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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 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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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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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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