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Periodic leg movement syndrome

Light to severe leg movement during sleep

Have you been told that you move your legs while sleeping? If so, you may suffer from periodic leg movement syndrome.

Periodic leg movement syndrome is a sleep condition characterized by rhythmic movements of your legs during sleep. Typically, you are not aware of the leg movements, which occur periodically throughout the night and can fluctuate in severity from one night to the next. They tend to cluster in episodes that last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. These movements are very different from the normal spasms that you often experience initially while trying to fall asleep.

Symptoms of periodic leg movement syndrome

Symptoms of this sleep condition include leg movements with the extension of the big toe in combination with a partial flexing of the ankle, knee or hip. These movements can cause partial awakening resulting in interrupted sleep.

Novant Health has a team of board-certified sleep doctors that specialize in diagnosing and treating sleep conditions like periodic leg movement syndrome. To learn more about periodic leg movement syndrome or to schedule an appointment with one of our sleep doctors, call the sleep health location nearest you today.

Locations specializing in this service:

Sleep clinics & centers

Medical centers & hospitals