What Causes the Hypnic Jerk

Health Tips presented by Tellier Guardian Pharmacy: April 19th, 2017 

If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, This Is What It Means… 

Everyone has experienced the mysterious feeling of drifting off while falling asleep, then suddenly shaking and jumping and waking up. You probably dream that something hits you, you’re falling down, or similar things. If you are curious why this happens, in this article we will explain it the best way we can. Recently, experts even gave it a name, “hypnic jerk”.  Most commonly it’s defined as a feeling similar to falling. But, some people experience it differently, like someone is choking them while they are sleeping.

If you experience the hypnic jerk constantly, you need to avoid consuming tobacco or caffeine, since these 2 ingredients can cause it to happen more often. Besides, if you don’t sleep enough, you will have it happen even more often, or if you take drugs like Adderal or Ritalin.  As we said, “hypnic jerk” happens when we dream how we start falling. When we are exhausted, our brain thinks that we aren’t falling asleep, but our body systems are falling down, so it provides our body a shock to wake it up.

The idea behind the explanation of the hypnic jerk is that the brain causes us to dream about things that will wake us up easily and quickly.

What causes the hypnic jerk?  As is often the case in the complex world of sleep, scientists still aren’t 100% certain about the cause. However, they do believe that the following factors can all contribute to hypnic jerks happening:

  • Heavy exercise late in the evening.
  • Sleeping in an uncomfortable position.
  • Being very tired or fatigued.

Luckily there’s nothing to be worried about – hypnic jerks along with these other phenomenons aren’t dangerous. They may be unsettling or annoying, but you don’t need to fear going to sleep just because they may happen to you.  For More Info:  http://www.nosleeplessnights.com/the-hypnic-jerk-jolted-awake-when-falling-asleep/
Fitness: Teaching Your Child to Stay Active

Physical activity is essential for lifelong health and well-being. A child can’t be healthy if he or she isn’t playing actively or exercising most days of the week.  One of the very best things you can do for your children’s health is to help make physical activity a habit—something that will be a natural part of their daily lives through adulthood.

How do you help your child get and stay active?  Remember that your child’s habits start with you. You are the role model. Your habits affect your children’s habits.  If physical activity is a habit for you, it will more likely become a habit for your children.


Stay positive  It is important that your children have fun, so don’t force them to exercise. Instead, find activities that they like to do and will do without being asked. You can help them stay active and healthy if you:

Are a good role model—be active yourself.

Create ways for your child to be active for at least 1 hour each day. One way to increase your and your child’s activity is to break the time up into several 10- to 15-minute periods of vigorous exercise throughout the day, doing activities such as running, jumping rope, or playing soccer. Plan family activities that involve exercise. Go hiking or biking, wash the car, or walk around a mall. Offer choices, and let your child play.

Make physical activity part of daily routines. For example, walk with your child to do errands, or walk to the bus stop or school, if possible.

Have your child invite a friend over once a week for a planned physical activity, such as a bike ride, a water balloon toss, or building a snow fort in the yard.

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What are probiotics?

Probiotics are bacteria that help keep the natural balance of organisms (microflora) in the intestines. The normal human digestive tract contains about 400 types of probiotic bacteria that reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and promote a healthy digestive system. The largest group of probiotic bacteria in the intestine is lactic acid bacteria, of which Lactobacillus acidophilus, found in yogurt with live cultures, is the best known. Yeast is also a probiotic substance. Probiotics are also available as natural health products.

It has been suggested that probiotics be used to treat problems in the stomach and intestines. But only certain types of bacteria or yeast (called strains) have been shown to work in the digestive tract. It still needs to be proved which probiotics (alone or in combination) work to treat diseases. At this point, even the strains of probiotics that have been proved to work for a specific disease are not widely available.

What are probiotics used for?  Many people use probiotics to prevent diarrhea, gas, and cramping caused by antibiotics. Antibiotics kill “good” (beneficial) bacteria along with the bacteria that cause illness. A decrease in beneficial bacteria may lead to digestive problems. Taking probiotics may help replace the lost beneficial bacteria. This can help prevent diarrhea.   A decrease in beneficial bacteria may also lead to other infections, such as vaginal yeast and urinary tract infections, and symptoms such as diarrhea from intestinal illnesses.




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