Sometimes, the body has a strange way of telling us that something isn’t right. One such odd way is twitching before falling asleep. Sounds familiar? Don’t worry; you’re not the only one. After a long day, you’re finally in your cozy bed and you’re ready to sleep. However, your falling asleep is disrupted by sudden twitching of the body and leaves you wondering what’s wrong.
The Hypnic Twitch
According to scientists, this phenomenon is known as the hypnic twitch characterized by a feeling of falling resulting in a twitching of the body. Some of the reasons behind this phenomenon may be caffeine consumption before bed or certain medications like Adderal and Ritalin. This phenomenon is also present in overly-exhausted individuals who finally lie down to sleep and the twitching occurs as a consequence of falling asleep too fast. As a consequence, the brain cannot keep up with the sleep phases.
Namely, when the brain is confused, it restarts and wakes you up with a burst of chemicals. Although this isn’t bad for your health, it’s not fun to experience.
Take a look at the video below to learn more about the hypnic twitch: