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How to find stillness when you have periodic limb movements

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

There is no cure for the movement disorder of sleep known as Periodic Limb Movement Disorder.

However, the 4 percent of Americans who suffer from this curious neurological condition can manage its symptoms through lifestyle changes and medications.

Not only can they recoup some of their lost energy and enjoy more alertness during the day, but so can their bed partners. 

 

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How can you distinguish Periodic Limb Movements from Restless Legs?

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Your spouse has recently complained that you kick your legs as you sleep. It makes sense when you see how topsy turvy the sheets and blankets are when you wake up in the morning.

Though your movements aren't dangerous to your or your spouse, they do insist that your kicking and fidgeting seem to happen in clusters all night long.

You've already been diagnosed with restless leg syndrome (RLS)... Is it safe to assume that your leg movements are related to your restless leg problems?

No. You might have another condition: Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD). While RLS and PLMD share similar symptoms, they are by no means the same disorder.

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