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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Why does my baby jump and twitch in his sleep?

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Why does my baby jump and twitch in his sleep?

Jump in sleep: It may be a normal infantile reflex that disappers by 6 months. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Andrew Dutka
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Why does my husband keep twitching and jumping in his sleep?

Dr. Andrew Dutka
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Why does my husband keep twitching and jumping in his sleep?

Probably benign: Most people have had "sleep starts", a sudden jerk of the body, when falling asleep, or when aroused. This is a normal component of sleep. 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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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
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Racing heart when laying down body feels heavy woke up drenched in sweat every time I was close to sleep I would twitch nd jump up walking weird ?

Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
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Racing heart when laying down body feels heavy woke up drenched in sweat every time I was close to sleep I would twitch nd jump up walking weird ?

Rapid Heart Beat: Brittany, this needs to be evaluated with an EKG today. Please go to you Family Doctor or ER today. This has the possibility of being very significant. ...Read more

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Dr. Kudus Akinde
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Hi my 11 month old little girl is teething badly at the moment, also think she has a bit of a cold coming on, was exhausted after only 1 hours sleep all day, tonight after falling asleep she keeps "jumping and twitching" is this anything to worry about ?

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Hi my 11 month old little girl is teething badly at the moment, also think she has a bit of a cold coming on, was exhausted after only 1 hours sleep all day, tonight after falling asleep she keeps "jumping and twitching" is this anything to worry about ?

No.: You should consider giving her pain relief medicine like acetaminophen or ibuprofen in age/weight appropriate doses for comfort. That way, she can get a good night of sleep. Topical numbing agents such as Orajel or Ambesol have fallen out of favor and should not be used. ...Read more

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Dr. Shin Beh
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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?

Dr. Shin Beh
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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

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Why is that that sometimes right before you fall asleep your body does that "jump" thing or twitch?

Dr. Albert Pizzo
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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

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Are muscles jumping and twitching when falling asleep common for being on suboxone? I take 12mg daily, last at 6:30 pm. I go to bed around 11:00/12:00.

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Are muscles jumping and twitching when falling asleep common for being on suboxone? I take 12mg daily, last at 6:30 pm. I go to bed around 11:00/12:00.

Maybe: Twirching of the extremities, as you describe is common as part of opiate withdrawal symptoms. In fact, that's the origin of the expression: kicking the habit. So, you need to discuss this situation with your prescribing physician to best determine why you might be in withdrawal symptoms. I wonder if you are leaving it under your tongue long enough and are not getting the full dose? Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Whats it called when you are so tired your brain falls asleep for a split second then you jump up ot twitch to wake up. Even though you may be busy.

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Whats it called when you are so tired your brain falls asleep for a split second then you jump up ot twitch to wake up. Even though you may be busy.

Micro-sleep: Medical school. Just kidding. You can be so tired that you have a micro-sleep. Another possibility is rem intrusion into a waking state. If it continues, please see a sleep doc to rule out narcolepsy or cataplexy. Sweet dreams. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Hall
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Is it normal for my baby to twitch in his sleep?

Dr. Sue Hall
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Is it normal for my baby to twitch in his sleep?

Yes: Babies will twitch while in the rem (rapid eye movement) phase of sleep. Babies may also flutter their eyes beneath their eyelids or seem to startle during sleep. Twitching of the face or jerking of the arms and legs during sleep is something the baby will grow out of. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Why my grand baby is jumping in his sleep since he had his 1 year old shots?

Dr. Robert Kwok
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Why my grand baby is jumping  in  his sleep since he had his 1 year old shots?

Hard to tell...: "jumping in his sleep" usually means a child moves around a lot in his sleep. That happens in many kids, but can happen more often if he had a rough day (got poked a few times). "since he had his 1 year old shots" doesn't say how long after the shots (1 day, 1 month, 1 year, etc.), so it is hard to tell if anything is related to getting poked. If related, maybe the legs are sore or he is dreaming. ...Read more

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