Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) is characterized by periodic cramping and jerking of legs during sleep. The condition occurs only during sleep and is described to be repetitive and rhythmic, occurring about every 20-40 seconds. Most people with PLMD are unaware of their leg movements and the common symptoms they complain of is tiredness and daytime sleepiness.
HOW IS PERIODIC LIMB MOVEMENT DISORDER DIAGNOSED?
A general physician may diagnose the condition as a sleep disorder and conduct sleep tests (Polysomnography) when the leg movements will become evident. A medical history of the patient is analysed along with a thorough physical examination.
HOW IS PERIODIC LIMB MOVEMENT DISORDER TREATED?
Treatment for Periodic limb movement disorder includes medications that help in inducing sounder sleep. Also, there are some leg exercises given help in managing the restlessness during sleep. Certain sleeping aids like using bolster to keep legs raised are also used.
DID YOU KNOW?
This is not really a serious problem but it could create sleep hindrance with the constant jerking and movement, especially for your partner.