Do you often feel an urge to move your legs while sitting or lying in bed? Are you ever annoyed by a creeping or itching feeling in your legs? This can keep you from sleeping at night. You may then feel tired during the day. If you have these problems, please contact us to discuss setting up your sleep study. We can suggest a treatment plan and help you find ways to sleep better.
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
RLS is a creeping, crawly, or jumpy feeling in the legs or sometimes the arms. Symptoms of RLS often occur when you sit or lie down at night. This discomfort can keep you from falling asleep. RLS is more common in older people and tends to run in families. Overuse of caffeine or alcohol may make symptoms worse. Iron deficiency, diabetes, or kidney problems can contribute to RLS as well. People with RLS also often have PLMS symptoms.
Periodic Limb Movement (PLMS)
PLMS is a sudden leg jerking during sleep. The person you sleep with is often the one who notices it. Your legs may jerk many times during the night. You and your partner may both have trouble sleeping and feel tired in the morning. PLMS shouldn’t be confused with normal leg or body twitching many people have first falling asleep.
What You Can Do
Symptoms of RLS and PLMS can be treated. Together, you and your health care provider can work on your treatment plan. If needed, medications may be prescribed. Also learn what you can do to ease your discomfort. Good sleep habits and a healthy lifestyle will help you rest better and have more energy during the day.
Working with Your Health Care Provider
Discuss your sleep problems with your health care provider. Be prepared to answer questions about your medical and family history. A lab test may be done to check the iron level in your blood. Low iron may cause some RLS symptoms. Your health care provider may suggest you have a sleep study to help diagnose PLMS. The your treatment plan can be discussed.
Tips for Temporary Relief
To reduce your discomfort, try the following:
- Walking or stretching
- Rubbing your legs
- Having a massage
- Doing activites that make muscles in your hands or legs work
- Relaxing with yoga or meditation
- Taking a hot or cold bath