Shaking in My Sleep?

Updated on January 21, 2011
E.M. asks from Louisville, KY
11 answers

For the past few months I have been shaking when I go to sleep. It seems to happen when im in that 1/2 awake 1/2 asleep stage. However I also do this through out the night my husband says. He describes it almost like a humping motion but its not humping if that makes any since. The shaking last for no more than 30 seconds. I always wake up tired and im not sure if the 2 are related but im willing to bet they are. Has anyone else had anything like this go on with them, I know i need to call my Gp about this but i didnt realize until tonight that i was doing this every night. any ideas? thanks!

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answers from Greensboro on

Hi E.,

I agree with everything said so far. The one thing that I didn't see written is that Restless Leg Syndrome did not become a disease until it started existing. This is a new thing because the abundance of synthetic chemicals in the home is a new thing. Most in the natural community believe it is completely chemically induced. Pharmaceutical drugs is the primary culprit but it could just be an overexposure to chemicals anywhere. You don't have to work in a carpet mill or a metal foundry. If you keep your house clean with the chemicals from the grocery store it can create this condition. Chemicals outgas and most are neurological toxins. Use several of these and they are a toxic cocktail. Even bath and body products do this. Some brands of following me?

My first advise is to look around your house and see what you are using. The chemicals are outgassing so they ARE in combination whether you think they are or not. Just because it isn't happening to your husband and everyone else also doesn't tell you that that is not the problem. Everybody reacts differently to this stuff because we all have different combinations in us. Go to my website and look around. If you have any questions get back to me here or ask on my website. It's amazing what our commerce has done to our health.....

Whether it is Restless Leg or a seizure, detoxing will help. It's an easy process and it will do a lot to improve your health. If you're still shaking after a detox, then whatever it is will have a must clearer and better defined diagnosis.



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answers from Nashville on

Hi E.,

Are you taking any medication? I am allergic to many meds and there are some antibiotics that I get tremors from.

Have you been checked for low blood sugar?

May be anxiety from just going through it. Anxiety can reak havoc on your entire body.

I know it's scary, you should see your GP just to put your mind at ease.

Good luck

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answers from Raleigh on

My thought would be that it is stress related. You are tense, and your body is reacting. Ask the doc, and see what he says. Probably, some kind of relaxer in the form of a pill would help a lot.


answers from Knoxville on

That sounds to me like seizure activity and that could very well be behind your exhaustion. A friend of mine's son was seizure prone and he did much the same thing, including the exhaustion after. I am not a doctor, but if I were you I'd get to my GP and then probably to a neurologist pronto.
Just my opinion.



answers from Greensboro on

Before my husband and I got married, as we were dating, he would cancel dates because he stated that he was tired and worn out and his mouth was sore. One night I fell asleep over his house and around 3AM he started jumping in his sleep. When I turned on the light I realized he was having a seizure. We called the ambulance and before they got there he stopped and he fell back to sleep like he never had a seizure. After all the exams and doctors visit, they concluded that he was having seizures in his sleep and that it came from stress. He never had issues with seizures prior to and the MRI came back showing that is brain and vital signs did not show any tumors or anything. So, he had to destress himself and every since then he had no seizures and that was over 6 years ago. I hope this helps and I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts.


answers from Knoxville on

It could be seizures. call you GP.



answers from Greensboro on

have you been checked to make sure you are not having seizures. they will make you real tired afterwards.



answers from Fayetteville on

I would look into the possible side effects of all medications you are taking. And yes, definitely go to your doctor about this!



answers from Raleigh on

I would google out hypnic jerks, or periodic limb movements of sleep/disorder. My husband had something similar happen for a period of months, and then it just stopped. Your symptoms sound very similar to his. He was worse right when he fell asleep, but it would happen throughout the night. It wouldn't hurt to talk to your doctor- esp if you are feeling tired when you wake up.



answers from Salt Lake City on

Just to add my experience, I've found that the amount of caffeine I drink affects the shaking, and I believe it's an anxiety issue. I'm reading a book on post traumatic stress disorder that has really helped me understand what is going on with me.

Last year my husband started getting low blood sugar at night because of the insulin pump he was using. In a few months he went into seizures 5 times. It was usually around 2 or 3am and I would wake up out of a dead sleep to feel him violently shaking next to me. I had to then jump up and run to the kitchen to prepare a glucose injection. Then I had to try to inject it into his 210 lb body while he was seizing and sweating from head to toe. The very first time was so bad, he rolled over on the needle and it broke. I had to call the paramedics out to the house, the other times I was able to do it, but cried afterwards. It was hard on him but he didn't really remember any of it, so I thought it was harder on me. For a really long time after that I was scared to go to sleep. I'd just lay there and jump every time he'd make a move. Then I noticed that I was shaking when I'd go to bed, at that point that you mention, half awake-half asleep.

Caffeine really affects sleep patterns and yesterday I drank almost a whole pot plus I'm stressed out about school. Put those together, equals sleeping on the couch because I was too wired to fall asleep and kept shaking everytime I started to drift off, I'd reach over to feel if he was shaking, no it was me. He was getting crabby that I kept waking him up.

In my case, the shaking is an anxiety problem. Caffien makes it worse. I'm reading up on PTSD, I guess if it got worse I would go to a therapist. I'm also considering joining a support group for spouses dealing with diabetes. But it doesn't happen all the time, so I'm trying to deal with it on my own.



answers from Lexington on

I don't personally suffer from anything like this. There is something called Restless Leg Syndrome. I've only met one person who suffered from it. There is medication that can be tried. You might look into it. The one person I met who suffered from it said that her mother and sister also suffered from it. Definately talk to your doctor. It may not be Restless Leg Syndrome, but it could be something else and it may be harmless, but it would be better to know just in case it is the early stages of something more serious.