Shivers down the spine, a spasm as you drop off to sleep – these are all body reflexes that we’ve all had to deal with at some point in our lives. But why do we experience them? Photo: Shutterstock
Shivers down the spine, a spasm as you drop off to sleep – these are all body reflexes that we’ve all had to deal with at some point in our lives. But why do we experience them? Photo: Shutterstock
Wellness

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The human body 101: why do we spasm, shiver or feel a lump in our throats?

  • That shiver-down-the-spine sensation may occur because of something we ate or drank, or saw, how we are feeling or a memory that we’ve triggered
  • That annoying, falling-off-a-cliff jolt just as you drop off to sleep? Up to 70 per cent of us experience them, usually when we are overtired

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Shivers down the spine, a spasm as you drop off to sleep – these are all body reflexes that we’ve all had to deal with at some point in our lives. But why do we experience them? Photo: Shutterstock
Shivers down the spine, a spasm as you drop off to sleep – these are all body reflexes that we’ve all had to deal with at some point in our lives. But why do we experience them? Photo: Shutterstock
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