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If a person's hands and legs 'jerk' immediately upon falling asleep, what does it mean?

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Dr. Lea Danielsen
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Hypnic jerk

It is called a hypnic jerk, and is very common.
It is harmless except as you noticed already wakes you up. Some people theorize that being overly tired or stressed tends to bring it on.

In brief: Hypnic jerk

It is called a hypnic jerk, and is very common.
It is harmless except as you noticed already wakes you up. Some people theorize that being overly tired or stressed tends to bring it on.
Dr. Lea Danielsen
Dr. Lea Danielsen
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Dr. Andrew Oswari
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: It's normal

It's quite normal for the limbs to jerk while falling into a deeper sleep.

In brief: It's normal

It's quite normal for the limbs to jerk while falling into a deeper sleep.
Dr. Andrew Oswari
Dr. Andrew Oswari
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2 comments
Dr. Quang Nguyen
as long as it continues throughout the night.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
sorry, it should be "doesn't continue"
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