Bangungot – the Silent Killer

Death is an event that strikes fear and terror into the heart of the weak-willed and anyone who would prefer to go on living. The principle is simple – no one really likes death.

It’s true and it’s a sobering reminder to think that we all will die eventually, no matter who you are, how rich you are, and how much achievements you’ve done in life. From dust to dust, right? So death is inevitable, but it’s not something we have to study about and spend the day weeping over.

What’s creepy about death is how it can come around the corner of one’s life unexpectedly, like an unwelcome guest that just decides to rudely invite himself to crash your party. But ironically, in sleep, one of the safest and most peaceful states, death can strike.

Now we all know that sleep paralysis is a similarly horrifying event, since it’s helplessness and fear at the same time. But can sleep paralysis directly cause death?

So what’s sleep paralysis?

To give a simple explanation in a manner that even a 5-year-old would understand, sleep paralysis is when you feel like you’re awake but your body is completely disabled.

Such a phenomenon happens during sleep, and the whole thing seems like the most realistic nightmare anyone will ever experience. The question of whether or not sleep paralysis can cause death is so valid is because for anyone who has ever experienced sleep paralysis (and I am one of them), it seems so real and so scary at the same time. It’s like living a death experience. You feel like being suffocated, not being able to move your limbs and fingers.

Bangungot “nightmare”

Bangungot or sudden unexpected death is a condition observed by people living in Eastern Asian countries. Bangungot is a term which means “bad dream” or “nightmare” is originated from the Philippines. It is a silent killer that mostly affects men.

Although this condition has claimed many lives in East Asia, it is still rather uncommon among the western countries. In Eastern Asia as well as South East Asia, cases are more common among people who are in their adolescence and adulthood.

Despite the deadly condition, these people still do not know how it occurs. Some believes that sleeping right after eating rice causes the sudden death, and this is one reason widely believed among the people living in the Philippines.

Most of us don’t drink before sleeping because we want to avoid frequent trips to the bathroom.


Never go thirsty when going to bed and be sure you have plenty of water during your 8-hour rest… Bangungot has killed a male nurse of UERMMH. It is sudden death in adults which cause them to die while sleeping. Many theories have been put forward as its cause. However, here is an article which sheds some light to the cause of this malady.

Several medical specialists from Japan, China as well as other Asian countries have indicated that eating noodles before sleeping is one of the most common causes of this problem. It isn’t the noodle that kills the victim, but the dehydration caused as a result of eating noodles.

By eating these foods (and also alcoholic beverages) could create an electrolyte imbalance in the body thereby causing the body to lose water and dehydrates. Hence, it would be advisable to avoid eating noodles right before going to sleep. Take at least two hours for the body to digest the noodles before bedtime. In addition to that, studies have also found that going thirsty when going to bed is also a bad idea.

It is therefore advisable for a person to take several glasses of water before bedtime if he had a few or several alcoholic drinks. Avoid eating noodles before bedtime, but if you can not avoid it, allow at least two hours for the body to digest the noodles before hitting the sack and drink plenty of water.

The most important thing is, never go thirsty when going to bed and be sure you have plenty of water during your 8-hour rest.