Know the Facts About Restless Leg Syndrome

January 6, 2010

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a neurologic sensory-motor disorder that is characterized by an overwhelming urge to move the legs when they are at rest. RLS is most severe in the evening and nighttime hours and can severely disrupt a patient’s sleeping pattern. Symptoms include an urge to move the legs often associated with uncomfortable feelings in the legs (e.g. tingling, creeping, itching, pulling or aching).

People with RLS tend to have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep; resulting in chronic sleep loss. More than 80 percent of people with RLS also suffer from periodic limb movement disorder, which is characterized by
involuntary twitching or leg movements at night or during sleep.

RLS affects approximately 10 percent of adults and approximately two percent of children in the U.S. It affects both men and women at any age
and may have a genetic component.

actionIf you wish to see a sleep physician regarding RLS or any other sleep disorder, contact the Floyd Memorial Sleep Disorders Center at 812-949-5550.