Why do people jolt as they fall asleep?

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Why do people jolt as they fall asleep?
« on: 09/05/2011 03:01:02 »
Pinchas Goldberg  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi
 
Please can you also explain why people jolt (feel like they suddenly fall & have to catch themselves)  when lying in bed, just before they fall asleep? I do it often, and have noticed my 2 year old daughter does it as well?

Thank you again for such interesting shows.
 
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Pinchas Goldberg

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Why do people jolt as they fall asleep?
« Reply #1 on: 09/05/2011 04:02:43 »
Hypnagogic jerk, (no it's not an insult).