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Jolted Awake While Falling Asleep
For the last couple nights I've been getting this weird feeling throughout my body that jolts me awake right before falling asleep what is the cause?
Couple thots: You may be experiencing myoclonic jerking as you start to fall asleep. Not frankly abnormal unless becomes disruptive, and could be part of paroxysmal nocturnal leg movements in sleep, a variant of restless leg syndrome. Anxiety issues such as panic attacks, may be playing a role. A couple nights is not critical, but if this persists or is more frequent, get a sleep consultation. ...Read more
Sleep disorder: Periodic limb movement disorder or nocturnal myoclonus results in slow or rapid jerk like movements (respectively) these could be diagnosed with a sleep study or polysomnogram. Check with your physician to check regular blood work like thyroid hormone or iron levels and avoid caffeine or nicotine products. In severe cases certain medications may be necessary to help you sleep. Hope you feel better. ...Read more
I'm having difficulties falling asleep at night and staying awake in the day, what's wrong with me?
I can be falling asleep and then all of th sudden if jerk awake involuntatily. Why does this happemed?
Every night I get awoken by my brother in the middle of the night, and I'm awake for less than a minute before falling asleep. How bad is this for me?
It's fine!: This is not a problem medically. Many people awake during the night, and it's nice you can fall asleep again quickly! ...Read more
Relaxation Tech: There are many relaxation techniques available. My favorite is to tense and then relax sections of your body. Start with your toes, ankles, calves, thighs, bottom back, chest, shoulder, neck, face, top of head. You get the idea now revere. Go back and forth. With some practice you will have waves going up and down your body. My wife has timed me from conversation to sleep in 35 seconds. Lol. ...Read more
I'm having a hard time falling asleep! What should I do? I'm afraid to use sleeping pills. T_t I used to look after my sick grandmom and she used to be awake till around 3 or 4 in the morning. Now that she's fine, it seems like I got used to the habit of
Sometimes as I'm falling asleep, right before I fall asleep, these spasm right in my balls happens, feels like my balls pull up, then I jolt awake...?
Has to do with the changes in brain electricity which then can cause spasms in the leg muscles which affects the cremasteric nervous pathway.
Not dangerous and common enough. ...Read more
I hear loud crashes, explosions, and voice chatter when falling asleep & when awake. What is this?
Not a podiatry ?: Talk to your family doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
Please advise if it's common to have difficulty falling asleep after staying awake for an extended period?
Sometimes: Although it seems to defy logic, sometimes it can be hard to fall asleep when you most need to. This can be due to tension or irritability from sleep deprivation, which then makes it hard to fall asleep. It can help to avoid bright screens (TVs, tablets, phones) & let your mind unwind. Maybe try physically relaxing with a warm bath or shower, before resting in a dark, quiet room. ...Read more
Trouble falling & staying asleep. Will toss & turn for more than 30mins before falling asleep. Will wake up after 4-5hrs & will stay awake. Will snore?
May need sleep eval: Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more
I keep falling asleep when sitting for long periods of time, it's almost like my body is shutting down and it's so hard to stay awake once it starts.?
Falling asleep: Falling asleep can be a sign of many things. Narcolepsy is diagnosed by having a sleep specialist (usually a neurologist) do a thorough interview and then measure brainwaves during a series of naps taken in the sleep lab ("mulitple sleep latency test") narcolepsy can cause people to fall asleep while driving, so it is important to know if you have it. It is also highly treatable. ...Read more
Our 5 yr old son woke us up at 4 am saying there were spiders on his pillow. He seemed very awake. When we turned the light on they were "gone". When we turned it back off he saw them again. He ended up falling asleep with us downstairs while watching tv
Bad dream? : It sounds like he was really scared? Assuming you don't really have a spider problem, this was probably a nightmare. These usually occur in the second half of the night, in younger school age children. They immediately console and are afraid when you come into the room. (Night terrors occur in the first part of the evening in toddlers who are confused and combative, difficult to console). ...Read more
When we let our: Guard down and relax we can panic and go on "high alert." This is called "release phenomenon" and can occur when someone is meditating, experiencing clinical hypnosis, guided imagery, etc. See your doc to rule out anything medical and then use "self talk" to remind yourself that it is ok to relax and sleep as you are drifting off. Peace and good health. ...Read more
What could cause me to jump awake when I am just falling asleep? Could this be some kind of seizure
Normal: Involuntary jerking of a muscle or group of muscles is normal when falling asleep. This occurs in healthy people and has no connection to a neurological disorder. ...Read more
Meds that are prescribed for sleep have an adverse reaction-I stay awake instead of falling asleep. Why does this happen?
SleepHasItsUps&Downs: Depends on the medication. There are things called "paradoxical" reactions where someone gets excited by a downer drug. Think about ADD kids given uppers to calm them down! Now don't go out looking for a meth house for your own personal sleep medication! Talk to your doctor about this. It could be the medication or maybe you need a dose adjustment. And besides, any of these meds are for temporary use! ...Read more
Why is it that every time I start breastfeeding my daughter I suddenly start falling asleep yet when I'm not breastfeeding I'm wide awake?
Breastfeeding occurs with the help of a symphony of hormones working together. The two main breastfeeding hormones are oxytocin, the "love hormone" and prolactin, the "mothering hormone". The release of these hormones from the brain can cause sleepiness, relaxation and a feeling of contentment.
Also ensure you rest during the day while baby is asleep, eat small, frequent meals and stay hydrated. ...Read more
Can any doc explain why are patients shaved after falling asleep or under general anesthesia and not while awake?
Clipping hair : We actually do both some patients are prepped before the operating room and some are after induction of general anesthesia. Actually shaving is not preferred anymore and clipping is the proper term. Electric clippers are recommended to remove hair at the surgical site. Shaving damages the skin and set up for infection at the hair follicle. ...Read more
Past wk just began to have difficulty falling asleep before 1 am (wide awake!); so hard to get up in am; sleep thro alarm. Sleep aids don't help. Why?
Not sure.: Possible causes of insomnia include poor sleep hygiene, traveling with change in time zones, chronic pain, frequent night-time urination, problems breathing, shift work, anxiety disorders (esp. PTSD), depression, bipolar disorder, stress, medications (i.e. stimulants), caffeine, alcohol, eating large amts before bed, aging, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, etc. ...Read more
Concussion 2 days ago, keep falling asleep. I can't seem to stay awake, people are telling me to go to the doctor. Should I?
Go to the ER: Go to the ER right now. Call 911 if you cannot get yourself there. ...Read more
When I fall asleep early I have vivid nightmares within a few mins of falling asleep, awake in panic. What is causing dreams so early in sleep cycle?
While most dreams: Occur in REM sleep, dreams may occur any time in the cycle. Stress, medications, substances, alcohol, foods, etc. may increase likelihood. Stress reduction and anxiety management measures may help. Use fantasy to rewrite your dreams and train your brain to be calm. If you experience distress and impairment despite all measures consider an evaluation and therapy. Best regards for relief. ...Read more
What causes muscles to jerk involentarily? My neck, arms, stomache, legs contract. Not painfull. When I am awake and falling asleep.
See your doc: There can be multiple reasons. Best to see your doc for evaluation. ...Read more
I am experiencing trouble sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep) and insomnia. The following also describe me: Difficulty staying awake during day, Decreased energy level, Sleepiness, Difficulty concentrating, and Diffi
Insomnia, Energy: There are many natural ways to help your symptoms: key is to limit the use of electronics, especially in bed room. How much tv, smartphone, computer time do you have? What is your diet like? Do you exercise outside daily? Do you pray or meditate daily? We can help. Consult with us for range of treatment options. ...Read more
Both Arms and both legs keep falling asleep while sleeping? Waking up three-four times and urinating but can't move until they are fully awake.
Hypermobility ? : 22y fem wakes several times nightly w. paresthesias both lower extremities & need to urinate more frequently than normal. Symptoms suggest nerve impingements within pelvic girdle. Leg symptoms via sciatic nerves overlying ventral aspect sacroiliac joints. Bladder parasympathetics transit pre-sacral plexus same region. Concern: pelvic girdle instability of Hypermobility Syndrome. See Comments: ...Read more
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