6 doctors weighed in:

What stage of sleep am I in if I feel like i'm falling?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: The beginning

When you feel like you're falling, it's usually as you are starting to fall asleep.
The brain incorrectly interprets the relaxation of your muscles as a falling sensation and often people experience "twitches" of "spasms" of their arms and legs. This happens as a result of your brain trying to brace its self for the fall.

In brief: The beginning

When you feel like you're falling, it's usually as you are starting to fall asleep.
The brain incorrectly interprets the relaxation of your muscles as a falling sensation and often people experience "twitches" of "spasms" of their arms and legs. This happens as a result of your brain trying to brace its self for the fall.
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Thank
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Lighter stages

A sensation of falling usually occurs in the early stages of sleep as a person is 'falling off to sleep'.
The dream stage (rem) is in this general area of sleep, also.

In brief: Lighter stages

A sensation of falling usually occurs in the early stages of sleep as a person is 'falling off to sleep'.
The dream stage (rem) is in this general area of sleep, also.
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dr. Robert Ryan
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Vicken Poochikian
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
38 years in practice
2M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors