Some movement disorders such as restless legs syndrome and bruxism can make it difficult to fall asleep and get enough restful sleep.
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
RLS is an uncomfortable sensation in the lower limbs with a strong urge to move the legs when a person is awake. Moving the legs can offer temporary relief, however the sensation will often return. It is more common in the evening and can make it difficult to go to sleep. Medications to reduce the discomfort of RLS are available.
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)
PLMD is the involuntary movement of the arms and legs during sleep. It can occur for minutes or even hours throughout the night. This can affect a person’s ability to sleep at night.
Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is the habit of clenching, gnashing or grinding your teeth during sleep. This can wear down tooth enamel and result in significant dental problems. It can also lead to pain in the jaw and other muscles of the face.
The GenesisCare team can help find the best solution for you. If you have persistent symptoms, please contact your GP and ask for a referral to your GenesisCare sleep centre.