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Why Do You Twitch Right Before You Fall Asleep
Possibly abnormal: Recently jerks have been tied to sleep anxiety, fatigue, and discomfort. People having trouble sleeping or can’t get comfortable in bed appear to experience the sensation more often. It is especially more common with people who are trying to fight falling asleep or have deprived themselves of sleep for more than 24 hours. ...Read more
Why is that that sometimes right before you fall asleep your body does that "jump" thing or twitch?
Sleep and jump: There is an area of the brain called the "reticular activating center. This is sort of like a switch. When you are drifting into sleep activating this switch changes one from the awake stage to the sleeping stage. When the switch is thrown then one sometimes experiences the "jump" or twitch. ...Read more
They can be: Movements around sleep onset are quite common and may be simple as leg twitch or body jerk and a feeling of falling. They can also be a sign of restless legs or periodic limb movements during wake. Most sleep specialists are not concerned unless it is affecting getting to sleep, affecting your sleep quality or are disruptive to a bed partner. ...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
Poss. Hypnic jerks: Involuntary twitching of muscles as you fall asleep or wake up maybe hypnic jerks/sleep startles. If it occurs often, it may indicate sleep fragmentation from a disorder such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea. In which case a referral to a sleep medicine specialist is recommended to discern it from other conditions through a detailed history. Tip: try to sleep 7.5 to 8 hours a day. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Prescribed 40mg methadone/day for chronic pain (started 3wks ago). Now snoring loudly at night and twitching as I fall asleep. Should I be concerned?
Yes: Until proven otherwise you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It can now be evaluated and tested for home but some physicians still require in house testing. Also, have your prescriber evaluate your hormone levels, and if you are on any other medications it is probably wise to get an EKG. There may be helpful info for you at DrRotchford. Com under the handouts tab. ...Read more
My eyes twitching, and my face feels a bit numb. I have an anxiety so I'm afraid to fall asleep because I got a bit dizzy too. Laying in bed afraid.?
7 yr old with a choroidal fissure will fall asleep and then eyes wil open muscle spasm in face and twitching limbs is that normal.
If a cyst increases: In size to the point that it compresses brain tissue adjacent to it, it may cause symptoms, sometimes seizures, the type of which depends on its location. Congenital choroidal fissure cysts are benign, cerebro-spinal fluid-filled cysts that rarely cause smptoms or require surgical treatment. However, if these symptoms are new, see her neurologist to determine their significance. ...Read more
When I start to fall asleep I get a "jolt like" sensation and kind of jump or twitch a little and wake up. This happens a lot. What is it/causes it?
Hypnogogic myoclonus: Quite common and normal. I have it too. Nothing to worry about. ...Read more
Sometimes as I'm falling asleep, right before I fall asleep, these spasm right in my balls happens, feels like my balls pull up, then I jolt awake...?
Has to do with the changes in brain electricity which then can cause spasms in the leg muscles which affects the cremasteric nervous pathway.
Not dangerous and common enough. ...Read more
My neck and shoulders feel like they need to be stretched out all the time. I always twitch at night before I fall asleep and I just got over a cold?
Hello Again: Please see last answer. Yes can be cold related. ...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
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May be restless leg: Syndrome. Check with your doctor, there are other benign reason why this may happen as well, but your doctor can check a few simple lab tests. ...Read more
This is normal: Different parts of the brain "fall asleep" at slightly different times. This twitching, called myoclonus, is common upon falling asleep - it is related to the feeling of falling during sleep and waking with a "jerk". If you watch an infant fall asleep, they often have slight jerking movements before they are fully asleep. This is normal. ...Read more
???: Wake up right before you fall asleep? People generally are awake before they fall asleep :-). If you mean that you wake up right after falling asleep, with a feeling like falling, this is a common occurrence and generally not a big concern. Just realize that you were startled and relax. If it occurs chronically, possibly see your doctor. ...Read more
Is it normal to twitch and jerk your arms when you fall asleep or is that something to worry about? My husband does that a lot!
See sleep specialist: Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is a sleep disorder characterized by rhythmic movements of the limbs during sleep. The episodes may last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. See a sleep specialist for consultation and a sleep study (PSG test). ...Read more
Right before I fall asleep, I wake up like a I can't breathe and I feel like I can't swallow. I have sleep apnea and this happens when I don't use cpap?
When I sleep at night right before I fall asleep sometimes it feels like my heart skips a beat fluters I open my eyes breathe then its gone? Comments
Post psych meds im no longer able to sleep if I try to fall asleep I wake up right before and shake leg. Also feel breathless and grunt in pain &shock?
Problems: Did you taper off your medications or stop them cold turkey? Don't know which psychiatric medications you were on. But stopping some can lead to a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor discontinuation syndrome. The electric shocks can also occur w coming off of some ssri's. Please discuss this w your treating psychiatrist. A slower taper is often helpful. In the meantime practice good sleep >>>. ...Read more
Haven't slept well in 4 days. As I start to fall asleep something twitches; sometimes arms sometimes legs. What can I do tot prevent this & get rest?
Benign hypnic jerks: Nocturnal myoclonus, or benign hypnic jerks, are normal though sometimes bothersome. These may be worsened by alcohol, sleep deprivation, untreated depression, low potassium or magnesium, or hypoxia (low oxygen getting to the brain) from smoking/ sleep apnea/ lung disease or copd. Sleep hygiene should help. Good luck! ...Read more
What would cause an adult to have violent muscle spasms throughout the night? I know everyone jumps once in a while, as they fall asleep. But my boyfriend violently twitches throughout the night. His hands, legs, his whole body.
Spasma: He should be further evaluated with a sleep study as soon as possoble that will also check for seizures and movement disorders that occur during sleep. ...Read more
Recently I started to have tingling mainly right arm/hand, thumb seems numb, and my feet fall asleep fairly quick. Muscles twitch a bit. Any ideas?
Pinched nerve: The right arm/hand/thumb numbness/tingling may be caused by a pinched nerve in your neck, which then sends symptoms down the arm. A carpal tunnel syndrome could also cause similar symptoms. The feet falling asleep and the twitching muscles would most likely be unrelated conditions that would require further evaluation. ...Read more
What if different parts of my body will all twitch right before I go to sleep? What could that be?
Good sleep hygiene:
1. Maintain a regular bedtime and awakening time schedule including weekends. Get up about the same time every day, regardless of what time you fell asleep.
2. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to soothing music.
3. Sleep in a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and coola>>. ...Read more
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