Sleep Disorders
All About Sleep Disorders
Who is Affected By Sleep Disorders
Who Treats Sleep Disorders
What Happens At A Sleep Lab
Types of Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea
What is Sleep Apnea
What Causes Sleep Apnea
Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea in Children
What is Insomnia
What Causes Insomnia
Treating Insomnia
Sleep Walking
What is Sleep Walking
What Causes Sleep Walking
Treating Sleep Waking
Hypersomnia: Daytime Sleepiness
What is Hypersomnia
What Causes Hypersomnia
Treating Hypersomnia
Sleep Paralysis
What is Sleep Paralysis
What Causes Sleep Paralysis
Treating Sleep Paralysis
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
What is REM Sleep
What Causes REM Sleep
Treating REM Sleep
What is Narcolepsy
What Causes Narcolepsy
Treating Narcolepsy
Restless Leg Syndrome
What is Restless Leg Syndrome
What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome
Treating Restless Leg Syndrome
What are Nightmares
What Causes Nightmares
Treating Nightmares
What is Snoring
What Causes Snoring
Treating Snoring
Sleep Deprivation
What is Sleep Deprivation
What Causes Sleep Deprivation
Treating Sleep Deprivation
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What are Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What Causes Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Treating Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Dentistry and Sleep Disorders
Dentists’ Role in Managing Sleep Disorders
Dental Treatments for Sleep Disorders
Advantages of Dental Treatments
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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.

Iron deficiency is common in people experiencing Restless Leg Syndrome, which may also contribute to the condition. Many doctors believe there is a genetic component to Restless Leg Syndrome, as people with family members who have Restless Leg Syndrome are much more likely to have it.  Certain chronic illnesses including kidney disease, Parkinson's disease, thyroid problems, varicose veins, and Alcoholism have also been connected to Restless Leg Syndrome. Some medications aggravate the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome, including cold and flu medicine that contains antihistamine.  Restless Leg Syndrome is enhanced by stress, which increases the difficulty of falling asleep even more.  Doctors cannot identify a single root cause of Restless Leg Syndrome, but tend to see many of these factors when identifying someone with Restless Leg Syndrome sleep disorder.

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