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Twitching and kicking before sleep. Why do I only do it sometimes?

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

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I kick people in my sleep and twitch a lot in my sleep. Why?

I kick people in my sleep and twitch a lot in my sleep. Why?

Lack of rest: Usually to to built up lack of sleep or adequate rest over a period of time.Will generally resolve by getting some rest and good sleep. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Do not worry: Sounds like benign myoclonic jerks which are associated in many folks on falling asleep. If these occur in midst of night, have this evaluated, but if only at time of early evening, nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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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.

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.

See below: From just the description you have listed, it may be a partial complex seizure. Are you aware of all of that occurring? It is recommended you consult with a neurologist for evaluation and treatment of these episodes. Hope that answers your question. ...Read more

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What causes sleep twitches/spasms?

What causes sleep twitches/spasms?

PLMS: Plm?S is a common problem causing limb twitching. Get an evaluation. ...Read more

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How come i twitch when i try to sleep?

How come i twitch when i try 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

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Is it normal for my baby to twitch in his sleep?

Is it normal for my baby to twitch in his sleep?

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 more

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What does it mean when you twitch in your sleep?

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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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. ...Read more