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I am not able to sleep and am shaking at night. What could it be?

I am not able to sleep and am shaking at night. What could it be?

Low neurotransmitter: Poor dietary habits and gut health interfere with bodies ability to make adequate neurotransmitters which cause anxiety and interfere with sleep. Go to a4m.Com and use doctor locator to find a local functional medicine doctor to help you find the causes. Start with 2-3 caps of 5-htp 1 hour prior to bed to help make serotonin and melatonin and add b complex caps 2 x daily to help. ...Read more

Shaking (Definition)

Shaking is a symptom in which a person has tremors (shakiness or small back and forth movements) in part or all of his body. Shaking can be due to cold body temperatures, rising fever (such as with infections), neurological problems, medicine ...Read more


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My boyfriend keeps shaking vioently in his sleep and doesnt remember it. He just started doing it and it only happens in his sleep. What is this?

My boyfriend keeps shaking vioently in his sleep and doesnt remember it. He just started doing it and it only happens in his sleep. What is this?

NIGHTMARE???: you need to take him to a doctor to make sure it is not some kind of seizure.
other than nightmare, seizure could be the only explanation.
take him to a doctor. ...Read more

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The other day I was doing homework at about 3 am and I started shaking uncontrollably. I went to sleep and I woke up fine. Also happened to my friend.

The other day I was doing homework at about 3 am and I started shaking uncontrollably. I went to sleep and I woke up fine. Also happened to my friend.

Stress: Stress and fatigue could lead to hyperventilation that will lead to that if happen again first make sure you are drinking plenty of water and you are not loaded up with caffeine and energy drinks to stay up late to study . Second make sure you are not taking pills that will keep you to concentrate and help you study . Third have a paper bag next to you and breath into it , a paper bag not plastic. ...Read more

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While sleeping sometimes my body starts shaking and can't control it. What is wrong with me?

While sleeping sometimes my body starts shaking and can't control it. What is wrong with me?

Qualify further: Witnessed shaking/movement while asleep may mean different possibilities...Are you aware of the shaking or not...If you are aware of it , then you may not be asleep or was it witnessed by bed partner? ...Read more

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The past few weeks my boyfriend says I have been shaking in my sleep but I can't feel it. What could be the issue? Is this anxiety related?

The past few weeks my boyfriend says I have been shaking in my sleep but I can't feel it. What could be the issue? Is this anxiety related?

May be: It is not likely to be any disease.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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My sister is shaking in her sleep. Her whole body shakes (like she's cold) for 1-2 second. She does this 1-5 times a minute. Should I be concerned?

My sister is shaking in her sleep. Her whole body shakes (like she's cold) for 1-2 second. She does this 1-5 times a minute. Should I be concerned?

Could be normal: This could be normal movements in her sleep when she is dreaming. There are also abnormal sleep movements that are not dangerous necessarily but could be interrupting quality sleep. She can have a sleep study to evaluate this further. ...Read more

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What causes shaking of the whole body while asleep&jot realizing it?I woke up & saw my husband shaking while sleeping,he said he's not hving nightmare

Night shaking: People can be reacting to a dream but not remember any content. But good idea to ask about possible sleep study and physical exam in case an organic cause. If doctors determine it's not organic concern, please consider my training No More Nightmares. People who are moving a lot in their sleep but remember no content often benefit from this training and all the big body movement stops! ...Read more

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My bf 2 times now 2nite started shaking in his sleep like a strong vibration + sad moans..He suffers from anxiety. I keep waking him up.what is this??

My bf 2 times now 2nite started shaking in his sleep like a strong vibration + sad moans..He suffers from anxiety. I keep waking him up.what is this??

Anxiety: Sounds like he is having nightmares as part of the anxiety symptoms. You actually don't want to wake him up because that interrupts the dream work that goes on at the cellular level. Please check my free video at http://youtu.be/WvuQl4duUoE It is the explanation of Planned Dream Intervention. PDI is a learned skill, not therapy, an helps people rapidly start sleeping through their dreams ...Read more

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When i'm drifting off to sleep it feels like my body starts shaking, i can't move no matter how hard i try or speak I have to let it pass before imove?

When i'm drifting off to sleep it feels like my body starts shaking, i can't move no matter how hard i try or speak I have to let it pass before imove?

Many Causes: There are many possible causes for the symptoms described in this question. At heathtap we are not here to diagnose or to treat, but to educate and enlighten those who pose questions. The best way to diagnose any issue related to sleep is to schedule an appointment with a sleep specialist. This is an md with special training in this field. They often use sleep studies to help determine the cause. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I lay down to sleep. When I close my eyes I feel like my body is shaking. Not sure?

Sometimes when I lay down to sleep.  When I close my eyes I feel like my body is shaking. Not sure?

Hypnic Jerk: It is a common benign involuntary muscle twitching as your body is going thru muscle relaxation. Since it is involuntary, you have no control over the movement. ...Read more

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Had a dream that I fainted and started shaking uncontrollably. Then I woke up fine. Can you actually faint in your sleep or was this just a nightmare?

Had a dream that I fainted and started shaking uncontrollably. Then I woke up fine. Can you actually faint in your sleep or was this just a nightmare?

Dreaming vs. Seizure: It is likely that you had a bad dream. There is, however, a condition which can provoke seizures during sleep. Please see your doctor who can help you sort this out. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My husband recently started shaking and yelling/talking in his sleep its hard to wake him to stop it, it's really scary. What could be causing this?

My husband recently started shaking and yelling/talking in his sleep its hard to wake him to stop it, it's really scary. What could be causing this?

Night terror?: Your husband could be having night terrors, and it's very difficult to wake the person from the experience. It is in stage 4 sleep, different from nightmares which are in rem sleep. He could also be having severe nightmares in the context of ptsd -- is he a veteran, or taking medications, or using drugs? To get help, he may need evaluations with a psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist. ...Read more

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I have been very cold, shaking, lack of appite, my sleep has been screwed up, and I have had bad coughing episodes daily. 3 weeks and getting worse.

I have been very cold, shaking, lack of appite,  my sleep has been screwed up, and I have had bad coughing episodes daily. 3 weeks and getting worse.

Exam needed: Three weeks of these symptoms warrant an evaluation by a physician who will order appropriate tests and probable chest xray depending upon his/her findings. Pneumonia- especially viral-would be a consideration. ...Read more

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33/m, constant tiredness, difficulty waking, using fire alarm to wake me.75 min+ of fire alarm and wife shaking me.Sleep intertia.No narcolepsy/apnea.

33/m, constant tiredness, difficulty waking, using fire alarm to wake me.75 min+ of fire alarm and wife shaking me.Sleep intertia.No narcolepsy/apnea.

Get Sleep Study: It is hard to say what is going on just based on this description. Even though you deny, you probably have narcolepsy. You will need an overnight sleep study with eeg monitoring. This is usually done in a sleep lab. ...Read more

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Was in bed sleeping felt sweaty from blankets than i moved and started shaking un controllable what can do that?

Was in bed sleeping felt sweaty from blankets than i moved and started shaking un controllable what can do that?

Sweating's caused by: ...your body's attempt to cool you down. When you became overheated,, you start to sweat. When the sweat evaporated after you removed blankets, your body cooled down. If it cooled down too quickly, it compensated by shivering. Hormones, chronic illness & some medications can affect your body's ability to regulate its temperature. If this is bothersome or persistent, see your doctor. ...Read more

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?Hey i was sleeping i waked up suddenly and my body was shaking badly :( what is going on can u tell? I stay depressed sometimes is that reason?

?Hey i was sleeping i waked up suddenly and my body was shaking badly :( what is going on can u tell? I stay depressed sometimes is that reason?

Sleep/Depression: There are many reasons you could wake up suddenly and shaking. You should consult your doctor to rule out physical causes before you assume depression is the cause. It is possible but it is difficult to know without a consultation and if it is determined that you are depressed ask for a referral to a qualified mental health professional. ...Read more

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Have woken up with numb arm a few times this week. Never experienced it this much before.Goes away in about a minute after shaking. Just sleeping odd?

Have woken up with numb arm a few times this week. Never experienced it this much before.Goes away in about a minute after shaking. Just sleeping odd?

Numbness: You may be sleeping on your arm and hence cutting off the blood supply rendering your arm numb. Once the pressure is removed, normal circulation returns and the numbness disappears. ...Read more

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My husband 33 years old has been undergo sweating while he is asleep and also shaking sometime in sleep from the past few days.I m vry tnsd please advis?

Night sweats: I am very concerned suspect infection first. May be a sign of tuberculosis can also be a white blood cancer called a lymphoma. He really and urgently needs to be evaluated by a ;hysician. ...Read more

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My wife told me that my body shakes during the night and i wake her up. Do you know how i could be shaking during sleep? I'm taking 150 mg wellbutrin (bupropion)

My wife told me that my body shakes during the night and i wake her up.  Do you know how i could be shaking during sleep? I'm taking 150 mg wellbutrin (bupropion)

Possibilities: Some sleep disorders result in movements while asleep such as paroxysmal leg movements in sleep (noctournal myoclonus). Welbutrin can cause seizures as an adverse event in some. You may benefit from a sleep study overnight. ...Read more

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Hi doc . Why ismy 6 month old baby shaking his head and not sleeping properly at night.

Hi doc . Why ismy 6 month old baby shaking his head and  not sleeping properly at night.

Teething: Your baby may be teething and the teehing process may be causing him pain andshaking his head may be hisway ot trying to get comfortable. Teething would also disrupt his sleep pattern. However, discuss the problem with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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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