I’m a man in search of a dream, both literally and figuratively.

My dream is to sleep again.

In the solitude of that sleep, I will be able to dream and allow my brain and body to heal and enjoy life the way it’s supposed to be enjoyed.

It sounds simple, doesn’t it? Sleeping. Just close your eyes and drift off into another world and leave your current one behind.

For some of us, it’s the most difficult part of our lives.

I cannot sleep like a normal person because of muscle twitches and jerks at the VERY second I begin to fall asleep.

Every single time I begin slumber, a twitch and jolt from my rebellious body wakes me up.

I’m not alone either. Some call it hypnic jerks, or sleep myoclonus, or sleep starts. I call it torture.

This blog is to bring those of us suffering from this condition together. This is our voice. I’m finished suffering by myself and not knowing how to explain this to doctors or others. Let’s help each other gets our lives back. We don’t have to feel alone and helpless anymore.

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  1. Here is the link with good example of moro reflex while sleeping. Sometimes also called startle reflex. Quite common for children up to 6 months during sleep and awakening stages. The cause is to be believed undeveloped vestibular system. It may persists in later stages of life which is indicative of some issues in nervous system development.

    There is a lot of info on the web, including medical treatment and special gymnastic. I bet whatever is on this link has similar mechanics to our case if not exactly the same. It is still the question why it happens to us being adults but in my view whatever may happen to child may happen to an adult as well.

  2. MyoclonicMoments said:

    First of all, TheManWhoCannotSleep, when are we going to hear from you again? I really miss you stories… The lake was positively my favorite, but you never know which ones are others :) You do have a way with words.

    I’ve just connected to something: They reduce my anxiety around bedtime, which actually helps, in my case. For what it is worth.


  3. MyoclonicMoments said:

    Mark, I’m sure he will if you ask him to. He’s probably just busy.


  4. MyoclonicMoments said:

    Mark, He can, but he’ll need to know exactly where on his site you posted it. Even I am having trouble tracking it down.


  5. All, I may be on to something. Has anyone else had their GFR number tested? The rate at which the Kidney filters toxins? Mine is borderline not good. I read over and over that can cause sleep disorders including PLMD and Restless legs. About 2 months before I got my jerks I had a whole week of RLS. Never had it in my life either. I am going to see a Kidney specialist.

  6. PS. When I quit drinking my jerks subside or end. I drank 2 days ago and jerked so bad I hit myself in the face, jumped straight out of bed.. So it either causes mine or make it present itself. I am looking at the kidney and liver now as the culprit.

  7. My doctor has prescribed me Valproate, (aka, Depakote). I started using 300 mg before sleep around 2 months ago and it really helps to suppress jerks. I would say I almost have no jerks now. 300 mg is only 1/7 of the normal dose which is used for treating epilepsy, so this is very low doze without side affects.

    • Mark Jaggers said:

      Any idea what caused your jerks ? How long did you have them ?

      Sent from my iPhone

      • Anonymous said:

        Mark, I had brain concussion followed by insomnia. After appr 1 year jerks have started. It is certainly not due to alcohol.

      • I’m still seeing a lot of consistency in these problems from neck or head injuries. It really makes me wonder. I have a herniated disc in my neck that nobody has been able to correlate to the jerks. But, when I am lifting weights and aggravate the neck; the jerks are usually worse.

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