The Reason Why People Unexpectedly Twitch As
They Try To Fall Asleep!
by Sun Gazing
So, What is that all about? This scary, loss of control feeling, of trying to avoid falling, is referred to as a ‘hypnic jerk’ or ‘sleep start’. Although many doctors believe this is just an “almost asleep” transition from wakefulness into unconsciousness, there are really interesting reasons to explain this transition.
The video explains the theories that have to do with the brain defending against the paralytic state of our organs, that keep us from running around when we sleep, in the transitional period. As it is noted that this phenomenon occurs early on, when we are babies, the ‘hypnic jerk’ may be a developmental feature that we go through to learn how to control our limbs. Our brains may continue to register this as a failing of our organs, as we get older, and continues to compensate by jerking us awake. There is even a theory that incorporates our primate ancestors, the apes, as the origins of this bizarre phenomenon. These and other explanations are explained in detail in the following footage, which I found to be really fascinating. Let us know what you think.
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