Falling Asleep


You know that feeling? You know, that one feeling. The one where your body decides to be mean and jerks you awake just as you’re about to fall asleep. Today I read that it happens because your heart rate decreases so rapidly that you’re brain jerks you awake to make sure you’re still alive. Another theory is that the brain gets confused by your muscles relaxing, thinks you’re falling, and causes you to tense up. Either way, there’s some miscommunication going on here between the mind and the body.

Here is the part where you insert your own symbolic interpretation of situations in life that could also apply to this. Maybe it’s you making a bigger deal out of something smaller and freaking out for no reason. Maybe it’s taking life too seriously. Maybe it’s staying in tune with all those signs your body is giving you (yes, go see a doctor already). Or maybe we should stop trying to make a symbolic interpretation out of the smallest things (guilty).

For all you insomniacs out there, want to know how to supposedly fall asleep in under one minute? Follow the 4-7-8 rule: Breath in through your nose for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, then exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds.

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