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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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I have sleep jerk and I did an eeg it was abnormal. The doctor advised to take epitam without any mri. But I did mri last year it was normal. What to do?

I have sleep jerk and I did an eeg it was abnormal. The doctor advised to take epitam without any mri. But I did mri last year it was normal. What to do?

Jerks: Sleep or hypnic jerks are thought to be benign however it is important that they not be misdiagnosed as hypnic jerks when the diagnosis is a nocturnal type of seizure. When you say the EEG was abnormal, would be concerned about that possibility. However, the word "abnormal" is too broad to draw any conclusions. Highly recommend seeing a Neurologist. Also cut down on caffeine, alcohol and stress ...Read more

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Ca'nt get to sleep without jerking off. Is this an addiction?

Ca'nt get to sleep without jerking off. Is this an addiction?

It's not addiction: In the usual sense, and it may not be an issue at all. Many people have high levels of sexual tension, and this may be normal for them. Other people can only achieve release through masturbation, rather than physical contact with other human beings, and this may well be a problem. If it is interfering with your life, making you feel guilty or otherwise bothering you, see a therapist about 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.

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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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 had a sudden and severe dizzy spell today at work while at my desk. It felt like when you feel as if your falling in your sleep and you jerk awake.?

I had a sudden and severe dizzy spell today at work while at my desk. It felt like when you feel as if your falling in your sleep and you jerk awake.?

Other symptoms: You might be describing a hypnogogic event, where you may have drifted off but not been aware of it. Have you ever been diagnosed with sleep apnea? Do you have episodes of falling asleep during the day for unexplained reasons? Please see your primary care provider, who can obtain a thorough history and perform a physical exam. ...Read more

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When I try to sleep suddenly I jerk, it happens often like 6 times a night. I did 2 brain EEG and leg EMG all were clear. Should I worry? .brain tumor?

When I try to sleep suddenly I jerk, it happens often like 6 times a night. I did 2 brain EEG and leg EMG all were clear. Should I worry? .brain tumor?

Do not worry: Involuntary muscular contractions while falling asleep are quite common and pose no danger, other than difficulty in falling asleep. Do not worry about it.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sleep paralysis, episodes of not breathing during sleep and uncontrollable jerking. The following also describe me: Sleepiness, Disorientation, and Confusion. What should I do?

I am experiencing sleep paralysis, episodes of not breathing during sleep and uncontrollable jerking. The following also describe me: Sleepiness, Disorientation, and Confusion. What should I do?

Seek professional dr: Seek someone who is sleep medicine boarded or has a detailed sleep medicine practice (not just someone who runs a sleep study center, although lots of docs who participate in this do have this background) ...Read more

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My son is 6 he suffers from fatigue, pain, Myoclonic jerks, sleep fragmentation, clumsiness, weakness, geographic tongue, grinding teeth sleeping etc?

My son is 6 he suffers from fatigue, pain, Myoclonic jerks, sleep fragmentation, clumsiness, weakness, geographic tongue, grinding teeth sleeping etc?

Pediatric Neurologis: If possible I would recommend that you see a Pediatric Neurologist that can fully evaluate your son and develop a treatment plan. If this is not possible outside of the States, it may be appropriate for you to come to a Childrens medical center here for a thorough evalution. A diagnosis is a first step, a comprehensive care plan would be the ultimatley goal however. ...Read more

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My kid age 2 yrs sometime get scared in sleep. Cried. Body stiff. Jerks too. But he is in sleep. What's the best way to relax him?

Take your son & a: Video of the stiffening/jerking movements to his pediatrician, who will tell you if he needs an overnight eeg to rule out nocturnal seizures. If it's a night terror, you can put your child in his own bed, drowsy but awake, at a consistent time after reading, soothing & brushing his teeth. If he's having night terrors, he'll have no recollection of them & you'll get a full night's sleep. ...Read more

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Lately my wife has started kicking, arm flying up and jerking while sleeping. It seems to happen on its on and she has no control of it.

Lately my wife has started kicking, arm flying up and jerking while sleeping. It seems to happen on its on and she has no control of it.

Encourage: Consultation with a sleep medicine specialist. A sleep study may help to clarify what the cause is. Take care. ...Read more

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Sleeping paralysis and muscle jerking. Seems contradictory. How does that work?

Sleeping paralysis and muscle jerking. Seems contradictory. How does that work?

Normal sleep: Sudden jerks in sleep are normal parts of sleep related arousals. The sensation of awakening with being unable to move is called sleep paralysis, and is also not dangerous. These can be signs of rare disorders like narcolepsy, but much more often are due to sleep deprivation. Try for 6 to 8 hours of sleep nightly. ...Read more

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I m 57male. When I goes to sleep, I feels strong jerk in my head & wakes up. I have punctured eardrum from last 10 yrs. Is it concern with ears or not?

I m 57male. When I goes to sleep, I feels strong jerk in my head & wakes up. I have punctured eardrum from last 10 yrs. Is it concern with ears or not?

No: I do not think a perforation of the ear drum would cause your symptoms. If the ear is not draining and there is no foul odor emanating from the ear canal, it is highly unlikely that there is any connection between a strong jerk in your head and the ear. ...Read more

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I heard that jerk before sleep is normal and not seizure. But I have jerk before falling asleep and my eeg is abnormal. How could it be?

I heard that jerk before sleep is normal and not seizure. But I have jerk before falling asleep and my eeg is abnormal. How could it be?

Not always abnormal: I have seen plenty of EEG reports that are "abnormal" that are not seizure findings. I would ask the reviewing neurologist what exactly these "abnormalities" mean. ...Read more

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I'm afraid because when I go to sleep I have uncontrollable jerking motions, what kind of doctor should I visit?

I'm afraid because when I go to sleep I have uncontrollable jerking motions, what kind of doctor should I visit?

Sleep medicine doc: You should either see an ENT with a skill-set in sleep medicine or a sleep medicine doctor. The jerking motions can represent many things such as restless leg syndrome, leg cramps, or even obstructive sleep apnea. You may need a sleep study to help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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After trazodone or other sleep med wears of and wake I cannot go back to sleep because of hypnic jerks and limbs shake me before sleep. Whycantbreathe?

Insomnia: It is not a good plan to rely on these meds to sleep in the long run. It is important to learn what is interfering and getting help being able to calm yourself. Consult with a clinical psychologist who can help you sleep soundly through your own ability to soothe yourself in the evening. My best. ...Read more

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I have unsteady gait for the past 10 months. Mri brain and neck discovered growth within the pineal region. Myoclonic jerks during sleep?

I have unsteady gait for the past 10 months. Mri brain and neck discovered growth within the pineal region. Myoclonic jerks during sleep?

Your treating: Physician would be the best person to answer any concerns you have and what treatment options ate available for you since he would have all the lab results, diagnostic studies on hand. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am on nocor for hip surgery. I am unable to sleep body shaking and jerking when trying to sleep, also difficulty urinating. Should I call my doctor?

I am on nocor for hip surgery. I am unable to sleep body shaking and jerking when trying to sleep, also difficulty urinating. Should I call my doctor?

Absolutely YES: Nocor is an opioid narcotic and does have adverse effects. Other narcotics may be better tolerated, such as a Butrans patch. Contact your doctor and get more comfortable. ...Read more

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Why does my whole body jerk before I fall sleep?

Why does my whole body jerk before I fall sleep?

Hypnagogic 'jerk': 70% of people have had these: a hypnic jerk, hypnagogic jerk, sleep start, or night start, is an involuntary myoclonic twitch which occurs during hypnagogia, just as a person is beginning to fall asleep, often causing them to awaken suddenly for a moment. They are often accompanied by a 'falling sensation' possible causes are: anxiety, caffeine, stress, and strenuous activities in the evening. ...Read more

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Why does my whole body jerk sometimes before I sleep?

Sleep starts: Technically this is called a hypnic jerk or sleep start, it occurs at sleep onset. They can be more prominent according to the aasm with any of the following: anxiety, caffeine, stress, and strenuous activities in the evening. So the recommendation would be not to engage in any of the activities if the events are frequent or speak with your doctor about anxiety if need be. ...Read more

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I feel jerks before going 2 sleep at any time of the day.. Can you help?

I feel jerks before going 2 sleep at any time of the day.. Can you help?

It's normal: These jerks are normal. Have you ever seen a dog sleeping and dreaming? Those twitching movements happen because our brain shuts off our body so we don't act out our dreams while we sleep. Myoclonic jerks are similar movements that can occur right as you fall asleep. If you're sleep deprived, they are more likely to happen. ...Read more

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My wife jerks in her sleep?

My wife jerks in her sleep?

Night jerkiness: Some body jerks in transition from awake to asleep is normal. Some others have jetliners of the legs and/or arms throughout the night (restless leg syndrome). If this issue is causing problems, go see your regular doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Y do my body jerk in my sleep?

Y do my body jerk in my sleep?

R/O RLS: RLS = RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME. PSG or sleep study give far mor detail for insomnia and sleep disorders /Parasomnia./RLS. If a Seizure disorder is suspected an EEG Is ordered to evaluate a seizure focus. In your situation the PSG or sleep study is appropriate for initial evaluation and a Neurology consult. ...Read more

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Hello, I have been having mycolnic jerks the second I almost drift off to sleep a couple of times for the past 6 months. Should I be worried?

Hello, I have been having mycolnic jerks the second I almost drift off to sleep a couple of times for the past 6 months. Should I be worried?

Stop worrying: It is quite normal for a few myoclonic jerks to occur as one enters initial sleep cycle, and this is NOT a sleep disorder. If the jerks disrupt your sleep in midst of night, this might signify Paroxysmal Limb Movements in Sleep (AKA, nocturnal myoclonus), a variant of restless leg syndrome, and that may need to be addressed. ...Read more

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What would make a person jerk a lot while sleeping?

Periodic Limb Move..: You may have a condition called periodic limb movement disorder--random movements occuring during sleep. The exact cause is uncertain but possibly "neuronal hyperexcitability" in some area of the brain. Since cause is not known yet, treatment is suppressive. Treating the symptoms to allow better sleep etc...Consult doc if it is affecting your sleep quality or your partner's.
Good luck. ...Read more