A 6-year-old female asked:
my 5 year old moves a lot during sleep. sometimes twitches and her whole body gets stiff and shakes for a few seconds. what could this be?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Daniel Ziegler answered
29 years experience Emergency Medicine
She's dreaming: it's normal. Our brain is supposed to detach from muscle activity when dreaming which is why we sometimes start to wake up from scary dreams and can't move. this ability however is less developed in young kids. She'll likely settle down as she gets older although a few adults are still pretty wild when dreaming
Answered on Jan 30, 2017
90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:
People also searched for:
Connect by text or video with a U.S. board-certified doctor now — wait time is less than 1 minute!