Kate’s sleep paralysis horror
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.