ONE in 10 Brits say they have suffered from a terrifying sensation featured in hit horror show ‘The Haunting of Hill House’.
In the Netflix series, the character Eleanor ‘Nell’ Crain is plagued by sleep paralysis.
And in a survey of 2,000 people carried out by Chemist-4-u.com , 10 per cent say they too have experienced the eery feeling of being unable to move when they are waking up or falling asleep.
Fans of supernatural horror ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ see Nell frozen in her bed, unable to move and haunted by the Bent Neck Lady.
Nell sees a therapist, who says to cure the recurring condition she needs to return to the house.
Nell does, but with terrifying consequences.
Sleep paralysis involves being aware of your surroundings but being temporarily unable to move or talk.
During an episode a person may find it difficult to take deep breaths, as if a person is sitting on their chest, or have a sensation that someone else is in the room with them.
Shamir Patel, pharmacist and founder of Chemist-4-U.com said: “While sleep paralysis sounds like a condition invented purely for supernatural thrillers, it’s real.
“Sleep paralysis is not dangerous but it can be extremely frightening, especially if a person has never experienced it before.
“And our survey shows it’s a lot more common than many people will realise.”
The survey, as part of The Great British Sleeping Study, reveals the highest concentration of people suffering from sleep paralysis is in Northern Ireland (14.7 per cent) followed by Scotland (14.2 per cent), and Yorkshire and the Humber (13.3 per cent).
In the North West, 12.6 per cent of those surveyed said they had experienced it.
The most common age for people who said they had experienced sleep paralysis was between 25 and 34, followed by those aged 18 to 24.
Women were more likely to have experienced it that men.
Sleep paralysis happens when a stage of sleep called REM – or rapid eye movement – occurs when you are awake.
REM is when your brain is active and if often the stage in which people experience dreams.
Sleep paralysis should pass within a few seconds or minutes and is not harmful to overall health.
According to the NHS, improving your sleeping habits and sleeping environment may help to treat sleep paralysis.
This includes getting around six to eight hours of quality sleep a night, having a set bedtime routine, and avoiding big meals and stimulants such as smoking, alcohol or caffeine before bed.
Creating a calm and quiet sleeping environment where the bedroom is not too hot or too cold is also said to help.
Shamir added: “Many people will experience sleep paralysis only once or twice but with others it can occur more frequently.
“Understanding that while it appears scary it is actually harmless, is key.
“Focus on reducing any stress you may be experiencing and get a good bedtime routine in place.”
The survey suggested sleep paralysis is more common than sleep walking, with just 8.6 per cent of respondents saying they had experienced this, and sleep apnea which affected just 5.2 per cent.
Insomnia affected 30 per cent of those surveyed, while night terrors or hallucinations affected 14.8 per cent.
Source : BirminghamMail