Sleep Paralysis: The Terrifying Condition Millions of Women Endure

Alina Gonzalez
by Alina Gonzalez
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Sleep paralysis sounds like the stuff of urban legend or American Horror Story. In the middle of the night, you feel the terrifying sensation that someone is pressing down on your chest, standing at the doorway, or lying next to you in bed—but you're utterly unable to move. You're trapped. Paralysed in a disturbing state between sleep and consciousness, you know what's happening, and you know you just need to wake up for it to end—you're trying to wake up—but you can't. Your eyes may even be open, and you may even feel like you are awake, but you can't make the paralysis end of your own accord. You just have to wait for it to be over.

It's been brought to our attention thanks to the recent Keeping Up With the Kardashians episode, in which Kendall Jenner confessed to her sister Kim that she has been suffering from sleep paralysis. And as scary as it sounds, it's scarier to experience, and as strange as it sounds, it's surprisingly common. So common, in fact, that in researching this story we discovered four people at our very own offices who suffer from it, one of whom was willing to share her story with us. Keep scrolling to read what it's like to actually have sleep paralysis.

Pretty fascinating stuff, huh? Have you heard of sleep paralysis before? Have you ever experienced it? Share your thoughts and experiences below; we'd love to hear from you.

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