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Hypnic jerks - jolting awake


Posted by nightwaker on April 26, 2001 at 07:16:54:

I looked back at past posts, and there seems to be some debate about the relationship between hypnic jerks -- sort of jolting awake as you're dropping off to sleep (which is really annoying, as it can happen over and over, each time you start dropping off . . ) and apnea. I seem to have BOTH - hypnic jerks, and, deeper into sleep, jolting awake gasping for breath feeling as though I'm dying, which I think is apnea related. Anyone know anything about the relationship between these two? I was trying to get a feeling for what had just happened in the few seconds before my hypnic jerks last night, and it SEEMED as though I had not breathed for a bit -- my brain seemed to retain some memory of this. This would not be a classic hypnic jerk, which is not related to apnea, but the body overreacting to dropping into a deeper sleep stage.

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