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How To Detect Periodic Limb Movements Of Sleep

Periodic limb movements of sleep are a symptom of a rare sleep condition known as periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD). It is characterized by, as the name suggests, involuntary movements of the lower limbs as the person tries to sleep. It can be difficult for someone suffering from these symptoms to detect them on their own, but there are important telltale signs of the condition that you should be aware of, and these will be explored below. But to learn more about periodic limb movements of sleep you can contact your local sleep specialists of Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC.

Common Symptoms

The nighttime symptoms of PLMD can involve just one or both lower limbs and typically begin during non-REM sleep, that is, during the first few hours of sleep. You may notice tightening, stretching, or flexing of your joints or big toe. These movements last for a couple of seconds and repeat from about every 5 seconds to a couple of minutes or more and can repeat at least 15 times in an hour.

The reason why PLMD often unnoticed is because although these movements can wake your body and affect how much total sleep you get, you may not ever even notice them unless you have a sleeping partner who does. This is very similar to other sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.

Daytime symptoms can include constant sleepiness, forgetfulness, and other sleep deprivation problems like mood and memory concerns.

Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep in Columbia, SC

It's important to seek help from a professional as soon as you suspect a sleep disorder is affecting your quality of sleep and quality of life as a result. Your doctor can diagnose your condition and develop a tailored treatment plan, for PLMD can often prescribe medication and suggest lifestyle changes to relieve many of your symptoms.

If you believe you or a loved one are experiencing periodic limb movements of sleep you can schedule a consultation in Columbia, SC, with Bogan Sleep Consultants by dialing (803) 251-3093.

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