Could paralysis be a sleep disorders?

This question was asked in Lake Elsinore, California on 08/29/2013.
My 17 year old Grandson just alerted to me that when he first wakes up from a sleep he is unable to move for 3 mutes like he is paralyzed during that time. Then after a few minutes or so he can get up. He just told me this has happen to him for years. I was in shock at this and informed his mother. Of Course we will take him to a doctor, but he was afraid to tell anyone of this condition. What condition could it be? Could it possibly be a sleep disorder?

Doctors Answers (3)

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 9/17/2013

Sleep paralysis can be be very distressing, especially when it first occurs. It is not life threatening but may be related to a sleep disorder such as narcolepsy. Treatment is available. You best consult a board certified sleep specialist, preferably a neurologist.

Vector Sleep Diagnostics Center
Answered on: 9/5/2013 1

He describes sleep paralysis. This could be an isolated symptom and may be mild and quite benign - not dangerous or harmful (yes, I know that paralysis sounds scary). But it can also be a part of another condition- such as narcolepsy among other conditions. This symptom certainly deserves attention and a visit to a sleep doctor. Best of luck to you and your grandson.

SomnoDiagnostics, Inc.
Answered on: 8/30/2013

Sleep Paralysis can be indicative of a sleep disorder and he should consult a Board Certified Sleep Specialist as soon as possible.