Have you ever been dozing off in bed, only to be pulled out of sleep by a sudden rush or jerking motion?
It’s as if the universe glitched, spawned you at the top of a skyscraper, pushed you off, let you free fall for a moment, realized it made a mistake and then dumped you back in bed.
Scientists refer to that sensation as a hypnic jerk. 70% of people experience it at some point in their lives.
What Is It Exactly?
The space between wakefulness and slumber is known as the hypnagogic stage. During this stage, it’s easy for your brain to be ‘jerked’ back into wakefulness by something like an involuntary muscle twitch.
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