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    Why do I always twitch/spasm before I fall asleep?

    I've noticed every time, right before I fall asleep, I fall asleep a little, then I wake up a second later with the feeling that I'm falling off the edge of something, so I try to balance my legs to keep myself from falling off whatever edge it is, and my legs shoot up about an inch in the air because my body thinks it's standing upright, then I relax again because and I'm awake, but then a second later I fall back asleep and wake up in the morning normally. Why does this happen?
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    Your brain thinks you're falling (just as your muscles are relaxing) and twitches as a defense mechanism in order to "catch" itself. Happens to everyone.
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    That happens to me sometimes as well. For example, I begin to drift into a dream in which I am walking on stones across a lake, then slip - and I twitch suddenly and am woken up.

    It's a strange, not altogether unpleasant sensation.
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    i heard its becuase your brain thinks your dead (serious) so it sends a current through your nerves to make sure you're not dead
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    Originally Posted by ckuyook View Post
    I've noticed every time, right before I fall asleep, I fall asleep a little, then I wake up a second later with the feeling that I'm falling off the edge of something, so I try to balance my legs to keep myself from falling off whatever edge it is, and my legs shoot up about an inch in the air because my body thinks it's standing upright, then I relax again because and I'm awake, but then a second later I fall back asleep and wake up in the morning normally. Why does this happen?

    Use to happen to my mom alot until she went to the doctors and found out that she has sleep apnea. She ended up having it really bad so she had to get one of those sleeping mask things because the twitching herself awake thing was basically her body jump-starting her heart over and over because she was stopping breathing so much during her sleep.

    Maybe you have a mild form of sleep apnea?
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    Yeah i sometimes get that too, like sometimes im kinda dreaming of jumping over something/catching a basketball/punching something(LOL) but yeah, not much of a problem though, just live with it.
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    Originally Posted by ewthrow View Post
    i heard its becuase your brain thinks your dead (serious) so it sends a current through your nerves to make sure you're not dead
    No way. How could your brain think you're dead? Why would it ever develop a test to see if it's dead? That makes no sense. If it's dead, it's dead, and it doesn't need a test to see.

    I noticed this same thing last night and it "woke" me up.
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    Originally Posted by ckuyook View Post
    I've noticed every time, right before I fall asleep, I fall asleep a little, then I wake up a second later with the feeling that I'm falling off the edge of something, so I try to balance my legs to keep myself from falling off whatever edge it is, and my legs shoot up about an inch in the air because my body thinks it's standing upright, then I relax again because and I'm awake, but then a second later I fall back asleep and wake up in the morning normally. Why does this happen?
    You might want to avoid having your boyfriend toss your salad under the covers when you are trying to fall asleep.
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myoclonus


    Sleep myoclonus occurs during the initial phases of sleep, especially at the moment of dropping off to sleep. Some forms appear to be stimulus-sensitive. Some persons with sleep myoclonus are rarely troubled by, or need treatment for, the condition. However, myoclonus may be a symptom in more complex and disturbing sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome, and may require treatment by a doctor.
    "Normal" myoclonus may occur while dropping off to sleep, while meditating, receiving massage or bodywork, or during other forms of deep relaxation.[citation needed] It is understood in cases when it is not repetitive or strongly worsening over time that it is a simple discharge of accumulated tension as one relaxes.


    Hypnagogic myoclonus (also called sleep starts) is very normal and happens to just about everyone. According to the University of Marburg in Germany, reports of sleep starts are in the 60 to 70 percent range of sleepers (which means everyone) and they're often forgotten. It happens before you're getting into heavy duty sleep mode when the brain is gradually sliding away to dream land. You have probably experienced a falling sensation -- or some other weird feeling -- if you twitch yourself awake. Some people also experience visual sleep starts, a sensation of blinding light. Auditory sleep starts involve a loud snapping noise.

    Not a lot is known about why people experience sleep starts, but there seems to be some suggestion that anxiety, some kind of noise, a vivid dream, muscle fatigue, or even genetic disposition plays some part, perhaps in how frequently the sensation occurs.
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    it happened to me alot throughout my teen years, then just stopped.
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    I twitch and wake up when I've fallen over or something in a dream. Nothing to worry about unless it happens all the time I shouldn't think.
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