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Interactive video lesson plan for: Why Do We Twitch Before Falling Asleep?

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Have you ever tried falling asleep, but you keep twitching right before you finally pass out? Trace explains why this occurs.

Read More:
The science of sleep twitches
http://io9.com/5808331/the-science-of-sleep-twitches
“The feeling of jerking awake just as sleep begins to overtake us is familiar to most readers. So too is seeing someone in a deep sleep eerily (or adorably) twitching their hands or feet.”

Why your body jerks before you fall asleep
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120522-suffer-from-sleep-shudders
“As we give up our bodies to sleep, sudden twitches escape our brains, causing our arms and legs to jerk.”

Why Do People ‘Twitch’ When Falling Asleep?
http://www.livescience.com/39225-why-people-twitch-falling-asleep.html
“A hypnagogic jerk is an involuntary muscle spasm that occurs as a person is drifting off to sleep.”

Brain Chemicals That Cause Sleep Paralysis Discovered
http://www.livescience.com/21653-brain-chemicals-sleep-paralysis.html
“During the most dream-filled phase of sleep, our muscles become paralyzed, preventing the body from acting out what's going on in the brain.”

Falling asleep: Revealing the point of transition
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/10/141002141805.htm
“How can we tell when someone has fallen asleep? To answer this question, scientists have developed a new statistical method and behavioral task to track the dynamic process of falling asleep.”

Sleep Twitches Teach Babies How To Move
http://www.futurity.org/sleep-twitches-babies-limbs-773422/
“Babies learn about their limbs and how to use them from twitches they make during REM sleep—movements that are very different from those made while awake.”

Watch More:
Do Sleeping Pills Help?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AZUqFPkAok

How Do The Blind Dream?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6rQkifHJWk

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