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.
I don’t know if you’ve ever been curious about this strange phenomena, but I have always wondered why this happens. Apparently, it’s something that happens to people on a regular basis.
And scientists have finally figured out what it means. They’ve even given it an official name, the “hypnic jerk.”
The hypnic jerk is described differently by everyone, but commonly shared experiences say that it feels like falling. Oddly enough, its also been described as a demon choking you in your sleep.
Researchers think that a few external causes, like caffeine and tobacco, might increase how often the hypnic jerk happens to you. They recommend avoiding any caffeinated drinks if bedtime is only a few hours away.