The Hypnic Jerk

No, not the HYPNOTIC JERK, I am sure we all have met one or thirty of those.

So, when I fall asleep I eventually hit a state where, my body seems to have a bolt of electricity running through it. It startles me awake, and then the process starts over again. My whole body seems to "jolt". I did a float tank sensory deprivation session, this happened to me every ten minutes or so until I made myself fully wake. What the heck is that? Is this normal?

  I decided to read up on this as I have heard many things.

The first bit of information is what the scientific community alleges.  Apparently this is the moment between light sleep and deep REM sleep. You are about to enter a deep slumber land, and sometimes your brain mistakes this "falling to sleep" into actual falling. Your brain is confused and you jolt awake, as if you are actually falling. So weird.

 I think this is Johnny Depp, no he did not tell me I can use this. If you read this Johnny, I am sorry so forgive me... :)

I think this is Johnny Depp, no he did not tell me I can use this. If you read this Johnny, I am sorry so forgive me... :)

 

Other more interesting explanations include astral projection. Your soul is trying to leave your body to go visit. Some have claimed that the particular feeling is your conscious grabbing onto your soul, as it tries to slip away and astral project somewhere.  Some call it is the silver cord that keeps us connected and we always find our way home. Sometimes the jolt happens when you returning from a projection. In with a thud as you might say. 

Where people go when they astral project if left up to interpretation. Some say we fly around, change time, or move through dimensions.  Whatever the cause it is an interesting phenomenon and worth studying more, look for future blogs more in depth about all of astral projection, not just hypnic jerk.