Often, what those who wonder how to have sleep paralysis (SP) are really after is the out-of-body experience or lucid dream and its associated sensations. In this case, rather than trying to get sleep paralysis for lucid dreaming (LD) or out-of-body experience (OBE), one should understand that SP is not a required trigger or cause of OBE and LD, but rather a common correlate. In other words, follow recommendations on how to have an OBE or LD and SP will take place from time to time, but it is not a requirement for having them. In the process of developing lucid projectability, one will inevitably experience SP, sooner or later. The more often you attempt conscious OBEs, the more often and easily you will likely have SP.

Accumulating experiences will also lead you to overcome fear of these phenomena, allowing you to make lucid dreams, OBE, and sleep paralysis fun or pleasant. You may be among the 25 to 30% of the population that is estimated to have experienced at least a mild form of sleep paralysis at least once. You may even be among the 8 out of 100 people who have had them more than once or with some regularity. Since people who experience near-death experiences (NDEs) or out-of-body experiences, in general, also tend to experience sleep paralysis, occasionally individuals draw the conclusion that one necessarily causes the other. While they are highly correlated, it is possible to experience SP without an OBE, and it is possible to experience an OBE without SP.

During REM sleep, most of the body’s muscles are stopped (except breathing and eye movement, clearly). This temporary paralysis protects sleepers from injuring themselves by unconsciously acting out their dreams. If you wake up before a cycle of REM sleep is complete, your body might not regain regular function in sync with your mind. Sleep paralysis then can be considered a form of intrusion into REM sleep (REM intrusion). Lucid dreaming and OBE techniques often lead you to become or remain lucid as your body enters or leaves REM, which could account for the high correlation between sleep paralysis and OBE/LD.


Sleep paralysis is often correlated to OBEs and LDs.Sleep paralysis, however, is not required to have OBEs and LDs. Think of SP as an associated phenomenon, rather than a necessary cause. The more often you attempt conscious OBEs, the more often and easily you are likely have sleep paralysis.

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