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Learn more about Sleep myoclonus

Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is sleep myoclonus?

Sleep myoclonus is involuntary muscle twitching that occurs either as a person falls asleep or during sleep. Sleep myoclonus is not a disease but a symptom of other conditions affecting the brain and spinal cord, or the cause may be unkown.

Symptoms of sleep myoclonus

  • Whole body twitches or jerks when falling asleep

  • Whole body sometimes twitches or jerks when asleep

Questions your doctor may ask to check for sleep myoclonus

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose sleep myoclonus

  • Have you experienced your whole body twitching or jerking as you fall asleep?

  • Have you experienced your whole body twitching or jerking when asleep?

Treatment for sleep myoclonus

Treatment includes, antiseizure/ anticonvulsant medications, \sedatives, botulinum toxin (Botox) injection into the muscle to control symptoms. Treatment of the unlerying disease is required.

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