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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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I was trying to get sleep & randomly felt a twitch from my upper back to upper part of my arms which woke me up..is that common to get twitches before going to sleep?

I was trying to get sleep & randomly felt a twitch from my upper back to upper part of my arms which woke me up..is that common to get twitches before going to sleep?

Usually normal: Yes, happens often as you pass through stages of sleep, and is normal. Tho usually it's the sleep partner who complains; the sleeper stays asleep, but sometimes it does wakes them. Reading my toddler to sleep, when she twitches, I know she's out and I can go back to my reality show. ...Read more

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My 20 month old gets twitches when he is going to sleep. What would be the cause?

My 20 month old gets twitches when he is going to sleep.  What would be the cause?

Sleep myoclonis: This happens in people of all ages.Parents tend to notice it more in kids because they worry about everything that appears odd. ...Read more

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What could cause twitching or spasms in belly at night while going to sleep?

What could cause twitching or spasms in belly at night while going to sleep?

Muscle changes?: Muscle twitches could occur with a viral infection, changes in the spinal cord, changes in the blood chemistry, medicine side effects, lots of exercise or sit ups, or stopping lots of exercise or sit ups after doing them regularly. ...Read more

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Hi. I had trouble sleeping & had twitching in arm & legs & back , only once, prior to going to sleep..Is this because of stress ?

Could be, unlikely: If I read this correctly these twitches only occurred once? And not recurring? If so it may be anxiety if you have a history of that condition. It may also be a rare occurrence of myoclonus not tied to any anxiety, medication, or other medical condition - if so this happens occasionally to a majority of people and is not problematic. If frequenting problematic talk to your provider about options. ...Read more

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Why do I twitch when i'm trying to fall asleep?

Why do I twitch when i'm trying to fall asleep?

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

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What could be causing my painful twitches as I fall asleep?

What could be causing my painful twitches as I 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

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Please tell me what's this weird twitching before i fall asleep?

Please tell me what's this weird twitching before i fall asleep?

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