On the most recent episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kendall Jenner admitted that she was struggling with sleep paralysis, which is typically caused by anxiety.
“I’m freaking out because recently I wake up in the middle of the night and I can’t move,” Kendall tells Kris Jenner. She continues to explain to her mom that it mostly happens on planes. Kris says she thinks Kendall has “incredible anxiety about traveling” and that she “can’t have a fear of getting on a plane.”
Kendall quickly becomes frustrated with her mom’s dismissal of the issue and says, “But it’s not…no I’m done arguing with people because everyone says I’m fine, but I don’t feel fine. And I promise you one day when I’m rushed to the hospital then you guys are gonna wake up.”
While Kendall’s reaction might seem a bit extreme, she’s totally justified in her fear of this health condition. Sleep paralysis is the temporary inability to move or speak while falling asleep or waking up. It usually occurs with the sensation that there is an intruder or supernatural force holding you down. “Sometimes people describe a sense of chest pressure, choking, and gasping for breath,” Jennifer Haythe, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center tells Women’s Health. Scary!
Luckily, there are ways to stop and prevent sleep paralysis. Getting eight hours of sleep a night, setting a bedtime and creating a stress-free sleep environment without distractions (aka, your phone) are some ways to do it. And if it’s happened to you, you’re not alone. Board-certified sleep medicine doctor and neurologist W. Christopher Winter, M.D, tells Women’s Health, “a lot of people will describe it at some point in their life” and “it happens when you’re stressed, traveling a lot or have a sudden change in your schedule.”
For Kendall, she found that meditation helped get her anxiety under control. We have to give the model props for opening up about her anxiety struggles. Hopefully her honesty helps others going through the same thing!
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