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Q: I roll myself to sleep and I wake up rolling, I have done this my whole life, I'm 44

I roll myself to sleep and I wake up rolling, I have done this from the time I was able to roll until now. I am 44

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Pete, Community Member
9/12/09 2:57pm

I am 28 and I do the same thing I have stopped rolling myself to sleep about 18 years of age but instead I will do it while I sleep and I tend to notice it when becomes closer to the times I have to wake up early morning.  Ive been told by my wife that I talk in my sleep and moan on occasion as well.  I have slept walked before maybe twice in my life that i can remember and rarely remember that I have dreamnt the night before(this is everynight) but when I do remember dreaming its very vivid and I can always recal what it was about. I also have been informed by my wife that i grab my blanket with my right arm and hold it out infront of me while im doing this usally early mornings.  I snore also not sure if that has anything to do with it. I havent been able to find any post's about this on the internet. Just want to let you know your not alone. 

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mb, Community Member
6/29/09 2:30pm

hey man im 18 and iv been doing that my whole lifeaswell, and i know this sounds stupid but the only way to cure it is to...... stop doing it.when i was with my girlfriend i couldnt do it, and i know how you feel, those nerves build up n u feel like ur legs get all sensitive or ur lower spine region, the other solution i can give you is sleeping pills for at leatst 2 weeks, in that way your body gets use to lying still, also if you have any night time fears , best to sleep with a friend or girlfriend or just have someone close ... hope that helped

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asfdsfdsfds, Community Member
2/ 9/11 4:31pm

haha good to see that i am not the only one! I am 18 and I've been doing it all my life. I think it's a leftover from all the twitches I had when I was young. I had some real serious, like touching everyting in the house right before going to sleep. I turned out te be a healthy normal person. Well, except for the rolling part. Luckily nobody is annoyed by it, not even my girlfriend.

gr B

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gpatick90, Community Member
2/23/12 5:00am

These behaviors are most prevelent in young children. Experts refer to it as a "grounding mechanism" that gives comfort. This is a behavior that is seen most often when children are drowsy and usually subsides once they are asleep.

Most individuals who do this sort of behavior are perfectly normal. The reality is that it is a sort of integrated behavior that may last a very long time but it is a learned behavior often originating in child hood. There is no significant evidence of permanent damage to individuals who head roll or body rock.

 

In certain cases there is a strong association with individuals on the Aspergers spectrum who often execute this behavior as a method of grounding. It helps cut through the overstimulation that accomponies this condition. It is also seen prevelently in those who may have phycological conditions such as OCD and ADD. These conditions often exist in early child hood and have side effects of overstimulation.

Here is a helpful source.

http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/body-rocking,_head-rolling_and_head-banging.html

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