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By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
April 10, 2020
Category: Sleep Disorders

Are your muscle spasms in the legs waking you up at night?

Periodic limb movements of sleep (PLMS) are the result of muscle cramps or spasms that usually occur in the lower extremities while asleep. It is also referred to as periodic limb movement disorder, and these muscle cramps or twitching can occur for a few minutes or even a few hours. Are you dealing with muscle twitching and jerking at night? Is your bed partner complaining about your constant movement? If so, then it might be time to see our Columbia, SC, sleep specialist Dr. Richard Bogan. Contact Bogan Sleep Consultants to learn more.

What Are the Symptoms of PLMS?

Many people with restless leg syndrome also have PLMS. It also occurs more frequently in patients over 65 years old. Patients who have also been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, REM sleep behavior disorder, and narcolepsy are more likely to experience PLMS. PLMS affects both genders and patients of all ages.

While muscle spasms may be bad enough to wake you up in the middle of the night, most people with PLMS don’t even know that they have it. The only reason they find out something is wrong is complaints from their partner. Those with disruptive sleep due to PLMS are more likely to experience daytime fatigue and non-restorative sleep.

What Causes PLMS?

Unfortunately, we do not currently know what causes PLMS; however, there are certain medications such as antihistamines and antidepressants that can exacerbate symptoms of PLMS. If you are noticing worsening symptoms while taking certain medications it’s important to talk with your sleep doctor in Columbia, SC.

How Is PLMS Treated?

With lifestyle modifications and medication, we can help reduce PLMS symptoms to improve the quality of your sleep. One major lifestyle change that can help is avoiding caffeine such as coffee, tea, chocolate, and sodas. If you are taking antidepressants, talk to your doctor about switching to another medication that won’t make your PLMS symptoms worse.

Several medications can treat PLMS such as anticonvulsants, benzodiazepines, narcotics, and dopamine antagonists. Dopamine antagonists are the standard medication prescribed for PLMS. While there is no cure for PLMS, taking the medication regularly can provide you with the relief you need.

If you are dealing with any issues falling or staying asleep in Columbia, SC, then it’s time to schedule an evaluation with the sleep experts at Bogan Sleep Consultants. Helping you get a better night’s rest is our job. Call 803-251-3093 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Richard Bogan today.