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I have been having regular sleep starts/hypnic jerks for

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I have been having regular sleep starts/hypnic jerks for around 2 months. It started while wearing a nicotene patch to bed. I started smoking again, as i stopped wearing a nicotene patch, mainly due to stress. The sleep starts are still continuing. They happen around 3 days a week and up to 3 times in a night. Do you think this is an indication of a serious issue?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  wieyedoc replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  wieyedoc replied 10 months ago.

How old are you?


Do you have any other symptoms?

How many packs do you now smoke a day?

Do you have any other medical problems or take any medications?

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Im 29
Around 15 roll ups per day
No medical problems
Only medication i take is the contraceptive pill - cileste
Expert:  wieyedoc replied 10 months ago.

Thank you for that additional information

Expert:  wieyedoc replied 10 months ago.

I do not believe that this is a sign of a significant health issue.

That being said sleep issues can come from any number of conditions.

So. What should you do?

I suggest you see your GP for a good physical exam. After doing your exam, and maybe some routine tests, she may want to refer you to a sleep study center.

At such a center they hook you up to tons of wires (EEG, EKG, Muscle function, breathing etc) and watch you sleep all night long. They would be able to catch any of these hypnotic jerks or sleep issues and see exactly what was going on.

Once all these data are available then a treatment plan, if needed, can be started.

Does this make sense to you?

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