Jennifer Lopez “felt physically paralysed” when she suffered crippling panic attacks brought on by exhaustion. The 52-year-old singer/actress has opened up about a dark time during her twenties when she was working too hard and surviving on less than five hours of sleep a night. She said stress and tiredness brought on terrifying symptoms that affected her eyesight and made her feel “completely frozen”.
In the latest edition of her “On the JLo” newsletter, the “Marry Me” actress wrote: “There was a time in my life where I used to sleep 3 to 5 hours a night. I’d be on set all day and in the studio all night and doing junkets and filming videos on the weekends. I was in my late 20s and I thought I was invincible.
“Until one day, I was sitting in a trailer, and all the work and the stress it brought with it, coupled with not enough sleep to recuperate mentally, caught up with me. The revelation prompted her to make some big life changes.
Lopez added: “Now I know it was a classic panic attack brought on by exhaustion, but I had never even heard the term at the time… My security guard on set came in and picked me up and drove me to the doctor.
“By the time I got there, I could at least speak again and I was so terrified I thought I was losing my mind. I asked the doctor if I was going crazy. He said: ‘No, you’re not crazy. You need sleep… get 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night, don’t drink caffeine, and make sure you get your workouts in if you’re going to do this much work’
The “On The 6” star added: “I realised how serious the consequences could be of ignoring what my body and mind needed to be healthy Ü and that’s where my journey to wellness began.