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Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by unpleasant sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable urge to move when at rest in an effort to relieve these feelings. RLS sensations are often described by people as burning, creeping, tugging, or like insects crawling inside the legs. Often called paresthesias (abnormal sensations) or dysesthesias (unpleasant abnormal sensations), the sensations range in severity from uncomfortable to irritating to painful.

The most distinctive or unusual aspect of the condition is that lying down and trying to relax activates the symptoms. As a result, most people with RLS have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Left untreated, the condition causes exhaustion and daytime fatigue. Many people with RLS report that their job, personal relations, and activities of daily living are strongly affected as a result of their exhaustion. They are often unable to concentrate, have impaired memory, or fail to accomplish daily tasks.
Greater medical care needed for older adults with untreated sleep apnea

Greater medical care needed for older adults with untreated sleep apnea

Women with diabetes at greater risk for sleep disturbances

Women with diabetes at greater risk for sleep disturbances

Study finds high rates of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth in patients with restless legs syndrome

Study finds high rates of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth in patients with restless legs syndrome

Study: Pathogenetic downregulation of adenosine linked to restless leg syndrome

Study: Pathogenetic downregulation of adenosine linked to restless leg syndrome

Breakthrough in the treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome

Breakthrough in the treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome

New study supports motor cortex 'excitability' as cause of restless legs syndrome

New study supports motor cortex 'excitability' as cause of restless legs syndrome

New study focuses on best, cost effective practices to bridge treatment gap for brain disorders

New study focuses on best, cost effective practices to bridge treatment gap for brain disorders

Study shows link between restless legs syndrome symptoms and brain structure

Study shows link between restless legs syndrome symptoms and brain structure

Feeling sleepy during the day could predict Alzheimer's disease finds study

Feeling sleepy during the day could predict Alzheimer's disease finds study

New guide provides evidence-based overview of key sleep challenges faced by women

New guide provides evidence-based overview of key sleep challenges faced by women

New study uncovers 13 previously-unknown genetic risk variants for restless legs syndrome

New study uncovers 13 previously-unknown genetic risk variants for restless legs syndrome

BetterYou magnesium flakes shown to ease restless legs syndrome

BetterYou magnesium flakes shown to ease restless legs syndrome

Feeling of purpose in life linked to reduced sleep disturbances in the elderly, study reveals

Feeling of purpose in life linked to reduced sleep disturbances in the elderly, study reveals

Researchers uncover seven risk genes for insomnia

Researchers uncover seven risk genes for insomnia

New 3D scene analysis could supplement usual methods for monitoring sleep disorders

New 3D scene analysis could supplement usual methods for monitoring sleep disorders

Sedating antihistamines can intensify symptoms of restless legs syndrome

Sedating antihistamines can intensify symptoms of restless legs syndrome

Sleep Awareness Week 2016: XenoPort launches campaign to raise awareness about impact of RLS on sleep

Sleep Awareness Week 2016: XenoPort launches campaign to raise awareness about impact of RLS on sleep

Surprising bone health findings in women with restless legs syndrome

Surprising bone health findings in women with restless legs syndrome

People with restless legs syndrome at higher risk for stroke, heart and kidney disease

People with restless legs syndrome at higher risk for stroke, heart and kidney disease

Wayne State researchers explore effects of Tocotrienol-rich fraction from palm oil in ESRD patients

Wayne State researchers explore effects of Tocotrienol-rich fraction from palm oil in ESRD patients