Do you have a suggestion for someone who suffers from Periodic Limb Movement Disorder?
Q. Dear Terry, “Do you have a suggestion for someone who suffers from Periodic Limb Movement Disorder? It's related to Restless Leg/Body Syndrome, but is much more severe and makes it very difficult to sleep.” — Jordy K., Columbus, OH
A. Dear Jordy, I’m sorry to hear that you are struggling with this disorder. Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is a sleep disorder characterized by rhythmic movements of the limbs during sleep. While the movements typically involve the legs, upper extremity movements may also occur. It can often cause a partial or full brief awakening, resulting in disrupted sleep. For the most part, individuals are unaware of these movements.
I feel strongly that making good decisions regarding exercise, food choices, and proven natural medicines can have a tremendous impact in reducing your symptoms.
If you haven’t yet, I would encourage you to work on reducing the amount of stimulants such as caffeine in your diet as caffeine can intensify PLMD symptoms. If you drink coffee or tea, try not to drink any past noon. You also have to be on the lookout for hidden stimulants. Try taking a warm shower or bath in the evening, and if you don’t have dairy issues, drink some warm milk (I prefer goat’s milk) or eat a small piece of cheese. The protein will help keep your blood sugar levels stable as you sleep, and the calcium can help relax your muscles.
Vitamin B6 and magnesium are nutrients you may want to consider adding to your daily regimen. When looking for products, I strongly recommend choosing ones that feature vitamin B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phospate (P-5-P) and magnesium in the form of magnesium glycinate.
P-5-P is the biologically active form of vitamin B6. Many people (some estimate up to 30% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements, because these forms of B-vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function. By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. In addition to optimizing vitamin B6 metabolism, magnesium in the glycinate form delivers a good dose of magnesium to help with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability. I recommend 60 mg of vitamin B6 (as P-5-P) and 200 mg of magnesium (as magnesium glycinate) twice daily.
I believe you would also benefit greatly by adding an iodine formula to your daily regimen. For optimal support, look for a formula that contains three types of iodine: potassium iodide, sodium iodide, and molecular iodine. I recommend taking 12.5-25 mg of this blend daily.
While you may have results earlier, please give this protocol at least 30 days before you evaluate your progress. Good luck – let me know how it works.
Terry . . . Naturally