Prevalence of Sleep Paralysis in the Medical Students of a Local Medical College


  • Amna Ijaz
  • Muhammad Muzammil Saeed Karachi Institute of Medical Sciences, Karachi
  • Rana Khurram Aftab
  • Beenish Altaf
  • Avais Ahmad
  • Farasat Ali



Anxiety, hostellite, sleeps paralysis



Objective: To find out the prevalence of sleep paralysis among the medical students of a local Pakistani medical college. Methodology: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 107 medical students from, Karachi Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Karachi, Pakistan. Non-probability Convenient Sampling Technique was utilized for this study. Students suffering from any psychiatric illness were excluded from this study. The study was performed after taking permission from the Institutional Ethical Review Committee. Written informed consent was taken from all the students. The data were collected using a pretested predesigned Questionnaire which was consisted of 10 questions related to the common10 happening and symptoms of sleep paralysis. Data were recorded in the form of frequency and percentages and analyzed using SPSS 24.

Results: 52% (56 out of 107) participants have had an experience of sleep paralysis. Most of the participants (76.6%) described their experience as an Inability to move. Frequency of experience ranged from 0 to 20 times in the last year. Age at first experience ranged between 10-20 years.

Conclusion: We found a high prevalence of sleep paralysis (47.2%) among the medical students at a local Pakistani medical college. Majority of the students experienced the phenomenon multiple times in their life. The students associated the symptoms the factors such as academic stress, anxiety, workload, emotional experiences, sleep deprivation, work routine, sleep pattern, sleep deprivation, fatigue, mental disturbance, studies and routine stress. 37.3% of the students also related the phenomenon to their position of sleep (lying on back). The participants described the experience as a source of great distress. Sleep paralysis needs to be studied, investigated and addressed in context of mental health of the students.




How to Cite

Amna Ijaz, Muhammad Muzammil Saeed, Rana Khurram Aftab, Beenish Altaf, Avais Ahmad, & Farasat Ali. (2022). Prevalence of Sleep Paralysis in the Medical Students of a Local Medical College. MedERA - Journal of CMH LMC and IOD, 3(2).