What causes the panicky sensation of falling--

Jump to Last Post 1-8 of 8 discussions (11 posts)
  1. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
    DzyMsLizzyposted 6 years ago

    What causes the panicky sensation of falling--

    whether off a cliff, or over backwards in a chair, etc.--when one is just drifting off to sleep, and not yet truly dreaming?  It always brings you wide awake again.
    I've heard it said that it means your heart skipped a beat, but I doubt that...

  2. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image60
    Dubuquedogtrainerposted 6 years ago

    I don't know the answer to your question, but I do not believe that it is a result of your heart skipping a beat. I used to work as a certified critical care nurse and have extensive knowledge and experience in cardiac care. I have never heard anyone describe that feeling as you have and the cause be skipped heart beats, nor have I read that in any professional literature. Could be - I just have never heard of it described that way. I have also had my own heart "skip a beat" and have not felt that particular sensation.

    1. Anjili profile image82
      Anjiliposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I have only experienced this while fast asleep. It was quite frightening and often jolts me awake. A very unpleasant feeling

    2. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image60
      Dubuquedogtrainerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Hope you figure out what the cause is - perhaps you should see a physician about it. I'm sorry I don't have more information to share with you.

  3. yssubramanyam profile image60
    yssubramanyamposted 6 years ago

    certain feelings can not be expressed literally. the feeling of free fall  too gives same /similar feeling. excessive depression or over anxiety are likely to illusion your mind in waking state or sleeping state. i experienced similar topics in yahoo answers. i widely came across as a 5th level contributor. thanks for giving me an opportunity with a lovely hub.

  4. edhan profile image60
    edhanposted 6 years ago

    Being fear of height tends to bring in my dreams of falling and it feels like the heart pounding out of my body.

    It is like the feeling I had when sitting in the roller-coaster or the viking. My heart suddenly dropped out as it sinks in.

  5. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 6 years ago

    When you are dreaming and you dream of a fall, or a slip, your body givesa you a shot of adrenaline.  This is what causes the panicked feeling, sometimes shortness of breath etc.  Stay calm and the adrenaline will dissipate.

  6. Debra Dillon profile image76
    Debra Dillonposted 6 years ago

    I have a hub about this if you would like t check it out smile

    1. Debra Dillon profile image76
      Debra Dillonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Its a interesting hub about many other dreams too

  7. Dee42 profile image79
    Dee42posted 6 years ago

    It's called a Hyptnic jerk or something. It's like when your muscles relax, but your brain is telling your body ' hey, what's going on here? Are we falling? Hang on, grab on, quick!!'.   Coffee and and too much exercise sometimes brings it on.   

    I'm glad I'm not a teacher cause that sounded a little crazy. Ha.

    But the heart thing, don't know unless you tend to have panic attacks, that would really Rev up the o' ticker.

  8. eugbug profile image98
    eugbugposted 6 years ago

    It's called a hypnic jerk or night start and is a type of myclonic jerk experienced when drifting off to sleep as a result of sudden contraction and relaxation of muscles. The sensation is that of being startled or falling and can be caused by anxiety, excess caffeine consumption or strenuous activity before sleep.
    It is thought that the brain misinterprets the relaxation of muscles during onset of sleep and thinks that the body is falling and responds by suddenly contracting them.

Closed to reply
 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)