Take the steps you need to research your sleeping problems.

Sleep deprivationcan behazardous to your health. We live in a hurried society so that contribute to your sleep problem, but it could also be to a sleep disorder.

Don’t get caught up in the Sleep Dept game. Sleep Dept is when you do not get the sleep you need, you begin to build up a sleep debt. If you are losing one hour of sleep a day during the week, by Friday you have a 5- hour sleep debt. We try to make up for this by sleeping in on days we don’t have to work. This can make for a dangerous situation if a person driving has a sleep dept, especially if they have alcohol on top of it.

How much sleep does a person need?

Usually enough sleep to feel alert. Typically the average person requires 7 to 9 hours of sleep to feel at their best.

If you feel that you may have a sleep disorder, please see you physician and discuss this matter with them . 

This is a disorder that affects the legs.This is a discomfortable feeling in the legs. Most people refer to it as a crawling, tingling or prickling sensation. This can usually be relieved by moving or stimulating your legs. Medications of dopa agonist such as Requip or Mirapex may be beneficial.

These symptoms usually occur

  • When riding in a carWhile watching TV

  • While reading

  • While sitting inactive

  • Lying in bed

These techniques may provide temporary relief of symptoms

  • Walking around

  • Taking a hot shower

  • Rubbing the areas affected

Restless legs syndrome (RLS)

Periodic Limb Movements

A variation of RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) is Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep (PLMS). PLMS are leg movements or jerks, which typically occur every 20 to 40 seconds during sleep. These PLMS may cause your sleep or you bed partners to be disrupted. Due to these disruptions, you may experience excessive daytime sleepiness.

Test for Restless Legs

  • Do your legs ache prior to bedtime or when getting up?

  • Does your bed partner complain that you are kicking them at night?