Your unconscious mind knows precisely how to create Limb Movements as and also knows exactly how to completely relax the whole of your body and sleep deeply
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) (or Nocturnal Myoclonus) is where a person’s legs or arms twitch and move involuntarily during sleep. It occurs during non-REM sleep. Limb movements happen about five times an hour (or more) and last 20 – 30 seconds. It usually involves partial flexing of the big toe, ankle, knee and sometimes hips. You may not be aware of the PLMD but may find you have disturbed your sleep partner.
PLMD is not jerks and twitches that you get as you fall asleep nor is it night time muscle spasms. PLMD is different to Restless Legs Syndrome as PLMD occurs in your sleep. Many people who have RLS also have PLMD.
How I can Help You With PLMD
How much help you need depends on how much stress you are under, your sleep partner and how severe the PLMD is.
Sleep issues involving Limb Movements often have their root in the build-up of long term stress. Dealing with the stress and learning deep relaxation techniques such as meditation and self-hypnosis, can really improve your sleep.
- Sleep Diary
I will normally suggest you keep a diary and record not just the PLMD, but your sleep patterns, the quality and quantity of sleep, your routines, your working hours, what you eat and drink in the evening, any alcohol or recreational drugs, stressful events, how you are feeling etc.
- Life Coaching
Your diary will help you identify any changes to your life style and routines that might help combat or reduce the PLMD. I can help you prioritise changes you might want to make, help you set realistic goals and support you as you work towards them.
- Root Cause
We will look at when your sleep issues started, events that happened around that time, your beliefs around work, and about yourself. Stress is the root cause of many sleep issues so by removing the stressful feelings, resolving and letting go of things that have bothered you consciously or unconsciously for years, will often have a profound effect on your sleep – and on other areas of your life.
- Sleep Training
I can help you re-train your mind and body to focus on relaxing, anticipating at wonderful refreshing night’s sleep as you easily and quickly drift off to asleep and with your limbs staying relaxed and asleep throughout the night.
- Self Hypnosis
I can also teach you self-hypnosis and other techniques you can use to calm your system, slow down your thoughts and give you alternative strategies for dealing PLMD and stressful situations that arise.
As little as 10 minutes twice a day can be very beneficial as it will give you a method of progressively becoming more still, more focused, more present and more in charge of both your mind and body. I teach simple, modern forms of meditation – no need to shut out thoughts or sit in uncomfortable positions.
Dr William C Kohler MD, author of Hypnosis in the Management of Sleep Disorders, and a pioneer in Sleep Clinics and Sleep Medicine in America, cites cases of Periodic Limb Movement Disorder treated by hypnosis and self-hypnosis. He views hypnosis as a safe alternative therapy to medications for PLMD. He notes that medications often have side effects. He reports that the reduction of tension and increasing relaxation as the key to overcoming cases of PLMD.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
How many sessions you need depends on you and how severe the issue has become. You could book a few sessions or a short programme to focus on Sleep Training and Hypnotherapy.
But if stress is the cause of the issue, or if you are under a lot of pressure, or if you have another sleep disorder then it is best to also resolve the cause and for that I recommend the longer Sleep Transformation Programme (8 sessions).
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