I have the following 10 day episode two or three times a year. Within 3 seconds of the time I drift into sleep, I have a singular violent spasm (I believe GERD related). This is not painful but immediately wakes me. This cycle at its worst can repeat 40 to 50 times over the coarse of three hours (I fall back to sleep very quickly). It could last 10 nights or more and almost always coincides with a cold. During the day I do get an occasional spasm but not nearly as bad as when I'm trying to go to sleep. When I am cold free this is typically not an issue.
The sleep deprivation is very disturbing and only retards my getting over the cold.
Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thank you.
Thanks for your reply.
By violent spasm I mean a sufficient shake of the body to wake me. Perhaps violent is an overstatement. What I'm calling a spasm is a strong flutter lasting about a 1/2 second just below the neck. I do have sleep apnea but this a problem primarily occurring when I have a cold.
Your post nasal drip suggestion I find very interesting. I wonder if you can get something for that over the counter.
Sounds to me like you might have a Magnesium deficiency. Believe it or not, I sleep with a bar of soap (any except Olay or Dove) at my feet. How it works, I don't know. But it stops spasms in my feet, legs and hips. I hope this works for you, too.
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