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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What if different parts of my body will all twitch right before I go to sleep? What could that be?

What if different parts of my body will all twitch right  before I go to sleep? What could that be?

Sleep jerks: A twitch is a sudden brief muscle contraction. Two examples of harmless twitches are "sleep jerks" and hiccups. Sleep jerks of an arm or leg occur as one is falling asleep. Hiccups are the result of twitching of the diaphragm muscle. ...Read more

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Woke up randomly to use bathroom. Before going to bathroom, notice two fingers twitched & felt a tingle. Had trouble sleeping & have anxiety . Ideas?

Woke up randomly to use bathroom. Before going to bathroom, notice two fingers twitched & felt a tingle. Had trouble sleeping & have anxiety . Ideas?

Anxiety?: It may be due to anxiety itself.Sometimes it may be due to hyperventilation.Relax and see if it goes away.If the symptoms persist get yourself checked by your doctor. Also talk to your doctor about your underlying anxiety and what needs to be done about that. ...Read more

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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

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Hi. Woke up , tried to go back to sleep , turned neck other way & it felt like it twitched or jerked a bit , then went away , what was that?

Hi. Woke up , tried to go back to sleep , turned neck other way & it felt like it twitched or jerked a bit , 
then went away , what was that?

More than: Likely pulled muscle. Since it was self limiting, you may observe for now. If condition worsened, please have your doctor give you a complete exam, so you can get proper treatment early. ...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?

Normal: We all have those as we fall asleep and wake up.Those jerks are more than likely myoclonic spasms. ...Read more