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What makes you jump in your sleep?

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What makes you jump in your sleep?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 9 months ago.


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Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 9 months ago.

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thanks for the introduction. Could you response to my question?
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 9 months ago.

of course!

Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 9 months 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:  Dr. Captain replied 9 months ago.

Was I able to address your question to your satisfaction? Can I clarify, or address any other related questions for you today?

Customer: replied 9 months 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:  Dr. Captain replied 9 months ago.

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