Hypnic Jerks - anyone heard of these?
I am hoping to find a remedy to these muscle jerks/spasms (falling, slipping sensation) that I experience when falling asleep. See here this link for my information: [url=http://sleeping-disorders-help.blogspot.com/2009/06/cures-for-hypnic-jerks.html]Sleeping Disorders: Cures for Hypnic Jerks[/url]
Currently, I have one cup of coffee per day (finished by 10 AM), drink close to 1 gal of water a day, limit exposure to LCD/phone/computer screens 1 hour before bed, and practice various relaxation skills before bed (deep breathing, meditation). These strategies are very helpful to relax and feel sleepy before bed. However, as is the case with hypnic jerks, the jerks wake me up while falling asleep despite being tired. My sympathetic nervous system then kicks in and my heart begins pounding, which keeps me awake for a few hours.
As far as supplementation, I have tried melatonin, herbal tea, and mag tabs (Calson's Chelated Magnesium). Most recently (last 3 months) I starting taking of Natural Calm and have experimented with different dosages and consumption times. None of these have consistently helped, and it seems that they have made the jerks worse at times.
As for lifestyle factors, I strength train 3x week. I am also a doctoral student in counseling psychology, which means I sit a lot doing psychotherapy and am under a good amount of stress.
These jerks started a year and a half ago when I moved from the humid northeast to the dry air of Montana. I have wondered about the dry air having an effect as I have been back to the northeast and even my home region of the Pacific Northwest (also humid) and have not had the jerks in the locations.
With that said, have any of you had experience with hypnic jerks and treating them with your diet?