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Monday, July 9, 2007
Falling Sensation before sleep
I don't know how many of you out there experience this but I do experience this every single night before I fall asleep. I practically FALL before I fall asleep. How do I know that I fell? I feel my whole body jerking before I go into a deep sleep. You know, the 5 different stages of sleep which eventually leads to REM ( Rapid Eye Movement).

Shall not go into the details of the stages of sleep because it can become very technical. However, I am still amazed at this phenomenon. I believe I am not the only one who experiences this falling and jolting sensation every time before I fall asleep or go into a deep sleep. And the dream of me falling is always the same....either from a staircase or into a drain!

Its a scary feeling to fall. My body sort of like goes into a shock when I dream that I am falling. It is like a prequel to my dream sequence.

So why is this happening to me? I decided to take this issue to the forum of unexplained mysteries.

This phenomenon apparently is called a hypnic jerk. According to Wikipedia, it is an involuntary muscle twitch which often happens during transition from wakefulness to sleep. Hypnic jerks are completely normal and are experienced by most people especially when they are over-tired or sleeping uncomfortably.

What causes it? Sadly there is no clear cause but there are hypotheses. The jolts are a normal part of the sleep process , as is slower breathing, and lowering of body temperature. The feelings associated with relaxation before sleep is misinterpreted by the brain as a falling, and by reflex the body jerks out the limbs to stay upright.

Sounds quite logical to me. At least I don't have to believe that my soul doesn't leave my body when I fall asleep (which causes the jolt) and come back when I am about to wake up.

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posted by DaphStar* @ 8:13 AM  
22 Comments:
  • At July 10, 2007 at 8:44 AM, Anonymous adrian said…

    u can control it. its still your mind that makes all the scary stuff.

    http://www.stuartwilde.com/Articles/SW_articles_lucid_dreaming.html

     
  • At July 10, 2007 at 8:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    try meditation. Get a hold of your mind. its running wild. you probably need to start with a proper meditation breathing technique.

     
  • At July 10, 2007 at 11:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ongzilla: Daphie, I have had the same issue but strangely it's when I'm about to wake up or in the middle of sleeping. I don't jerk while falling asleep, but when I'm about to wake up, you know, the feeling that you don't feel like waking up and went back to sleep, that's when it'll happen. Also, in the middle of sleeping sometimes that sudden movement woke me up.

    I hate to use the 'jerk' word but can't they change it to something like hypnic shock or something, just no 'jerking'... lol

     
  • At July 11, 2007 at 2:20 AM, Blogger khengsiong said…

    I experience jerk AFTER I fall asleep. That could be due to other reason, huh?

     
  • At July 11, 2007 at 4:58 AM, Blogger DaphStar* said…

    Adrian:The link you sent me was about Lucid dreams.I have learnt about lucid dreams before and it can be very powerful.

    Anonymous: I think I should meditate to some mellow music before falling asleep. In that way I will have lucid dreams.

    Ongzilla: You can use the word jolt instead if jerk sounds a bit obscene. I guess we all do jolt a little. However this is just a hypotheses that the brain misinterprets the relaxation of the muscles.

    Kheng Siong: After you fall asleep could be many stages. I am aware that my body jolts because I fall asleep first, probably entering stage 1 and then I jolt. So my mind in some way is still conscious that I am going to fall asleep but not fully asleep yet.

     
  • At July 11, 2007 at 1:34 PM, Anonymous yw said…

    i experience jerk in the morning once in a while after waking up with a morning glory. Fun with Leftie and Rightie i call it.

     
  • At July 11, 2007 at 2:00 PM, Anonymous someone not so important said…

    yw: you are disgusting -.-''

     
  • At July 11, 2007 at 5:53 PM, Blogger DaphStar* said…

    aheheh....yw that is jerk off! ewww your sheets must be a mess

     
  • At July 11, 2007 at 8:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    the best jerk off i ever had was when i was sleeping and in the middle of the night...my ex-gf started going down on me. i felt this sensation on my nuts...as i awoke...there she was...giving me a hell of a blowjob...that was awesome. As i was about to unload...i didn't tell her...i let it all in her gap. She left me.

     
  • At July 12, 2007 at 12:05 AM, Anonymous yw said…

    okay... uhm... i think we found the gay who stole my neighbor auntie's panties...

     
  • At July 12, 2007 at 12:05 AM, Anonymous yw said…

    my god daphne.... look at the kind of readers you attract

     
  • At July 12, 2007 at 12:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    haha..... all because of the "j" word. Funny as hell, but then again YW, Freedom of Speech! :)

    Ongzilla

     
  • At July 12, 2007 at 1:18 AM, Anonymous yw said…

    no kiddin! freedom of speech but its like telling people how i plucked a hair from my arsehole this morning. How'd u like that?

    p.s: no i dont pluck hairs frm my arse.

     
  • At July 12, 2007 at 2:07 AM, Blogger DaphStar* said…

    Anonymous: Hm..thats one erotic experience you had there! You learnt it the hard way that you must ask the girl for permission before gushing it all into her gap. I will do a write up about jerking off then. HAhaha. I should've chose my words carefully, replace jerk with jolt.

    yw: you gotta shave the hair on your asshole. Its hygiene.

     
  • At July 12, 2007 at 6:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Daph...

    yea should have ask her permission most definitely. But i will never forget the sweet and surprises this special person left in my heart. OH HOW I MISS HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    girls...u definitely can't live a full life without them. Trust me guys...girls /woman are one of god's finest creations.

     
  • At July 12, 2007 at 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    YW, did I say I like it? But I can't ask you not to say it right? Ya Daph, blog about jerking off and I bet your comment box will be overflowed! lol.........

    Ongzilla

     
  • At July 12, 2007 at 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Daphne,

    please blog on the issue of "which position do you like most"

    then i can guarantee you that your blog will have sponsors coming in droveS!

    p.s.

    i like doggistyle and military

     
  • At July 13, 2007 at 7:40 PM, Blogger DaphStar* said…

    military??? I've heard of missionary only. How's military? rough? hahah

     
  • At July 16, 2007 at 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    daph,

    military is more fun , if done it with the right partner...well its actually role play with your partner and when things heat up...woooooahhh its gonna be "SHOCK & AWE" campaign.

    spreadeagle please!

     
  • At July 17, 2007 at 1:35 AM, Blogger DaphStar* said…

    errr...ok..you like guns n hand grenades...

     
  • At July 17, 2007 at 3:57 PM, Blogger Gary said…

    military sounds fucking gay..

     
  • At July 20, 2007 at 9:50 AM, Blogger DaphStar* said…

    Military role play! So the guy plays Al Qaeda?

     
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