Sleeping for a full week is possible thanks to the sleep paralysis demon and its ability to induce a mild form of sleep paralysis, according to a new study published in the journal Sleep.
Researchers in Sweden found that people who sleep for at least two weeks and get enough rest have lower rates of sleep disruption, or sleep paralysis.
It was a result of a different brain region, the ventral tegmental area, than what was previously known to be involved in sleep.
“The brain region involved in this sleep paralysis was not activated in patients who were not exposed to the same amount of time as the controls,” lead researcher Lotta Rönnlund said in a press release.
“The effect was even more pronounced for the control group.”
In their study, the researchers found that sleep paralysis patients have lower levels of the gene known as CREB, which is responsible for regulating sleep.
The CREB gene was also found to be a risk factor for sleep disorders.
The researchers found CREB was significantly associated with sleep disorder in sleep paralysis sufferers.
Sleep paralysis sufferer’s brains showed higher levels of CREB than the rest of the population, indicating the brain is being compromised by sleep paralysis’s effects, the authors said.
This could potentially have ramifications for the brain’s ability to regulate sleep, as well as for the development of sleep disorders, the study said.
Researchers have previously shown that sleep can be disrupted when the brain changes from the resting state to the disturbed state, which researchers call “wakeful sleep.”
This sleep disruption can be linked to sleep paralysis and its associated sleep disruption disorder, sleep dysregulation, sleep paralysis syndrome, or REM sleep disorder.
In the study, researchers compared CREB levels between the sleep-deprived and sleep-active groups in sleepers and non-sleepers.
CREB showed a significant association with sleep disruption and REM sleep disruption.
The researchers also found that REM sleep is associated with lower levels OFC, or active nervous system, which can lead to the production of the hormone melatonin.
This hormone regulates sleep.