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    Old 11-22-2013, 05:28 AM   #1
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    every time I go to sleep

    hi there all, I'm new to this message board. For the past eight months every time I go to sleep I have a series of hypnic jerks, mainly shoulders, arms or face. Some nights there are just one or two, many nights there are a whole series, and a minority of nights they go on and on and I don't sleep at all. I have been seen by a sleep specialist and he has diagnosed a sleep phase disorder - I am going into stage 3 REM sleep before my muscles are 'switched off' (and rather than going to sleep via the normal stage 1 and 2) This correlates to my experience, that the twitches are to do with dreaming. He has put me on a combination of melatonin and light therapy, and it seems to have helped. I wouldn't say its perfect - but it is a lot better, and during the summer months on really sunny days it went totally. Interestingly I have always had a bit of sleep paralysis - not that every worried me though. I suspect there is also a link to dehydration, and my symptoms are certainly worse if I am dehydrated. It is a horrible and distressing symptom because it is so devastating to sleep, but anyone who is suffering from this I would recommend trying melatonin and bright light. I am on 4mg Melatonin and sit under a SAD bright lamp for 2 hours a day (sounds a pain, but I just have it on my desk.) Good luck

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    Old 12-04-2013, 04:16 PM   #2
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    Re: electric/shock sensation while falling asleep?


    been living with this for 2+ years now, virtually every night. Intense electric surge in stomach/heart area while trying to fall asleep. feels like im going to die blah blah. Every once in a while, I get a night with 0 events, but those have become far too infrequent. But hey, I still wake up every morning and I think if these were going to kill me, they would have done so already. But still, this is no way to live.

    Let's discuss some common denominators here: anxiety, stress, dehydration, sleep deprivation, GI issues, magnesium def., sleep apnea, even epilepsy? I urge all of you to try to resolve any and all of these issues and if anything gives you relief, or if you catch an event on a sleep study (the jackpot we are all waiting for), Please please please come back here and post your findings. We are all suffering. Thank you.

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    Old 12-17-2013, 01:19 AM   #3
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    Re: electric/shock sensation while falling asleep?

    Thank God, Everyone thinks I'm crazy, except my sister who experiences it also.
    My doctor said its probably restless leg or muscle spasms , but it's not. it's like a nerve thing.
    like someone running down your spine or back like making that screeching noise on a chalk board or like an electric shock it's not just creepy , it torture like when torturing a prisoner when he starts to drift off to sleep.
    I am writing this at 3:00am in the morning , because it won't let me go to sleep. Every time I drift off it happens. It's been two nights now.
    trying to find out the triggers
    Mine are I think:
    1. forcing myself to stay awake ( working, studying) then it creeps up.
    2.needing to urinate and holding it.Only at night
    3. muscle tension ,stress( weird feeling originating usually around tension area shoulders ,back maybe thigh area.
    I'm so happy I found this site.
    By the way my sister and I call it "The Jumps"

    Old 12-20-2013, 09:41 AM   #4
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    Re: electric/shock sensation while falling asleep?

    Hi guys, I'm new to the site but soooo glad I found this forum.

    I'm basically in the same position with a lot of you guys. Let me explain my symptoms (they are very similar to comment #1 in this thread posted by 'theramses').

    I too have a sort of electrical shock when trying to fall asleep. This electrical shock seems to be described in other posts as 'jumps' or 'zaps' or 'surges of energy'. It happens not when I'm sleeping but the moment I am about to fall asleep. Its like a sort of butterflies feeling in the stomach and then a rush/surge of energy to the brain which gives you a 'jump' and electrical feeling in the head and sometimes upper body. The more extreme they are sometimes produce a twitch in maybe the arm or leg. Its not painful but I guess is quite scary when it happens. These can happen numerous times a night.

    Many friends/family I have spoken to say this is normal and they are familiar with the symptoms (I understand what they mean as it can be quite similar to when you suddenly wake from a bad dream) but mine (and a lot of yours) seem to be a lot more often and extreme. I know my symptoms dont seem to be normal.

    I've been having these for about 5-6 weeks now (some nights are worse than others) but generally its been more or less every night. As many people have mentioned this has turned into a vicious cycle because when you actually close your eyes at night to go to sleep you are actually waiting for the 'shock' to happen instead of trying to sleep. Obviously the less sleep you have, the less functional you are the next day and so on and so on. You then get sleep deprived which I believe also may trigger this.

    The only other thing I can add to my symptoms is sometimes during the day I get a spaced out/empty/dizzy/cloudy feeling in the head (hard to explain). Sometimes this can turn into a sort of brain/head sensation where you feel you need to kind of 'shake it off'. Again, its hard to explain, something like if you have restless feet and you need to kick out of it but its in the head so you need to give yourself a shake to snap out of it.

    I have read quite a bit about anxiety/stress and these symptoms may fall into this category but the issue I have with this, is that I have nothing to be anxious/stressful about! All is OK with job, money, house, relationship etc so I'm not sure how this all started. Could I be anxious about this illness? Again, a vicious cycle?

    About me - I'm a fit and healthy 35 year old guy. I actually exercise quite a lot (go to gym/swim 4 times a week and have run numerous marathons over the past year). Although this fitness regime has stopped since I have started having these symptoms as I am feeling quite weak/tired due to not getting much sleep due to it. I have no major prior illnesses and I am not on any medication. I don't want to get in the habit of taking sleep medication.

    I have been to the hospital and spent the night where they performed numerous blood tests/Heart ECG/X Rays/Urine and all came back OK. The only issue I had was slightly high blood pressure (but not high enough to be put on any medication). I have also been for an MRI scan and EEG epilepsy test. I will find the results with these in about 5 weeks time.

    Anyway, that's my symptoms and hopefully someone might feel at ease that they are going through something similar.

    Reading through this thread, I don't think anyone has come to the conclusion on what in fact is causing these problems, even though a lot of you have actually been for tests and seen doctors. I guess my question is, has anyone on this thread who have posted their symptoms a few years back (theramses) have any update on their symptoms, is it still happening for them from a few years ago?

    Thanks guys, hopefully someone may have some advice on the above.
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    Old 01-21-2014, 01:02 AM   #5
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    Re: electric/shock sensation while falling asleep?

    Omg I do the exact same thing gatorade has helped me alot lol glad im not alone

    Old 01-27-2014, 03:07 PM   #6
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    I have the same symptoms maui_rayne described. I felt like my heart was squeezed and released and I would curled up in a shock trying to protect the heart. I went through MRI, Catscan, blood test, sleep test, holter test, eeg, ekg, you named it. Doctors basically gave up and told me it was all stress related.

    The first time it happened was in 2008. I eventually went to a TCM (traditional chinese medicine) and was given some herbs to drink and changed my diet for two months. The symptoms went away. I only consumed fish and vegetables (no fruits) for two months. Cut down my coffee and wine as well.

    The symptoms came back in November 2013. I went to another TCM in San Francisco. The symptoms went away.

    Well, now I am having the crazy episodes again but this time added some chills on top of it. so I will be seeing a heart doctor to see if this is something else.

    I think my discovery so far is that, it could be the magnesium thing, body too acidic, etc, etc. Maybe our body is just out of balance because of our stress or diet habit. Try paying attention to your diet. You may find yourself eating too much of something - I used to eat a lot of banana, coffee, wine, super spicy food, red meat, high carb food. Changing the diet really helps but I guess this is my die hard eating habit so I tend to go back to them and have to back out when my body screams

    Hope this post gives you hope and perhaps, your own discovery.

    Old 01-30-2014, 01:42 PM   #7
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    Re: electric/shock sensation while falling asleep?

    I have noticed this myself recently. I have read that electromagnetic energy can cause strange symptoms. Most homes have WiFi now so it could be related. Also smart meters are being deployed now. Even home appliances have wifi now in the connected home.

    Old 01-31-2014, 04:05 PM   #8
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    Re: electric/shock sensation while falling asleep?

    Originally Posted by vegaspack View Post
    I have noticed this myself recently. I have read that electromagnetic energy can cause strange symptoms. Most homes have WiFi now so it could be related. Also smart meters are being deployed now. Even home appliances have wifi now in the connected home.
    I've also had these. Weird, intense shock/buzz like my brain getting tazed.
    I think I had these before wifi and most definitely before the smart meter was installed. We live in the country away from towers and windmills.

    Old 03-20-2014, 04:17 AM   #9
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    Hi all
    first excuse me for my bad English

    I'm having exactly this issue for couple of months and now I figured out that this things helps to reduce shocks (and even get rid of).

    1. Drink enough water (you can add something sweet to it so you can drink more than usual)

    2. Do NOT go to bed just after sit or resting a lot (for example if I spend one or two hours on my computer and immediately go to bed I'll get shocked much much more But if I do something that can make me tired (specially some exercise till sweat enough) before sleep I barely get that).

    3. and as mentioned before Avoid stress (Just DO NOT CARE TOO MUCH FOR ANYTHING)

    I'm sorry again for my terrible English and I hope that everyone will be FINE.

    Old 03-28-2014, 08:56 AM   #10
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