Almost everyone has experienced this not very pleasant feeling, when you are starting to drift into dreamland and you are just about to fall into a deep sleep, you start to fall or something hits you in the face. As a result, it awakes you in a sudden and sartling manner.
Have you ever been curious why this phenomenon happens? Well, according to many scientists, this happens to people on a regular basis and they have have also discovered tha main reason why it happens. They even called it the “hypnic jerk”.
Many people have described this situation differently, but according to commonly shared experiences, it feels like falling. Some people even describe it as a demon choking you in your sleep.
According to researchers, how often the hypnic jerk happens, depends on several external factors like caffeine and tobaco. They suggest people to avoid drinking beverages that contain caffeine several hours before bedtime.
Moreover, sleep deprivation can also trigger this phenomena, along with the use of certain medications like Ritalin and Adderall.
People who fall asleep rapidly during or after they have been in an exhaustive state have the higher chances of experiencing this phenomena. On the other hand, there are some rare occasions when the body is really exhausted, so as a result the brain starts processing the stages of sleep too quickly, thus confusing itself into thinking that the body and its major systems are failing.
As a result of that, it awakes you 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.’