Written By Admin
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Have you ever woken up with a sudden jolt just as you’ve started falling asleep? Or maybe it felt like you were falling?
It could be that it felt like you were having a huge muscle spasm. You may have even felt a small shock sensation or a bouncing feeling.
Perhaps it was even your partner that was experiencing it, and this in itself startled you back to consciousness. It could be then (though not necessarily) that you experienced a hypnic jerk. And if so, you’re certainly not alone.
Sometimes it can feel like you are falling from a great height. People everywhere have come up with all different ways to try and explain this feeling. One thought is that a demon is choking you while you sleep. We have all experienced it in a different way but the final result is that you end up waking up from your state of rest.
One theory suggests that the hypnic jerk is a visual perception of falling that people experience in their dreams just before they wake up. One possibility is that the parts of the brain working dream creation might be trying to make sense of the sudden urge to wake up, and this results in a dream scenario being created. This is only a theory right now, and more research needs to be done to confirm this.
First of all, experts believe that there are some outside causes that could increase your likelihood for hypnic jerks, such as caffeine or tobacco.It’s recommended that you don’t drink coffee within hours before bed as you could increase your chances of succumbing to the phenomena.
Stimulant medications such as Adderall or Ritalin could also have a similar effect. Sleep deprivation is also a trigger as the condition is brought on when your body relaxes but a part of your brain remains stimulated.
The jerk usually happens when someone falls asleep too quickly from major exhaustion. In the first stages of sleep, your heart rate and breathing slows down quickly.
Sometimes when someone is really exhausted, the brain proceeds through this stage of sleep too quickly and it confuses the brain into thinking you are dying and that systems are failing. Then the body quickly responds with a jolt of chemicals that make you jerk awake. This is the working theory of the ‘hypnic jerk.’