Omicron causes sleep disorders
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Sleep disorders have been discovered since April 2020, in fact, since the beginning of the health crisis. Omicron, this new highly contagious and atypical variant manifests itself a little differently, most often as a simple cold, with headache, sneezing, cough and sore throat. In the UK, cases of sleep paralysis have been detected, with night sweats. This is very impressive but fortunately benign.
What is sleep paralysis?
The person feels ready for sleep and is conscious, with eyes open, but unable to move, the body is immobile. This phenomenon may last a few minutes, but there is no need to worry as it is simply caused by a night-time fever. However, the event can be frightening and the British media is taking this new symptom very seriously.
Sleep paralysis is a parasomnia according to the International Classification of Sleep Disorders, which is characterized by the fact that the subject, about to fall asleep (hypnagogic paralysis) or wakes up (hypnopompic paralysis) but fully conscious, is unable to perform any voluntary movement1 or with extreme effort.