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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


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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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: twitches during sleep?

What is the definition or description of: twitches during sleep?

Sleep Twitches: Possible diagnoses include:
1. Restless legs syndrome: leg discomfort brought on by rest and temporarily relieved by movement.
2. Periodic limb movement disorder: repetitive jerking of legs during sleep.
3. Hypnic jerk (normal): muscle twitch occurring at sleep onset - sometimes associated with sensation of falling.

Consult with a local sleep medicine specialist for further information. ...Read more

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Are twitches during sleep related to dreams?

Are twitches during sleep related to dreams?

Twitches: Twitched can occur in stage of sleep called rapid eye movement stage, and can occur during dreaming while in that stage. ...Read more

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My friend snores and twitches during sleep. Should I tell his gp?

My friend snores and twitches during sleep. Should I tell his gp?

Make a recording: And bring it to his doctor, especially if he is overweight and the snoring is interrupted by gaps of silence. ...Read more

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My friend snores and twitches during sleep. Apnea?

My friend snores and twitches during sleep. Apnea?

Yes, sleep apnea: Have your friend check the epworth sleepiness scale http://www. Stanford. Edu/~dement/epworth. Html sleep tests can be performed in a sleep lab or with ambulatory sleep monitors which measure oxygen level, respiratory effort and nasal airflow. If airflow is decreased or is blocked by throat closure more than 5 times/hour, he has sleep apnea and can be treated with CPAP -continuous + airway pressure. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My boyfriend's hands, legs and arms twitches non stop during sleep and he tells me he never wakes up rested. I wonder if there's any way to help him?

My boyfriend's hands, legs and arms twitches non stop during sleep and he tells me he never wakes up rested. I wonder if there's any way to help him?

See doctor: He may have a sleep disorder that has treatment and is easily diagnosed by a sleep study. He would then stop twitching and rest well and awaken refreshed. It is a common disorder known as pervasive movement disorder of sleep. ...Read more

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Assume there is nerve pinch between thoracic and arm w/symptoms-arm pain & finger twitch & hand numb during sleep, will Bikram yoga help or worsen it?

Assume there is nerve pinch between thoracic and arm w/symptoms-arm pain & finger twitch & hand numb during sleep, will Bikram yoga help or worsen it?

Agree: Dr krauser urges you to put the cart before the horse and get diagnosed. Lots of push to get into alternative therapies by entrepreneurial promoters, but you need to know what is wrong, as things can get worse rather rapidly with certain activities. Sounds like you do have nerve issues, and consider thoracic outlet, but also more peripheral nerve issues. ...Read more

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How do I stop myself from twitching and biting tongue during sleep?

During sleep: See a physician about the twitching and a dentist to see if there are any dental findings that would contribute to this occurrence. ...Read more

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How can I stop myself from twitching and biting tongue during sleep?

How can I stop myself from twitching and biting tongue during sleep?

Nightguard: You should see your dentist and be evaluated for a night guard/need of orthodontic referral. Let us know what they say. ...Read more

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What causes twitching, stiffness and nervousness of feet during sleep?

What causes twitching, stiffness and nervousness of feet during sleep?

At least part of: Your description sounds like restless leg syndrome. Seeing a sleep specialist (or having a sleep study) may help to clarify this. ...Read more

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My 5 year old moves a lot during sleep. Sometimes twitches and her whole body gets stiff and shakes for a few seconds. What could this be?

My 5 year old moves a lot during sleep. Sometimes twitches and her whole body gets stiff and shakes for a few seconds. What could this be?

Twitching: If you could consult with us or send a video we could help determine if this is a usual REM sleep issue or a seizure. Consult with us to help solve this issue. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Two year old started to twitch while sleeping that then wakes her up?

Probably benign: Ask your pediatrician about myoclonic twitches which are benign, but could be the problem. Also could be a sleep disturbance such as a dream or nitemare. ...Read more

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

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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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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While sleeping, I intend to stretch my legs alot. While stretching, my leg tend to twitch violently. Is that major concern?

While sleeping, I intend to stretch my legs alot. While stretching, my leg tend to twitch violently. Is that major concern?

Variety of RLS: You likely possess paroxysmal limb movements in sleep, a variant of restless leg syndrome (FKA, nocturnal myoclonus). Can be treated with dopamine agonists, or even Horizant. See neurologist with sleep focus, and get these issues under control. ...Read more