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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What causes body jerk between wakefulness and sleep?

What causes body jerk between wakefulness and sleep?

Myoclonus: Many people experience this. For some, it is pleasant. It is harmless.

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Causes for sudden body "jerks" while asleep or going to sleep? Mild or sometimes strong involving whole body

Causes for sudden body "jerks" while asleep or going to sleep? Mild or sometimes strong involving whole body

Sleep "starts": Many people experience these sudden "starts" while falling asleep. They are a form of myoclonic jerking, and are usually in the range of normal. Other causes exist, which require more investigation: http://www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/myoclonus/myoclonus. Htm.

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Dr. Donald Jacobson Dr. Jacobson
Psychiatry
36 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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Sometimes when I am about to sleep my legs or whole body jerk waking me up. What causes this and is it something I should be concerned about?

Sometimes when I am about to sleep my legs or whole body jerk waking me up. What causes this and is it something I should be concerned about?

No cause for worry: This is normal and is called a hypnic jerk. It is benign. Www. Wikipedia. Com has an excellent review of these episodes. Some of literature refers to them as sleep starts. I hope this puts your mind to rest over this issue. Take care and be well.

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Dr. Donald Collins Dr. Collins
Family Medicine
37 years in practice
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What causes adrenaline rushes and muscle jerks yhrough. My head and body when lieing down to sleep and fast heart. Palpulations?

What causes adrenaline rushes and muscle jerks yhrough. My head and body when lieing down to sleep and fast heart. Palpulations?

Medication?: You could be having a reaction to medication, or too much caffeine. You could also have over active thyroid or other medical problems. Check with your doctor to be sure.

Dr. John Feola Dr. Feola
Internal Medicine
27 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Y do my body jerk in my sleep?

Y do my body jerk in my sleep?

R/O RLS: RLS = RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME. PSG or sleep study give far mor detail for insomnia and sleep disorders /Parasomnia./RLS. If a Seizure disorder is suspected an EEG Is ordered to evaluate a seizure focus. In your situation the PSG or sleep study is appropriate for initial evaluation and a Neurology consult.

Dr. Christopher Wilson Dr. Wilson
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
17 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Dr. Maiysha Clairborne Dr. Clairborne
Family Medicine
16 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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Sir, does insufficient fresh air supply during our sleep can cause body pain in the morning when we wake up??

Sir, does insufficient fresh air supply during our sleep can cause body pain in the morning when we wake up??

Sleep apnea: Insufficient oxygen during sleep can cause body pain in the mornings. If you're suffering from a condition called sleep apnea, it can impede the oxygen flow to your muscles and organs, thereby causing not only muscle aches but the other potentially. If you think you are caught something from sleep apnea, see your doctor for evaluation and potential management.

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi Dr. Saghafi
Neurology
29 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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My friend said when I was sleeping my body jolted a few times (duration: a few weeks) but it didn't happen before. What could possibly cause this?

My friend said when I was sleeping my body jolted a few times (duration: a few weeks) but it didn't happen before. What could possibly cause this?

Parental permission: If you get your parents to sign up for a free HEALTHTAP account then, they ask specific medical questions on your behalf. State laws prohibit giving medical advice to those under the age 18. If you'd like for one of them to contact me directly with this question they can get me at: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR

Dr. Allen Seely Dr. Seely
General Practice
27 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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Why does my whole body jerk before I fall sleep?

Why does my whole body jerk before I fall sleep?

Hypnagogic 'jerk': 70% of people have had these: a hypnic jerk, hypnagogic jerk, sleep start, or night start, is an involuntary myoclonic twitch which occurs during hypnagogia, just as a person is beginning to fall asleep, often causing them to awaken suddenly for a moment. They are often accompanied by a 'falling sensation' possible causes are: anxiety, caffeine, stress, and strenuous activities in the evening.

Dr. Randy Sussmane Stubbs Dr. Sussmane Stubbs
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
31 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Why does my whole body jerk sometimes before I sleep?

Why does my whole body jerk sometimes before I sleep?

Sleep starts: Technically this is called a hypnic jerk or sleep start, it occurs at sleep onset. They can be more prominent according to the aasm with any of the following: anxiety, caffeine, stress, and strenuous activities in the evening. So the recommendation would be not to engage in any of the activities if the events are frequent or speak with your doctor about anxiety if need be.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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My kid age 2 yrs sometime get scared in sleep. Cried. Body stiff. Jerks too. But he is in sleep. What's the best way to relax him?

Take your son & a: Video of the stiffening/jerking movements to his pediatrician, who will tell you if he needs an overnight eeg to rule out nocturnal seizures. If it's a night terror, you can put your child in his own bed, drowsy but awake, at a consistent time after reading, soothing & brushing his teeth. If he's having night terrors, he'll have no recollection of them & you'll get a full night's sleep.

Dr. K. Olson Dr. Olson
Psychiatry
35 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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What causes tingling in body during sleep?

What causes tingling in body during sleep?

Nocturnal tingles: More often than not it is innocuous unless it is chronic and if it substantially disrupts sleep. Pressure on nerves like on the ulnar crease or funny bone can cause tingling along the length of the arm from the elbow down. Carpal tunnel syndrome more often affects the palms. Nerve compression in the neck area can prompt shoulder, neck and arm tingling. May be "sleeping wrong" on arm or kinked neck.

Dr. Denis Winder Dr. Winder
Surgery - Plastics
54 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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What are the causes of a persons body to just jump when they are sleeping?

Information: Interesting question. No specific answer. Usualy it has to do with some kind of electical activity in the brain during sleep.

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Dr. Anthony Depalma Dr. Depalma
Emergency Medicine
10 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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People telling me that my body jerks a lot during sleep, is that normal? Does that mean my body isn't resting well?

People telling me that my body jerks a lot during sleep, is that normal? Does that mean my body isn't resting well?

Myoclonus: I can definitely relate to this. When trying to sleep after studying for a test in medical school, it looked like epilepsy. This is because of a brain that wan't quite shut off yet. Rather than medicinal therapy, try to wind down as much as you can before falling asleep. No computers, TV, internet. Etc.

Dr. David May Dr. May
Dentistry
26 years in practice
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry
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Everytime I tried to sleep last night I awoke with a jerk I was literally falling asleep sittn up y was my body jerking me awake?

Everytime I tried to sleep last night I awoke with a jerk I was literally falling asleep sittn up y was my body jerking me awake?

Apneic events: An apnea is an event that awakens you if you have stopped breathing. Do you snore loudly or are you tried during the day. These are all signs of obstructive sleep apnea. You should consult with a sleep physician.

Dr. Derrick Lonsdale Dr. Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
69 years in practice
University of London, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College
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Is it normal or unsafe for body temp to skyrocket while sleeping to sometimes dangerous levels? If its unsafe, what could be the cause of the problem?

No, of course not: This probably means the brain metabolism is inefficient and it might be due to poor diet. Try getting rid of all the junk and stick to god made food.

Dr. Jose Rafael Marquina Dr. Marquina
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
27 years in practice
University of the Andes School of Medicine
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Dr. Christopher Wilson Dr. Wilson
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
17 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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What causes a lot of body movement during sleep?

What causes a lot of body movement during sleep?

Several things: Periodic limb movements may be caused by excessive exercise, caffeine/alcohol use, stress, obstructive sleep apnea, medications, etc. Rem sleep behavior disorder can cause body movements as well.