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Head thrashing during sleep

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While I am sleeping,this happens atleast 2 times a month.I feel like I am awake but I am not sure.I always feel my head thrash side to side..I try to pull myself out of it or move my body but it is very heavy and won't move, it drains me, I also feel like I am screaming but no one hears me because I can't get it out.I also see what is around me..The other nite I saw my living room, I was on the couch, and the front door everything was in place and my son was there..but when I pulled myself out, everything was still in place but I was alone..I have been doing this for atleast ten years ever since I got my very first daytime panic attack. I have noticed that it usually happens when I am tired or stressed. Also after I have an orgasm, and drift off to sleep, I just assumed becasue it took alot out of me. The people around me when this happens say that I don't move or make a sound, but I feel like I am having a seizure. It scares me, I just need to know what it is. My sister has them also.


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replied November 25th, 2009
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Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum

The symptoms (my head thrash side to side, I also feel like I am screaming but no one hears me because I can't get it out. I also see what is around me) appears to be some type of sleep disorder.

These are called parasomnias which include thrashing, sleep terrors, sleep apnea, exploding head syndrome etc. You may sleep for 8 hours but the sleep pattern may not be correct. You need to consult a sleep specialist regarding this. Hope this helps. Take care!



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