Restless Leg Syndrome gets worse at night as the body and brain begin to relax and prepare for sleep.
There are more than 80 defined sleep disorders. The Sleep Wellness Institute has sleep experts ready to help you get a better life through better sleep.
Defined: A neurological disorder characterized by unpleasant sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable urge to relieve those feelings by stretching and other leg movements.
Symptoms: Burning, creeping, tugging, or crawling sensation inside the legs while laying down and trying to relax. As a result, most people with RLS have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep.
Effects if untreated:
Next Step: Determine whether underlying causes contribute to these unpleasant sensations. With proper treatment, people with RLS can sleep soundly every night and lead normal lives.
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