Restless Leg Syndrome

Quick Facts about Restless Leg Syndrome

  • Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that causes a strong urge to move your legs.
  • This urge to move often occurs with strange and unpleasant feelings in your legs. Moving your legs relieves the urge and the unpleasant feelings.
  • People who have RLS describe the unpleasant feelings as creeping, crawling, pulling, itching, tingling, burning, aching, or electric shocks. Sometimes, these feelings also occur in the arms.
  • The urge to move and unpleasant feelings happen when you're resting and inactive. Thus, they tend to be worse in the evening and at night.
  • RLS can make it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • It may make you feel tired and sleepy during the day. This can make it hard to learn, work, and do other daily activities.
  • Not getting enough sleep also can cause depression, mood swings, or other health problems.

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