Why Do Muscles Twitch

Hey, what’s happening everybody? I’m Coach Brian Klepacki with criticalbench.com. thanks for checking out this article.  I know you want to know everything about muscle twitching so let’s get right to it, shall we?!

Well, believe it or not there is a lot of different reasons, most of them are common, on why muscles twitch. Sometimes twitching can occur right after physical exercise, sometimes it occurs during exercise. This is just pure muscle fatigue and the contraction of the nerves getting the connection to the muscle. It’s just delayed or it’s just fatigued in its function so it causes like a misfire of that muscle fiber. So it twitches, it can’t fully activate, very common. Don’t be alarmed about it. But that is one of the most common reasons why muscles twitch, is pure fatigue.

So muscle twitches can also be caused by stress and anxiety. These are more of like that nervous tick like when you’re at work, it’s a stressful day, you get that little twitch in your eye right there, your eyelid is firing or if you’ve got kids you know your kids can just cause you to twitch a little bit in those eyes. So don’t be alarmed by that. Stress and anxiety, if you’ve got that little twitch in your eye or like a little pain or twitch in your neck, it could be a good chance you’re stressed and you’re dealing with some anxiety issues.

Another common one, it kind of is funny, but it’s caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant. If you drink coffee sometimes, if you drink too much coffee or on an empty stomach or you combine that with stress and anxiety and maybe a little bit of adrenaline, your muscles might twitch. You can’t keep your hands still. That’s a muscle twitch. You know, your forearm or your bicep might start twitching a little bit or your calf might start sending out that weird twitch. So caffeine and other types of stimulants have that effect on that muscle.

Sometimes people refer to twitches as spasms where that muscle just keeps firing, firing, firing and just can’t relax. This could be caused from nutritional deficiencies like vitamins, minerals, any type of nutrients that you might be lacking like calcium, magnesium, potassium. If you don’t properly address the nutritional needs or hydration needs of the body, cramps can start setting in or a little more muscle damage could set in if you’re not careful with your diet.

On that note, dehydration is another huge cause of muscle twitching and also cramps. So make sure you’re staying hydrated to prevent any types of muscle twitching.

Certain over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs as well as nicotine has been known to cause muscle twitches. So if you are on some type of over-the-counter or prescription drug or if you’re a smoker, go talk to your doctor about muscle twitches and see if there’s anything that can be done about it.

So those are the most common reasons why muscles twitch. If you do experience any type of muscle twitch, what I recommend in order to get rid of these twitches is to eat a balanced diet, maintaining good hydration, get a good night’s sleep or rest, 6 to 8 hours preferably is best to getting rid of the twitches, but also keep your stress levels down. You’ve got to keep all your anxiety and nervousness down if you are suffering from twitches.


Author: Mike Westerdal

Mike Westerdal is a national best-selling fitness author, personal trainer, Iron Man Magazine contributor and certified Russian kettlebell instructor. Mike is the co-founder of Unlock Your Body & The Unlock Your Body Inner Circle as well as the co-creator of the wildly popular Unlock Your Hip Flexors and Forward Head Posture Fix programs that has changed so many lives.

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