I do not believe that this is a sign of a significant health issue.
That being said sleep issues can come from any number of conditions.
So. What should you do?
I suggest you see your GP for a good physical exam. After doing your exam, and maybe some routine tests, she may want to refer you to a sleep study center.
At such a center they hook you up to tons of wires (EEG, EKG, Muscle function, breathing etc) and watch you sleep all night long. They would be able to catch any of these hypnotic jerks or sleep issues and see exactly what was going on.
Once all these data are available then a treatment plan, if needed, can be started.
Does this make sense to you?
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