I believe that many people have experienced this situation. When sleeping, the soles of the feet suddenly appear in their minds, and sometimes the body shakes, even when the nap has not fallen asleep.
Why does this "strange" phenomenon occur? What is the reason behind it?
1. When I was sleeping, I suddenly trembled and stepped on the air. What happened?
Sleeping in a daze, seems to dream of a scene, walking on the edge of a cliff, stepping on the air for an hour, and instantly the whole body twitches. In this situation, the older generations said it was calcium deficiency.
This kind of "strange" phenomenon in medicine is called "sleeping twitch" or "muscle twitch". Data shows that 70% of people will have muscle twitching in their sleep.
When a person enters sleep, the body does not immediately enter a deep sleep state. After gradually entering deep sleep from shallow sleep, the cerebral cortex will be inhibited and inhibited neurons will take the lead.
At this time, if some of the nerves are still active and some weak movement commands are issued, the brain will make the muscles instantaneously tighten to obtain balance through instinctive reactions, and the body will involuntarily twitch, causing conditioned reflex actions or foot steps like electric shock. Feeling empty.
Why does muscle twitching occur?
More than 8 hours of work time, excessive pressure, frequent overtime work, will cause energy loss, full of energy, in a state of overwork, muscle twitching is prone to occur.
Calcium ion is a good nervous system tranquilizer. It is responsible for muscle contraction and relaxation. Once the body's calcium ions are lacking, it will cause muscle nerves to become prolonged, causing muscle tension and convulsions.
Physician Xu Zhi from the Department of Psychiatry, Zhongda Hospital of Southeast University, said that people who are overworked, mentally stressed, and stressed may cause unconscious body twitches when falling asleep.
occasionally twitches, it is not harmful to the body. But if the phenomenon of "muscle twitching" often occurs, beware.
2. "Muscle twitching" often occurs, beware that it is a signal of disease
Occasionally "muscle twitching" when falling asleep is normal, but frequent "muscle twitching" may be caused by some disease.
restless legs syndrome
usually occurs during night sleep. The patient often feels a special discomfort in the calf that is difficult to express. There is a sensation of ants crawling on the leg and gnawing, forcing the patient to constantly swing the leg. Often accompanied by nocturnal myoclonus, repetitive muscle contractions of the lower limbs during sleep.
symptomatic muscle twitching
Muscle twitching caused by the brain. At the time of the attack, it is accompanied by headaches, dizziness and other conditions. Brain CT or magnetic resonance examination is required.
The occurrence of muscle twitching may also be closely related to neurological abnormalities caused by brain cell metabolic or storage diseases, brain degenerative diseases, brain trauma sequelae, encephalitis and other diseases.
3. How to prevent muscle twitching
The phenomenon of muscle twitching is mainly related to a person's mental state, so to prevent muscle twitching, you can start by changing your daily habits.
Drink plenty of water and avoid coffee before going to bed. Drinking too much coffee will not only cause excitement and affect sleep, but also easily cause symptoms of nervousness and anxiety disorders in the body. And water can help thin the blood and relieve muscle tension.
Before going to bed, do some body stretching exercises appropriately. 30 minutes before going to bed, you can do some gentle stretching yoga movements, especially the lower limbs, which can relax the muscles, relieve muscle fatigue, and reduce the occurrence of sleep muscle twitching.
Maintain a correct sleeping position to avoid pressure from organs. Some people like to sleep on their stomachs, holding quilts or dolls to sleep in a ball. These sleeping positions will cause pressure on the heart and lungs. When sleeping, unable to get enough oxygen, it will trigger sleep muscle twitch syndrome.
The brain is so magical that when the human body enters sleep, it can still control the physical actions of the human body. Through this article, do you have a better understanding of yourself after falling asleep?