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If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by dancok(m): 10:49pm On Apr 18, 2020
It seems as though no matter how many times it happens to me, it never gets any better or feels any less abrupt.

You know, you’re starting to drift off into dreamland, but just as you’re about to slip headfirst into that deep sleep, you start to fall, or something hits you in the face, waking you from dreamworld in a sudden and startling manner.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been curious about this strange phenomena, but I have always wondered why this happens. Apparently, it’s something that happens to people on a regular basis.

And scientists have finally figured out what it means. They’ve even given it an official name, the “hypnic jerk.”



The hypnic jerk is described differently by everyone, but commonly shared experiences say that it feels like falling. Oddly enough, its also been described as a demon choking you in your sleep.

Researchers think that a few external causes, like caffeine and tobacco, might increase how often the hypnic jerk happens to you. They recommend avoiding any caffeinated drinks if bedtime is only a few hours away.

It’s also been seen that medications like Adderall and Ritalin can have similar effects, and sleep deprivation has been seen to trigger the phenomena as well.

The hypnic jerk is most often seen when a person falls asleep rapidly, during, or after they’ve been in an exhaustive state. On rare occasions, when the body is really exhausted the brain will process stages of sleep too quickly, confusing itself into thinking that the body and its major systems are failing.

It responds by jolting you awake with a burst of chemicals, one that the brain might interpret, and then build a dream designed to wake you up, which is the basic premise behind the theory of the ‘hypnic jerk.’


culled from :opera new hub.

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Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by lograr(m): 11:06pm On Apr 18, 2020
Oh. Never knew
Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by Gwagone: 11:09pm On Apr 18, 2020
nice observation
Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by ReneeNuttall(f): 11:30pm On Apr 18, 2020
When ever this happens to me,I usually experience serious migraine ,like my head is about to fall off.And then I begin to sneeze uncontrollably.
Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by megareal: 11:37pm On Apr 18, 2020
I usually don't go back to sleep when it happens to me.

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Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by Osobi32(m): 11:44pm On Apr 18, 2020
Wow........ Thanks so much!
Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by bluefilm: 11:57pm On Apr 18, 2020
That jerk happens because your heart 'kicks' you back to life once it 'senses' a very low blood pressure in your system which means you are gradually slipping into death.

The jerk is similar to the defibrillator shock that is given to some patients in the hospital like we see in some foreign movies to shock the heart back into action.

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Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by weyreypey: 12:03am On Apr 19, 2020
dancok:
It seems as though no matter how many times it happens to me, it never gets any better or feels any less abrupt.

You know, you’re starting to drift off into dreamland, but just as you’re about to slip headfirst into that deep sleep, you start to fall, or something hits you in the face, waking you from dreamworld in a sudden and startling manner.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been curious about this strange phenomena, but I have always wondered why this happens. Apparently, it’s something that happens to people on a regular basis.

And scientists have finally figured out what it means. They’ve even given it an official name, the “hypnic jerk.”



The hypnic jerk is described differently by everyone, but commonly shared experiences say that it feels like falling. Oddly enough, its also been described as a demon choking you in your sleep.

Researchers think that a few external causes, like caffeine and tobacco, might increase how often the hypnic jerk happens to you. They recommend avoiding any caffeinated drinks if bedtime is only a few hours away.

It’s also been seen that medications like Adderall and Ritalin can have similar effects, and sleep deprivation has been seen to trigger the phenomena as well.

The hypnic jerk is most often seen when a person falls asleep rapidly, during, or after they’ve been in an exhaustive state. On rare occasions, when the body is really exhausted the brain will process stages of sleep too quickly, confusing itself into thinking that the body and its major systems are failing.

It responds by jolting you awake with a burst of chemicals, one that the brain might interpret, and then build a dream designed to wake you up, which is the basic premise behind the theory of the ‘hypnic jerk.’


culled from :opera new hub.

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Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by dancok(m): 12:09am On Apr 19, 2020
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Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by bobkezel(m): 3:36am On Apr 19, 2020
It happens to me if I suddenly fall asleep while sitting, and it comes with a brief cough. But it doesn't happen if I'm lying down.
Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by femi4: 4:29am On Apr 19, 2020
bluefilm:
That jerk happens because your heart 'kicks' you back to life once it 'senses' a very low blood pressure in your system which means you are gradually slipping into death.

The jerk is similar to the defibrillator shock that is given to some patients in the hospital like we see in some foreign movies to shock the heart back into action.
Wrong, it has nothing to do with death.

Its a translation between the sleep mode and consciousness. You ll be experiencing it often if you are not a heavy sleeper

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Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by toffyz(m): 4:33am On Apr 19, 2020
OMG....I thought I'm the only one that do experience this o

It even has a name "hypnic jerk"

hmm, I believe nothing is unique.
Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by toffyz(m): 4:36am On Apr 19, 2020
femi4:
Wrong, it has nothing to do with death.

Its a translation between the sleep mode and consciousness. You ll be experiencing it often if you are not a heavy sleeper

You're right sir. I'm a light sleeper and I experience it sometimes.
Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by kheart(m): 6:32am On Apr 19, 2020
Mine occur when I ever I try to sleep on a cushion and mostly when am having a siesta.
Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by Tomilola360: 6:56am On Apr 19, 2020
so I'm not alone in this.

great info
Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by MilesLamar(m): 8:10am On Apr 19, 2020
Ok make sense, happened to me recently, I was so stressed out that day
Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by Denique(f): 9:01am On Apr 19, 2020
toffyz:
OMG....I thought I'm the only one that do experience this o

It even has a name "hypnic jerk"

hmm, I believe nothing is unique.

I do too. Like someone up there said, it is common among light sleepers.
How do we use the word now cheesy
Toffyz is a hypnic jerker grin

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Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by ibnzubair(m): 9:16am On Apr 19, 2020
I actually don't find this explanation satisfactory, plus there're too many holes in the write-up.

I have hypnic jerks too, but most frequently when I'm emotionally heightened; anger, sadness, anxiety.
Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by HenryHenry177: 9:23am On Apr 19, 2020
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Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by toffyz(m): 9:40am On Apr 19, 2020
Denique:

I do too. Like someone up there said, it is common among light sleepers. How do we use the word now cheesy Toffyz is a hypnic jerker grin
Lol, or hypnicker jerker grin

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Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by Tsolutionifede(m): 10:05am On Apr 19, 2020
bluefilm:
That jerk happens because your heart 'kicks' you back to life once it 'senses' a very low blood pressure in your system which means you are gradually slipping into death.

The jerk is similar to the defibrillator shock that is given to some patients in the hospital like we see in some foreign movies to shock the heart back into action.
death,something I have been experiencing from more than 25yrs, though it happens once in a while. U r a evil messager, u deserve death sentence, because some people will start being afraid visiting pastors, Alfas or doctors thereby causing more problems for them, stop talking what u don't know next time, else u woe betide u, foolish
Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by bluefilm: 10:09am On Apr 19, 2020
Tsolutionifede:
death, something I have been experiencing from more 25yrs, though it happens once in a while

Yeah.

Your heart is trying to prevent you from gradually slipping into death each time that happens!
Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by dancok(m): 11:15am On Apr 19, 2020
Tsolutionifede:
death,something I have been experiencing from more than 25yrs, though it happens once in a while. U r a evil messager, u deserve death sentence, because some people will start being afraid visiting pastors, Alfas or doctors thereby causing more problems for them, stop talking what u don't know next time, else u woe betide u, foolish
i think bluefilm maybe be right.
Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by bluefilm: 11:35am On Apr 19, 2020
dancok:
i think bluefilm maybe be right.

Obviously, he has serious comprehension problems.

He doesn't understand anything I have said.

I understand, and I bear him no grudges... nor any further explanations! grin grin grin

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Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by Satan66(m): 12:39pm On Apr 19, 2020
ibnzubair:
I actually don't find this explanation satisfactory, plus there're too many holes in the write-up.

I have hypnic jerks too, but most frequently when I'm emotionally heightened; anger, sadness, anxiety.
It's a phycological thing, your brain is just misinterpreting information.
It thinks you're about to fall so it prepared your body for impact, That's the explanation even if it's not satisfactory.

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Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by Satan66(m): 12:45pm On Apr 19, 2020
bluefilm:
That jerk happens because your heart 'kicks' you back to life once it 'senses' a very low blood pressure in your system which means you are gradually slipping into death.

The jerk is similar to the defibrillator shock that is given to some patients in the hospital like we see in some foreign movies to shock the heart back into action.
This is wrong.
Your heart can't supply enough electricity like a defibrillator, The pace maker or SA node isn't powerful enough to put you in a state of electric shock.
A normal heart produces around 1 watt of electric current which is equivalent to 100 volts.
A defibrillator produces a stunning 200-600 volts.. possibly more.

So what you're saying is very wrong.
It has nothing to do with low blood pressure if not we wouldn't only be experiencing it when we're about to sleep.
We would experience it while awake too.
Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by terrezo2002(m): 1:09pm On Apr 19, 2020
I don't think I experience this. Don't know what you guys are saying
Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by Airoflaw(m): 1:41pm On Apr 19, 2020
I have experienced this especially wen jm tired
Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by illicit(m): 2:32pm On Apr 19, 2020
if it occurs to u frequently, u are a jerkasss
Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by ibnzubair(m): 2:52pm On Apr 19, 2020
Satan66:

It's a phycological thing, your brain is just misinterpreting information.
It thinks you're about to fall so it prepared your body for impact, That's the explanation even if it's not satisfactory.

Well, it's hypothetical
Re: If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS Is What It Means! by Johzhier97(m): 2:56pm On Apr 19, 2020
The primary reason for that jerk during sleep hours b say dem dey conjure d person...i.e Village pips @work....Other reasons are secondary...

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