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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 understanding of fibromyalgia as a true medical condition

Greater understanding of fibromyalgia as a true medical condition

Sleep disorders common among police officers

Sleep disorders common among police officers

Link between restless legs syndrome and hypertension

Link between restless legs syndrome and hypertension

Sleep disorder diagnosis and treatment

Sleep disorder diagnosis and treatment

Wide range of sleep-related disorders associated with abnormal sexual behaviors, experiences

Wide range of sleep-related disorders associated with abnormal sexual behaviors, experiences

Restless legs syndrome increases risk of cardiovascular disease

Restless legs syndrome increases risk of cardiovascular disease

Women in the U.S. too tired for sex

Women in the U.S. too tired for sex

Therapy for restless legs may trigger compulsive gambling

Therapy for restless legs may trigger compulsive gambling

Strong association between physical and mental health problems and restless legs syndrome

Strong association between physical and mental health problems and restless legs syndrome

Restless legs syndrome is underdiagnosed in kids

Restless legs syndrome is underdiagnosed in kids

Evidence links cellular iron deficiency to restless legs syndrome

Evidence links cellular iron deficiency to restless legs syndrome

Pregnant women are at higher risk for restless legs syndrome

Pregnant women are at higher risk for restless legs syndrome

People with mild Alzheimer’s were more likely to make driving errors

People with mild Alzheimer’s were more likely to make driving errors

Alzheimer’s sufferers are more likely to have jobs that are less mentally challenging than people without Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s sufferers are more likely to have jobs that are less mentally challenging than people without Alzheimer’s disease

Requip significantly reduces periodic leg movements in patients with restless legs syndrome

Requip significantly reduces periodic leg movements in patients with restless legs syndrome

Study shows MIRAPEX(R) (pramipexole) relieves patients with restless legs syndrome

Study shows MIRAPEX(R) (pramipexole) relieves patients with restless legs syndrome

Parkinson’s disease drug Pergolide effective in treating restless legs syndrome

Parkinson’s disease drug Pergolide effective in treating restless legs syndrome