What To Know About Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep (PLMS)
By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
July 22, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorders

How your sleep specialists in Columbia, SC, can help you sleep better when you have PLMS

You deserve to sleep well at night, but if you have a condition known as periodic limb movements of sleep or PLMS, a sound sleep may seem out of reach. The good news is, your sleep specialist can help you sleep soundly again.

The sleep specialists of Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, provide a wide range of sleep services including treatment for PLMS.

PLMS is a sleep disorder that causes repetitive, independent movements of your limbs while you sleep. Some of the repetitive limb movements include:

  • Hip twitching
  • Knee bending
  • Ankle bending
  • Foot or toe flexing

These movements can occur every 10 to 60 seconds, lasting from a few minutes to a few hours. This constant movement of your limbs results in fatigue, daytime drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, and other annoying and potentially serious signs and symptoms.

You may be at increased risk of PLMS if you:

  • Have a high caffeine intake
  • Experience high-stress levels
  • Take antidepressants
  • Have ADHD
  • Are over 50 years old

PLMS needs to be diagnosed with a sleep study and a comprehensive examination by a sleep specialist. If your sleep specialist determines that you have PLMS, professional treatment may include:

  • Avoiding caffeine, because caffeine can make your PLMS symptoms worse
  • Taking iron supplements, because low iron levels can affect PLMS symptoms
  • Medication therapy including dopamine agonists, which help to reduce PLMS symptoms

PLMS can interfere with your sleep, and interfere with your life. If you are worried you might be suffering from PLMS, it’s time to seek out the help of your sleep specialist.

To learn more about the treatment of PLMS and other sleep medicine services, call the sleep specialists of Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, at (803) 251-3093. Call now!

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