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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.
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

Severe restless legs syndrome associated with increased risk of stroke

Severe restless legs syndrome associated with increased risk of stroke

New Johns Hopkins mobile app educates care providers on improving sleep, overall health of patients

New Johns Hopkins mobile app educates care providers on improving sleep, overall health of patients

AASM publishes new quality measures for common sleep disorders

AASM publishes new quality measures for common sleep disorders

Loyola neurologist finds little scientific evidence that brain games improve cognitive function

Loyola neurologist finds little scientific evidence that brain games improve cognitive function

People who experience migraine in middle age may develop movement disorders later in life

People who experience migraine in middle age may develop movement disorders later in life

Migraine in middle age linked to Parkinson's disease

Migraine in middle age linked to Parkinson's disease

Actavis files ANDA for generic version of Neupro

Actavis files ANDA for generic version of Neupro

Restless legs syndrome alters expression of critical gene during fetal development of brain

Restless legs syndrome alters expression of critical gene during fetal development of brain

XenoPort reports net loss of $19.1 million for fourth quarter 2013

XenoPort reports net loss of $19.1 million for fourth quarter 2013

Brain damage treatment could be as close as the wardrobe

Brain damage treatment could be as close as the wardrobe

Research reveals that men who experience RLS may have higher risk of dying earlier

Research reveals that men who experience RLS may have higher risk of dying earlier

Neupro reduces PLMS and total NSBP elevations in patients with RLS, study finds

Neupro reduces PLMS and total NSBP elevations in patients with RLS, study finds

Restless legs syndrome and insomnia: a possible explanation

Restless legs syndrome and insomnia: a possible explanation

Sleep deprivation could affect academic performance of college students

Sleep deprivation could affect academic performance of college students

Periodicity Index limits variability when measuring restless legs

Periodicity Index limits variability when measuring restless legs

Modus Five launches Sleep Disorder: a Patient Education Multimedia Course

Modus Five launches Sleep Disorder: a Patient Education Multimedia Course

UCB’s Neupro now available in U.S. pharmacies

UCB’s Neupro now available in U.S. pharmacies