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Shaking Bed Syndrome
« on: Mon, 02 March 2020, 13:17:03 »
I'd say about 50% of the time that I lie down to go to bed, I feel the sensation of my bed shaking as though an earthquake were happening. This doesn't happen when I'm half asleep; it happens when I'm still fully awake but trying to sleep. In fact, it's so distracting that it makes sleep more difficult to initiate. I've never experienced this when sleeping on the couch though, or any other surface for that matter.

Every single thing I'm finding online about this is some hocus pocus spirit haunting crap. Also, it's just a gentle giggling or swaying of the bed, not a vibrating or buzzing as some online describe it.

I'm not on drugs or alcohol, don't have sleep paralysis, and don't believe in spirits, just to rule those out.

Has anyone else experienced this?
Maybe they're waiting for gasmasks and latex to get sexy again.

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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 02 March 2020, 13:38:09 »
It's normal, everyone gets that.   Kind of like your body is floating through space/ rocking slightly

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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 02 March 2020, 14:33:27 »
It's normal, everyone gets that.   Kind of like your body is floating through space/ rocking slightly

I've never in my life experienced anything of the sort.

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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 02 March 2020, 15:19:57 »
I've never in my life experienced anything of the sort.

Really ? when you're trying to go to sleep, and while not moving, your legs/lower body feels like they're floating away.  Never felt that?

It might not be a precise description, but a very subtle out of body sensation.

Have asked at least 8 peeps , they've all confirmed such xperience.

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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 02 March 2020, 15:41:50 »
Nope, never. But then again I'm a very light sleeper and the line between when I'm awake and when I'm asleep is blurred.

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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 02 March 2020, 21:05:14 »
Where do you live? If in a city, it's very possible you're feeling the vibrations of passing traffic, trucks, (or streetcar or subway?). 4.0 earthquakes are said to feel just like dump trucks passing. Beds and mattresses that aren't super solid will pass along vibrations that you wouldn't necessarily even notice otherwise.

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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #6 on: Tue, 03 March 2020, 03:49:53 »
I can sometimes feel a bit of nausea when I close my eyes. It does not happen often though, and I just have to open my eyes and get my bearings to shake it off.

BTW. I live in an apartment block and I have neighbours who use their vibrating washer-dryers at night. In one room, I can faintly hear my neighbour's machine but not feel it, and in another I can sometimes feel the wall tremble but I never hear much from the machine that caused it.

Another known phenomenon is infra-sound ó sound at a frequency that is too low to be heard, but which can sometimes be felt. Or more weirdly: people can feel that something happened when it turns on and off, but they can't often pinpoint what that had caused the sensation.
It can be caused by badly tuned ventilation systems or industrial machines.
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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #7 on: Tue, 03 March 2020, 07:58:26 »
It could be a medical issue, maybe an inner ear complaint causing vertigo or something neurological. I have psychosis and it affects my perception in subtle ways. Sometimes the image in my vision will appear to move as if through water.

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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #9 on: Tue, 03 March 2020, 09:11:58 »
I've been in a handful of small earthquakes (ranging from 2.5 to 4.0), so I do know what they feel like.

I have this sensation in bed at least once a month.  I sometimes check USGS for earthquake info, but there's never been an earthquake.  I feel ya, man.  Just weird things our bodies do I guess.
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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 03 March 2020, 09:59:16 »
My house is on the edge of the neighborhood, so I do hear/feel semi-trucks pass by occasionally; however, this sensation is different from that. My area has had a few minor earthquakes in the past 9 years (supposedly because of fracking) after never having had any my whole life, so I used to check the USGS website when I felt these, but it became so frequent that I figured it couldn't be an earthquake each time.

The inner ear is a good theory. I do frequently have episodes of lightheadedness or brief disorientation, but I always assumed it was blood pressure related.

I'll research infra-sound. I do have some tinnitus that sometimes manifests as a pulsating bass sound at night.
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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 03 March 2020, 10:05:17 »
I've also read that certain foods, MSG,   can cause neuro transmitter imbalance.  that could cause something such as this.

Most likely theorys seems to be spinal compression + decompression.

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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #12 on: Fri, 06 March 2020, 10:05:15 »
oh inner ear is a really good suggestion!

i'm a coder by trade and since I started a new job (with a new desk and office chair) I found I was experiencing vertigo at times, specifically right after getting into a moving elevator or streetcar, but also while lying in bed. turns out the new chair/desk combination was straining my SCM neck muscle on my right side (am right-handed), which caused tension all the way up to my ear, which triggered vertigo. after a visit to a good osteopath and RMT I'm back to normal.

there's also a thing called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benign_paroxysmal_positional_vertigo
this can cause a sense of dizziness or motion while lying down. physiotherapy or chiropractic can fix this.

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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #13 on: Fri, 13 March 2020, 06:06:04 »
It's probably an individual thing. Try a little sedative before bed or a hot bath with salt, it should help to relax before bed.

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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #14 on: Thu, 19 March 2020, 05:49:20 »
I've been trying to feel it in last couple of nights when went to bed. Changed sides, rolled over etc - nothing.
It must be individual thingy:)
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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #15 on: Thu, 19 March 2020, 08:17:39 »
I've been trying to feel it in last couple of nights when went to bed. Changed sides, rolled over etc - nothing.
It must be individual thingy:)

For Tp4,  it only happens in the initial moments of maintaining non-movement.  If you move, the sensation stops completely.

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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #16 on: Thu, 19 March 2020, 09:08:17 »
I've been trying to feel it in last couple of nights when went to bed. Changed sides, rolled over etc - nothing.
It must be individual thingy:)

For Tp4,  it only happens in the initial moments of maintaining non-movement.  If you move, the sensation stops completely.

Yeah, sorry, I meant that I lied down, tried to fall a sleep, went to alpha stage, but nothing happened, then rolled over and tried again, nothing.
I'll try more in next couple of days to see if I can "trigger" it:)
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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #17 on: Thu, 19 March 2020, 11:30:28 »
Yeah, sorry, I meant that I lied down, tried to fall a sleep, went to alpha stage, but nothing happened, then rolled over and tried again, nothing.
I'll try more in next couple of days to see if I can "trigger" it:)

Lay perfectly still, imagine you're in a row boat in the middle of a calm lake.

This is the typical imagery Tp4 utilizes to fall asleep, and it reliably triggers the sensation.

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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #18 on: Thu, 19 March 2020, 11:37:16 »
Yeah, sorry, I meant that I lied down, tried to fall a sleep, went to alpha stage, but nothing happened, then rolled over and tried again, nothing.
I'll try more in next couple of days to see if I can "trigger" it:)

Lay perfectly still, imagine you're in a row boat in the middle of a calm lake.

This is the typical imagery Tp4 utilizes to fall asleep, and it reliably triggers the sensation.


I'll do that tonight and report back tomorrow :)
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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #19 on: Sat, 21 March 2020, 02:25:51 »
I haven't been feeling this very much lately, but I started to feel it happen a night or two ago and remembered TP4's mention that any bodily movement will stop it, so I wiggled my arm a bit, and it stopped!  :eek: It started again immediately after my arm stopped moving. So I wiggled my arm again to stop it, but I don't remember if it stopped or I just fell asleep. Either way, it didn't bother me after that.

Otherwise, TP4's description of the sensation sounds different. I don't experience any floating sensations, just the bed wiggling/shaking.

Phinix, are you intentionally trying to feel this?!  ;D I suppose it would be fun if you could stop it at any time, but it's really annoying when trying to sleep!
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« Reply #20 on: Sat, 21 March 2020, 16:45:28 »
I haven't been feeling this very much lately, but I started to feel it happen a night or two ago and remembered TP4's mention that any bodily movement will stop it, so I wiggled my arm a bit, and it stopped!  :eek: It started again immediately after my arm stopped moving. So I wiggled my arm again to stop it, but I don't remember if it stopped or I just fell asleep. Either way, it didn't bother me after that.

Otherwise, TP4's description of the sensation sounds different. I don't experience any floating sensations, just the bed wiggling/shaking.

Phinix, are you intentionally trying to feel this?!  ;D I suppose it would be fun if you could stop it at any time, but it's really annoying when trying to sleep!

Yeah, I still cannot get it! :D
I want to try it out to fel what you feel, but I cant trigger it.
I tried to lie down, wasn't moving at all. It was all quiet, no lights, tried to make a good mood  :))
I almost fell a sleep, so shook myself again, moved myself to other side of the bed and tried to fall asleep again, went to alpha stage, but nothing happened. Nothing.
I wanted to feel it and see if I could find a way to make it stop for you. But it doesnt work for me, for some reason I cant trigger it...
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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #21 on: Sat, 21 March 2020, 17:21:51 »
After you lay down, give your spine a good stretch, maybe that will work.

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« Reply #22 on: Sat, 21 March 2020, 17:31:56 »
After you lay down, give your spine a good stretch, maybe that will work.
and how do you do that?! :D
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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #23 on: Sat, 21 March 2020, 18:12:18 »
After you lay down, give your spine a good stretch, maybe that will work.
and how do you do that?! :D

Same way cats do it.. arms up, twist left and right.

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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #24 on: Sat, 21 March 2020, 18:28:16 »
After you lay down, give your spine a good stretch, maybe that will work.
and how do you do that?! :D

Same way cats do it.. arms up, twist left and right.

My cat must be too lazy to do that as I cant remember him doing it:)

But I'll do that tonight:)
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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #25 on: Tue, 24 March 2020, 08:33:17 »
Could be possible you are having very mild íhypno jerksí that are muscle twitches, not strong enough to wake you, but enough to send movements through the bed.
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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #26 on: Tue, 24 March 2020, 10:42:11 »
Could be possible you are having very mild íhypno jerksí that are muscle twitches, not strong enough to wake you, but enough to send movements through the bed.

I get hypnagogic jerks occasionally, but those happen when I am in the process of falling asleep. I am wide awake when the bed shaking happens, and it prevents sleep.
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« Reply #27 on: Sun, 26 July 2020, 13:52:11 »

I can tell by reading through these responses that lots of these people have never felt this.  It is not a floating away sensation, it is not a hypnic jerk, nausea, or vertigo ( although I suspect it might be related to vertigo somehow)  Living in CA I have experienced earthquakes and that is EXACTLY what this feels like.  The first 3 times I experienced it - I actually got up and checked my phone.  I don't do that now because I know it is not really an earthquake.  I just started having this experience this past spring.  I also started to feel another totally different thing that felt like internal vibrating or shivers...not my body moving but internally - which seems just as weird.  Interestingly enough, I recently read that many people who have recovered from Covid  19 have experienced one or both of these things among many other long term more serious side effects. I don't think I had Covid 19 unless I was asymptomatic but I might get an antibody test just to make sure.  Anyway - It is a real thing and it's good to know that I'm not the only one who has felt this!

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« Reply #28 on: Wed, 29 July 2020, 21:34:21 »

I can tell by reading through these responses that lots of these people have never felt this.  It is not a floating away sensation, it is not a hypnic jerk, nausea, or vertigo ( although I suspect it might be related to vertigo somehow)  Living in CA I have experienced earthquakes and that is EXACTLY what this feels like.  The first 3 times I experienced it - I actually got up and checked my phone.  I don't do that now because I know it is not really an earthquake.  I just started having this experience this past spring.  I also started to feel another totally different thing that felt like internal vibrating or shivers...not my body moving but internally - which seems just as weird.  Interestingly enough, I recently read that many people who have recovered from Covid  19 have experienced one or both of these things among many other long term more serious side effects. I don't think I had Covid 19 unless I was asymptomatic but I might get an antibody test just to make sure.  Anyway - It is a real thing and it's good to know that I'm not the only one who has felt this!

Interesting. Your experience sounds exactly like mine. I used to check the earthquake map online and eventually stopped as well. I must say that 1. I definitely experienced this before COVID-19 was a thing (many months, maybe a year or so before posting this) and 2. I went several months without this happening until just two or three nights ago! The most recent occasion was not as intense as usual, but I did TP4's arm wiggle trick, and I was able to fall asleep rather soon thereafter.
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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #29 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 00:48:39 »
I'd say about 50% of the time that I lie down to go to bed, I feel the sensation of my bed shaking as though an earthquake were happening. This doesn't happen when I'm half asleep; it happens when I'm still fully awake but trying to sleep. In fact, it's so distracting that it makes sleep more difficult to initiate. I've never experienced this when sleeping on the couch though, or any other surface for that matter.

Every single thing I'm finding online about this is some hocus pocus spirit haunting crap. Also, it's just a gentle giggling or swaying of the bed, not a vibrating or buzzing as some online describe it.

I'm not on drugs or alcohol, don't have sleep paralysis, and don't believe in spirits, just to rule those out.

Has anyone else experienced this?
Dude Iím getting that right now, and it started when I started watching paranormal investigations, but as Iím writing this itís not happening, litterally the exact description you wrote was exactly everything I went through, I donít have any medical issues I donít drink lmao Iím 15 so did you find out what it was?


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Re: Shaking Bed Syndrome
« Reply #30 on: Fri, 09 October 2020, 00:29:49 »
I'd say about 50% of the time that I lie down to go to bed, I feel the sensation of my bed shaking as though an earthquake were happening. This doesn't happen when I'm half asleep; it happens when I'm still fully awake but trying to sleep. In fact, it's so distracting that it makes sleep more difficult to initiate. I've never experienced this when sleeping on the couch though, or any other surface for that matter.

Every single thing I'm finding online about this is some hocus pocus spirit haunting crap. Also, it's just a gentle giggling or swaying of the bed, not a vibrating or buzzing as some online describe it.

I'm not on drugs or alcohol, don't have sleep paralysis, and don't believe in spirits, just to rule those out.

Has anyone else experienced this?
Dude Iím getting that right now, and it started when I started watching paranormal investigations, but as Iím writing this itís not happening, litterally the exact description you wrote was exactly everything I went through, I donít have any medical issues I donít drink lmao Iím 15 so did you find out what it was?


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No, I never discovered the cause, but it happens far less often now. It has happened a couple times in the past few weeks, but the arm wiggle trick really works.

How many times have you experienced this? Just the one time?
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« Reply #31 on: Fri, 26 March 2021, 08:45:15 »
I got such syndrome after my first childbirth and for 6 years now it has not passed. Indeed, at first, I was scared and woke up, but I got used to it over the years and now when a real earthquake occurs, I don't react to it. LOL. The only way to resolve the problem with sleep, is an active lifestyle, sport, vitamins, and less stress. At the same moment, it is very important that your bed was really comfortable. I always fluff my pillow well and wrap myself in a huge knitted weighted blanket so I felt warm and cozy. And don't forget that your room must be full dark and silent.
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