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Lying on my stomach just before I fall asleep i feel a twinge in the center of my spine that contorts my body, surges adrenaline and shocks me awake?

Lying on my stomach just before I fall asleep i feel a twinge in the center of my spine that contorts my body, surges adrenaline and shocks me awake?

Facet or lysis: Pain caused by extension or arching of the back is often caused by elements of the spine called facet joints. Irritation of these joints or a stress fracture nearby could cause these symptoms. If associated with a shooting pain into the legs, then there could also be nerve irritation. To minimize pain, avoid extension and try otc meds as tolerated. See our doc if pain persists. ...Read more

Dr. Mathew Chengot
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When I'm trying to fell asleep, I get an adrenaline rush and wakes me up everytime. It looks like anxiety. How to overcome this?

When I'm trying to fell asleep, I get an adrenaline rush and wakes me up everytime. It looks like anxiety. How to overcome this?

Please clarify: The term "adrenaline rush" has no medical meaning. It's a colloquialism. "Adrenaline" isn't a medical term here in the US; here the hormone is called "epinephrine." (It's "adrenaline" in the UK & British Commonwealth.) So you'll have to repost & clarify what YOU mean by "adrenaline rush." ...Read more

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Why do I get a rush of anxiety in my head, feel like I'm falling, and sometimes make a gasping sound and jolt awake right as I'm about to fall asleep?

Why do I get a rush of anxiety in my head, feel like I'm falling, and sometimes make a gasping sound and jolt awake right as I'm about to fall asleep?

Quite common: There are many articles - this is an interesting one: http://www. Bbc. Com/future/story/20120522-suffer-from-sleep-shudders
There's nothing to fret over - it's not illness. Hope reading about this reassures you. Best! ...Read more

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Had 14 day loop and had sinus tachycardia with heart rates 55-180bpm. Also the 180 occurs when sleeping or lying in bed. Cardiologist not sure why tach occurs every night. Elevated epinephrine? Ideas?

Had 14 day loop and had sinus tachycardia with heart rates 55-180bpm. Also the 180 occurs when sleeping or lying in bed. Cardiologist not sure why tach occurs every night. Elevated epinephrine? Ideas?

Tachycardia: I recommend you to see an electrophysiologist, you maybe having inappropriate sinus tachycardia, focal atrial tachycardia besides possibility of normal rhythm acceleration. You can consult me also if you have ECG Holter echo results. Www. Healthtap. Com/volkantuzcu ...Read more

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Why do I keep hearing wispers while trying to fall asleep?

Why do I keep hearing wispers while trying to fall asleep?

Impossible to say: This is a topic, like dreaming, that is not well understood and even more difficult to explain for someone that is hearing whispers. The person to talk to might be a psychologist. Maybe there is some sort of stress or an event that triggered your dream after all this time. ...Read more

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Why do I twitch when I'm trying to fall asleep?

Why do I twitch when I'm trying to fall asleep?

Benign usually: Many people have mild limb jerking as they fall asleep. This is nocturnal myoclonus, and is typically benign. The jerks that awaken folks at nite from sleep are different and although a type of myoclonus, are termed paroxysmal limb movements of sleep, a restless leg type of process. If this affects your sleep, have this evaluated. ...Read more

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How can I treat the vertigo I feel when trying to fall asleep?

How can I treat the vertigo I feel when trying to fall asleep?

Consider PT: This could be benigh positional vertigo. There are exercises or maneuvers to reposition the otoliths. ...Read more

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Can you tell me reasons why I twitch while trying to fall asleep?

Can you tell me reasons why I twitch while trying to fall asleep?

May be restless leg: Syndrome. Check with your doctor, there are other benign reason why this may happen as well, but your doctor can check a few simple lab tests. ...Read more

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Uncomfortable butterfly feeling when trying to fall asleep? It would even happen when sleeping and I have to always move around.

Uncomfortable butterfly feeling when trying to fall asleep? It would even happen when sleeping and I have to always move around.

Restless sleeper: There are sleep disorders associated with restlessness like restless leg syndrome. I can't tell if this is what's going on with you but this is something I would discuss with your physician ...Read more

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Why do I keep breaking into sweats while trying to fall asleep?

Why do I keep breaking into sweats while trying to fall asleep?

Cannot diagnose: This is too vague and imprecise to even warrant a guess. Suggest you take your temperature some time before the sweats begin, along with your pulse and rate of respirations and then chat with your pcp. You don't say why you are having trouble sleeping and this may be psychological, but would need far more info to be of help. ...Read more

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Why does my skin itch so bad at night when I'm trying to fall asleep?

Why does my skin itch so bad at night when I'm trying to fall asleep?

Unclear, allergy?: You need to see if your bedroom has any unusual allergens that the rest of your home does not. Speak to your medical doctor about this. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I turn my brain 'off' when trying to fall asleep?

How can I turn my brain 'off' when trying to fall asleep?

Active mind: Difficulty relaxing for sleep and an active mind can be the result of many things including medications, coffee, smoking, psychiatric issues, and particularly stress. Guided imagery or passive muscle relaxation along with setting aside time for problem solving during the day can help quiet the mind. ...Read more

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What can I do to ease my wandering mind when trying to fall asleep?

What can I do to ease my wandering mind when trying to fall asleep?

Meditate: Try learning how to meditate. Meditation teaches you how to ease the clutter from your mind. A good technique is to use a mantra (repeat a word or phrase) in your mind over and over again. This helps you to block out random thoughts and just focus on the one phrase, such as "i feel calm and relaxed." you can also focus on your breathing or relaxing your muscles. ...Read more

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I have a sensation a fainting while I'm trying to fall asleep, periodically. Could I be feeling my heart pausing?

I have a sensation a fainting while I'm trying to fall asleep, periodically. Could I be feeling my heart pausing?

Dysautonomia - MVP: You may have dysautonomia which is associated with mitral valve prolapse syndrome - neither are usually life threatening but both cause patients anxiety about their symptoms. Read dr. Richard hoffman's book on mvp on amazon. Com. Increase fluid intake, try magnesium supplements. ...Read more

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Uncomfortable butterfly feeling in chest when trying to fall asleep? I would have to move around and sometimes even have to keep a steady breathing.

Uncomfortable butterfly feeling in chest when trying to fall asleep? I would have to move around and sometimes even have to keep a steady breathing.

Steady deep breaths: Are the best way to control these symptoms and help you to fall asleep. Also make sure that you keep yourself well hydrated to maintain your blood volume. If these measures control the problem then it is unlikely that there is anything serious to be concerned about. ...Read more

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How come my hands and arms twitch as I am trying to fall asleep?

This is normal: Different parts of the brain "fall asleep" at slightly different times. This twitching, called myoclonus, is common upon falling asleep - it is related to the feeling of falling during sleep and waking with a "jerk". If you watch an infant fall asleep, they often have slight jerking movements before they are fully asleep. This is normal. ...Read more

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When I'm trying to fall asleep at night, which is usually hard to do, I also feel like I have to constantly move. Why?

When I'm trying to fall asleep at night, which is usually hard to do, I also feel like I have to constantly move. Why?

Sleep: Lots of people have difficulty sleeping for a multitude of reasons, but one of them can be underlying anxiety. That anxiety can make your mind think too much before going to sleep, especially if you will fall asleep since you are having issues. Sounds like mind over matter here. ...Read more

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How to relax my eyes tonight while trying to fall asleep?

How to relax my eyes tonight while trying to fall asleep?

Need more info: For general relaxation of eyes, you can try cupping your hands over your eyes, so that the warmth from your hands relaxes your eyelids. I'm not sure if you can actually fall asleep doing this, but a guided imagery cd might help you do so. ...Read more

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What could be causing my shortness of breath when I'm trying to fall asleep?

What could be causing my shortness of breath when I'm trying to fall asleep?

Maybe asthma: Asthma can result in shortness of breath that occurs at night. Other symptoms with asthma include wheezing and chest tightness. Other causes of nighttime breathlessness include anxiety, panic attacks and acid reflux causing bronchospasm (narrowing of the airways). ...Read more

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When trying to fall asleep I start having shortness of breath what could it be?

When trying to fall asleep I start having shortness of breath what could it be?

Anxiety: Is most probable reason. You are too young to have any serious ht dz but if you have any then check with your MD ...Read more

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Trying to fall asleep but being jolted awake before sleep. Problems in basal ganglia?

Trying to fall asleep but being jolted awake before sleep. Problems in basal ganglia?

Sleep: There may be an underlying component of anxiousness that is affecting sleep onset and preventing you from relaxing into deeper sleep. If it's a jolting sensation, these may be hypnic jerks. A sleep study and visit to a sleep specialist can help. ...Read more

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4.5 mo boy shakes his head when trying to fall asleep again when wakes up at night.??

4.5 mo boy shakes his head when trying to fall asleep again when wakes up at night.??

Him: Likely his way of going to sleep. Take a video and show it to his doctor to confirm that it is normal behavior. Also have his development checked. All the best. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause chest pain and tingling? This only occurs at night right as I'm trying to fall asleep. 7 out of past 8 nights.

Can anxiety cause chest pain and tingling? This only occurs at night right as I'm trying to fall asleep. 7 out of past 8 nights.

Although it' could: It seems a bit unlikely. Anxiety can exacerbate or cause many physical symptoms. Before I would assume it was all what used to be called psychosomatic, I would encourage you to be evaluated by a physician to rule out any physical illness. If you are feeling anxious it would be wise to learn relaxation techniques and speak with a psychologist as well about life issues making you anxious. ...Read more

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Why do I forget to breathe when I'm falling asleep? While I'm trying to fall asleep at night, it seems as if I forget to breathe. I snap out of it and gasp for a breath and I'm out of breath like I've been holding my breath. It's really scary. I'm 27 year

Why do I forget to breathe when I'm falling asleep? While I'm trying to fall asleep at night, it seems as if I forget to breathe. I snap out of it and gasp for a breath and I'm out of breath like I've been holding my breath. It's really scary. I'm 27 year

Some: Some of the symptoms you describe could be linked to sleep apnea

an assessment by a obstructive sleep apnea team should be performed. These teams are usually affiliated with a regional medical center / hospital. They will perform a history and physical to determine if there are any medical / pharmacological causes for your symptoms. You will be asked to undergo a sleep study to determine the presence of sleep apnea and to determine its severity and to further rule out causes. An apnea / hypopnea index will be determined.

Depending upon the serverity of the sleep apnea you will be offered treatment solutions by this team. Usually a trial of CPAP is encouraged. Occasionally an oral appliance or surgery may be recommended.

There are many types of oral sleep apnea appliances, each having their proponents. Typically, if an oral appliance is required, it is custom fabricated by either a dentist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon. You should seek care from a dentist / oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is board certified by their respective specialities and has an affilitation with your sleep apnea team. ...Read more

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Is this sleep paralysis? Every couple of months, when trying to fall asleep or waking up, I feel paralyzed for a few minutes. I also hallucinate and I feel like I'm being pinned. I try to call for help but I can't. What should I do?

Is this sleep paralysis? Every couple of months, when trying to fall asleep or waking up, I feel paralyzed for a few minutes. I also hallucinate and I feel like I'm being pinned. I try to call for help but I can't. What should I do?

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 that your body is not moving smoothly through the stages of sleep. Rarely is sleep paralysis linked to deep underlying psychiatric problems.

The following is taken from web md:

what is sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, you may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes. Some people may also feel pressure or a sense of choking. Sleep paralysis may accompany other sleep disorders such as narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is an overpowering need to sleep caused by a problem with the brain's ability to regulate sleep.
When does sleep paralysis usually occur?

Sleep paralysis usually occurs at one of two times. If it occurs while you are falling asleep, it's called hypnagogic or predormital sleep paralysis. If it happens as you are waking up, it's called hypnopompic or postdormital sleep paralysis.
What happens with hypnagogic sleep paralysis?

As you fall asleep, your body slowly relaxes. Usually you become less aware, so you do not notice the change. However, if you remain or become aware while falling asleep, you may notice that you cannot move or speak.
What happens with hypnopompic sleep paralysis?

During sleep, your body alternates between rem (rapid eye movement) and nrem (non-rapid eye movement) sleep. One cycle of rem and nrem sleep lasts about 90 minutes. Nrem sleep occurs first and takes up to 75% of your overall sleep time. During nrem sleep, your body relaxes and restores itself. At the end of nrem, your sleep shifts to rem. Your eyes move quickly and dreams occur, but the rest of your body remains very relaxed. Your muscles are "turned off" during rem sleep. If you become aware before the rem cycle has finished, you may notice that you cannot move or speak.

Who develops sleep paralysis?

Up to as many as four out of every 10 people may have sleep paralysis. This common condition is often first noticed in the teen years. But men and women of any age can have it. Sleep paralysis may run in families. Other factors that may be linked to sleep paralysis include:

a lack of sleep
a sleep schedule that changes
mental conditions such as stress or bipolar disorder
sleeping on the back
other sleep problems such as narcolepsy or nighttime leg cramps
use of certain medications
substance abuse


how is sleep paralysis diagnosed?

If you find yourself unable to move or speak for a few seconds or minutes when falling asleep or waking up, then it is likely you have isolated recurrent sleep paralysis. Often there is no need to treat this condition. However, check with your doctor if you have any of these concerns:

you feel anxious about your symptoms
your symptoms leave you very tired during the day
your symptoms keep you up during the night

your doctor may want to gather more information about your sleep health by doing any of these things:

ask you to describe your symptoms and keep a sleep diary for a few weeks
discuss your health history, including any known sleep disorders or any family history of sleep disorders
refer you to a sleep specialist for further evaluation
conduct overnight sleep studies or daytime nap studies to make sure you do not have another sleep disorder

how is sleep paralysis treated?

Most people need no treatment for sleep paralysis. Treating any underlying conditions such as narcolepsy may help if you are anxious or unable to sleep well. These treatments may include the following:

improving sleep habits -- such as making sure you get six to eight hours of sleep each night
using antidepressant medication to help regulate sleep cycles
treating any mental health problems that may contribute to sleep paralysis
treating any other. ...Read more

Dr. Mohammad Shahzad
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