Sleep Movement Disorders - Let's Dig Deeper!

Sleep Movement Disorders - Let's Dig Deeper!

This one is a hard disorder to battle, most feel tired, restless and can’t seem to experience a normal life than others. SMD  includes conditions that cause movement during or prior to sleep. This also was subdivided depending on what body parts are affected and movements as well:

  • Restless Leg Syndrome: Restless legs syndrome or (RLS) is a serious condition, it is a neurological sleep disorder that causes unpleasant or uncomfortable sensations in the legs and an irresistible urge to move them. Restless legs syndrome makes it difficult to get comfortable enough to fall asleep but it also might happen in the late afternoon or evening hours, and are often most severe at night when a person is resting, such as sitting or lying in bed. RLS may also occur when someone is inactive and sitting for extended periods (for example, when taking a trip by plane or watching a movie

  • Periodic Limb Movements: People with PLM has an uncontrollable muscle movement or episodes of simple, repetitive muscle movements. The movements tend to involve the tightening or flexing of a muscle that occurs most often in the lower legs while awake or even sleeping.

  • Sleep Leg Cramps:  This also called nocturnal or night leg cramps; is painful, involuntary contractions or spasms of muscles in your legs, usually occurring when you're in bed. Night leg cramps usually involve your calf muscles, although muscles in your feet or thighs might cramp as well. Forcefully stretching the contracted muscle relieves the pain.

  • Sleep Rhythmic Movement: This is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive movements of large muscle groups immediately before and during sleep often involving the head and neck even hands and knees. Movements are hand knees body rocking, headbanging and head rolling.

  • Bruxism:  This is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth effects to sound of teeth grinding. The risk of developing dental problems is high. 

Any of these sleep movement disorder is not normal, you should go see a doctor if you are experiencing any of these to get proper medical advice. 


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