What is Restless Legs Syndrome?

Restless legs syndrome is a neurological disorder which causes an uncomfortable feeling in a person's legs while they are sitting or lying down. If one moves their legs or walks around, the symptoms get better. Symptoms may not appear during the day if a person is active. Since symptoms appear when a person is inactive, they may have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep at night. This leads to fatigue during the day.

Who gets Restless Legs Syndrome?

As many as 12 million people in the United States may have restless legs syndrome. It affects men and women equally, and can begin at any age.

How is Restless Legs Syndrome diagnosed?

There is no specific diagnostic test for restless legs syndrome. The doctor will review your medical history and your family history, and ask you questions about your symptoms. Electrodiagnosis may be used to rule out other disorders. You may also be sent to see a sleep specialist.

How is Restless Legs Syndrome treated?

Sometimes a lifestyle change can help a person with restless legs syndrome, and some medications can be prescribed to help the symptoms.

More Information

National Sleep Foundation
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation Inc
Mayo Clinic

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