The overwhelming majority of folks out there today believe that when they fall asleep things are pretty calm, pretty stationary, and pretty “dead” – but nothing could be further from the truth.
In reality, according to sleep researchers all over the world, anyway, most of our sleep is anything but unremarkable. In fact, there can be some pretty wild things happening while you sleep, things you’d never even realized because you are there obviously) unconscious.
Here are just a couple of the wildest ones!
Freefalling as you drift off to sleep
Scientifically referred to as the hypnagogic jerk, we’ve all been there before where we are trapped in a dream (usually with our bodies paralyzed) and we just seem to be falling, falling, falling – and then all of a sudden we jerk ourselves awake.
Researchers believe that this kind of weird sleep habit happens when we are over tired, stressed out, or sleep deprived and the brain begins to enter sleep cycles much more aggressively than it would have normally and our body is lagging behind.
Sleep paralysis is a lot more normal than many believe
If you have ever woken up with the inability to move any of your muscles or speak a single word it’s likely that you’ve been absolutely terrified by the experience and fear it ever happening again.
Thankfully though, it’s important to remember – or to realize – that sleep paralysis is completely normal and usually happens when your brain wakes up before your body does (the reverse of the condition we mentioned above).
The paralysis is anything but permanent and there is no underlying medical condition that you need to be aware of. Remain calm and push through and eventually your body will catch up with your brain!
Sleepwalking happens to about 10% of the population, sleep TALKING happens to far more
Researchers believe that roughly 10% of the population will find themselves sleepwalking at least a handful of times in their lives, but sleep talkers are a lot more common.
As we drift off to sleep our body goes through a handful of different “sleep cycles”, some of them taking us much closer to full consciousness than others. It’s when we get close to our conscious state – while still asleep – that we get up and move around, but it’s also when we find ourselves in this state that we become chatter boxes.