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What do you call that weird spasm you sometimes get when you are just about to go to sleep

A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
60 years experience Family Medicine
Spasm: Activation of the reticular activating system in the brain. This is the switch from wake to sleep that oftens causes a big jerk to occur in the muscl ... Read More
Dr. Brian Affleck
30 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Hypnagogic jerk: The name of that spasm or full body muscle contraction is a hypnagogic jerk. Other terms include hypnic jerk, hypnagogic jerk, sleep start, sleep twi ... Read More

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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
8 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hypnagogia: The interval between waking and sleeping is hypnagogia, and it is common to have hallucinations during this time. The equivalent for transitioning to ... Read More
Dr. David Duhon
35 years experience Sleep Medicine
Sleep starts: These are called sleep starts (the medical term is "hypnic jerks"). Sleep starts are sudden episodes of sudden muscle jerking, often accompanied by th ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Hello : Hello this could be sleep paralysis. However, the only way to know for sure is with a polysomogram (sleep study).
Dr. G Funari
Dr. G Funari answered
45 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Yes : Yes this may be sleep paralysis but a full work up should be done by a sleep specialist to rule out other issues. Sleep paralysis is simply a sign th ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Felix Brizuela
32 years experience Neurology
Need to get checked: Physicians are obcessed with the classic guillian barre presentation of descending paralysis, but the fact is that inflamatory neuropathy has many fac ... Read More
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Dr. G Funari
Dr. G Funari answered
45 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
If : If you have been thoroughly evaluated by your personal physician and ms specialist for these complaints then i would recommend that you be evaluated b ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dora Chizea
48 years experience Anti-Aging Medicine
Stress and ...: 28 y/o asks What could it be if all of a sudden I start talking in my sleep.. I get muscle spasm and drop my phone I can fall asleep quick? Most likel ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Sleep hygiene.: You need to get back on a schedule for sleep. To reset your sleep clock, go to bed at the same time every night, awaken at the same time every mornin ... Read More
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
32 years experience Pediatrics
Put him in Awake: Make sure that when you put your baby down for nap, for sleep, or just for a "rest" that he/she remembers being put down in the crib. This means you c ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
45 years experience Dentistry
No one answer: There are always suggestions for getting faster and better sleep, but no one therapy or answer fits everyone. It may depend on your eating habits, ex ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charlene Sojico
41 years experience Pediatrics
If you don't : Have any other urinary symptoms like frequency, urgency , burning sensation , flank pains, blood in the urine... It could just be anxiety making you ... Read More
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