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Why do I twitch while I am sleeping?

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Dr. Ranji Varghese
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Many reasons

Movements during sleep can have multiple roots.
Some people have involuntary leg movements called plms (periodic leg movements). Others may have disturbed sleep from sleep apnea that can cause momentary pauses in breathing and a brief arousal that come associated with movements. Twitching can also happen as we fall asleep called hypnic jerks. Consider seeing a sleep specialist concerned.

In brief: Many reasons

Movements during sleep can have multiple roots.
Some people have involuntary leg movements called plms (periodic leg movements). Others may have disturbed sleep from sleep apnea that can cause momentary pauses in breathing and a brief arousal that come associated with movements. Twitching can also happen as we fall asleep called hypnic jerks. Consider seeing a sleep specialist concerned.
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Dr. Ranji Varghese
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Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry

In brief: Prevention

Not being able to sleep may indicated sleep problems that can be life shortening or life threatening.
The only way to know if there are serious problems is with an overnight sleep test. I encourage you to seek help.

In brief: Prevention

Not being able to sleep may indicated sleep problems that can be life shortening or life threatening.
The only way to know if there are serious problems is with an overnight sleep test. I encourage you to seek help.
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dr. Sal Aragona
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1 comment
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Twitches as we fall asleep are normal. Some twitches during dreaming are, too. Very frequent kicking can disrupt sleep (search PLMS and RLS) and should be evaluated & treated.
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