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[Hypnic jerk] the feeling of falling while asleep

[Hypnic jerk] the feeling of falling while asleep [Hypnic jerk] the feeling of falling while asleep
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Most of us have experienced that abrupt feeling of falling while asleep known as a hypnic or myoclonic jerk. No one knows why we have this sensation. One theory is that it goes back to the days when we slept in trees and had to take care not to fall off [...] no matter how profoundly unconscious we get, or how restless, we almost never fall out of bed, even unfamiliar beds in hotels and the like. We may be dead to the world, but some sentry within us keeps track of where the bed’s edge is and won’t let us roll over it (...).

Some part of us, it seems, pays heed to the outside world, even for the heaviest sleepers.

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