Short Wave: Seeing Monsters? It Could Be Sleep Paralysis

It’s a listener questions episode!

Josh Smith wrote in to tell us that as a teenager, he was plagued by sleep paralysis. Now he’s afraid his kid might be experiencing it too. Josh asks what the science says about this sleep disorder and what he can do to help his son. (Encore episode)

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