The sensation of falling when half asleep and jerking yourself awake is called ‘hypnic jerks’
No one is totally sure why hypnic jerks occur but they are deemed to be perfectly healthy. However, they may be increased by anxiety, caffeine or physical activity close to bedtime. They’re more frequent in young people and decrease as we get older.
Because there is no easily accessible insulin resistance test in primary care, we must identify insulin resistance risk factors.