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Over 3 million Americans suffer from the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), the irresistible urge to move one’s legs at night. RLS is often recognized as a sleep disorder because symptoms are usually brought on in the evening hours and disrupt sleep quality.
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Restless legs syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, is a nervous system condition that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs. This urge is usually triggered by an uncomfortable sensation in the legs, which typically occurs at night while sitting or lying down.
The leg sensations described by those with RLS can range anywhere from mild to unbearable. Commonly reported sensations include:
Additionally, these sensations:
Although RLS can begin at any age, it is most common in middle-age, and affects more women than men.
There is no medical test for RLS, although your doctor may perform lab tests to rule out other possible conditions, such as nerve damage. Oftentimes, primary care physicians will refer their RLS patients to a sleep specialist for a proper diagnosis. To make an assessment about restless leg syndrome, a sleep specialist may:
RLS is a lifelong condition that has no cure, however, some cases will go into remission for days or years at a time.