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Restless Leg Syndrome

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Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a Sleep disorder that causes a person to experience discomfort while trying to sleep. Restless Leg Syndrome causes a person to have a hard time falling asleep since the only way to alleviate the pain is to move their legs. Restless Leg Syndrome causes a person to generally move their legs every 20 to 30 seconds. Restless leg syndrome is not a dangerous sleep disorder and is seen as more of an annoyance to people.

What is Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome or RLS is a sleep disorder characterized by extreme discomfort that can only be eased by moving your legs.  Restless Leg Syndrome occurs primarily at night, and disrupts sleep by the frequent need to move and sometimes painful throbbing sensations.  Restless Leg Syndrome causes a person to generally move their legs every 20 to 30 seconds. Common symptoms of the sleep disorder are restlessness, discomfort increasing at night, urge to continually move your legs, irritation feeling, feet and toes become fidgety while you are sitting still.

Restless leg Syndrome (RLS) is a Sleep disorder that causes a person to experience discomfort while trying to sleep

What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome is a neurological disorder caused by an imbalance of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain.  Dopamine helps coordinate smooth movement throughout the body, and disruption of the flow of dopamine throughout the brain can trigger involuntary movement.  

Treating Restless Leg Syndrome

Treatment for Restless Leg Syndrome focuses on treating the painful symptoms of RLS.  Stimulating the legs with hot or cold packs, as well as taking a bath before going to sleep can help the muscles relax and decrease the urge to move your legs.  Exercising during the day and massaging or stretching your legs may also help.  

 

 

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