Sometimes I didn’t fall asleep for a long time and felt that my body would vacate and fell suddenly. Many people say that this is a long body, a little calcium deficiency, or “the brain is worried that you will not be able to fall asleep, and want to test whether the body is still alive, so move”. Then what happened when my body suddenly “shake” while sleeping?

What happened when I went to sleep suddenly?

Regarding the phenomenon of shaking your body while sleeping, there are also various online sayings: your body is growing? Lack of calcium? The nervous system sent you a jittery pop-up window? Signs of epilepsy? The brain is worried that you will not be able to fall asleep. Want to try to be alive?

Except for the claim that calcium deficiency is slightly related, other claims are not reliable. When the body’s blood calcium is low, it will indeed cause muscle and nerve excitability, which will cause spasms and convulsions. Jitters caused by a calcium deficiency are generally more frequent and sometimes accompanied by muscle and joint pain. But occasionally shaking while sleeping has nothing to do with calcium deficiency.

In fact, the truth is Sudden twitching while sleeping is sleepless nystagmus.

What is a lethargic leaping disorder?

Sleeping muscle leaping disorder is an unconscious muscle twitch that manifests as a sudden flutter of the body immediately after falling asleep, and is usually accompanied by a feeling of falling or stepping down, similar to an electric shock.

This occasional jitter is the “Rapid Eye Movement (REM)” during a person’s sleep cycle, which is also commonly referred to as dreaming time.

In fact, shaking occasionally while sleeping is a normal physiological manifestation. Similar to snoring, eyelid jumping, muscle twitching when you are tired or nervous, etc. If you are healthy, don’t worry too much. However, frequent shaking is accompanied by a headache and dizziness, then go to the doctor!

Why does sleepiness leaping disorder occur?

For the causes of sleepiness nystagmus, the following situations may also exist.

The most common are too tired, stressful life, long overtime work, poor sleep quality, etc., which can easily lead to mental stress. The lack of calcium in the body causes sleepless muscle leaping disorder, which generally occurs in students and young children during development. When the blood calcium content in the body is low, it can lead to hyperexcitability of muscles and nerves, causing spasms and convulsions… Parents should pay attention to increase their children’s intake of high calcium foods and increase outdoor activities.

In addition, brain diseases are also possible causes. If you suddenly shake your body while sleeping, you will suddenly have headaches, dizziness, and nausea when you are awake, which means that there may be problems with the brain, such as tumors, degenerative brain diseases, sequelae of stroke, and sequelae of traumatic brain injury. At this time, the brain seems to be sending a signal to tell you that your health is already red, so you must go to the hospital for a check.

Little science

How to prevent sleep nystagmus?

1. Work regularly and stay active

The daily routine should be regular. Adults need 7-8 hours of sleep. If they cannot sleep for 7 hours, they can take a nap at noon.

2. Limit caffeine intake

Excessive caffeine intake can cause nervousness and anxiety disorders. Healthy adults consume less than 400 mg of caffeine per day and do not exceed 3 cups of coffee per day.

3. Moderate stretching to release fatigue

Half an hour before bedtime, you can do some gentle stretching or soothing yoga exercises to stretch the gastrocnemius muscles and foot muscles, relieve muscle tension and reduce the incidence of sleepiness muscle jumping.

4. Add fun with music

Cheerful and joyful music can add a lot of fun to tired body and mind, and listening to some light music before going to bed can also help improve sleep quality.

5. Correct sleeping position and stretch your body

Try to avoid lying on your back and sleeping on your back, otherwise, the chest cavity will be directly compressed, and the heart and lungs will be prone to discomfort. When the chest is tight and breathing is not smooth, it will cause sleepless muscle jump. The correct sleeping position can effectively reduce the incidence of sleep nystagmus. Generally, the right side is the most suitable position for most people.

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