Sleep Paralysis. On an average, 8 percent of the general population have experienced REM atonia (sleep paralysis). More could be determined if we factor in others who have difficulty sleeping and/or suffer from mental illnesses that disturbs their ability to sleep. Sleep Paralysis is quite common and many people suffer from it. If you are a part of the eight percent who suffer from it, you may often feel like you are constantly battling in your sleep which often leads to a night of little to no rest. Don't worry, here are 3 ways to help alleviate sleep paralysis so you can get a more peaceful nights rest.