• 16 days ago

    Involuntary muscle movements while trying to fall asleep.

    Either the shoulder, leg, arm, upper body, or both legs (not all at the same time. The site seems to be random) will jolt or spasm right when I feel like I am about to doze off. This leaves me lying in bed waiting for the next one to happen as soon as I tire again. When they happen I feel a surge of adrenaline and I am no longer tired for a couple of minutes. (this could be fear or annoyance.) There is no "falling feeling" like as described in "Sleep Myoclonus." Just what feels like a spasm and sudden wakefulness. They keep me up all night. I have not slept in 2 nights straight. I take 1mg of Lorazepam in the afternoon for anxiety. This does not help with these sleep symptoms. 29 year old male. In good health. Had blood work done recently. Could this be a cause of underlying stress or anxiety? I cannot continue with no sleep due to this issue... I have also had muscle twitching throughout my body recently but the symptoms of this seem to be lessening. Thank you so much for your assistance!

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  • 13 days ago

    RE: Involuntary muscle movements while trying to fall asleep.

    I have the same kind of spasms at night in bed. I believe they are the muscles relaxing from being somewhat tense throughout the day trying to get everything done. They happen in bed because that is when the body starts to relax and the spasms are simply the result of that. Is it possible that you are tense at work all day which tightens your muscles? I don't treat these spasms, I just let them ride out. Sometimes they are so strong that I've kicked or elbowed my husband. He has learned to be prepared and to protect himself lol. Is it possible, also, that you're tensing up in bed waiting for the spasms to begin? I simply try to relax as best I can and eventually they do stop. Maybe a soothing bath or warm shower will help you and your muscles unwind and relax a bit before going to bed. Do whatever you can think of that is relaxing to you which will help you and relax your muscles, and maybe the spasms will not be as often as you fall asleep. I hope this helps a little as it's simply from my own experience, not professional advice. Maybe you should call your doctor who CAN give you professional advice. Hang in there as best you can. I know how disturbing lack of sleep can be. Good luck. I'm hoping this issue has already been resolved for you.
      • 10 days ago
        Hello. Thank you for your response. I recently had a visit with my GP. Here's the deal. I do have a history of dealing with severe anxiety. I have been hospitalized a couple of times during the past year for panic attacks. My GP immediately told me that this is an anxiety issue. Along with the muscle twitches that I seem to be getting constantly in different parts of my body. These seem to be magnified with stress, which I have been dealing with pretty badly since these sleep problems started. Due to my health insurance not being the best she did not refer me to see a Neuro or other specialist who may be able to help. She said they would not want to pay for the "million dollar workup." That "i'm young, and she is thinking practically" when she says that the anxiety is the issue here. I am skeptical of this being anxiety induced since I have been keeping my anxiety to a minimum before bed. Meditation and positive thinking. Drinking Chamomile Tea. Two nights ago I felt absolutely awful. splitting migrane. 24 hours no sleep, plus inadequate sleep on the nights where I did get at least a couple of hours. That night I did manage to sleep for maybe 7 hours. Last night, again... No sleep. As soon as I began to drift off my whole body jerked violently. Usually it's both legs that jerk or my shoulder, or sometimes upper body. One time my arm shot out and hit the wall just as I began to drift off. My PCP did prescribe Trazadone for sleep and I will be trying that tonight. Wish me luck. I will update soon. If you have anymore input for me it would be appreciated. I read about people who deal with this for years causing them insomnia and this has me extremely worried.
  • 13 days ago

    RE: Involuntary muscle movements while trying to fall asleep.

    Your best bet is to bring this twitching up to your doc to either treat or eliminate the possibility of an underlying medical issue.

    In the meantime, check out 'hypnic jerks' to see if that might fit what you're experiencing. If it is, most people do experience these from time to time and they are normally considered benign and nothing to worry about.

    If these are normal hypnic jerks, then I suspect your anxiety issues are magnifying this and worsening its impact on your sleep, rather than the other way 'round.

    It may be that you're in something of a hyperaroused state from excessive anxiety and/or stress, this is common. In that case you can look to nondrug methods for stress management and anxiety control to get to the root of the problem.
      • 10 days ago
        Hello. Thank you for your responses. I recently had a visit with my GP. Here's the deal. I do have a history of dealing with severe anxiety. I have been hospitalized a couple of times during the past year for panic attacks. My GP immediately told me that this is an anxiety issue. Along with the muscle twitches that I seem to be getting constantly in different parts of my body. These seem to be magnified with stress, which I have been dealing with pretty badly since these sleep problems started. Due to my health insurance not being the best she did not refer me to see a Neuro or other specialist who may be able to help. She said they would not want to pay for the "million dollar workup." That "i'm young, and she is thinking practically" when she says that the anxiety is the issue here. I am skeptical of this being anxiety induced since I have been keeping my anxiety to a minimum before bed. Meditation and positive thinking. Drinking Chamomile Tea. Two nights ago I felt absolutely awful. splitting migrane. 24 hours no sleep, plus inadequate sleep on the nights where I did get at least a couple of hours. That night I did manage to sleep for maybe 7 hours. Last night, again... No sleep. As soon as I began to drift off my whole body jerked violently. Usually it's both legs that jerk or my shoulder, or sometimes upper body. One time my arm shot out and hit the wall just as I began to drift off. My PCP did prescribe Trazadone for sleep and I will be trying that tonight. Wish me luck. I will update soon. If you have anymore input for me it would be appreciated. I read about people who deal with this for years causing them insomnia and this has me extremely worried.