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Could REM sleep patterns cause muscle twitching?

Could REM sleep patterns cause muscle twitching?

By definitiion: By definition rem's are rapid eye movements that cause muscle twitching of the eye muscles. Our brain is a wonderful and largely misuderstood organ. It is capable of deactivating our body during dreams such that although we are imaging running in our sleep, our legs don not actually move but may twitch. If you have a pet, this is easily visible while they sleep. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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My 8 week old baby laughs sort of and sometimes twitches in REM sleep, is this normal?

My 8 week old baby laughs sort of and sometimes twitches in REM sleep, is this normal?

Yes: Babies and adults often move and make noises during rem sleep. These movements and noises may be related to what we are dreaming. ...Read more

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What happens to your muscles during REM sleep?

What happens to your muscles during REM sleep?

They are paralyzed: During rem sleep, all the voluntary muscles, with the exception of the diagphragm, eye muscles and middle ear muscles, are inhibited to the point of paralysis. A teleological explanation could be that this happens so that we will not act out our dreams. Rem behavior disorder occurs when this inhibition fails and dreams then are acted out, often causing injury to the dreamer or bedmate. ...Read more

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Sleep study done and i had muscle activity recorded during REM sleep. Something serious? Will I have parkinson? Have a lot of activity during sleep

Sleep study done and i had muscle activity recorded during REM sleep. Something serious? Will I have parkinson? Have a lot of activity during sleep

Contributing factors: Rem atonia should occur but phasic twitches noted on sleep study should not give you a presumptive diagnosis of rbd. There are a number of other factors. Rbd is also exceedingly rare in young women. Many factors need to be reviewed by your history and sleep study. See a sleep specialist if you have not done so already that is familiar with parasomnia. ...Read more

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Muscle twitching at rest all over my body except face. Partner says it's getting worse at night when sleeping & happens all night. What is the cause?

Muscle twitching at rest all over my body except face. Partner says it's getting worse at night when sleeping & happens all night. What is the cause?

Could be many things: This will require a thorough evaluation and diagnostic work up, esp. paying attention to serum electrolytes such as Calcium, potassium and maybe magnesium - deficiencies and/or excess of these can cause muscle twitching. Based on history and trend of your symptoms, you may need a neurology consult and also a review of your medications to make sure this isn't a side effect of something you are on. ...Read more

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Does insufficient sleep cause muscle twitching or does it affect the nerves?

Does insufficient sleep cause muscle twitching or does it affect the nerves?

Yes impacts brain: Yes, it seems to cause muscle twitching due to its effect on your brain. Nerves are not affected by sleep, they are just basically wires that connect your brain to your muscles. ...Read more

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Can lack of sleep over one week plus some anxiety cause uncontrollable muscle twitching?

Can lack of sleep over one week plus some anxiety cause uncontrollable muscle twitching?

Yes: Lack of sleep disrupts the way the body defends itself, in other words reduced immunity. Anxiety together with lack of sleep can magnify an existing problem out of all proportion to reality, or may cause one to believe they have a condition they in fact do not have. Rest and relaxation are easier said than done, but will be of enormous benefit. Best of health and luck! ...Read more

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I usually experience muscle twitching in different part of my body and muscle pain when I sleep. What is the cause of this? How can I prevent it?

PLMs: greetings, you most likely are experiencing restless legs and possibly associated periodic limb movements of sleep. Your symptoms could be related to magnesium or potassium deficiency. Too much caffeine can cause muscle twitching. Calcium levels high or low can do this. Dehydration should be avoided. A supplement Norival can be helpful. 99mcg potassium and magnesium 200-800mg daily can solve it. ...Read more

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Muscle Twitching (Definition)

Muscle twitching is a symptom where a person has involuntary contractions of one ...Read more