You could make any number of assumptions as to what this is about given it’s plurality in meaning. We will avoid the obvious in this case and know that it also means someone who is distracted or wasting time, or basically an insult to someone vaguely implying that they are clueless.    

Falling From the Tree

When you are going to sleep do your muscles ever involuntarily twitch or “jerk”? They can also feel like jumps or jolts, even have the feeling of electric shock or even being startled. Most people do experience this phenomenon regularly when going to sleep – up to 70% in fact, and even more on occasion. I won’t make light of the all-encompassing myoclonus, which refers to nervous system disorders that are related to multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s diseases, and many other serious disorders. 

No need to worry as these jerks are most common in healthy humans and occur more frequently that you may realize, even after you are asleep, but generally before the deeper state of Rapid Eye Movement (REM). Not much more scientific explanation other than arbitrary and spontaneous muscle contractions or spasms or that of neurotransmitters in the brain that carry messages to the muscles having chemical imbalances or miscalculations during sleep starts. There is not concrete evidence that suggest exactly why these twitches or jerks occur, and no paragon has been found during scientific study. 

Theoretically, some would suggest that it your body going into a relaxation transition and the brain is misunderstanding and firing off signals. Others suggest that your body thinks it is dying and attempting to wake you up as your breathing begins to become comparatively faint during sleep. A more archaic thought is that it may come from our distant ancestry of primates that feel as if they are falling out of a tree and the muscle spasm is an instrument of warning. Surely as science investigates, there is much more to it than that, and likely a sophisticated reasoning if I was a betting man. 


A hypnagogic jerk is essentially a subset of myoclonus, also known as hypnic jerks – which sounds like a British punk band name to me – “The Hypnic Jerks”. They generally occur as a person is drifting off to sleep, sometimes in patterns, other times none at all. It is so named in reference the transitional period between wakefulness and sleep or sleep starts. The other most common form of a myoclonic jerk is the common hiccup. In this case it is simply occurring in the diaphragm while fully awake, rather than when going to sleep. As a side, just about every time I or others have experienced hiccups, a spoonful of peanut butter will make it go away immediately. I am not a physician, consult your doctor, disclaimer, disclaimer, etc.


It would be suggested to stay in the purview and businesses my titles suggest - Chief Executive Officer of a Business Information Technology (IT) company, Chairman of Consulting Firm, Founder of a software company. To the contrary, I am in the business of understanding the mind, psychology, human nature, animalistic and primitive behaviors, humanity, politics, and many more principal topics and applying them to business and technology. Hence the tagline “It’s All in Your Head”. The businesses I operate are simply outcomes of these studies and understandings and I happen to thoroughly enjoy them. 

Why are we talking about this? First of all, it’s just interesting to know. More importantly I find it applicable as a reasonable equivalence to what many people are now doing while seemingly awake. Eyes are open, they are breathing, things appear to be functioning, but not much is going on in there, or maybe too much is going on in there. Yes, they are awake, but I find and meet many people that appear to be in a hypnotic state of life and work akin to the start sleep state when you go to bed and similar to paralysis analysis. It’s not a purified proposal of laziness, but more suspect of confusion, burden, anxiety, pressure and other adjuvant factors decidedly contributing to this state of polarization for many people.   

We can talk all we want, complain all we want, seek out useless therapies and remedies, and attempt to adjust to life accordingly with any variety of non-accountable fixes.  Until one makes a conscious decision to leave this state of hypnosis, this state of sleep start while actually awake, and permit your mind to misfire, to misinterpret, to hiccup, to give yourself an awakening, a self-imposed hypnic jerk – you will continue to deteriorate in a stagnant lifeless pond, dying in the most methodical and unnecessary way possible. Sound attractive? Not at all. 


Newton’s laws of physics. Life is a perpetual state of actions and reactions. The degree to which those are either elevated or drowned is entirely up to the person. Forces are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction, yet the least massive object receives the greatest acceleration. It’s understandably challenging in today’s unrelenting environment. But don’t fall asleep in life. Be accountable, be responsible, and most importantly be confident and competent. Position yourself as the larger object, start with something small, and watch your life accelerate.