surprising observations about sleep and startle reflex in adults


Bruiser sleeping

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I recently was asked about sleep and startle reflex in adults. Although this is an interesting topic in itself, I am not sure it is totally accurate. Let me explain why I would like to open this up to the idea that startle reflex or more technically called moro reflex it is not simply subject to the adults of the world. Throughout this post I may use startle reflex and moro reflex interchangeably

 

Yes, for me it is normal to startle in my sleep if you are having vivid dreams I suspect then that the items listed below appear in your dreams and thus I startle. I know this because sometimes said startle actually wakes me up generally I am not scared when I wake I simply think oh I am awake I must have startled and generally fall asleep again quickly

 

We all I have experience with startle reflex, this is a normal part of the development in infants the difference is that most of you lose this reflex before you are old enough to be even aware of it. A common thing with cerebral palsy is that we never lose the moro reflex, I am not sure why this is but it appears to be common in cerebral palsy.

 

For me, I often startle more when something is:

 

  1. unexpected
  2. expecting it but there is a sense of delay and then because it becomes unexpected
  3. noise level (loud and unexpected means I am more likely to startle)

 

So I don’t think this is strictly an adult issue but merely a quirk in cerebral palsy

 

Do you startle in your sleep?

 

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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3 Responses to surprising observations about sleep and startle reflex in adults

  1. rose marie says:

    I am most startled when unexpected happens. and noise most times loud.

  2. justlittlecajunme says:

    I don’t think i startle in my sleep. I just startle when Hubby comes up behind me all of a sudden.

  3. rakesh says:

    My son is 18 yrs old.since three months time he is suffering from startel effect.he is having shoulder jirk as well legs big jerk after each two minutes whole night.is this a desease .should i consult neuro physician.pl.guide

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