Excessive Fragmentary Myoclonus

Lots of people experience twitching now and then, especially in the corners of their mouths and even on parts of the arms or legs. Usually this is something that comes and goes once in a while without causing any problems whatsoever. While people often wonder what causes this twitching phenomenon, it is no something that elicits concern within the people that it happens to.

Instances of Excessive Fragmentary Myonclonus are a little different. This rare sleeping disorder barrages people with twitching and muscle contractions to the point to where they aren’t able to get a full night’s sleep. They may be aware of the twitching, or the twitching might just be enough to where they have disrupted sleep but don’t know why. Either way, this sleep disorder can be extremely disruptive and annoying.


Unless you are awakened several times a night with twitching, the only way to really know whether or not you are affected by this sleep disorder is to enter into a sleep study, which is an exam by medical professionals where you are monitored while you sleep.

The sleep professionals will study your sleep patterns and find out what is the cause of your sleep disruptions. Once it is discovered that it’s the twitching that’s waking you up, a doctor can help you decide what the next best step is to take in order to treat the disorder and to get a better night’s sleep consistently.

Sometimes the cause of Excessive Fragmentary Myonclonus might be tied to medication, and other times it may be blamed on a great deal of stress. If it’s an environmental factor that is causing the sleep disorder then the doctor will probably suggest that the patient eliminates whatever environmental factor is causing the sleep disruptions.

Patients may be able to recover easily and quickly from this disorder without any drug interventions if it is obvious that stress or medications are causing the twitching at night.


If there is no obvious environmental factor then doctors may suggest a drug to ease the twitching while also prompting sleep. Since this sleep disorder commonly occurs in conjunction with other sleep disorders, the best course of action may be to treat all the cumulative sleep disorders concurrently or one at a time.

A lot depends on the severity of the other sleep disorders, and if treating the other sleep disorders will help ease the Excessive Fragmentary Myoclonus. Some patients may find that when the primary sleep disorder is treated effectively, the problems with twitching during sleep may dissipate quickly. Other patients may find that an aggressive treatment plan is required for every existing sleep disorder.

People who experience twitching during daytime hours may be more prone to Excessive Fragmentary Myoclonus, so if you find that harmless twitching during the day is a regular occurrence for you and you also constantly feel as though you aren’t getting the quality and quantity of sleep that you should, then it may be that you have this rare sleeping disorder and should contact a doctor.