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Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
Internal Medicine
24 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Is it normal for toddler to twitch while he sleeps?

Is it normal for toddler to twitch while he sleeps?

Yes: All people at some time if you watch them will twitch, especially when falling asleep!

Dr. Donald McCarren
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Dr. Barry Bergman Dr. Bergman
Pediatrics
37 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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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?

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.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What causes twitching when going to sleep?

What causes twitching when going to sleep?

? Sleep myoclonus?: Http://www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/Myoclonus/detail_myoclonus. Htm

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Dr. Marion Mcfarland Dr. Mcfarland
Emergency Medicine
43 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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What can explain body twitching during sleep?

What can explain body twitching during sleep?

Depends on the type: If your leg or arm jumps you could have restless leg syndrome which is treatable. Other remedies may include more rest or evaluation of your body chemicals such as potassium.

Dr. Andrew Dutka Dr. Dutka
Neurology
41 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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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.

Dr. Andrew Dutka Dr. Dutka
Neurology
41 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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Why does my husband keep twitching and jumping in his sleep?

Why does my husband keep twitching and jumping in his sleep?

Probably benign: Most people have had "sleep starts", a sudden jerk of the body, when falling asleep, or when aroused. This is a normal component of sleep. 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.

Dr. Donald Jacobson Dr. Jacobson
Psychiatry
36 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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Twitching and lip quivering in sleep?

Twitching and lip quivering in sleep?

Need sleep eval: You may need a sleep study with a seizure montage to see what the exact cause is. See a sleep specialist who is also a neurologist and will be best trained to rule out a night time seizure disorder and a myoclonic disorder. After a careful history, it is possible that the neurologist will opt for a 72 hour seizure study first. Best wishes.

Dr. Sal Aragona Dr. Aragona
Dentistry
37 years in practice
University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
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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.

Dr. Andrew Dutka Dr. Dutka
Neurology
41 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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Twitching and kicking before sleep. Why do I only do it sometimes?

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.

Dr. Bassam Amawi Dr. Amawi
Psychiatry
45 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Can sleep deprivation cause twitching & anxiety?

Can sleep deprivation cause twitching & anxiety?

We need REM sleep: (rapid eye movement - dream sleep) to blow off psychological stress. W/out it we become anxious and short-tempered, even hallucinate if deprived long enough. See your doc or a mental health professional to address your sleep deprivation. Peace and good health.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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3 year old twitching in her sleep. Is that a bad sign?

3 year old twitching in her sleep. Is that a bad sign?

Not necesarily: Many of us twitch occasionally in sleep. It is called benign sleep myoclonus. If you have other concerns or signs or this in not a simple random event, discuss it all with your doc.

Dr. Donald Jacobson Dr. Jacobson
Psychiatry
36 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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I get involuntary twitching while trying to sleep. Why?

I get involuntary twitching while trying to sleep. Why?

Sleep myoclonus: Please read the article below. It is probably nothing to worry about, but if it continues to worry you or interrupt your sleep, you may wish to see a neurologist who is also a sleep specialist. Www. Sleepassociation. Org/index. Php? P=sleepmyoclonus sleep myoclonus: sleep myoclonus is a form of myoclonus which occurs during sleep, usually in the stage just before deep sleep. Best wishes.

Dr. Andre Panagos Dr. Panagos
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
18 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Twitching all over for a month now when I try to go to sleep. I'm 20 years old what is wrong?

RLS?: Although an investigation into thyroid issues, nerve problems and vascular problems might be warranted, hopefully this represents restless leg syndrome.

Dr. Roy Arnold Dr. Arnold
Internal Medicine
43 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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I been getting alot of muscle twitching through out the day n when I lay daow to sleep from waist down will twich all at once?

I been getting alot of muscle twitching through out the day n when I lay daow to sleep from waist down will twich all at once?

Poss myoclonus: Myoclonus is an involuntary fast jerking of muscles or groups of muscles. There are many causes. A neurologist can help you sort them out and determine if treatment is required. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!

Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Donald Jacobson Dr. Jacobson
Psychiatry
36 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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What causes leg or arm twitching while sleeping?

What causes leg or arm twitching while sleeping?

PLMD: Could be periodic limb movement disorder which occurs during sleep. Please see a sleep specialist for further work-up.

Dr. Paul Kaplowitz Dr. Kaplowitz
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
41 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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TCan HGH cause twitching or muscle spasms while sleeping?

TCan HGH cause twitching or muscle spasms while sleeping?

No: Is this GH that you are taking or an adult man or a teenager or a younger child is taking? GH does not cause twitching or muscle spasms but I worry that the person taking it is doing it to build muscle and it is not approved for that.

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

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