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A 41-year-old male asked:

what are the symptoms of hynogogcic jerks can u wake up gasping for air for instance?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Anxiety: Many folks who are highly anxious have a fear on not getting enough air. When we are between sleeping and waking we can feel quite vulnerable and pull out of the relaxed state with a start. Get help from your doc or a clinical psychologist, more likely the latter will be the one to help you through this. Magnesium level can be tested for and supplemented if needed. Low mag can cause jerks.

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