Q. Are there any books available that involve the causes and symptoms of sleep paralysis?
The library database Gale Virtual Reference Library has a number of reference books that have information on sleep paralysis, including causes and symptoms. These sources will give you brief overviews.
Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams: The Evolution, Function, Nature, and Mysteries of Slumber, Sleep Disorders Sourcebook, and The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained. Among others.
To get to these, go to Gale Virtual Reference Library here: http://lib1.lib.sunysuffolk.edu/login?url=http://go.galegroup.com/ps/start.do?p=GVRL&u=sunysuffolk
If you're off campus when you click that link, you'll need to logon with your MySCCC username and password.
In the search box, type sleep paralysis and search it as a keyword. You'll see a list of entries in the books and encyclopedias mentioned above, and others.
You can get more in depth information and specific analysis in academic journal articles and eBooks, which you can find using One Search on the library homepage. Go here: http://www.sunysuffolk.edu/Students/library.asp Then type sleep paralysis in the One Search box and click the Search button.
Look in the left sidebar once you see the results page, and click in the box in front of "full text." Then you'll have a list of research articles and eBooks about sleep paralysis that you can click on and access in full from your computer. In partcular, take a look at the ebook you'll see in the list called Sleep Paralysis: Night-mares, Nocebos, and the Mind-Body Connection. To access any of these, just click on the PDF.
Hope that helps. If you need more help, you can call or visit a reference librarian at the Reference Desk on any of the campuses: http://www.sunysuffolk.edu/Libraries/3506.asp