Moving arms while sleeping

Posted by nanalinda @nanalinda, Dec 22, 2022

Does anyone else have this problem? I wear a CPAP and only get about 2-3 hours of sleep that registers on the machine. While I am sleeping I take my mask off and then I start moving my arms. I raise them in the air, I shake them, I rub my ear and shake my arm. Then after that I rub my face etc. In the morning I am exhausted. I couldn't figure out what I was doing until I recorded me sleeping.
Is there anything that can be done to help me?

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@nanalinda, does this sound like what you are experiencing?
"Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is characterized by twitching, flexing, and jerking movements of the legs and arms during sleep. The movements occur every 20 to 40 seconds and may last for minutes or hours throughout the night. People with PLMD don’t know their limbs are moving, and are unable to control or stop them." https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1188558-overview

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Yes I have PLM and RLS. I take Mirapex for it but I still move my arms during sleep.

Thank You

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@nanalinda

Yes I have PLM and RLS. I take Mirapex for it but I still move my arms during sleep.

Thank You

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Hi @nanalinda, There is another discussion you might find helpful since you mentioned you have PLM and RLS.

— Periodic Limb Movement Disorder: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/periodic-limb-movement-disorder/

You may have already seen these but I thought I would share them again just in case you haven't seen them.

National Sleep Foundation – Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)
https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/periodic-limb-movements-disorder
SleepEducation.org
http://sleepeducation.org/sleep-disorders-by-category/sleep-movement-disorders/periodic-limb-movements/overview-facts
Medical News Today – Periodic limb movement disorder: Symptoms and treatment
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317911.php

@dodeebug, @barbarn, @sussan, @marye2, @lorettat, @engelee and @bill54321 may also have some thoughts or suggestions to share with you.

Have you considered seeking help from a major teaching hospital or health facility like the Mayo Clinic? If you would like to seek help from Mayo Clinic, contact one of the appointment offices. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

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