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Published on:
February 11, 2024

😴 I've Figured Out What Causes My Sleep Paralysis

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I'm back with another insight from my personal life data tracker, NayaOS. I log over 30 different aspects daily – from steps to beverages, emotions, and even my sleep score.

Here's something I've been wrestling with for a while: sleep paralysis. It's been a frequent, uninvited guest in my life, and for the longest time, I couldn't pin down what was causing it. So, for the past three years, I've been meticulously tracking when and how often these episodes occurred.

After consulting with my Somnologist, I started focusing on specific data points to uncover potential triggers. And guess what? I found some surprising culprits!

Possible Triggers for My Sleep Paralysis:

  • Eating after 11 PM (especially red meat)
  • Drinking coffee or high-caffeine beverages after 11 PM
  • Stress or PTSD, particularly following experiences of racism
  • And, oddly enough, drinking chamomile tea at night

These findings were a mix of predictable and totally unexpected. The real shocker? Chamomile tea. Each time I had it after 5 PM, I experienced sleep paralysis. To dig deeper, I experimented with different teas:

Teas I Tested:

  • Chamomile Tea: Almost always led to sleep paralysis.
  • Green Tea: No effect on sleep paralysis.
  • Lavender Tea: No significant impact.
  • Rooibos Tea: No sleep paralysis episodes.
  • Mint Tea: Safe, no issues.
  • Hibiscus Tea: No problems here.
  • Sleepytime Tea: Triggered sleep paralysis (contains chamomile).
  • Naptime Tea: Also caused episodes (contains chamomile).

Curiously, I couldn't find any solid scientific research on the correlation between chamomile tea and sleep paralysis. However, after scouring various forums, I discovered many people, especially on platforms like Reddit, reporting the same symptoms post-chamomile consumption at night.

I'm truly grateful for my NayaOS system. While tracking almost every aspect of my life can be time-consuming, it's invaluable. It not only helps me solve my own problems but also aids doctors in diagnosing and treating them more effectively. Now that I've used data to identify these triggers, I've been diligently avoiding them.

Have you tracked similar experiences? Ever linked something like tea to sleep issues? I'd love to hear about your discoveries and whether you've found similar patterns. Let's share and learn from each other's journeys!

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