Twitching/jerking while falling asleep?

Eric Wassermann ewass at
Fri Jan 27 08:36:44 EST 1995

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<mattfei-2601952055010001 at>,
mattfei at (Matt Feiszli) wrote:

>    Does anyone have any information on twitching/jerking while trying to
> fall asleep (or could someone at least tell me what to call it)?  Does it
> correlate with things like stress, anxiety or activity before sleep? 
> Thanks for any information.

This is known as hypnogogic jerking and not much is known about it.  It
originates in the brain and is a normal feature of sleep onset.  It may be
more common in people who are sleep deprived.

Eric Wassermann

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