or more.

According to the ICSD (2005) classification, paralysis can occur in three forms:

• The first is in isolation, in healthy individuals, generally appearing upon awakening.

• The second in a family way, genetically transmitted and with pre-dormant development.

• The third as a symptom within narcolepsy.

In the last two, paralysis is more common during sleep initiation.

The course of the illness It also varies with respect to its form, it occurs in isolated cases, where its cause is generally linked to exogenous conditioning factors, while, in familiar forms linked to narcolepsy, the episodes tend to be chronic, also depending on external conditioning factors.

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