In a recent episode of ‘Keeping up with the Kardashian’s’ Kendall Jenner opens up about a problem she is having that may be sleep paralysis. Jenner says when she is sleeping at night, she wakes up but she can’t move her body at all. In fact, the only things she can move are her eyes. This sounds like sleep paralysis.
Kim Kardashian said she feels bad for Kendall. Although many of her family members, including her mom, are chalking this up to anxiety, Jenner said: “Everyone says I’m fine but I don’t feel fine!”
According to Brian A. Sharpless, associate professor at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University and the author of “Sleep Paralysis,” this is a common problem among mental health patients and young adults. He says most people who suffer from stress and anxiety and who have problems getting to sleep at night due to stress and anxiety and even jet lag, can experience sleep paralysis.
In fact, according to Sharpless, sleep paralysis episodes usually occur at the lightest stage of sleep, or REM, (Rapid Eye Movement.)Many people wake up not able to move and this can happen for several seconds to a few minutes. This can be very scary to those who suffer from it. This is especially true if they don’t know what is happening to them.
There are some things a person suffering from this sleep problem can do to prevent it from happening. These things include cutting out alcohol and caffeine a few hours before sleep, going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning, and sleeping on their side instead of their back or stomach. If symptoms get worse, the person dealing with them can also see a sleep disorder specialist.