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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!
Periodic limb movements of sleep (PLMS) affects four to 11% of adults. Also called nocturnal myoclonus, patients are often unaware that they have this sleep disorder until it begins to interrupt their sleep schedule. If something seems a bit off, or your significant other is showing signs of concern for your behavior while catching Z's, visit our office in Columbia, SC, to get the situation under control. At Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC, we promise to provide you with better sleep and better quality of health. Dr. Richard Bogan is here for all your needs.
What is Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep (PLMS)?
PLMS is common in older adults. Also associated with restless leg syndrome, it's characterized by jerking and flailing movements of the arms, legs, and even the facial muscles. What can start as mild motions can turn into grand thrashing gestures, and the greatest amount of them often expose themselves in the first four hours of sleep. Most ticks occur for only half a second in periodic intervals, but some can last for intervals separated by five to 90 seconds. Although this disorder can present itself while awake, it's most likely to occur during sleep, when it becomes the most disruptive.
What Causes PLMS?
Most doctors often correlate this condition to spinal cord injuries or diabetes, although majorities are unsure of the actual cause. They assume it to result from abnormal nerve passage patterns that travel from the brain to the limbs.
Diagnosing and Treating PLMS
When PLMS disturbs the slumber of you or your partner, it's time to see a doctor. Excessive daytime sleepiness, mood swings, and other signs of lack of sleep are all symptoms that require attention. A formal diagnosis typically requires a sleep study, where your sleep gets monitored by one of our consultants throughout the night. PLMS often responds well to anticonvulsant medication, iron supplements, benzodiazepines, and dopamine therapy. We can address any questions or concerns upon your initial visit to our Columbia, SC office.
If you frequently wake your partner throughout the night, schedule a consultation with one of our many professionals to get to the root of the problem and develop the appropriate treatment plan. For more information about PLMS, other conditions we treat, and services provided by Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC, visit our website. Please call (803) 251-3093 for appointment scheduling in our Columbia, SC, office.