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excessive twitching/jerking while asleep:-(

Postby jordan_rose » Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:09 pm

Hi! I'm new around here. My name is Jordan Rose. I had a question and was wondering if someone could help me. My husband twitches a lot in his sleep. I know its common for people to twitch/jerk when they're just falling asleep but he twitches throughout the night. Its not only his legs but his entire body. He is just 26, pretty active and is not on any medication. I'm assuming its because of the twitching, but he has never ever woken up refreshed and is perpetually tired. I know he needs to probably see a doctor but I wanted to do some research before going. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks....and oh yeah, he does snore a lot!!!

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husband excessive twitching...

Postby Evike » Tue Jul 26, 2005 4:23 pm

It sounds like your husband also has sleep apnea. Encourage him to see a doctor. Perhaps you could go as well, like I did. My husband also has sleep apnea and it has only recently been diagnosed about 3-4 years ago. He sleeps with a CPAP machine, which you can read a lot about in this forum. He's not too thrilled about it. But, when he wears it, the BOTH of us get sleep because he doesn't snore and therefore, I can sleep, too. My husband twitches around, too. Sometimes he flails. He's overweight and with a former football sized chest and arms, when he flails and then drops his arms, I get woken up. Just as I try to fall back asleep I wake up to it again. It's hard because I'm getting to the point now where I anticipate NOT getting good sleep when he's next to me. So I really don't sleep that deep. I also posted a letter on here that I'm hoping I'll get replies to. I think encouraging him to see a doctor is the best thing. Reading about sleep apnea also helps. Men are a little too proud to go ahead and see a doctor. I honestly think that if I didn't push the subject, my husband would not even think that he had a problem. No one else ever said anything to him apparently, not even ex-girlfriends in the past. Sometimes, I wonder if he resents me for it because he doesn't like wearing the machine. It's just something else we have to work on. Good luck!
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flailing, etc.

Postby merlin » Tue Jul 26, 2005 4:46 pm

Jordan -
Get your husband to a doctor (preferably, you go with him) and explain to the doctor exactly what is going on. Ask him/her if a sleep study is not in order. I think that the thrashing around while asleep is called "Restless Limb Movement" or something like that. I was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea 7 months ago. Before I got onto CPAP, I would snore (very loudly) and thrash around in bed (my wife accused me of chasing rabbits in my sleep like the dog does!). After getting on CPAP, I no longer snore or thrash around at all and my wife gets a good night's sleep as well. If I have to be on CPAP forever, then so be it. It sure beats falling asleep at stop lights, while driving long distances, at my desk, in front of the TV, etc. In addition to that, people with untreated sleep apnea tend to have a lot more health problems than those who get treatment.
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Postby sleepydave » Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:50 pm

Hi Jordan_Rose!
Merlin and Evike hit the nail on the head, and given your observation on snoring, you gotta think sleep apnea or at least UARS (a milder type of sleep-related breathing disorder that still disrupts your sleep continuity and can make you tired). Now, you can have both sleep apnea and limb movement disorders at the same time, too. (BTW, Restless Legs Syndrome is the unpleasant feeling in your legs just prior to falling asleep, a waking phenomena, while Periodic Leg Movements are the rhythmic twitching of the legs during sleep. And you can have both of these at the same time as well). See a doctor, get a sleep study, sleep apnea and PLMs will both be looked for in the sleep study, and the diagnosis of RLS is made by patient history.

Men are a little too proud to go ahead and see a doctor.

Boy, that's putting it mildly. But if these guys are husbands, fathers, they have to realize that they have a responsibility to provide for their families, and that means getting and staying healthy. A sincere "Good Job!" for all the guys that do, and spouses, don't ever think that you're not doing the right thing by looking out for their health.
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Postby pedsnurse » Tue Aug 08, 2006 12:17 am

my grandson begins to twitch and jeck almost the very instant he falls asleep. he continues this throughout the night with some restful periods at times. some of thes jerking movements can involve his whole upper body. however he seems to wake up full of energy and goes allout most of the day with about a 2 hour nap in late afternoon. he is 4yrs old. he has had a all night sleep study recently but doctors said everything showed normal. how can this be? his eeg has always been normal but the jerking, hand and arm movements, leg kicks continue. can anyone please offer some advice? thanks bb in arkansas

Postby lamplighter » Tue Aug 08, 2006 9:12 am

Before I was diagnosed with sleep apnea my naturalpath dr prescribed Magnesium for the twitches. I take 800mg each night befoe I go to bed. Since cpap I forget most of the time but after so much twitching I soon go back to it and I sleep like a baby
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Daytime twitches

Postby Jozinho » Tue Mar 20, 2007 12:32 pm


I twitch during the day and have a friend with similar affliction diagnosed by a doctor as a type of twitch caused by sleep apnea (but during the day! not related to sleep).

Is this something you guys have ever heard of?

Postby dieselgal » Tue Mar 20, 2007 1:05 pm

I have always known that I moved around a lot during the night and that was proven by my sleep study. My results show that I have PLMD and that my limbs moved 86 times in 233 minutes of sleep.
Once I was put on CPAP that figure went to Zero during my test.
I also have mild apnea and I use the cpap at home now. I notice much less movement during the night and like I have said before if that is the only thing I gain from using CPAP I can't complain.


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