Have you ever woken up unable to move, with eerie shadows lurking in the corners of your room? You're not alone. 

In this video, Northside sleep expert Dr. Jason Krahnke delves into the intriguing topic of sleep paralysis, providing a comprehensive overview of its causes and symptoms, and effective coping strategies. 

Sleep paralysis is a temporary and often frightening sleep disorder where a person is briefly unable to move or speak while falling asleep or waking up. It occurs when there is a disconnect between the brain and body during the transition between wakefulness and sleep. While usually harmless, sleep paralysis can be unsettling as it may be accompanied by vivid hallucinations or a feeling of pressure on the chest. Episodes typically last for a few seconds to a couple of minutes. 

Explained is a series of short videos where Northside experts explain common patient questions. 

Click here to learn more about sleep disorders treatment at Northside.


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Dr. Jason Krahnke

Specialties: Pulmonary and Critical Care, Pulmonology, Sleep Disorders Medicine

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Dr. Krahnke provides expert patient-centered care in the areas of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine to patients in Cherokee County and neighboring regions. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders and pulmonary diseases, critical care services, and the interpretation of sleep studies and pulmonary function tests. His clinical interests include COPD, asthma, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis, obstructive sleep apnea, obesity hypoventilation syndrome, idiopathic hypersomnia, narcolepsy and insomnia.

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