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Sleep With My Arm/leg In Air - tired b/c of sleep disorder ? (Page 2)


May 2nd, 2011
psychic surgery? arms and legs raised in my sleep for a year now
thank god for this forum, I am not alone!! lol
I wake up sometimes with my arm straight up in the air, last night my bf woke me coz i was mumbling in my sleep and when he looked at me i had my arm straight up in the air, then later my leg! haha
i have also woken up while gently tickling up and down my inner arm slowly..
another time a gf slept over and she was fascinated watching me do some kind of 'psychic surgery' on my head, she said it was like i was very slowly and intricately doing circles above my 3rd eye with my finger as my whole arm was raised up in the air, and like i was grabbing some invisible cord? and pulling it out, then repeating this for about half an hour.
so weird.
whaaaat is it??
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replied July 29th, 2013
have you found anything more on this...........i been told i do this to in my sleep .i have 3 kids my daughter does this to...looked it up because she was doing it last night ..had realy never gave it much though before .. now husband sayes i sleep with leg in air to lol thank you
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replied May 2nd, 2011
psychic surgery? arms and legs raised in my sleep for a year now
thank god for this forum, I am not alone!! lol
I wake up sometimes with my arm straight up in the air, last night my bf woke me coz i was mumbling in my sleep and when he looked at me i had my arm straight up in the air, then later my leg! haha
i have also woken up while gently tickling up and down my inner arm slowly..
another time a gf slept over and she was fascinated watching me do some kind of 'psychic surgery' on my head, she said it was like i was very slowly and intricately doing circles above my 3rd eye with my finger as my whole arm was raised up in the air, and like i was grabbing some invisible cord? and pulling it out, then repeating this for about half an hour.
so weird.
whaaaat is it??
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replied May 2nd, 2011
oops, double post, sorry :/
but yeh if anyone can shed any light on this would be cool.
I dont know if its a spiritual thing or a weird physical/subconscious thing?
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replied May 22nd, 2011
Arms that think for themselves.
I've been sleeping with my arm up apparently as well and also rubbing or resting my hand on my forehead. I thinknit happens mostly in the early hours of the morning.
I'm not stressed or on medications and don't have health issues. I'm physically fit and mentally sound, so I figure I'm just a weird sleeper!
It could be that the body is not in a deep enough sleep as sometimes I'm half aware of doing it. Or it could be my subconscious controlling my physical responses.
I like to think it's some psychic astral body phenomena and who knows, we could all be magical and doing it for a reason!!!
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replied June 18th, 2011
Glad to Know I am Not Alone
I have been sleeping with my arms raised for about 10 years. My husband sometimes awakes to find me stroking my forehead with my left arm. I have also had problems with pain between my arm and shoulder blade after awakening. My husband suggested I try using a one and half pound wrist weight several weeks ago. I have used this weight on several occasions, and it does keep me from raising my arm while asleep. I hope this helps others with this kind of sleep disorder.
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replied August 31st, 2011
Why I feel comfortable to put my legs up before falling in sleep
Hi,
I do NOT sleep with my legs/arms up (I'm sure) but during the time before falling into sleep and getting up ( you may say half-sleeping, neither entirely sleep or awake) I must put my leg up to make me feel comfortable.
I have no idea why I feel like that when people found relaxed with their limbs extend.
I'm not sure how other people put their leg up, but for me, my style is putting folded legs up, not the whole straight legs into the air.

Please let me know if I have that sleeping disorder. Also, very appreciate if you can explain why I feel comfortable. Please note that I am totally aware that I do it in purpose, just don't know why.

Many thanks.
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replied November 10th, 2011
Oh my gosh... My husband does this ALL night long some nights. Other nights it's only toward morning. Elbow in the air... Gravity brings it down... He snaps it back up again... And sometimes puts a finger in his ear or scratches his forehead. He didn't do this much 16 years ago when we first married, but over the years it has been more and more. He is now 47. He also turns over a lot and jerks his whole body. I'm finding it harder for me to sleep well with his gymnastics going on right next to me. He is going to try the arm weights... I hope it works. He is healthy... Not overweight. No meds except high blood pressure meds which he's been on since high school. He has very little stress. Any advice?
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replied November 10th, 2011
Like everyone else here I thought I was the only one who did this sort of stuff. No one ever said anything except my present girlfriend who learned about it when my suspended arm relaxed and hit her in the face. Now I often wake up with her gently guiding my arm back down to the mattress. Besides suspending my arm I also put my hand on my forehead and keep it there.
It hasn't happened much lately but for a while I was scratching myself until I drew blood. I tried blaming our dog and cat because they sleep in the bed but eventually realized it was me.
I take seizure meds (Lamictal and Depakote) and have mentioned the problem to a few doctors but no one has any answers.
Occasionally I take two Valium before bed and it cuts down on the motions but doesn't stop them completely.
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replied November 10th, 2011
Like everyone else here I thought I was the only one who did this sort of stuff. No one ever said anything except my present girlfriend who learned about it when my suspended arm relaxed and hit her in the face. Now I often wake up with her gently guiding my arm back down to the mattress. Besides suspending my arm I also put my hand on my forehead and keep it there.
It hasn't happened much lately but for a while I was scratching myself until I drew blood. I tried blaming our dog and cat because they sleep in the bed but eventually realized it was me.
I take seizure meds (Lamictal and Depakote) and have mentioned the problem to a few doctors but no one has any answers.
Occasionally I take two Valium before bed and it cuts down on the motions but doesn't stop them completely.
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replied July 29th, 2013
me and my daughter do this to ..........dont know why....
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replied December 30th, 2011
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replied December 30th, 2011
I'm 18 and I've being doing this for a while now!I don't really think anything of it during the night but in the morning I do be in fits of laughter thinking about it.It's so strange.I wake up in the early hours of the morning with my left hand raised all the way in the air and tickling/Scratching it with my other hand really slowly.I have no idea how long my arm does be in the air and the only reason I wake up is because of the tickling.I find it quite comforting thou.Also Sometimes I would fall asleep with my left arm up against the wall.Every morning I wake up with pins and needles in my arms and legs.I suffer with anxiety but i'm not on any meds or anything and the anxiety isn't even that bad anymore .It's so strange,glad i'm not alone thou!
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replied January 2nd, 2012
SuperArms!
_JB_, I do the EXACT SAME THING!!! Has ANYONE on this forum discovered what we are all doing!? My friend asked me if I were ok because he said I was doing this and flailing around in the bed. I remember other people saw me doing this if I fell asleep on a couch or something, AND I do the arm long strokes, lightly tickling all the way up with one hand's fingers, then do it with the other. Everyone thinks it's funny/weird!!! I know in Chinese Qi Gong you do this to move the "qi" energy around. And I read someone's post about the yogic practice. There's GOT to be an explanation, I'm also glad I found this post to see our "team" of [what should we call it?!?] =) Anyone figure out what we're doing yet???
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replied January 15th, 2012
I'm also very curious as to what this is all about (if anything) I am 40 years old, on no meds, decent health, have been told for many years that I will sleep with my arm or leg raised. I have also woken myself up with the tickling on my own arm (lol) for the past several years I have woken up alot with my hand on my forehead. It has increased lately, where almost everyday my hand is there. This morning when I woke, my hand was over my forehead and my eyes, like covering my whole face. Very strange. Glad to see that others also do this though!
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replied February 1st, 2012
Arms being raised while sleeping
I also suffer from this. I do the tickling and soothing also. I recently started yoga with a real yoga master and there is something called sleeping tiger where your legs and arms are in the air...I have digestion problems because of my fibro and rheumatoid arthritis meds so they suggested I do this pose 5 min everyday then eventually work up to thirty...lol...it took me one day to get up to thirty because I do it all night!! I have been on a few forums trying to figure this out or get a name but no one seems to have one. I have done sleep studies ...of course it didn't happen while I was there so that went out the window. I take ritalin for chronic fatigue and if I take it too late I do the arm thing more. I sometimes take kilo option to sleep and then I don't do it at all but I don't want to live like Elvis ( as my hubbie calls it ). He sleeps heavy so he could care less and it doesn't really bother me other than my shoulder being tired...but I must be getting really strong if I can hold my arms up that long! Loloh, also, I have noticed in other forums it seems to be familial so I asked my 17 and 19 year old if they do it and they were like, ya! Isn't it weird !? I thought I was the only one! Hey, at least we're not all batty! Well, maybe a little...but that's a good thing in my book! ;0)
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replied February 1st, 2012
I also suffer from this. I do the tickling and soothing also. I recently started yoga with a real yoga master and there is something called sleeping tiger where your legs and arms are in the air...I have digestion problems because of my fibro and rheumatoid arthritis meds so they suggested I do this pose 5 min everyday then eventually work up to thirty...lol...it took me one day to get up to thirty because I do it all night!! I have been on a few forums trying to figure this out or get a name but no one seems to have one. I have done sleep studies ...of course it didn't happen while I was there so that went out the window. I take ritalin for chronic fatigue and if I take it too late I do the arm thing more. I sometimes take kilo option to sleep and then I don't do it at all but I don't want to live like Elvis ( as my hubbie calls it ). He sleeps heavy so he could care less and it doesn't really bother me other than my shoulder being tired...but I must be getting really strong if I can hold my arms up that long! Loloh, also, I have noticed in other forums it seems to be familial so I asked my 17 and 19 year old if they do it and they were like, ya! Isn't it weird !? I thought I was the only one! Hey, at least we're not all batty! Well, maybe a little...but that's a good thing in my book! ;0)
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replied February 1st, 2012
Typo for above: I take klonopin to sleep....darn word filler put in " kilo option" ...lol
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replied February 1st, 2012
lol...kilo option...I was getting ready to google it!
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replied February 13th, 2012
From doing research online this is likely a side effect from anti depressants. I am not sure how to stop it other than not taking the meds. For those that don't take anti depressants, I am not sure why you do that, but I saw several of the people here mention they were on meds for depression, so based on what I've read from several places, I feel comfortable saying its probably the anti depressants that's making this occur.
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replied July 29th, 2013
me and daughter both do this no meds...
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replied March 14th, 2012
Sleeping with arms inair
I have done arms in air for many years. Ialso brush over my arms lightly with opposite hands' fingers. My husband thought I was kidding around and would pull my arms down only to have them float up again- light as feathers
I was determined to find out why I was doingthis and MADE myself wake up during an "episode". I was successful and realized I was being used to send/receive msgs (True.I swear on all things holy). The day I realized this is the last time it ever occurred! Crazy and true. I did it for over 40 yrs. And have not done it for the last 8 yrs. Not even once- kinda creepy, but cured and no longer being "used" by another!!!
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replied March 24th, 2012
Same boat - arm raised in my sleep and...
I too gently stroke my arm up and down in my sleep. Glad to know I'm not the only one. I want to know two things:

1. Why do we do it and what does it mean?
2. To the person who realized they were being used for sending/receiving messages, how did you realize this an who was using you as a messenger???
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