Have you heard of PLMS? Different from Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep (PLMS) causes insomnia, daytime fatigue, poor work and school performance and more. A leg that continually moves disturbs not just the person but his or her spouse and household. At Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, our sleep doctors diagnoses and treat this common problem, helping people feel better and function at their best.
FAQs about PLMS
What are the symptoms of PLMS?
People who suffer from Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep (PLMS) move one leg or flex one foot every 30 seconds or so as they sleep at night, say experts at the Cleveland Clinic. The movements are so persistent they affect the person's daily function, disposition and interpersonal relationships.
PLMS is distinct from RLS because PLMS occurs only at night during deep sleep. RLS may happen when one is awake and sitting or lying down. Movements are not automatic, but rather, RLS exhibits an irritable feeling in the legs and a desire to move them around.
Who gets PLMS?
MedicalNewsToday reports that both men and women get this sleep disorder. People over age 60 seem more prone to developing it.
How is PLMS diagnosed?
If you have symptoms, speak to your primary care physician. They may order blood work and other tests to rule out diabetes, kidney issues and other health problems. Additionally, you should see Dr. Bogan at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, for a review of your symptoms and of your medical history. Dr. Bogan often orders an in-office sleep study in his sleep lab.
What does a sleep lab look like?
The sleep lab at Bogan Sleep Consultants has a comfortable, bedroom-like atmosphere. You'll spend the night there, resting in a darkened environment with full monitoring of your limb movements, respirations, heart rate and blood pressure. You will receive test results as soon as Dr. Bogan is able to read and interpret them.
How is PLMS treated?
For many patients, simple lifestyle modifications help control PLMS. Our sleep doctors may recommend:
- Avoiding caffeine and alcohol, particularly in the evening hours.
- Stopping your screen time (TV, phone, laptop, tablet) for two to three hours before bedtime
Additionally, some people need medications such as anticonvulsants, tranquilizers or muscle relaxants to quiet their legs at night.
You can return to more restful sleep and better daytime function and well-being. Contact Bogan Sleep Consultants for an appointment with sleep doctors. He and his caring team can and will help. Phone (803) 251-3093.