035: Sleep paralysis explained – Professor Chris French

Throughout human history, across different cultures, people have told tales about supernatural visitations during the night.

We now know that these stories refer to a condition known as sleep paralysis, a hybrid sleep/wake state whereby our muscles are largely paralysed but our brain ‘wakes up’.

Today we speak to psychology professor Christopher French about this common, and often frightening sleep disorder – how its symptoms manifest, the fascinating cross-cultural background and some strategies to help manage and cope with sleep paralysis

This Episode’s Guest

Professor Chris Frech Sleep Junkies Podcast

Professor Christopher French is the Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit in the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has published over 150 articles and chapters covering a wide range of topics. His main current area of research is the psychology of paranormal beliefs and anomalous experiences. He frequently appears on radio and television casting a sceptical eye over paranormal claims.

Goldsmiths: https://www.gold.ac.uk/psychology/staff/french/

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christopher_French2

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chriscfrench

More Resources

Article in the Guardian: https://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/oct/02/sleep-paralysis

Sleep Paralysis Project: https://sleepparalysisproject.wordpress.com

Cheyne et al Factor Analysis: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S105381009990404X

Article: Sleep paralysis demons

Episode Homepage: https://sleepjunkies.com/sleep-paralysis-explained/

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