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Scientists Finally Explain Why Your Body Jerks Before Falling Asleep

Imagine this. You’re asleep and you’re having the best dream of your life. All of a sudden your body suddenly jerks and you wake up from your fantasy. Sucks right? Why did your body suddenly wake you up? Has this ever happened to you before?


Apparently this is a common occurrence, and scientists have finally figured out what this means. Researchers have created theories regarding this activity. This phenomenon is known as the ‘hypnic jerk.’

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.


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