Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
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What is Periodic Limb Movement Disorder? Periodic Limb Movement Disorder is a sleep disorder where the sufferer repeatedly makes repeated kicking and jerking movements with their legs or arms during sleep, usually without being aware of it. As the sufferer is unaware, they are doing it, it relies on the bed partner to notice this behaviour, so if your partner repeatedly jerks their limbs during the night or indeed repeatedly seems to ‘punch’ or ‘kick’ you then you should suspect PLMD.  The repeated movements can disturb the sufferer’s sleep, so whilst they may be unaware of the movements during the night, they may notice they are suffering from daytime sleepiness for no apparent reason. Women are more likely to suffer from the condition than men. Causes include too much caffeine, stress and mental health problems.