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Are you tired during the day? Have you started experiencing insomnia? Is your spouse complaining that your legs move for prolonged periods of time while you are sleeping? These symptoms could indicate a syndrome called Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep, or PLMS. Dr. Richard Bogan, a sleep doctor at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, uncovers this puzzling problem and can help you rest more peacefully.
The details on PLMS
The Sleep Health Foundation reports that 40 percent of adults ages 65 and over in the US exhibit symptoms of Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep. Both men and women are affected by this often unreported health issue, even though sufferers, and their spouses, often have daytime fatigue and insomnia otherwise unexplained by another health problem.
What does PLMS look like?
PLMS consists of odd leg movements while a person is in light REM, or rapid eye movement, sleep. Lower legs twitch, and the big toe, ankle, knee and even hip may suddenly and repeatedly flex. Many people with PLMS have no idea they are moving so much as they sleep; however, whoever sleeps with the individual certainly notices and suffers interrupted sleep.
No one really knows why PLMS happens. Restless Leg Syndrome sometimes accompanies it, along with the very common sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
If you believe you may have PLMS, please contact your sleep doctor at his Columbia, SC. Bogan Sleep Consultants features a fully-equipped, state of the art sleep lab. Dr. Bogan uses these high-tech facilities to conduct monitored sleep studies which can pinpoint a person's sleep patterns.
A common diagnostic test for sleep disorders, such as PLMS, is a polysomnogram. Conducted in a comfortable, bedroom-like setting at Bogan Sleep Consultants, this test monitors bodily movements, breathing, heart rate, brain waves and more. With the collected information, Dr. Bogan can make a definitive diagnosis and suggest ways to improve your sleep cycle.
Your sleep doctor also may recommend your primary care physician give you a complete physical examination to rule out any medical reason for your PLMS. Anemia, diabetes and kidney disease have been implicated in many sleep disorders, including Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep.
Barring any underlying medical problem, Dr. Bogan often suggests limiting all forms of caffeine. He may prescribe medications such as:
- Dopamine agonists
Proper sleep is so important to your overall health and sense of well-being. If you think you may have PLMS, sleep apnea or other sleep disorder, please contact Bogan Sleep Consultants for a personal consultation with Dr. Richard Bogan. Call the office at (803) 251-3093.
Do your twitching limbs keep you from getting a good night's sleep? You may have periodic limb movements of sleep (PLMS), a sleep disturbance that can leave you feeling exhausted. Dr. Richard Bogan, Columbia, SC, sleep doctor at Bogan Sleep Consultants helps area patients manage the unpleasant symptoms of PLMS.
What is PLMS?
If you have PLMS, your limbs twitch or jerk while you sleep. The problem can not only disrupt your sleep, but may also keep your partner or spouse awake. PLMS symptoms happen during non-rapid eye movement sleep, which occurs when you've just fallen into a light sleep.
Jerking or twitching commonly occurs in the legs, hips, feet and toes, but may also affect the arms. The limb movements may occur every few seconds and can last several seconds or as long as an hour. Although PLMS isn't a serious condition, it can affect the quality of your life if it happens on a regular basis. PLMS can cause chronic fatigue and affect your memory and ability to concentrate.
Who gets PLMS?
Anyone can develop PLMS, although it's less common in young people. In some cases, an underlying medical problem, such as diabetes, anemia, narcolepsy or sleep apnea, may trigger PLMS symptoms. You may also be more likely to experience limb jerking or twitching if you're taking certain antidepresssants or anti-psychotic medications.
Some people who have PLMS also have restless legs syndrome (RLS), a condition that causes uncomfortable feelings in the legs that can only be relieved by moving them.
How can a visit to the sleep doctor help me?
If your Bogan sleep doctor determines that you have PLMS, he can recommend strategies that may help relieve or reduce your symptoms. Stretching exercises, yoga, meditation and regular physical activity may help reduce bouts of PLMS. Treating sleep apnea and other underlying disorders often helps improve PLMS disorder.
Your sleep doctor may also prescribe medications that will help reduce your symptoms. Some medications are also effective in relieving RLS symptoms.
Find relief of your PLMS symptoms with a visit to the sleep doctor! Call Dr. Richard Bogan of Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, at (803) 251-3093 to schedule your appointment.