Prevalence of isolated sleep paralysis in black subjects

J Natl Med Assoc. 1984 May;76(5):501-8.


Sleep paralysis is a state of consciousness experienced while waking from sleep or falling asleep. It is characterized by an experience of being unable to move for several seconds or minutes. This study represents the first survey to measure the incidence of this disorder in a black population of healthy subjects and psychiatric patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • African Americans*
  • Chicago
  • Consciousness
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / complications
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / epidemiology*