Kicking in Your Sleep

Kicking in Your Sleep

Have you ever heard anyone say, you were kicking in your sleep?┬áMy cousins used to complain about other cousins they did not like to sleep with during stay-overs. I really didn’t realize, and no one else did either what that meant at the time. I only really knew when I got married. My husband does this. He knew he did and had been told but he didn’t know why either. I did a little research and it seems it has a name, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder. I doesn’t seem to be serious and it doesn’t keep me or my husband awake. I only notice it if I am awake. It seems to happen mainly just when he first goes to sleep. It may happen after that but I am asleep most of the time so I don’t know it. What happens is a feel him moving his feet around for about five seconds and then he stops and does it again in about 20 second later. It does not seem to go on forever. It is pretty weird but normal. Here is what the sleep foundation┬áhas to same about it:

Periodic limb movements in sleep are repetitive movements, most typically in the lower limbs, that occur about every 20-40 seconds. If you have PLMS, or sleep with someone who has PLMS (also referred to as PLMD, periodic limb movement disorder), you may recognize these movements as brief muscle twitches, jerking movements or an upward flexing of the feet. They cluster into episodes lasting anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.

The exact cause of PLMS is still unknown. Scientists believe that the underlying mechanisms probably involve factors in the nervous system, although studies have not revealed any consistent abnormalites. PLMS are not considered medically serious. They can, however, be implicated as a contributing factor in chronic insomnia and/or daytime fatigue because they may cause awakenings during the night. Occasionally, PLMS may be an indicator of a serious medical condition such as kidney disease, diabetes or anemia.

https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems/sleep-related-movement-disorders/periodic-limb-movement-disorder

kicking in your sleep

kicking in your sleep