It seems as though no matter how many times it happens to me, it never gets any better or feels any less abrupt.
You know, you’re starting to drift off into dreamland, but just as you’re about to slip headfirst into that deep sleep, you start to fall, or something hits you in the face, waking you from dreamworld in a sudden and startling manner.
Recently, scientists even gave it a name, “hypnic jerk”. Most commonly it’s described as a feeling similar to falling. Also, some people experience it differently, like someone is choking you while you’re sleeping.
If you experience the hypnic jerk regularly, you should avoid consuming caffeine or tobacco, since these two ingredients can cause it to happen more often. Also, if you don’t sleep enough, you will have it happen more often as well, or if you take drugs like Ritalin and Addreal.
As we said, it happens most commonly when we dream how we suddenly start falling. When we are too exhausted, our brain actually thinks we aren’t falling asleep, but our systems are falling down, so it gives our body a shock to wake it up.
The main idea behind the explanation of the hypnic jerk is that the brain actually causes us to dream things that will wake us up quickly.