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14 Jul 2006

Falling
Hi
Sometimes when I'm about to fall asleep my mind and body suddenly goes into a spiral (the same feeling of spinning or falling) then I have to shake my body to "get out of it". What do you think is causing this?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Actually this sensation of "falling" just as one is gliding into sleep, is very common. I've wondered whether it's why we use the odd expresssion of "falling asleep". Generally it seems to be that as one's system drifts into sleep, sometimes the part of one's brain that controls muscle tension, relaxes it BEFORE one is asleep, and one notices this, feels as if one is falling, and jerks awake again.
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