Can I ask you something (personal) – have you ever been jolted awake by the sensation of falling, just as you were drifting off to sleep? If YES, then please read on!
Don’t worry, you’re not weird and you’re not the only one. Yes, there are many people around the world, who are experiencing the same “problem”! Take a look at the article below to find out more about this!
According to the experts, these involuntary muscle twitches in the arms, legs, or entire body are called hypnic Jerks (or sleep starts), and they’re very common. And, you’ll be surprised when we tell you that up to 70% of people experience them occasionally! But, unfortunately, no one knows exactly what causes them.
Some experts have some theories. They think that they’re a result of the natural downshifting of the nervous system that occurs as you’re falling asleep. As your breathing and heart rate slow down and your body temperature drops, your muscle tone shifts, and these twitches occur during this transition.
Other experts think that as you’re drifting off to sleep, your brain misinterprets the relaxing of your muscles as a sign that you’re actually falling and signals your muscles to tense up, in order to protect you.
Ladies and gentlemen, don’t worry, because hypnic jerks are nothing to worry about. If one wakes you up, simply roll over and go back to sleep. And, remember – a high caffeine intake, strenuous evening activities, emotional stress, or sleep deprivation may increase the frequency and intensity of hypnic jerks.
Note: so, if you think that one of these factors may be worsening your nighttime muscle twitches, try cutting back on caffeine, using relaxation techniques to help you decompress, or practicing better sleep hygiene.
But, be careful and if notice that the jerks or the anxiety caused by them, prevent you from getting enough sleep, you should see your doctor. Thank you for your time and don’t forget to share.
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