Weird sleep question

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   Posted 1/27/2010 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I was exhausted yesterday to the point of being unable to remain awake without a concerted effort.  I wanted to watch my favorite show, so pushed myself to stay awake until 9.  I usually read a little bit before I go to sleep, but I was unable to even focus my eyes and didn't bother. 
I had a horrible time falling asleep. It was like I was going from awake to nightmare, and no in between. I would doze off and immediately be 'shocked' awake...mind racing, heart racing and no idea why, although I seemed to have been dreaming.  I don't know any other way to explain it.  It was scary. I think I "fell asleep"  and awoke 5 or 6 times before I finally was able to calm back down and really fall asleep.
Once asleep I had the most vivid dreams, and normally I don't remember dreaming at all.  No new meds, no caffeine after 4pm, and no exercise yesterday due to the exhaustion...  I just wasn't feeling well.
Has anyone else experienced this? Was I just overtired?

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   Posted 1/27/2010 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had that happend a few times.  When it does, I get on the computer or watch some stupid show to get rid of the "nightmare" stuff.  Then, after about an hour, I went back to sleep and could rest.
You could have been overly tired or maybe you ate too much of a certain food.  If I eat too much at dinner, I have a hard time getting comfortable and falling asleep.
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   Posted 1/27/2010 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Some medications can do this. Are you on any medications?
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   Posted 1/27/2010 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
This can also be caused by anxiety. When I'm having trouble with anxiety, I do that fall asleep/jerk awake thing too.

It might help to do some progressive relaxation or meditation before trying to get to sleep. I have a soothing progressive relaxation tape that really helps me calm down and drift off when I'm struggling.
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   Posted 1/27/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I'll feel like that from time to time also. Sometimes I think it might be medicine but I've felt that way when I haven't been on medicine. I think it's from being so overtired.

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   Posted 1/28/2010 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it must have a been a combination of the above. The only meds I am on are allegra, aleve and vitamin d. Probably not those. A lot of stress lately, though, and I was just generally feeling pretty cruddy. Thanks!! Hopefully it won't happen again.

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   Posted 2/26/2010 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I believe what you are describing is known as myoclonic jerks.  See this website
I've experienced this several times in the past.   I understand that you were scared.  The first time I experienced this, I was very scared as well.  Although not usually dangerous, it sounds like your situation might warrant some investigation.  For me, they happened for a short period of time (a couple of weeks) and then disappeared.  I still experience the unexplained body twitches and shocks most every day, but the night time episodes only come occasionally... and I believe when under extreme stress.  Good luck, and I hope you feel better soon.  smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 2/26/2010 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, Wish. That was very informative. I have had two episodes of restless legs syndrome, both times I was exhausted and stressed. If it occurs again, I will look into it.
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