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Question 23 - Jolt while drifting off to sleep.

From: Lori

Surgery doc:


I have suffered from insomnia for about 4 years. It seems to be caused by anxiety, so I have tried a lot of relaxation exercises. Sometimes I am completely relaxed, with no anxious or negative thoughts in my head, and just when I am about to drift off to sleep I will "jolt" awake. This will happen over and over and I will be unable to sleep all night.

Do you have any idea what causes this and how I can stop it?

Thank you for your help,


Answer Provided by Dr. Kasey Li
Sept 23, 2007

The jolting awake while falling asleep may be related to the “arousal” from increased breathing effort due to airway blockage.

I would recommend getting a sleep study to evaluate for possible sleep apnea or upper airway resistance syndrome.

Good luck.

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