Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep
Periodic limb movements (PLMS) are repetitive movements of your lower limbs that occur every 20-40 seconds during sleep. These movements are similar to muscle twitches or jerking movements.
They can, however, be implicated as a contributing factor in chronic insomnia and/or daytime fatigue because they may cause awakenings during the night. Occasionally, this may be an indicator of a serious medical condition such as kidney disease, diabetes or anemia.
Signs and Symptoms
- Chronic insomnia
- Daytime fatigue
- Restless legs syndrome
A number of medications have been shown to be effective in treating this disorder, but treatment is only necessary when PLMS are accompanied by restless legs (RLS), insomnia or daytime fatigue. If you or a loved one suffers from one of these symptoms, contact Sleep Center at Comprehensive today to schedule a sleep study, so we can help you identify an appropriate treatment plan.
About Sleep Center at Comprehensive
The Sleep Center at Comprehensive, a division of Comprehensive Cancer Centers and Lung Center of Nevada, provides patients with sleep disorders with a wide range of treatment options for those in Southern Nevada and beyond.