1. Inducing sleep. 2. Pertaining to sleep. A hypnic jerk is a sleep start or jerk.
From the Greek hypnikos, from the Greek hypnos, sleep.
- Hypnic headache
A relatively rare form of headache disorder in which the patient is awakened from sleep nightly, usually between 1 and 3am, with intense dull or throbbing pain over the whole head. Each episode may last up to 1 hour and be associated with nausea. Similar episodes may occasionally strike in the daytime. Hypnic headache almost […]
- Hypnic jerk
The common normal phenomenon of jerking awake, usually accompanied by a feeling of falling, just as one is drifting off to sleep. Also called a sleep jerk or sleep start.
A neurological disorder marked by a sudden recurrent uncontrollable compulsion to sleep. Also known as narcolepsy. The disorder is often associated with cataplexy (a sudden loss of muscle tone and paralysis of voluntary muscles associated with a strong emotion), sleep paralysis (immobility of the body that occurs in the transition from sleep to wakefulness), what […]
- Hypnopompic hallucination
A vivid dreamlike hallucination that occurs as one is waking up. The opposite of an hypnagogic hallucination, which occurs as one is falling asleep.
The Greek and Roman god of sleep. From his name is derived the term hypnosis. Hypnos was the twin of Thanatos, the personification of death. Both Hypnos and Thanatos lived in the underworld.