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<p><strong>Hypnic jerks</stron...

Hypnic jerks — also called sleep starts — are sudden, involuntary muscle contractions you may experience as you are falling asleep.

  • They can range from small twitches to convulsions, causing you to sit straight up in your bed
  • Up to 70% of people experience hypnic jerks.

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Factors that might trigger hypnic jerks

  • Intense exercise at night
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Alcohol and caffeine 
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Uncomfortable position

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How To Prevent Hypnic Jerks

You can reduce their frequency and intensity and improve your sleep at the same time, with a few relatively simple techniques:

  • Adopt Better Sleep Habits
  • Reduce Your Stress
  • Exercise Daily
  • Minimize Your Caffeine Consumption
  • Avoid Nicotine and Alcohol

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