Kate’s sleep paral­y­sis hor­ror

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Ac­tor Kate Beck­in­sale (above) says she once had a ter­ri­fy­ing sleep paral­y­sis ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing which she feared that she had a stroke when she could not move. “I had one crazy episode of sleep paral­y­sis. I had au­di­tory hal­lu­ci­na­tion. I just had lunch with David Wal­liams, a good friend, and he’d gone off and I went for a nap, as I was ex­hausted. And I heard him in my ho­tel room talk­ing to some­one and I thought, ‘Oh no, they’ve come in... I went to get up and I couldn’t move at all. I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’ve ac­tu­ally had a stroke. I’ve died...’” she said.

She adds, “Then I got up and he wasn't in the room so I called a doc­tor friend- a neu­rol­o­gist who said, ‘Oh it's quite a com­mon thing, it’s what they used to think was a suc­cubus- you can be in a stage of REM sleep and your brain has wo­ken up but your body hasn't yet’,” she re­called.

PHOTO: BRYAN HARAWAY/AFP

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