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Diagnosis Pulmonology

Periodic Leg Movements

A diagnosis of periodic leg movements begins with a physical examination and medical history. Your doctor will ask about the symptoms you are experiencing.

Sometimes, people suffering from this condition may be unaware of their nighttime movements and may only complain about restless sleep and daytime fatigue. In these cases, a person may need to be observed overnight while he or she sleeps during a polysomnogram, a test that records your sleep patterns and their bioelectrical processes. This test is often used to determine the cause of excessive daytime sleepiness, such as periodic leg movements.

Please see Overnight Sleep Study to learn more.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.