Q. I get sudden jerks when I am about to sleep. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Anshul Varshney
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Dec 08, 2018

Hello doctor,

I am 31 years old, male. My problem is when I am about to go to sleep then there is a sudden jerk. I asked my wife. I do not jerk while sleeping or in middle of sleep. It happens just when I am about to fall asleep. Suddenly a quick jerk. It happens for a couple of times then finally I go to sleep. It happens during the daytime also if after lunch I go for a nap, there is a sudden jerk when I am about to fall asleep. Once I sleep then no issues till I get up. A few months back I had this then it disappeared and now I am getting it again. CT brain was done a few months back. The report does not have it now. But it was normal. No abnormality. No diabetes, no thyroid. Normal LFT, KFT. I m taking medicine for BP. Nothing else as of now. Complete health check-up was done. I was alcoholic for a few years. If I drink and sleep, no issues. I also have a little bit of depression and anxiety due to business or work issues. Please help me out with it.

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Critical Care Physician Diabetology General Medicine Internal Medicine Medical Gastroenterology Nephrology Pulmonology (Asthma Doctors) Rheumatology


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Yes, you are suffering from hypnic jerks only. This is not a disease. It is a behavioral issue. I have successfully treated my patients with hypnic jerk by following measures. To reduce caffeine intake and particularly in evening. To stop alcohol and smoking completely, a drug known as Modafinil gives me very good response in such patients, lots of exercises. You can discuss with your doctor to prescribe you Modafinil.

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