What is the sensation that we experience when we sleep that feels like falling and causes us to wake up suddenly?

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What is the sensation that we experience when we sleep that feels like falling and causes us to wake up suddenly?

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It’s called a hypnic jerk and it’s a muscle spasm that we can’t control. Think of it like sleep hiccups. Some people think it’s caused when your brain is trying to take over at the same time youre about to go to sleep. Other people feel like it’s evolutionary. Our monkey minds are telling us we’re falling from a tree