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Twitching Before Going To Sleep Healthy
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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