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Doctor insights on: Involuntary Body Movements While Sleeping

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Causes for involuntary body movements during sleep?

Causes for involuntary body movements during sleep?

JLS: The usual is jumping legs syndrome but I guess that it can exetend to other parts. It indicates an irritable nervous system. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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What causes involuntary movement while sleeping?

What causes involuntary movement while sleeping?

Sleep movements: Many disorders cause abnormal movements during sleep. Plmd where the limbs jerk is common. Stereotypical movement may occur with nocturnal seizures. ...Read more

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I get involuntary movements when very stressed/frightened /have flashing lights or screens in front of me/had lots caffeine/very lil sleep. What is it?

I get involuntary movements when very stressed/frightened /have flashing lights or screens in front of me/had lots caffeine/very lil sleep. What is it?

Anxiety: You may be suffering from an anxiety disorder in addition to excess caffeine effects. Consult with your doctor to understand the origin of your distress, if you are cleared medically consult a clinical psychologist to help you lessen your anxiety and learn new ways of coping. Anxiety is based for the most part on inaccurate perceptions. Best. ...Read more

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Involuntary movements an issue? Have invol. Movements only when I try sleeping. Lip puckering/ twitching. Jaw moving. Muscle twitch. Face twitching.

Involuntary movements an issue? Have invol. Movements only when I try sleeping. Lip puckering/ twitching. Jaw moving. Muscle twitch. Face twitching.

Could be normal.: Involuntary movements may occur during the dreaming phase of sleep. Some people may have difficulty getting to sleep because they worry a lot and when they finally fall asleep their muscles twitch which can cause them to wake up. It can also happen when you are very tired and yet you may have a hard time to relax and sleep. I wouldn't worry too much about this. ...Read more

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I recently started experiencing tingling in the body, and occasional involuntary twitching although not during sleep. What could this be?

I recently started experiencing tingling in the body, and occasional involuntary twitching although not during sleep. What could this be?

Strange: See your doctor!
full family and personal history.
Medications, other drugs?
Worrisome and needs full evaluation and some testing, I think. ...Read more

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What causes a lot of body movement during sleep?

What causes a lot of body movement during sleep?

Several things: Periodic limb movements may be caused by excessive exercise, caffeine/alcohol use, stress, obstructive sleep apnea, medications, etc. Rem sleep behavior disorder can cause body movements as well. ...Read more

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What organ handles most involuntary movement in the body?

What organ handles most involuntary movement in the body?

The brain: The brain and central nervous system are generally responsible for voluntary and involuntary movements in the body. Twitching in muscles can be caused by a calcium deficiency and other causes. You must see a "neurologist", a specialist in nerve problems. ...Read more

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Every night he has the most restless sleep where he almost had full body convulsions, constant movement. We have videos.?

Every night he has the most restless sleep where he almost had full body convulsions, constant movement. We have videos.?

SleepingWithAJerk???: Those jerks are called "myoclonus."Because it's at night and during sleep, it's called sleep or "nocturnal" myoclonus. It can be caused by a few things that can only be diagnosed in a sleep lab involving a sleep specialist and neurologist. It may be something else, but you could still consult the same persons. Take heart, he's not trying to kick you out of bed...check out https://www. Sleepassociation ...Read more

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My 7yr old girl has sudden involuntary movements of upper body that lasts for 2sec once every 2or 3 days for 3 months. Is it of any concern?

My 7yr old girl has sudden involuntary movements of upper body that lasts for 2sec once every 2or 3 days for 3 months. Is it of any concern?

Tic or seizure: Sudden involuntary movements in children is suggestive of a tic or seizure disorder. Rarely, a condition called PANDAs is responsible for this. If these events are truly involuntary, it's time for evaluation. At some point, she is likely to become distressed by them as other children begin to take note of it. ...Read more

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Boyfriend swears I jerk my body in sleep. Could jerking explain high spontaneous arousal index. Had CPAP so low AHI. ZERO recorded limb movements.

Nothing to worry: Jerking and limb movements are two different things. Jerking happens during REM sleep (high arousal part of sleep cycle). If you look at EEG, it actually looks like one seizure form, brain is asleep but tying to wake up. Nothing to worry about except you may have an angry sleep partner. ...Read more

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I experience involuntary body movements caused by anxiety. I took Klonopin for three years. My psychiatric nurse practitioner had me taper off. I have not taken it since December. This makes the body movements more intense. My head feels heavy and fu

I experience involuntary body movements caused by anxiety. I took Klonopin for three years. My psychiatric nurse practitioner had me taper off. I have not taken it since December. This makes the body movements more intense. My head feels heavy and fu

Who diagnosed the: Movements as "involuntary" and "caused by anxiety"? Clonazepam works for many types of organic involuntary movements as well as anxiety. Why did this person taper you off of it? I wouldn't trust a psychiatric nurse practitioner to guess my weight, much less have any competence to diagnose an organic vs psychogenic movement disorder. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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My dad had a major brainstem stroke this past march& he's suffering bad involuntary body shakes& movements. What can be done for these movements?

My dad had a major brainstem stroke this past march& he's suffering bad involuntary body shakes& movements. What can be done for these movements?

Treatments: Based on your description, very hard to categorize, but if he has incoordination causing this, use of weights on limbs might help. If these are myoclonic jerks, medication can control, similar if seizure activity. Might contact us with a video of activity, as that will help guide us. ...Read more

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Sleeping, awake with a little naseaua, sudden body temp increase, immediate sweats and a pending bowel movement. 3 min. Later, body temp drops, chills?

Sleeping, awake with a little naseaua, sudden body temp increase, immediate sweats and a pending bowel movement. 3 min. Later, body temp drops, chills?

More details: It's not clear if you are referring to a recurrent issue or just a one-time occurrence. Also did you actually take your temperature or you felt chills and fever? This could all due to an episode of acute gastroenteritis but if it still persists, then more work-up would definitely be needed. ...Read more

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My husband is 43 and has almost like a seizure in his sleep. Rapid jerking movements all over his body and face and he cant talk or get my attention o?

My husband is 43 and has almost like a seizure in his sleep. Rapid jerking movements all over his body and face and he cant talk or get my attention o?

Needs to be checked: By a neurologist, start with your primary doctor, asap, I would be extra cautious and ask not to let him drive untill his condition is sorted out, all the best ...Read more

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I want to make an MRI scan but iam afraid of my body movments what shall I do taking sleeping pills or anti anixtey pills I want accurate images?

I want to make an MRI scan but iam afraid of my body movments what shall I do taking sleeping pills or anti anixtey pills I want accurate images?

Check with doctor: A standard MRI scan of either the head, neck, or portion of the spine should take no more than 35 to 45 minutes to complete from the time you get in the scanner to the time you get out. The technologists will usually tell you if you are moving too much or not. But if you are worried about this speak to your doctor about medications to get through the study without extraneous movements. ...Read more

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Is any one experiencing great results prescribing viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) or is it just hit and miss like others. Is it causing unusual body movements while asleep?

It is hit or miss: Any ssri, snri or viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) can cause or worsen periodic limb movement disorder, a movement disorder during sleep. It looks like you are probably bipolar from your meds. We only currently have three approved bipolar depression treatments. These are symbyax which is combination of zyprexa and prozac, seroquel xl, and latuda. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Any advice? I have suddenly developed 'tics' (involuntary movements)?

Any advice? I have suddenly developed 'tics' (involuntary movements)?

See your doctor: You should see your doctor to be examined. They can help determine the cause, if there is an underlying neurologic reason or if it is Tourette's syndrome or a transient tic disorder. ...Read more

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My 28 days daughter is jittery. These movements show only when she is sleeping and last for 1 to 3 seconds. Should I be worried?

My 28 days daughter is jittery. These movements show only when she is sleeping and last for 1 to 3 seconds. Should I be worried?

Probably tremors: Tremors. Maybe secondary to low serum calcium levels. Take him to his doc or hospital where chemistry of his blood can be checked and he can be helped. He may have neonatal endocrine issues. He needs to be examined and worked up. I hope everything works out for him. ...Read more

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I fell on my shoulder during Brazilian jiu-jitsu en its been a week now but it still hurts with some movements and I can't sleep on that side?

I fell on my shoulder during Brazilian jiu-jitsu en its been a week now but it still hurts with some movements and I can't sleep on that side?

Several poss.: See an orthopedist specializing in sports medicine. There are lots of possibilities of what you might have done including: dislocated shoulder, torn muscles and/or ligaments, muscle spasm, and misaligned vertebrate, to name a few. ...Read more

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I am 40yrs old and suffer from rhythmic movement disorder for over 30 yrs. It is starting to really interfere with my life and sleep. Any advise?

I am 40yrs old and suffer from rhythmic movement disorder for over 30 yrs. It is starting to really interfere with my life and sleep. Any advise?

RMD: I don't know what you've tried. Trials of tricyclics or benzodiazepines can be helpful. Behavioral therapy and hypnosis have also proven helpful and CPAP in cases where sleep apnea is present. The Requip (ropinirole) class of meds has not been shown to offer any relief. I hope this helps. Seeing a sleep specialist with a neurological or psychiatric background is likely to be most helpful. ...Read more