Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome is a neurological disorder that affects approximately 7% of the population. The primary symptom of restless legs syndrome is an irresistible need to move the legs when resting, sitting, or lying still. The urge to move the legs is often accompanied by an incessant creeping, crawling, itchy, tingling or pulling sensation in the calf muscles of the legs.

Although the symptoms of restless legs syndrome may occur during any time of the day, they are most severe in the evening and night-time hours. Consequently the disorder often prevents people from falling asleep or staying asleep. Often people with restless legs syndrome stretch, kick, or jerk their legs while sleeping causing significant disruption to sleep quality.

More than 80% of individuals with restless legs syndrome also suffer from periodic limb movements during sleep. A typical periodic limb movement occurs when the big toe, for example, extends during sleep. Often the ankle, knee or hip will also bend.

Whereas periodic limb movements are common in children and adults, the disorder itself is much less common. The disorder is characterized by the frequency with which the movements occur. Individuals with this disorder are often unaware that they have the condition since muscles in the leg contract involuntarily throughout the night, partially awakening them. With involuntary leg twitching or jerking occurring repeatedly throughout the night, sleep is disrupted leading to daytime sleepiness or fatigue.

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