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What are sudden, short jerking movements occurring when the body begins to relax in bed?
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Dr. R Sangal
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
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In brief: Hypnic jerks
Jerking movements occurring as one is falling asleep are called hypnic jerks and are normal.
Jerks during sleep may be periodic limb movements if they are repetitive, brief, and occur in series. If they cause poor sleep or daytime sleepiness, they can be treated, but they often occur in normal subjects. Jerks may occur with sleep apnea , parasomnias (abnormal sleep behavior), and seizures.

In brief: Hypnic jerks
Jerking movements occurring as one is falling asleep are called hypnic jerks and are normal.
Jerks during sleep may be periodic limb movements if they are repetitive, brief, and occur in series. If they cause poor sleep or daytime sleepiness, they can be treated, but they often occur in normal subjects. Jerks may occur with sleep apnea , parasomnias (abnormal sleep behavior), and seizures.
Dr. R Sangal
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Dr. Ben Graef
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Sleepiness
Any cause of sleepiness can cause them, whether insufficient sleep, narcolepsy or sleep apnea.
They are considered a sign of severe sleepiness.

In brief: Sleepiness
Any cause of sleepiness can cause them, whether insufficient sleep, narcolepsy or sleep apnea.
They are considered a sign of severe sleepiness.
Dr. Ben Graef
Dr. Ben Graef
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