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Isolated sleep paralysis

  • Alternative Names

    Sleep paralysis - isolated


    People with isolated sleep paralysis have episodes that last from a few seconds to 1 or 2 minutes in which they are unable to move or speak.

    • These spells end on their own or when the person is touched or moved.
    • Rarely, the person may have dream-like sensations or hallucinations, which may be scary to them.

    Signs and tests

    If you do not have other symptoms of narcolepsy, there is usually no need to perform sleep studies.