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Twitch Fall Asleep
Myoclonus: Propriospinal myoclonus can be painful or not. There are a number of conditions that precipitate. A number of neuologic conditions as well as some primary sleep conditions such as narcolepsy, hypnic jerks (generally not painful), and rls. If this interferes with sleep onset, please seek medical assistance. ...Read more
Myoclonus: This sudden jerking movement and or twitching body movements while falling sleep are quite normal and are known as myoclonic physiological jerking. It is a benign condition which does not need any treatment. If the twitching or jerking are localized just to one area of the body specific and repeatedly you may ask your PCP. Thanks ...Read more
Prescribed 40mg methadone/day for chronic pain (started 3wks ago). Now snoring loudly at night and twitching as I fall asleep. Should I be concerned?
Yes: Until proven otherwise you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It can now be evaluated and tested for home but some physicians still require in house testing. Also, have your prescriber evaluate your hormone levels, and if you are on any other medications it is probably wise to get an EKG. There may be helpful info for you at DrRotchford.com under the handouts tab. ...Read more
May be restless leg: Syndrome. Check with your doctor, there are other benign reason why this may happen as well, but your doctor can check a few simple lab tests. ...Read more
Part of sleeping: The falling sensation or twitch is known as a hypnagogic myoclonic twitch. As your muscles begin to relax in preparation for sleep, your brain senses these relaxation signals and misinterprets them, thinking you are falling down. The brain then sends signals to the muscles in your arms and legs in an attempt to jerk you back upright. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Benign usually: Many people have mild limb jerking as they fall asleep. This is nocturnal myoclonus, and is typically benign. The jerks that awaken folks at nite from sleep are different and although a type of myoclonus, are termed paroxysmal limb movements of sleep, a restless leg type of process. If this affects your sleep, have this evaluated. ...Read more
Poss. hypnic jerks: Involuntary twitching of muscles as you fall asleep or wake up maybe hypnic jerks/sleep startles. If it occurs often, it may indicate sleep fragmentation from a disorder such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea. In which case a referral to a sleep medicine specialist is recommended to discern it from other conditions through a detailed history. Tip: try to sleep 7.5 to 8 hours a day. Hope that helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When i start to fall asleep i get a "jolt like" sensation and kind of jump or twitch a little and wake up. This happens a lot. What is it/causes it?
Hypnogogic myoclonus: Quite common and normal. I have it too. Nothing to worry about. ...Read more
My neck and shoulders feel like they need to be stretched out all the time . I always twitch at night before i fall asleep and i just got over a cold?
Hello Again: Please see last answer. Yes can be cold related. ...Read more
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