brain sparks/neurological

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 1/8/2007 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm curious if any member has experienced something similar to a brain spark or jolt just as you enter REM, resulting in sudden awakening just as you drift off to sleep.  This has resulted in sleep deprivation.  I studied some of the neurological research which often refers to myoclonic jerks or restless leg syndrone.  I can't relate to either of these, although I have some body jerks as I'm relaxing but not enough to keep me awake.  I've had two sleep studies and do have sleep apnea for which I use a c-pap machine.  I have never been on any psychotropic medication.  I'm aware of celiac disease and therefore possible gluton intolerance and will be tested  by a reflexologist in a week.  My neurologist prescribed klonopin .25mg which is working.  I'm hoping there's a non drug solution.

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 1/8/2007 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello! I actually do this all the time, my whole body jerks and it wakes me up. Im not really sure what causes it. It kinda scares me when it happens though!

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 1/9/2007 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
From my understanding Angela, myoclonic jerks are very common for most people as they drift off to sleep and the brain becomes confused by the relaxation of the muscles and tries to compensate as the brain interpets the relaxation of the muscles as falling. You seem to have a severe case if your body jerks are actually waking you up "all the time". You can google 'myoclonic jerks' to learn more.

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   Posted 1/9/2007 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   

I dont really have any imput for you but I wanted to say welcome to HW and I hope you can find a solution to your problem. There are many knowledgable people here and I am sure more will be by to give input shortly...
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