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Twitches upon waking - Question

PostPosted: January 19th, 2014, 5:11 am
by Xina535
Hi all, I tried searching different ways to see if this was already mentioned on here and didn't have any luck.

I've noticed a pattern with my twitching. When I wake up, my body is still. Very very little twitching, if any at all. After a few minutes, while I am becoming more awake and move my body more, there they go! One in my hand, then under my foot, then thigh...the twitches slowly become more active and like 'normal' again, which is everywhere, every few seconds.

It's almost like when I went to sleep, they did too, and when my brain wakes up, so do they.

Does this happen to anyone else? Could this be indicative of anything, like twitching due to anxiety? Or is this just typical BFS stuff?

Re: Twitches upon waking - Question

PostPosted: January 19th, 2014, 8:33 am
by emmie.s
Very typical in my opinion. That just shows how it is directly related to your knowledge of their existence, and your resulting anxiety, if that makes any sense.
I had twitches that were quite noticeable in the morning after I stirred in bed for a few, and I realized it had to do with my metabolism and maybe my elevated bilirubin from fasting all night, or maybe low blood sugar, and so I ate something small right before bed and as soon as I woke up and that seemed to help.

Re: Twitches upon waking - Question

PostPosted: January 19th, 2014, 9:08 am
by Xina535
Thanks for reading and for your feedback, Emmie :) It does make sense. I wonder if I twitch at all while I am sleeping. I know some people have twitches that wake them up. This has never happened to me ('yet').

Hmm, eating right before bed and when waking up. May try that to see what happens. Can't hurt!

Re: Twitches upon waking - Question

PostPosted: February 2nd, 2014, 4:24 am
by Meled
The same thing for me !
Especially in calves and feet...I open my eyes and 10 minutes later, twitches begin :(
Xina, have you got hands twitches too ? I'm happy to read that because I have them and I'm very very worried (thenar, hypothenar, palm hand etc... what about you ?)

Re: Twitches upon waking - Question

PostPosted: February 2nd, 2014, 8:33 am
by Xina535
Yes, there is no place I don't or haven't twitched, except for tounge, ears, chest. Hands (esp. between the thumb and index finger, and index finger), butt, thighs, calves, under my feet, back, neck, face....

I think it's a good sign that your twitches start again soon after you wake up (like mine), as Emmie stated, it's probably mind/thought related.

Re: Twitches upon waking - Question

PostPosted: February 2nd, 2014, 1:16 pm
by RGB
I also don't twitch when I first wake.

I find it strange as well that I don't notice twitches when I am fully concentrating on something else. They are real trouser-moving-thumpers (!) normally so I find it hard to believe that I just don't notice them. It is almost as if my brain is too 'sleepy' when I first wake up and too 'busy' when It is fully 'occupied' with something else.

If true (and it isn't the most robust theory :) ) then it certainly points at a psychological rather than physical cause (for some).


Re: Twitches upon waking - Question

PostPosted: February 2nd, 2014, 2:54 pm
by leaflea
Pretty sure mine happen in my sleep. Often have more of the electrical or buzzing sensations too as I wake up with them. I don't think they wake me, but there is no lag from waking to noticing them.

Re: Twitches upon waking - Question

PostPosted: February 5th, 2014, 2:28 pm
by SecretAgentMan
When the lights go out and our eyes are no longer receiving light the pineal gland pumps serotonin, a sleep regulating hormone, into the blood stream. As the brainwaves slow from the waking beta state and slowly progress through the slower levels of alpha, theta, and finally transition into delta our bodies go into a state of sleep paralysis. Metabolism and bodily functions slow down. This is the normal process for a restful and relaxing sleep cycle, although several disorders and other biological processes can interfere with various aspects of it.

As BFS is primarily related to the body's intolerance of anxiety itself, it stands to reason that in an ultra-relaxed state of delta sleep coupled with sleep paralysis the twitching and other neurological symptoms would reduce to a minimum. This is also why I believe active pursuit of meditation and breathing exercises can be so powerful in reducing BFS symptoms because you are able to bring relaxation and slower brain wave states into your conscious waking life, thus lowering your exposure to or creation of anxiety.

On another note I will also add that in my own personal experience I had developed a variety of food intolerance issues that contributed to my BFS. It was not until later when I realized this correlation that I noticed my symptoms were worse on nights where I ate late meals or meals that contained inflammatory foods. I also believe I was better in the mornings because it was generally the longest period of time I would go in between meals, which often contained trigger foods I was unaware of at the time.