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Why does my husband keep twitching and jumping in his sleep?

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

Dr. Donald McCarren
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Muscle Twitching (Definition)

Muscle twitching is caused by minor muscle contractions in the area, or uncontrollable twitching of a muscle group that is served by a single motor nerve fiber. Muscle twitches are minor and often go unnoticed. Some are common and normal. Others are signs of ...Read more


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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 ?

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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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 ?

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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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.

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

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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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.

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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My husband has last stage COPD and langerhand cell and has been sleeping a lot also is starting to twitch and his memory is bad should I be worried.

My husband has last stage COPD and langerhand cell and has been sleeping a lot also is starting to twitch and his memory is bad should I be worried.

See doctor....: The symptoms you describe could be due to a low oxygen level and/or a high carbon dioxide level. He may need supplemental oxygen which may improve the situation. He needs to see a doctor asap; take him to the er if these symptoms are worsening. ...Read more

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What can cause pulling sensation in legs from around knee down to above ankle esp. when lying down and driving. Husband says I often twitch when sleep

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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What can cause pulling sensation in legs from around knee down to above ankle esp. when lying down and driving. Husband says I often twitch when sleep

Restless Legs: U get sensations in lower legs between the knees & ankles. There is discomfort unless u move your legs, mostly at night when lay down or in daytime when sit down , like creepy crawlers feelings, may last for @ an hour, & u feel the urge to move or walk. Symptoms worsen during stress & relieved by moving about. Can interfere with sleep. ...Read more

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My husband tells me that as I'm falling asleep at night, after twitching I start to kick. He describes it like a donkey. Why do I do that?

My husband tells me that as I'm falling asleep at night, after twitching I start to kick. He describes it like a donkey. Why do I do that?

Do not worry: Sounds like benign myoclonic jerks which are associated in many folks on falling asleep. If these occur in midst of night, have this evaluated, but if only at time of early evening, nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Why does my husbands body twitch as he falls asleep ?

Usual normal: Hypnic jerks are common. It is normal for most to twitch when falling asleep. However, abnormal twitching could be related to restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movements or seizures. Talk to a sleep specialists. ...Read more

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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!

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

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I feel a nerve jumping and twitching in my head. What could this mean?

I feel a nerve jumping and twitching in my head. What could this mean?

Inside your head?: Not muscle fasiculations that are superficial. If inside the head - I don't know. ...Read more

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I have a lot of twitching/jumping nerves in my head lately. Why could this be?

Muscles jump: Irritable nerves may make scalp and/or facial muscles twitch. Many possibilities here: tourette's disease, sleep deprivation, low blood calcium, magnesium, blood sugar, cafeine, illicit stimulants (crack etc). ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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