High prevalence of periodic limb movements of sleep in patients with obstructive sleep apnea

Takeaway

  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) has no effect on the severity of periodic limb movements of sleep (PLMS) in people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Why this matters

  • Although PLMS and OSA often coexist, it is unclear whether treatment of OSA affects PLMS.

  • Both OPLMS and OSA are linked to disrupted sleep patterns: a clearer understanding of the association between the two disorders could lead to management strategies that improve sleep quality.