Essential tremor is a condition that causes parts of the body to shake involuntarily. Seven million people in the United States live with this condition, which is often confused with Parkinson's disease. Essential tremors can affect men and women of any age, although they are more common in older adults. Parts of the body most often affected by tremors are legs, arms, trunk or abdomen, and head. In some cases, the voice may shake when speaking. While there is no definitive cure for essential tremor, several treatments may help.
Physical exhaustion can be a major contributor to essential tremors. It does not directly cause the condition, but inadequate sleep can worsen episodes. Getting a good, full night's sleep every night can help lessen this problem. It may help to make a sleep schedule with a routine for bed and wake times. This ensures the individual gets the right amount of sleep.
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