Sleep paralysis is a condition in which a person awakens from sleep but is temporarily paralyzed, unable to move or speak. The phenomenon, in fact, is not uncommon. Around 20 to 40 percent of people experience sleep paralysis at least once in their life.
Sleep paralysis often occurs when we are in any way, sleep deprived.
Scientifically it happens when we wake up while we are still in a stage of sleep, called rapid eye movement, or REM, during which most vivid dreams occur. During REM, a part of the front brain called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, central to our ability to plan and think logically, turns off.To prevent us from acting out intensely “real” dreams during REM, and potentially hurt ourselves, our brain has a brilliant solution: our muscles become paralyzed, preventing the body from acting out what’s going on in the brain. This is usually no problem because we are sound asleep. Unless we aren’t. Then all it takes is a few neurochemicals to leave us stuck in this borderline state sleep and wakefulness.
Exactly how the muscles are paralyzed has been a mystery until recently. University of Toronto researchers Patricia Brooks and John Peever discovered GABA played the crucial role.
Balancing out your GABA is essential to getting control of sleep disorders.
Top 3 Gaba Deficiency Symptoms
1. Anxiety and Depression
2. General Uneasy Feeling
3. Can’t Sit Still For Long Periods of Time
Here is a short list of more possible symptoms of GABA deficiency:
- Snap easily under stress. Low stress tolerance.
- Hard to get to sleep at night. Often presents itself in the form of insomnia.
- Tendencies to use drugs or substances often. This can include alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other drugs.
- Feeling overwhelmed by day to day living.
- Being nervous or anxious for even though everything is fine.
Possible Reasons Why Someone Could be Deficient in GABA
- Genetics – It is possible to get the bad luck of a genetic variation
- Dietary Habits – GABA is formed by the amino acid glutamine which is often present in meat.
- Too much stress – With too much stress GABA can quickly be depleted.
- Medication or recreational drugs that desensitize the GABA receptors. (Ambien, alcohol, benzodiazepines, barbiturates)