Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

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Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

Having trouble staying asleep? Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) can disrupt your nightly rest, leading to fatigue and discomfort during the day. Do you experience:

If you’re struggling with these symptoms, know that help is available. We’re here to provide support and guidance to help you find relief from PLMD and improve your sleep quality.

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

What is Periodic Limb Movement Disorder?

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) is a sleep disorder characterised by repetitive and involuntary movements of the limbs (usually the legs) during sleep. These movements, which can involve kicking, jerking, or flexing of the legs, often occur in rhythmic patterns and can disrupt the continuity of sleep. PLMD can lead to fragmented sleep, resulting in daytime fatigue and impairment of overall well-being. This disorder can be distressing and impact one’s quality of life, but with proper diagnosis and treatment, individuals can find relief and achieve restful sleep once again.

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Symptoms of Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

Experiencing symptoms of Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) can significantly disrupt your sleep and overall well-being. You may notice:

  • Repetitive and involuntary movements of the legs during sleep, such as kicking or jerking. Bed partners may describe you as a restless sleeper.
  • Disruption of sleep continuity due to these movements, leading to fragmented sleep.
  • Waking up frequently during the night and experiencing difficulty staying asleep
  • Feeling fatigued or not refreshed upon waking, despite spending time in bed
  • Experiencing daytime sleepiness, irritability, or difficulty concentrating due to insufficient sleep

 

These symptoms can leave you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, affecting your mood, energy levels, and overall quality of life. It’s worth noting that you may not always be aware of these symptoms yourself, but your bed partner may observe these movements during sleep.

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Causes of Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

Periodic limb movement disorder can have various underlying causes, often intertwining to disrupt your sleep patterns.

Genetic predisposition

Research suggests that periodic limb movement disorder may have a genetic component, with a higher likelihood of developing the condition if you have a family history of it.

Neurological conditions

Certain neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's disease or peripheral neuropathy, can disrupt the signals between your brain and muscles, leading to involuntary limb movements during sleep.

Iron deficiency

Low levels of iron in the brain may contribute to the development of periodic limb movement disorder, as iron is essential for proper nerve function and muscle control.

Medication side effects

Some medications, such as certain antidepressants or antipsychotics, can trigger or worsen periodic limb movements during sleep as a side effect.

Underlying sleep disorders

Conditions like restless legs syndrome or obstructive sleep apnea can coexist with periodic limb movement disorder, further disrupting sleep and exacerbating symptoms.

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Do You Need To Get Help For Periodic Limb Movement Disorder?

If you’re experiencing persistent sleep disturbances that are impacting your daily life and well-being, seeking professional help for periodic limb movement disorder can offer valuable support and guidance.

This becomes particularly important when self-help strategies don’t provide relief, and you’re contending with sleep challenges on most nights for an extended period, or when worries about another restless night start to consume your thoughts.

Remember, reaching out for assistance is not a sign of weakness but an important step toward improving your sleep and overall health.

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Periodic Limb Movement Disorder Treatment Options with Dr SH Wong

Our goal is to enhance your sleep quality, improve your daytime functioning, and foster your overall well-being. We aim to address any underlying factors contributing to your sleep disturbances, including other medical conditions, while helping you establish healthy sleep habits and reduce reliance on medications.

Lifestyle Adjustments

In addition to maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, creating a conducive sleep environment, and adopting healthy habits to promote better sleep quality like avoiding caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol intake may also help manage periodic limb movement disorder.

Lifestyle Adjustments

In addition to maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, creating a conducive sleep environment, and adopting healthy habits to promote better sleep quality like avoiding caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol intake may also help manage periodic limb movement disorder.

Medical Interventions

In some cases, prescription medications may be recommended to manage symptoms and facilitate better sleep, especially for short-term relief or when other treatments have been ineffective.

Medical Interventions

In some cases, prescription medications may be recommended to manage symptoms and facilitate better sleep, especially for short-term relief or when other treatments have been ineffective.
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Your Guided Journey with Dr SH Wong

  • Make an Appointment

    Our staff will assist you with making your first appointment with Dr Wong.

  • First Session

    We'll lead you through medical assessments, including a sleep study in some cases, and delve into your medical and personal background during a relaxed conversation with Dr. Wong.

  • Follow-up Sessions

    We'll centre our discussions on exploring lifestyle influences, engaging in therapeutic dialogues, and considering any required medications to aid you on your path to better sleep.

Sleep Specialist & Psychiatrist

Dr SH Wong: Sleep Specialist for Periodic Limb Movement Disorder Treatment in Singapore

Dr. Sheau Hwa Wong, a seasoned sleep specialist with over two decades of expertise, brings a compassionate approach to treating sleep disorders. Recognised for his empathetic demeanour, Dr. Wong is committed to providing holistic psychiatric care, tailored to each patient’s individual needs. Through his unwavering dedication, he empowers individuals to overcome sleep challenges and achieve a restful and fulfilling life.

FAQs

Questions You May Have

The effectiveness of treatment approaches for managing Periodic Limb Movement Disorder can vary depending on individual factors such as the severity of symptoms, underlying health conditions, and response to treatment. While some individuals may experience significant improvement with lifestyle adjustments, others may require additional interventions such as medication or behavioural therapies. It's essential to work closely with healthcare professionals to find the most suitable treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Yes, you may need to undergo some tests. These assessments may include a thorough evaluation of your medical history, a physical examination, and possibly a sleep study to assess your sleep patterns and movements during the night. These tests are designed to help healthcare professionals gain insight into the underlying causes of your symptoms and determine the most appropriate course of action to effectively manage PLMD.

Each individual's journey with Periodic Limb Movement Disorder is unique, and responses to treatment can vary greatly. While some may notice significant improvements relatively quickly, others may require more time and a combination of treatment approaches to achieve their desired outcomes.

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