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To Jerk or Not To Jerk...

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... That is the question. Seriously, my night time jerking and twitching is getting out of hand. I woke my girlfriend up from her slumber by jerking fiercely, not just once but in succession. And it happens when I am deep in dream land and don't wake up. I just hear about it later. We can't cuddle at night because when anything touches me while I'm asleep I jerk and thrash around violently.

does anyone know of any way to get rid of the jerks at night? Or have heard anything? Thanks!

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A sleep specialist (MD) is the one to talk too. One cause can be sleep apnea. A great many hospitals have sleep labs now and a supervising sleep specialist.

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Did they comment or even observe any jerking? Mine did. I even had one instrument lead placed on my leg.

Since you have a relationship established with a sleep doctor, it should be easy to arrange a follow up visit to discuss the leg jerking.

Let me add that I also had deep muscle jerking when I was on Lamictal, and also when on a higher dosage of Lithium. But since you mention it being a problem during sleep, it seems logical to talk to a sleep doc.

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The sleep study place was when I lived in Seattle and now I'm 300 miles away (ish) so I no longer have access to that doctor or sleep clinic. I would be hesitant to do another sleep study because with all the stuff they attach to you it took me a while to fall asleep, and I was way too comfortable and tired and I think my results were skewed because they said I had perfectly normal sleep which I didn't believe myself to be experiencing.

So I had just been wondering if there were other hypnic jerkers out there and what, if any, home remedies might help reduce them.

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Cutting out all caffeine, from all sources seems to have helped for me.

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Do you get these only when you sleep? I suffer from charlie horses alot in my legs in my sleep and I jerk alot. I started eating more potasium and its helping alot

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Did a doctor check you for restless leg syndrome I found out the klonipin I take is fo RLS maybe this will help.

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I get hypnic jerks - the first one scared the crap out of me, because it literally feels like you're falling down while lying down. They're much more common when I'm stressed, so if one shakes me out of trying to get to sleep, I usually read a book or listen to a relaxation CD for a bit before trying to sleep again, which usually helps. They're apparently more common if you're extremely tired/been up a very long time, so generally sleep hygeine seems like it would be helpful, although obviously with MI that's much easier said than done.

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Come to think of it, I jerk while awake too... and I have termors and random spasms of muscles too. I now wonder if its neurological, maybe due to one of the medications I am on, or something.

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Mmm I've had a few sleep studies and they have observed that my muscles don't paralyze completely, so I continue to twitch in my sleep (I have Tourettes and random tremors sometimes.) I was given klonopin and it helped for a time.

If it's more like an RLS thing, klonopin is usually recommended, but also jerking (off) has shown to help by releasing a lot of dopamine at once, no joke.

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I seriously thought this topic was going to be about masturbation.

I find that the only thing that helps me is sleeping alone. When I was a little kid, I used to share a bed with my sisters. That was a nightmare. They just couldn't handle my constant thrashing and moving around. On an average night, I probably change my position around 50 times.

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Unfortunately, a sleep study sounds like your best option. Maybe before you do that you could set up a video camera to tape you for the first six hours or so, and see how often you jerk/twitch/wake. Then you could show those results to your new sleep doc and then s/he would know exactly what to look for during your sleep study.

This is strange but I'll offer it just in case: my sister-in-law got a tempurpedic mattress and she ended up not being able to sleep on it. It seemed like there wasn't enough pressure to register that she was on solid ground, and she would wake up constantly because her body thought she was falling. She ended up sleeping on the couch until they replaced the tempurpedic with a conventional mattress.

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This topic is being ressurected by me because I still haven't found anything promising in my research of why this occurs. On the internet people keep misinterpreting this as reless legs syndrome, which it is NOT - its my whole body that spasms, not just my legs. In fact my legs don't usually move at all, just my whole body/trunk/core. 

 

The other night my girlfriend woke up in the middle of the night thinking I was masturbating hard (I am a female so this would be a feat in itself) but it turns out I was just repetitively jerking in my sleep. 

 

All the articles I've read just simply say "get a sleep study done" But I haven't found any stories from people who have done  just that, and then reported on their findings. I don't want a sleep study -- been there, done that, can't sleep with electrodes 'n machiens hooked up to me. Unless I am drugged, but then its not real sleep, its drugged sleep. 

 

This is a huge problem, because it was up my girlfriend (I never wake up unless she wakes me up to tell me about it) needs her sleep and this constantly is waking her up all the time. 

 

Also articles I've read seem to touch on the fact that it is normal while in the process of falling asleep, which I do too, but the majority of my serious thrashing about happens while deep in sleep. Its not violent enough to be considered acting out my dreams or anything like that. They are just long, repetitive spasms that occur. 

 

I am frustrated I can't find any real good information on the internet. 

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