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DH twitching 'violently' in sleep

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HPonEverything Mon 08-Aug-11 10:42:04

In the past few years my DH has had an issue with twitching in his sleep.

I've stoically put up with it (usually a couple of glasses of wine helps me to ignore it) but it seems to be getting worse and more violent. I'm pregnant now so I can't even drink! He went to the GP who said there was nothing to be done about it.

My DH is very good and will go into the spare room if I ask him to, but lately it means he's pretty much in the spare room every night sad

We have a king-size bed so there's plenty of room but no matter how far over each of us goes, the shaking of the bed is still very violent. I also put pillows between us sometimes to try and block it which helps a bit. I don't think we can go on like this for much longer as I feel very sleep-deprived with the constant interruptions and nighttime bed-hopping, imagine what it'll be like when the baby is here!

He has a very physically tiring job so I think this might be part of it as it has only been happening since he has had this job. He often gets 'restless legs' whilst still awake. We get about 7 - 8 hours of sleep most nights if you don't count all the bed-hopping.

Any tips on what we can do? Herbal, lifestyle, or otherwise.

Lovefruitsandvegs Mon 08-Aug-11 11:45:20

My DH does the same sometimes and I think it happens when he wants to wee. It does irritate me too as the bed wobbles.

Also it could be: bad dreams, gases, parasites (sorry, nothing personal), lots of food eaten before going to bed, alcohol, stress and other things.

Look what he eats and drinks and how much before going to bed. This could be food.

HPonEverything Mon 08-Aug-11 12:10:04

Thanks for that smile

I think it might be food too then, because I can rule out all of the other things you mention - unless he's twitching because of LACK of alcohol! - and he munches constantly all evening.

I'll starve it out of him grin

AppleAndBlackberry Mon 08-Aug-11 12:24:14

Can he cut out caffeine and try a good multivitamin and multimineral supplement? Apparently it can be linked to iron deficiency so it's worth looking at his diet too.

HPonEverything Mon 08-Aug-11 12:38:13

He doesn't drink coffee, and only a little tea so it's not caffeine.
I will go to Tesco right NOW and get the supplements as we don't tend to take any vitamins or anything like that generally, so it could be that.

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