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Is it normal for my baby to twitch in his sleep?

Is it normal for my baby to twitch in his sleep?

Yes: Babies will twitch while in the REM (rapid eye movement) phase of sleep. Babies may also flutter their eyes beneath their eyelids or seem to startle during sleep. Twitching of the face or jerking of the arms and legs during sleep is something the baby will grow out of. ...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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8 month old baby twitches while sleeping is that normal or should I be worried?

8 month old baby twitches while sleeping is that normal or should I be worried?

Dreams: She is likely just dreaming, causing her to twitch which is the most common cause of twitching like this. I know you're probably worried if she's having seizures or something more serious like that. There's an entity called Infantile Spasms but she doesn't quite fit the criteria for that either. If she starts truly flexing her upper body, at the next or waist, take her to her pediatriian ...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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My boyfriend keeps twitching in his sleep. Is this normal?

My boyfriend keeps twitching in his sleep. Is this normal?

No: One possibility is a condition called restless leg syndrome. An overnight sleep test can determine this and/or other conditions that may be at play. A sleep specialist can then diagnose and recommend the right treatment for your friend. ...Read more

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Is twitching when someone is sleeping normal or a disorder?

Is twitching when someone is sleeping normal or a disorder?

Probably benign: Most normal people have had "sleep starts", a sudden jerk of the body, when falling asleep, or when aroused. This is worse when sleep deprived. Repeated movements of the legs is periodic leg movements of sleep, a variation of restless legs syndrome. This can make the legs and feet twitch hundreds of times in the night; it can be easily treated by prescription medication. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have twitching at night during pms, its causing me to lose sleep?

Is it normal to have twitching at night during pms, its causing me to lose sleep?

Sleep twitching: Twitching, or myoclonus, can happen to many people during sleep -- it's not necessarily a feature of pms. Usually the twitches are most intense just as you're dropping off to sleep, but they can occur at other times also. Some drugs can make it worse; if really bothersome it can be a subtle sign of certain neurological problems. If concerned, see your physician and maybe also get a sleep study. ...Read more

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Child age 5 twitching in sleep sits up rocking head turning and nodding smacking lips seems restless all night like this what can cause this?

Maybe normal: Many children twitch and can even have motion during their sleep. However it would be good to video this and show it to your pediatrician to be sure it is normal. Seeing the motion is very helpful
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I have 8 month old baby boy and I recognize this week when he sleep his fingers and toes twitching. I am so worried may be this is a problem?

I have 8 month old baby boy and I recognize this week when he sleep his fingers and toes twitching. I am so worried may be this is a problem?

Not unusual: Babies have a lot of dream sleep (REM sleep) and may move in many ways during sleep. I would be concerned if he's having rhythmic movement while awake that doesn't respond when you hold his arm or leg. That can be a sign of a seizure problem and should be checked by his doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have severe facial pain and facial twitching & ear pain for sinus issues? It hurts so bad I can barely sleep!

Is it normal to have severe facial pain and facial twitching & ear pain for sinus issues? It hurts so bad I can barely sleep!

ENT Evaluation And: I will suggest you consult a ENT Specialist to get your Sinus issues treated appropriately since you have severe facial pains
It may be from the sinusitis or there is possibility of Trgeminal Nuralgia depending on what part of face is painful.
Can only be diagnosed after taking detailed History and Physical Exam and if indicated imaging and other teasts ...Read more

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Please advise if it's normal to twitch while sleeping?

Yes: Twitching or involuntary movements while sleeping, is completely normal and could be a sign of healthy sleep cycling. ...Read more

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My newborn's hands and legs twitch when she's sleeping. Is this normal?

My newborn's hands and legs twitch when she's sleeping. Is this normal?

Yes: Babies have up to 50% rem and lack atonia unlike children and adults so it is normal to see tonic rem twitches in body and face. ...Read more

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I've had alot of sleep paralysis. But lately everytime I have sleep paralysis my head twitch violently & it hurts my neck. Is it normal?

I've had alot of sleep paralysis. But lately everytime I have sleep paralysis my head twitch violently & it hurts my neck. Is it normal?

No it is not normal: Sleep, paralysis is one of the parasomnias, like sleep walking. See a sleep specialist, as this can be helped with medications. ...Read more

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What does it mean in my baby twitches in her sleep? Hands, fingers, hands. She has also gotten a face tic that usually only flares at nigh what is it

What does it mean in my baby twitches in her sleep? Hands, fingers, hands. She has also gotten a face tic that usually only flares at nigh what is it

Twitching: Babies have an immature nervous system, and it's hard for them to control their reflexes and responses to stimuli such as noise and temperature. To make sure erratic movements are benign, lightly hold down the arm or leg that's twitching. If the movement stops, no problem. If it doesn't stop or happens when baby is awake, then an evaluation is needed. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your toes to move while you sleep? Small muscle twitches or upward flexing motion. Could this interfere with sleep? I wake up tired.

Is it normal for your toes to move while you sleep? Small muscle twitches or upward flexing motion. Could this interfere with sleep? I wake up tired.

Restless leg: Sometimes there can be a medical problem with small twitching or fasiculations of the toes at night due to cramping of the muscles due to lack of Magnesium or dehydration. Try to drink more water with minerals during the day and add more magnesium to your diet. A night splint should be worn to help with the spasms. See your Podiatrist and health care specialists. ...Read more

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Is twitching normal as you fall asleep?

Is twitching normal as you fall asleep?

They can be: Movements around sleep onset are quite common and may be simple as leg twitch or body jerk and a feeling of falling. They can also be a sign of restless legs or periodic limb movements during wake. Most sleep specialists are not concerned unless it is affecting getting to sleep, affecting your sleep quality or are disruptive to a bed partner. ...Read more

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7 yr old with a choroidal fissure will fall asleep and then eyes wil open muscle spasm in face and twitching limbs is that normal.

7 yr old with a choroidal fissure will fall asleep and then eyes wil open muscle spasm in face and twitching limbs is that normal.

If a cyst increases: In size to the point that it compresses brain tissue adjacent to it, it may cause symptoms, sometimes seizures, the type of which depends on its location. Congenital choroidal fissure cysts are benign, cerebro-spinal fluid-filled cysts that rarely cause smptoms or require surgical treatment. However, if these symptoms are new, see her neurologist to determine their significance. ...Read more

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Infant sleeping a lot suddenly, normal?

Infant sleeping a lot suddenly, normal?

Possibly: If the baby is otherwise fine it could occur during a rapid growth spurt or related to dropping a nap. If there are other symptoms such as decreased appetite or fever or this situation persists call your pediatrician. ...Read more