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What makes you jump in your sleep?

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What makes you jump in your sleep?
Submitted: 16 days ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  drcaplan replied 16 days ago.

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Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Thanks for the introduction. Could you response to my question?
Expert:  drcaplan replied 16 days ago.

of course!

Expert:  drcaplan replied 16 days ago.

Jumping in sleep can be caused several possibilities. When we're dreaming, the body sometimes is immobile, paralyzed, and during some stages of sleep, not paralyzed. If someone has a dream where they are jumping, or kicking something, or responding to a stimulus in a dream (someone kicking a ball toward you), it's certainly possible that a dream could cause someone to jump. If unrelated to dreams, there is a condition called "restless leg syndrome" which effects people while they're sleeping. It is not usually "jumping" per se, but I suppose it would be helpful to have a doctor rule out restless leg syndrome if the jumping is continuous or bothersome in a regular, consistent way.

Expert:  drcaplan replied 16 days ago.

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Customer: replied 16 days ago.
It is not restless leg syndrome , because I had two knee replacement. I do dream, but I don't jump. One night I jump so much I thought I was going to have a panic attack.
Expert:  drcaplan replied 16 days ago.

wow! that sounds like a lot! If not restless leg syndrome, and not dreaming, what else are you suspecting?