Tips to Help You Survive a ‘Bangungot’ or Sleep Paralysis

Bangungot’ is the Filipino term for sleep paralysis, a condition wherein a sleeping person feels awake but could not speak or move his/her body. Majority of people have experienced this at least once in their lives; although the condition has not been reported in children.

In sleep paralysis, many people often feel that there is someone in the room trying to kill them by choking them or pinning their bodies down on the bed – even if there is no one around, actually. This led to the belief that the bangungot is caused by evil spirits and mysterious beings.

There have actually been a number of cases of people dying from sleep paralysis, mostly because they panicked – leading to their bodies’ systems going overdrive and producing chemicals that harmed their bodies.

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Just in case you find yourself in a bangungot, the best thing to do, really, is to wake up! However, many of us who experienced this will tell you that waking up during a sleep paralysis episode is easier said than done. After all, your brain is awake and fully aware of what is happening but your body just won’t cooperate and really make you fully awake.

Here’s what you should do to survive a bangungot:

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  • alex

    just wanna add, do not go to bed right away after a meal especially if you are very full. If you are in sleep paralysis episode, it will be very hard to breath. Stay calm as much as possible. Nervousness really will put you at high risk. If you tend to be very nervous during sleep paralysis episode, your heart will keep on beating fast. Meaning, it will keep pumping blood throughout your body until you’re out of breath. It feels like you are being drowned. Stay focus on finding electric charge in your body, it would be a big help to move yourself. Do not let your consciousness fall asleep as well. To wake up from sleep paralysis requires strong mental power because the brain is the only thing you can use during those times and it uses a lot of energy so it’s gonna be exhausting. 😊