Hypnic Jerks: How To Avoid Waking With A Jolt

cartoon of a man having a hypnic jerkHave you ever woken up with a sudden jolt just as you’re falling asleep? Maybe it felt like one arm or leg suddenly had a strong spasm or twitch?

Perhaps you’ve woken suddenly with the sensation of falling, bouncing or even an unpleasant shock sensation that left you feeling surprised or anxious.

It may have even been your partner experiencing it, and their own jolting movement startled you back to consciousness. If this sounds familiar, it could be that that you’ve experienced hypnic jerks.

A common occurrence

You’re certainly not alone in experiencing this strange nighttime sensation; it’s estimated that 60% to 70% of people experience hypnic jerks at some point in their lives, including me!

This article will help you understand what hypnic jerks are a little better, and hopefully help put your mind at ease if you’re worried about them. You’ll also find lots of advice for dealing with hypnic jerks, both from professionals and previous readers.

Different names

The terminology in the world of sleep can be confusing at time. So it’s worth bearing in mind that hypnic jerks are sometimes referred to by different names:

  • Sleep starts.
  • Night starts.
  • Hypnagogic jerk – hypnagogic being a term used to describe the period of time when falling asleep.
  • Myoclonus, or myoclonic jerk – this is the medical term to describe an involuntary muscle twitch.

What are hypnic jerks exactly?

The latest International Classification of Sleep Disorders manual describes hypnic jerks as follows:

Sleep starts, also known as hypnic jerks, are sudden, brief, simultaneous contractions of the body or one or more body segments occurring at sleep onset. Sleep starts (or hypnic jerks) usually consist of a single contraction that often affects the body asymmetrically. The jerks may be either spontaneous or induced by stimuli.

So hypnic jerks are the involuntary twitching of one or more muscles. They usually occur just as you’re falling asleep, during what’s known scientifically as the hypnagogic state of consciousness.

They usually occur asymmetrically, which is why it often feels like just one arm suddenly jolts. And they can occur independently or in response to an external stimuli in the bedroom, such as your partner moving or making noise.

Interestingly, the muscle twitching you experience also occurs in other situations, for example with hiccups.

Accompanying sensations

Some people will only experience the physical muscle twitching; others might have a sensory component, which can be quite distressing:

  • The feeling of falling.
  • The sensation of pain or tingling.
  • An unusual noise, such as a large bang or crackling.
  • Flashing or unusual lights.
  • Hallucinations.

That strange time of the night

It’s during the phase of falling asleep that several unusual phenomenon may take place. For example, I discussed in a previous article the various sleep paralysis experiences people have. Those can be accompanied by bizarre or frightening hallucinations and even out-of-body experiences.

Even though hypnic jerks and those other strange sleep experiences aren’t dangerous, they can be disruptive to your sleep and quite unsettling.

So even though they aren’t technically anything to worry about, they can sometimes cause anxiety and insomnia if you worry about them and/or become afraid to go to sleep.

Hypnic jerks survey results

In 2016 I conducted a short survey for readers to share their experience of hypnic jerks. With thousands of people participating, the results provide an interesting insight into how hypnic jerks affect people.

Poll 1

In the graph below you can see how often people experience hypnic jerks. It’s interesting to note that many of the people who searched for this article experience them on a daily basis.

graph showing how often people experience hypnic jerks in the reader pollPoll 2

An interesting point arising from poll 2 is that many people find hypnic jerks affect their sleep quite badly. However, there are also many who only have some initial disruption, or none at all.

a graph showing the results of a poll about the impact hypnic jerks has on their sleepPoll 3

It appears clear in poll 3 that many people feel stress or anxiety makes their hypnic jerks worse.

This is a factor which appears many times in the hundreds of comments readers have left below. So it could be that tackling stress or anxiety is a good idea if you’re struggling with hypnic jerks.

a graph showing the results of a poll about whether or not stress makes hypnic jerks worse

What causes hypnic jerks?

So now you know that hypnic jerks are twitching of the muscles. But what causes the muscles to twitch in the first place?

As is often the case in the complex world of sleep, scientists still aren’t completely sure of the cause. However, they do believe that the following factors can all contribute to hypnic jerks happening:

  • Caffeine or other stimulants
  • Alcohol
  • Anxiety or stress
  • Heavy physical exercise or work
  • Sleeping in an uncomfortable position
  • Being very tired or sleep deprived

In addition to these factors which can contribute to the likelihood of a hypnic jerk occurring, there are some theories as to why they happen:

1. The first theory is that they happen as your nervous system relaxes and slows down when transitioning from wakefulness to sleep. Your breathing slows down, temperature drops and your muscles relax. So hypnic jerks might happen when nerves misfire during this slowing down process, resulting in the muscular spasm.

Or as the International Classfication of Sleep Disorders states:

Hypnic jerks are hypothetically caused by sudden descending volleys originating in the brainstem reticular formation activated by the system instability at the transition between wake and sleep. However, the similarity between sleep starts and the startle response has led some to postulate that abnormalities of sensory processing are primary, with secondary motor manifestations involving the reticulospinal tract.

2. A second theory postulated by some is that hypnic jerks occur in response to the common occurrence of sleep hallucinations or the onset of dream imagery. Perhaps this explains why people sometimes feel like they are falling.

3. An evolutionary theory suggest that your brain wakes you up one last time, so you can check that you’ve take the necessary steps to keep yourself safe at night.

Is it another sleep disorder?

A 2015 review into hypnic jerks by researchers at the University of Alabama raised an important point – hypnic jerks could in some cases be a characteristic of another illness.

So although they are benign for most people, if you have them regularly and/or severely, you might want to raise it with your primary care doctor to be sure it’s not a sign of another condition. Some of the possibilities they suggest in the review are:

  • Noctural seizures
  • Nonepileptic seizures
  • Other parasomnias
  • Hyperekplexia
  • Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
  • Periodic limb movements in sleep (PLMS)
  • Excessive fragmentary myoclonus
  • Psychiatric diagnosis

How can you stop hypnic jerks?

The hypnic jerk is such a common occurrence that it may not be possible to prevent it happening completely. However, you can take steps to address some of the factors thought to increase the likelihood:

  • Cut down on alcohol and caffeine, especially in the 3 to 4 hours before going to bed.
  • Reduce how much heavy exercise or work you do in the evening.
  • Ensure you’re getting sufficient magnesium and calcium in your diet – this can help with muscle and nerve spasms.
  • Make sure you have a comfortable mattress and bedding, and that you sleep in a comfortable position.
  • Try not to allow yourself to get too tired or fatigued. You may understandably have a very busy and tiring lifestyle. But it’s important to give yourself enough time to sleep well.

Avoid the vicious cycle of worry

Hypnic jerks can trigger a vicious cycle of worry if you become fixated on them. This is a common thing that happens with many sleeping difficulties.

For example, people who have insomnia for a few nights might start worrying that they won’t be able to get to sleep. This worrying then becomes the thing that causes their insomnia, even if the original cause has long gone.

If you worry about hypnic jerks unnecessarily, you might start to get less sleep and become more fatigued. But both anxiety and fatigue are thought to contribute to the frequency of hypnic jerks, so the vicious cycle begins.

You now know that occasional hypnic jerks are very common, so hopefully you can relax about them. I know the earlier list of other possible illnesses might be a cause for concern now. If it is, talk to your doctor about it to get some reassurance and peace of mind.

But for the majority of people, the key is not to allow the occasional hypnic jerk to disrupt your sleep any more than it has to. Try to relax, forget about it and go back to sleep.

Readers’ tips and techniques to stop hypnic jerks

In the comments below, many previous readers have offered their own ideas on what can make hypnic jerks better or worse.

First of all, I’d like to acknowledge and thank everyone for such detailed comments and for sharing your thoughts.

Secondly, I’m going to start a list of ideas which people have provided. Please note that many of these have no scientific evidence to back them up. It’s simply a list of anecdotal ideas that may or may not help.

  • Try to see the funny side. Many readers have said that they just laugh them off.
  • Magnesium supplements have been helpful for many readers, as has rubbing magnesium oils or transdermal magnesium into the area where you most commonly twitch. One suggestion was to get a blood test to check if you have a deficiency. A reader reported that after several months of taking 2 x 500 mg magnesium citrate supplements every day, the hypnic jerks reduced significantly.
  • Continuing with the theme of hypnic jerks being made worse by a mineral deficiency, it’s important to assess your current diet. Try to have a healthy, balanced diet. Eat less sugary and salty foods, and eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Don’t drink alcohol, coffee or energy drinks for a week and see if it improves.
  • Don’t stress about it, as worrying makes it worse.
  • Try to deal with major stress in your life – many people say hypnic jerks are much worse when they feel stressed.
  • If you suffer from anxiety, take steps to tackle this in your daily life.
  • Drink cayenne pepper tea (I suggest doing some research into this first).
  • Try acupuncture.
  • Make sure you get enough calcium in your normal diet, or take supplements.
  • Stop working out for a while if you’re doing strenuous exercise and see if it improves.
  • Try to see them as a sign that you must be falling asleep, and that it’s a positive thing as you know you’ll soon be asleep.
  • Talk to your doctor about any medication you’re taking, including over the counter sleep aids to check if any could be increasing the frequency or strength of your hypnic jerks.
  • In addition to the above, check that medication you’re taking doesn’t have a side-effect of myoclonus – a surprising amount do.
  • Sleep aids and allergy medication containing the anti-histamine diphenhydramine can sometimes cause twitching. Try stopping them temporarily if you use them regularly.
  • Try taking electrolyte pills or solutions which athletes use and are also given for fluid loss.
  • Try to sleep in a different position from your back – one suggestion was that the fetal position can help.
  • Don’t go to bed late at night.
  • In terms of prescription medication, some people say clonazepam has helped them (benzodiazepines are not a long-term solution though).
  • Film yourself sleeping or use a sleep monitor. One reader said he discovered through doing this that he was snoring, and that the hypnic jerks occurred while he was snoring heavily.
  • Some female readers feel that it can be connected to hormonal changes.
  • Ask for a referral to a sleep clinic if you’re able to and it’s particularly troubling.
  • Ensure you have a quiet sleeping environment – it could be a sudden noise which startles you awake.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water during the day.
  • If you’re being bothered by them repeatedly, get up and do something relaxing for 10-20 minutes, then try to sleep again.
  • Have a light snack before bed. And if they’re occurring repeatedly, get up and have a light snack.
  • Have a warm shower before bed, then do relaxation exercises before getting into bed or even while in bed.
  • If you do exercise, it could be excess lactic acid contributing to hypnic jerks. So try looking into ways to reduce the lactic acid, and don’t do heavy exercise in the 3 to 4 hours before bed.
  • Try apple cider vinegar. It’s used as a hiccup remedy, so might help with hypnic jerks too.

Your views

(please read before leaving a comment)

After nearly 4 years of replying to comments, I’ve decided to hand the discussion over to you, the reader. I’ll still personally read them all, and reply if necessary, but I won’t be able to reply in depth due to time constraints.

It’s always very interesting to hear your experiences, and I know many readers have benefited from reading the stories and advice of others.

So please keep your comments, tips and theories coming. And if you have any practical ideas for dealing with hypnic jerks, I’ll continue to add them to the list of readers’ suggestions.

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  • Hello Ethan, I have a hard time grasping how anyone could see the jerk as a problem. I LOVE the jerk. I don’t get it every night. To me, it’s God, whom I may or may not believe in, or maybe my mom or dad, patting me on the head the way they used to do when I was a little girl, and telling me “Good night and sleep tight.” I am then reassured that I am really about to sleep. I feel thankful and I rest.

  • Anyone ever heard of this????

    I’ve experienced hypnic jerks many times throughout my life, more so when I was younger, but still on occasion. Most of these have been of the falling-sensation variety and do not bother me for the most part.

    On occasion though, I have a different experience, maybe somewhat similar to the ‘exploding head syndrome’ described above. It is difficult to effectively put into words, but instead of the falling sensation, I feel a sudden and very acute burst of pressure on my face/head, which in turn jolts me awake. It does not hurt at all but it is very intense, as if I was being hit in the face very hard with a pillow, or a sudden burst of air pressure. As( or after) it happens I feel as if I have been hit in the face with a shovel and felt all of that force, except with no pain or other sensation whatsoever.

    I have asked many friends, family members, etc. and none of them have experienced anything like this, even if they do experience hypnic jerks. I’m not at all worried or bothered by it, just curious if anyone else has had a similar experience?? I am diagnosed with bipolar disorder and take a variety of psych meds, and I am also a recovering addict. I am no expert but I would imagine these factors could play into this, although I’ve asked friends/acquaintances who have a mental illness and/or history of substance abuse and none can relate. Like I said, not really a problem for me, just an odd phenomenon. At the very least I hope this is interesting and/or useful. Cheers

  • Last night I experienced what may have been considered a Hypnic Jerk. I would get to the point of almost being fully asleep and then wake up super fast in a full panic like my heart had stopped beating. To me that’s what it feels like, like my heart stops beating and my body is waking me up to stay alive. Once I was awake Id check my heart beat, and it was fine, a little fast but fine. This repeated 4 times until I went down stairs and read about my possible condition. I was going to go to the ER but eventually passed out. I am so tired today and my anxiety is super high for going to bed this evening. :(

  • I somewhat knew the jerks were fairly common – mine are falling off a curb which then wakes me back up but I have the exploding head as well! It’ll sound like
    Someone’s banging on the front door, or knocking loudly – rarely it might sound like a
    Large box being dropped Thanks for the info!

  • i have a 8 years old boy that was born with this in 2009 took him abroad to Germany and London when he was 3 thy told that it will go away but still hes having it and more than before but now that he grow up he doesn’t get disturb with it and now my last baby boy also is like this sens birth and its getting worse he doesn’t sleep at nit its driving me crazy ????
    its very clear to me when i give him flue or cough medicine like antihistamine it gets worse and when he plays and be active during day too much its worse alsooo the gerky movement doesn’t stop in all parts

    my older son was on depakote for 1 year when he was 2 years but with no affect nothing better then thy stopped in london
    now i wanna put the small one or monoclonal or melatonin

    i am always on unti-depression and mood stabilizer but not during pregnancy so i dunno if this effects

    • Hi Sana
      Thanks for your comment. I can understand your concern – it’s upsetting when children just don’t seem to sleep well. I’d say though that it’s important to check with a doctor what could be causing it, and especially before giving them melatonin.

  • I self induce a hypnic jerk when I haven’t had enough sleep and feel tired after work. It takes exactly 18-22 mins every time, and I’m incredibly curious about why I can do it and what is happening.

  • I go through different types of sleep disorders. For over a year now I’ve been going through sever episodes of Hypnic jerking. I read some helpful info about how although it is rare in most people, that are certain groups of people where it is fairly common. These include people who are reluctant to go to bed until the feel they can no longer keep their eyes open. People who’re afraid of laying awake and worrying, people afraid of not being able to sleep or being woken up frequently, people that have frequent or chronic nightmares, and people afraid of laying in bed and being in pain, like people with fibromyalgia. The cause is because of being exhausted, the brain doesn’t advance through the proper stages of sleep and advances directly into deep sleep, so the brain reacts as if it is going unconscious, and so the head jerks to wake you back up on purpose, as it thinks it is passing out. When I have these it’s usually in morning when the episodes can be so sever that I won’t dream much all night, and then after 8 hours, I’ll wake up and I’ll be so exhausted I’ll go back to bed and then I’ll start a cycle of starting dreams and images before I’m barely even a sleep and wake straight back up, and this will repeat it self over and over while short little 2 or 3 seconds dreams, and this can go on for an hour or two or three, after already having 8 hours of sleep. And I still don’t feel rested.

  • I have had this condition for 20 years and didn’t know until a few days ago what it was.
    thanx to Mr. Google . Have tried everything i could think of to make this jerking go away but nothing seems to work. Sometimes, a few glasses of wine in the evening seems to help but, probably not a good idea in the long run. Until recently, i thought i was the only one of Earth with this condition as several doctors and two sleep studies came up with nothing.

  • Mine last all night. My entire body jerks. I came off Desipramine . I was on it over 30 yrs. Now im on zoloft…..it seems thats when this all started…..

  • There’s a new Facebook group called “hypnic jerk support.” Whether you’ve cured yourself of this or are still suffering, come join. We’d love to hear your story.

  • I was only 4years old when hypnic jerks started until now and i am 43, i didnt know what they called it until i research it recently, i always thought it was an evil spirit that was standing at my bedside and because of its powerful presents i could not move just jerking its very difficult to get me out of it i must hawl like a dog so my children can hear me so that they can come and pull me out of bed because i cant get myself out of it it is so EMBARRESS

    • Lezil, it sounds like you are experiencing sleep paralysis with hypnogogic hallucinations. For me, the hypnic jerk is just a quick jolt and that’s it. I have also experienced sleep paralysis with the hallucinations. Those will also usually happen as you are falling asleep. The difference is that the hallucination part of the sleep paralysis does usually happen as a feeling of something evil at your bedside and the paralysis keeps you from moving for a few minutes. I have had episodes when it felt like a demon was sitting on my chest and reaching in to pull my heart out or crush my heart. Very terrifying. I stumbled on some information years ago explaining that the sleep paralysis with hallucinations is essentially your body going straight into REM as you are falling asleep instead of going through the normal sleep stages before you go into REM. Your body does paralyze itself during REM to prevent you from physically acting out your dreams, so that aspect of it is normal. What makes it a problem is that it shouldn’t happen immediately upon falling asleep. I also learned it is more likely to happen if you are sleeping on your back. It helped me immensely to learn that it was an immediate dream state because I am able to recognize if it’s starting to happen and interrupt it by opening my eyes and waking myself back up before trying to sleep again. I also started sleeping on my side, which almost completely stopped it from happening to me.

      If you are experiencing this, you should probably consult with your physician to make sure nothing more serious is going on and see if there are some treatment options that might work for you.

    • I used to have out of body experiences along with the paralysis, and the presence of evil eventually, where the demons would try to pull me out of my body right during the period of time when I would start to fall asleep until I was asleep. It was very terrifying. I finally received help when I had special prayer that some would call Deliverance, and none of those things happen to me anymore since then. I had unknowingly opened occultic doors in my past, by playing with the Ouija board, watching certain scary movies, or even reading certain books. What you need, are born-again, Spirit-filled, believers, who are familiar with spiritual warfare, and know how to pray to close spiritual doors in your life, along with getting rid of demons and their effects. It is amazing what the name and the blood of Jesus can do!

  • I started suffering from hypnic jerks (in the form of chest spasms and arm movement) back in November of 2016 which initially cause 5 nights of no sleep. My doctor prescribed Ambien which worked for about a month and then resulted in me waking up after 4 hours. Going off the Ambien caused the jerks to return instantly. My doctor prescribed Xanax, which I took for 7 months and had relief. My doctor wanted me to wean of the Xanax and the jerks returned with a vengeance causing insomnia again. Oddly, my blood pressure has always been slightly high (top number at 131 consistanly) and my doctor prescribed a low dose blood pressure med prior to giving me a new sleeping pill After just 4 days on the blood pressure med the hypnic jerks were gone and a weeks later I’m sleeping 7-8 hours per night again. I know this is not the same cure for everyone, but if you have an elevated blood pressure it might be worth talking to your doctor.

    PS – I also tried every natural remedy and sleep hygene cure prescribed. None of it worked.

    • Eric G,
      Thanks for posting! I’m glad that you found something that finally helped you. My blood pressure was in the 130’s also and I also suffer from hypnic jerks. I’m just curious, what is the name of the blood pressure medication that you are currently using that has stopped the hypnic jerks for you?

  • I started having the jerks back in feb 2017. at first i was startled about what it was at first. i learned to deal with them. i sort of learned to block them by placing a heavy wool blanket over me. that actually worked 90% of the time. until a week or so ago. now last week to now, they came back with a terrible vengeance. 3 days of all night jerks whenever i would try to sleep. no sleep during those 3 days. i was crying cringing and the like. my depression,anxiety, and panic disorders were rapidly worsening and i was lashing out at ppl. lately this has spooked me so much to a point that im afraid to go to sleep.

  • I remember reading or hearing that “falling dreams” were caused by falling asleep with a limb partially off the bed, like having your hand or foot dangling off the side or end of the bed. This disrupts the blood flow to the limb causing the hypnic jerk. Ever since learning this (probably 10 or more years ago) I’m very careful not to fall asleep with my arm over the side of the bed, and ever since then, I don’t recall a single falling dream.

  • I have had these for many yrs. The big one hit lat august and I thought it was a heart attack. I was admitted for testing and everything was normal. The jerks stopped, but in the last week they reappeared. I started to look what had changed.
    Stress and anxiety have been a problem for me always. I have I insomnia as well. I rotate between klonopin and Valium usually every 60 days to avoid physical dependence. So I am coming off klonopin and have been off 2 weeks now while going back on Valium. My research showed me that klonopin affects the motor part of the brain, while Valium does not. I will be moving back to klonopin much quicker now. Meanwhile I will see a neurologist to find a medicine that can duplicate this effect.

  • After two months of 4 hours/night sleep due to change in mania at start of year, worse sleep deprivation from stress ended in 9 day with 8 hours total sleep (legal paperwork.) July 2012, with other health issues, hypnic spasms *any time I relaxed,* including meditation and sleep, started.

    Enough sleep and less stress, start of 2014 they were down to almost normal, once in a while before sleep, start of meditation but gone before end. Meditation was very helpful, reduces stress /cortisol that depletes nutrients and interfere with liver etc. functioning.

    Then my thyroid started improving sending TSH low, thyroid high, but main doc would NOT send me to endocrinologist. Hot summer, hostile move (renovations), a fire, unable to think straight, overheating, loss of money, of things in family (avoidable if thyroid normal) . . .

    TSH went to 0.02, 5 months of heart pounding even in the 2-3 hours daily of sleep.

    When I stopped thyroid, damage had me twitching at any relaxations. Puss un gall bladder, even in public just saying words like love, prayer, meditation, etc. Instead of calling my neurologist, one doctor called security, putting off GB surgery by 2 months.

    Now GB out, started zinc, spasm free 20 hours, and 51 other symptoms improved, then got weird.

    Also on sodium citrate/citric acid, due to 5 low bicarbonate labs I was told were normal. Then told I was psych to think they related to certain foods causing bilateral sciatica, then to avoid this foods (all protein, dairy, oils, plums, Brussels sprouts.)

    Suddenly on “Bicitrate,” light sensitivity, side effects to anesthesia, ammonia in urine as well as shortness of breath *also* reduced. May be helping hypnic spasms too, if only through less stress, less nutritional depletion, less body-induced stress and cortisol, as well as having prop it wasn’t just psych.

    I’m also on depakote. It depletes l-carnatine (which is how it controls epilepsy – check the PDR – vitamin E, folate, selenium (be ware of overdosing; if you eat meat or Brazil nuts, you may not ever need supplementation beyond vitamin) and Chromium.

    Stress depletes calcium, and low calcium in nerves leads to grinding teeth, insomnia and irritation. Irritation can happen when your body is short of one of the complex of calcium input nutrients, including major players: Ca, Mg, Zn, MN (manganese is strong in Basil, which cures an odd non-illness scratch throat I get; I carry it with me) and Vitamin D, for me.

    Any shortage can cause issues: low B5 causes low stomach acid, so many calciums won’t absorb. (My Mom took pre-acidified calcium to deal with this.) All nutrients must be available.

    I also ate cooked brain. I started dreaming again immediately, and processing my losses from the move, etc. Lots of crying, but less stress. I find cycling types of foods with a baseline of vitamins and nutrients helps, with exercise to slow my hyper-healing, sleeping as well as I can.

    Along with sleep, one’s specific nutrition needs and exercise, meditation and Chinese exercises, probably yoga (somewhat similar) are what had them almost gone for me, and going away again. Mine almost busted the recliner I was in. Now I can at least safely go in public without fear of having security called on me.

  • Possible Help for Hypnic Jerks From Personal Experience

    I started getting hypnic jerks over four years ago. Tried everything from western medicine to alternative treatments, including acupuncture, somatic experience, brain spotting, emotional freedom technique, massages, chiropractors, ericksonian hypnosis, neurological medicines.

    Recently the following three things together seems to be making a huge difference so far and very quickly.

    1)Drinking a lot of water everyday
    2)Taking electrolyte pills as well as also taking magnesium separately
    3)Using the Ondamed machine which is a biofeedback machine.

    Not sure if they are really helping me or just a good stretch for me but I feel fairly confident it is the above but not sure which of the three is the most important. But will keep you updated if I continue doing better.

    No harm in trying at least the first two.

  • Mine happens when I try to fight falling asleep to stay awake few hours before bedtime. When I do go to bed and go to sleep my body jerks to wake up because I did not relax and knowing that it is ok time to go to sleep, I don’t need to fight to stay awake.

  • Jerking is the most embarrassing thing especially in school. Now I don’t always sleep in school but I do during a long test that I finished before the time, or a field trip on the bus.
    I think the worst one that i’v had was when I jerked myself awake in the silent classroom. Resulting in me loudly passing gas and kicking my leg into the person’s chair in front of me..
    I don’t think anyone could top that.

  • i get soo scared when my husband cuddles up to me at night because in less than a few minutes into sleep, his body twitches or moves so rapidly fast, that for example, if his hand or arms is near my faces, i feel like im being boxed … soo i get really hurt in the process of this unbearable situation… and it happens almost every single night..
    i feel very bad telling him to sleep on his side of the bed , but this is a worrying factor for me… and really want to know, if his not suffering from anything else other than whats been mentioned from other comments… im really concerned, any help?

  • I take a product called CALM about 30 minutes before my bedtime. It is powdered magnesium. I use just a tiny bit because it knocks me out cold if I use too much. It’s sour tasting so I just use a small amount of water, let the powder dissolve and gulp it down. I hate being jerked awake when I am on the brink of sleep. It’s scary and it really makes me afraid to go to bed. My arms also feel tingly and weird. I wonder if these things are related.

  • suffering of jerk … its so annoying, it scares me a lot .. i feel so helpless at the point when i face it .. i just went through one and woke up where i ended googling for the solution to get ‘sound sleep’.. lets discuss more on how we can knock them outta life..

  • I dnno how i can help myself getting rid from this serious problem .. i hate this as I am getting almost evry night these days. I have been doing intense exercise since a month and from that time I have this jerk awaking nights .. I just had one worst jerk and i felt like i will die and woke up .. This is bringing stress in my life .. HELP !

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