Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee


Body Jerks at Bedtime

Jerking of the body (often times the whole body) can occur as we initiate sleep. These movements, known as hypnogogic jerks, often involve a sensation of falling as we transition from wake to sleep. They are a normal phenomenon occurring in most humans. They can sometimes interfere with one’s ability to get to sleep. Body jerks can also occur during sleep as part of another sleep disorder, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), periodic limb movements (PLM’s), parasomnias (such as sleepwalking, night terrors), and others .