Individuals with PLMD may also experience Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), an irritation or uncomfortable sensation in the calves or thighs, as they attempt to fall asleep or when they awaken during the night. Walking or stretching may relieve the sensations, at least temporarily. However, research also shows that many individuals have PLMD without experiencing any symptoms at all. It’s not unusual for the bed partner to be the one who’s most aware of the movements, since they may disturb his/her sleep.
A number of medications have been shown to be effective in treating PLMD, but treatment is only necessary when PLMD are accompanied by restless legs (RLS), insomnia or daytime fatigue.
Seek professional medical advice. You may wish to begin by consulting your family physician or by making an appointment for an evaluation at an accredited sleep disorders centre in your area.