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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. ...Read more
My husband tells me that as I'm falling asleep at night, after twitching I start to kick. He describes it like a donkey. Why do I do that?
These count as hypnic jerks? 1 leg rapidly kicking for a sec, body twitching at the shoulder, finger tapping, & lips puckering while trying to sleep.
Sleep disorders: Periodic limb movement disorder and restless leg syndrome are commonly recognized sleep disorders. If they are accompanied by excessive daytime sleepiness, a sleep study should be considered. These are associated with sleep related breathing disorders and can often be successfully treated. See a sleep specialist in medicine or dentistry. ...Read more
Yes: Babies will twitch while in the rem (rapid eye movement) phase of sleep. Babies may also flutter their eyes beneath their eyelids or seem to startle during sleep. Twitching of the face or jerking of the arms and legs during sleep is something the baby will grow out of. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Myoclonus: This is likely to be a normal event. The sleep activity is divided in non-rem ( rapid eye movement) and rem sleep statges. Non-rem sleep is further devided in 4 stages (1-4) based and the amount of slowing if the electrical activity of the brain. It is common, as we transition from one stage to the next, a small and brief jerky movement may occur. This is entirely normal. ...Read more
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