Why Your Body Suddenly Jerks Awake When You’re Falling Asleep

#1 The Sleep Jump

It seems like the moment you’re finally falling asleep after staring at the ceiling for 30 minutes straight, your body plays a cruel trick on you by waking you right back up!

#2 The Body Jerk

Majority of the time you jump because you feel like you’re falling, being hit or were scared by something you saw in your sleep.

#3 Hypnic Jerk

The term for this sleep jump is ‘hypnic jerk’ or ‘sleep start’


#4 Defense Mechanism

Doctors believe this is your body reacting to the first stage of sleep, which is when your breathing and heart rate slows. Your body begins to think your organs are failing and tries to wake you up with a jolt! Some say this happens when extremely exhausted.

#5 Get More Rest

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