Why do we sometimes feel like we’re falling right before we fall asleep?
Do you ever have the inexplicable feeling that you’re falling just as you’re drifting off into a deep sleep? Like us here at Bright Side, you’ve probably often wondered why this occurs. Luckily for you, we’ve found the scientific explanation for this phenomenon.
Most people who have experienced this describe it as the sudden sensation of tripping, leaping or falling into a void. Some might just keep on sleeping, but the majority of people wake up with a rapid heartbeat feeling scared.
Perhaps you’ve heard explanations like your soul is leaving your body or you’ve been possessed by dark forces when it happens, but none of this is true.
By targeting 1 facet of the brain’s electrical activity, UNC neuroscientist Flavio Frohlich showed it’s possible to enhance memory, laying the groundwork for a new treatment paradigm for neurological and psychiatric disorders.
The research is in Current Biology. (full access paywall)
I woke up in the middle of the night because I suddenly have a strong urge to drink milk… 😅 and now I can’t sleep… 😭
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