How many times have you woken yourself up from jerking in your sleep? And how annoying is that weird eye twitch you get when you're tired? Everyone talks about these happenings, making it totally normal, but we don't ever discuss what's causing them. A team of scientists gave the scoop to the Daily Mail
, finally giving us the answers we never knew we wanted.
- That weird eye twitch
Whether you're stressed out, super tired or have had your fair share of booze intake, you might notice your eye starts to twitch. This is because your sympathetic nervous system goes into overdrive, which controls a lot of our involuntary activities.
Why are our eyes so sensitive to this? Because the muscles around them are. It's important to note that, though it feels off putting, it's totally harmless. And it even has a name: eyelid myokmia.
If you're keen on avoiding it, you need to make sure you're getting enough sleep.
2. That violent jump when you've just fallen asleep
This movement takes you right out of your sleepy stupor and scares you straight. What's up with that?
When you exit your light sleep and enter your deep sleep, entering REM, your muscles become paralyzed. However, if you're utterly exhausted, stressed out or experiencing irregular sleep patterns, you'll enter REM quicker than usual which your body is simply not prepared for.
Professor Gaby Badre, a sleep expert at The London Clinic, says, "People get worried about this, but it's perfectly normal. The best thing to do is try to adopt a regular sleep pattern."
Do you experience either of these experiences regularly?
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