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Medical What causes some people to want to roll their head

  1. Mar 22, 2016 #21
    I hope there is someone out there can closed in this chapter so I can know for sure what is it that I have and why I do it as I am sure those who have similars experience I am going through. That would be great... its been too long not having a name, then again, perhaps its a good thing.
    I found this site. you can read and see what you all think??
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  2. Mar 22, 2016 #22
    I'll roll my head sometimes to try and get rid of the pain from arthritis. Usually makes it worse but I'll still do it. What you have is probably a OCD/Tourette's thing going on. However, you might look into Dystonia - the moving disease.
    I think that if that's your worst problem your just fine. Like it's been said above, no one is unique. And if it makes you feel comfortable to put a label on it, these days there's a name for every and any medical/psychological condition or behaviour. Enjoy your life and I'm glad you escaped Yugoslavia with your health and your happiness intact.
  3. Mar 22, 2016 #23
    Hello Ebos, if that was directly at me, thanks for replying. I dont think its Dystonia, I had this since birth , I look it up what it meant, none of that applies to me, but I am sure there is a name for it, even if there wasn't, would be nice to know what that name is, even if there isn't a name for it, I am just happy that I am not alone and that there are actually people out there that go through the same as me.
    Speaking of enjoying my life... let's just say ...coming from a dysfunctional family, I can honesty say... there are worst things people have to go through. I am not in harm's way but I do feel those who go through traumatic stress and live every day in fear. That is no way to live.
    But in the meantime.. happiness is what you make of it. You have to find your happy place you know. I pray you have found yours.
    shlm. :)
  4. May 15, 2016 #24
    Hi everybody! I've been rolling my head to fall asleep it from the crib right up to today.

    When I was still a baby, my mother used to be very anxious about me doing it, fearing some obscure neurological condition, so she consulted with several pediatricians. As it was obviously too soon for me to confirm that the head-rolling was voluntary, some doctors suggested invasive pharmaceutical treatment. She finally consulted a sleep specialist that went to this admirably simple workflow with her:

    1. Does it help him sleep? (yes)
    2. Does he seem to enjoy it? (yes)

    The clever doc said something like: “Well, then, let the poor child be, for God's sake”, so my mom chilled out about it, and I turned out perfectly fine. I'm a 24-year-old male with good social skills (no autistic/Asperger-like condition). Throughout my teenage years, I had to learn to fall asleep without doing it (e.g. when I had friends over at home, or when I started having a girlfriend), but I still enjoy doing it when I'm alone. It makes me feel the "rollercoaster" effect other people in this thread have mentioned, helps me let go of uneasy thoughts and fall asleep quickly. I rarely "stop" doing it voluntarily, rather falling asleep directly in the process.

    Moral of the story: people have some very unique habits and pretty much anybody does something special that people are quick to diagnose as a super obscure neuro-mental-social-linguistico-autistic condition, but this particular thing is probably a remnant of the soothing movements from your time in the womb, when every micro-movement of your mom would “rock” you in the amniotic fluid. It is also the reason why the head-rolling is so common in babies at the age where they are forced to figure out techniques for falling asleep without their mom's help.

    Why shouldn't people be allowed to rock themselves to sleep once in a while?

    PS: this thread is cool http://isitnormal.com/story/i-rock-myself-to-sleep-every-night-32460/
  5. May 17, 2016 #25
    Hi Chris and welcome...
    Glad to have you here with us and share your story. I honesty thought I was alone in this, I had to look around on websites to see if there was actually anyone that had this problem.. Which I wouldn't call it a "problem", but you know what I mean, right? :) Are we all glad that we fond others that understand ....
    Thanks everyone for making me feel like I am not alone. ROCK- and ROLL On!
  6. Jan 5, 2017 #26
    So I'm not alone! I've been head rolling since birth, Drs told my parents it was Shaken Baby Syndrome even though i was shaking myself. Did it awake and while sleeping.
    As a child i didn't need music but as an adult i prefer it. I'm 30 and I still thoroughly enjoy it. I day dream while doing so, its an escape. If I'm single I'll head roll daily. Being in a relationship helps because there's no way I'd risk getting caught by a significant other. Happy to know there's others like myself!
  7. Jan 5, 2017 #27
    I thought I was alone in this too as this is not heard of ( I wouldn't call it rare now that there are people out there that do what wwe do, amazing that peopel are coming out of the "closet: sort of speak." :D ) I had no idea that there was others that did the same thing I did, I truly thought I was weird or crazy, but I know I am not crazy, I often wonder what makes me do this, why??? I still do this, sometimes with and or without music.
    Welcome aboard AzLisaMarie. :)
  8. Mar 9, 2017 #28
    Hey guys, there's a name for this! The latin name is: "jactatio capitis".
    I have ADD and have been doing this my whole life.
  9. Mar 14, 2017 #29
    I have been rolling my head ever since I can remember. 4-5 years old. I still do it now and I'm in my 40's.. it has slowed down because I'm married now (11 years) so I only do it when my wife isn't around. (Like if I go to bed before her). It's almost like a means of escape, I day dream think things, etc... After rolling around for a while, than I will stop because I kind of tired myself out, and I'll roll over look to go to sleep without following, or either my wife will come to bed and I'll be forced to stop. There will be times when I had such a long exhausting day, even in the middle of the day where I'll just go upstairs and roll even if it's for a few minutes, just to unwind. I went to a sleep clinic when I was in my 20's , nothing came of it. They gave me a medication called anafranil, it took it for like a month and stopped, I don't want to be on medication. I don't think it's necesssary for that. Crazy thing is, I have 2 boys - my older guy no,head rolling, my younger guy who is 6 now, told my wife my mother, it's freaking hereditary, he does the exact same thing as me. I feel terrible I gave him that disorder. As soon as I saw him doing that I felt so bad. I know this is going to be with him forever. The hiding it friends , sleepovers etc... anyway just figured I share my story. I'm exhausted, I'm going to go roll alittle before the wife goes comes to bed...
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  10. Mar 14, 2017 #30


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    What people here are describing is strictly voluntary, jactatio capitis or Rhythmic movement disorder is mainly involuntary. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhythmic_movement_disorder

    We do not diagnose people here, so let's avoid diagnoses or the thread will need to be closed.
  11. May 26, 2017 #31
    I, too, have been doing this since I can remember...I continue to do it, because it makes me feel good, and helps me to sleep. I don't see any harm in it, and neither does my wife. I was able to stop for awhile when I was in a previous relationship because she thought I was 'weird'... I still had to 'rock' my foot. I'm 55 and couldn't be happier...those that understand it, understand it. Those that don't...don't. They don't pay my bills, so I don't worry about it.
  12. May 26, 2017 #32

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    This thread has had a good run. Closed.
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