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 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.

While Restless Leg Syndrome is not a dangerous sleep disorder, it makes it very difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep, which can alter a person’s sleep schedule and lead them to develop other, more severe sleep disorders.  A person suffering from RLS may eventually experience insomnia or sleep deprivation.  Because Restless Leg Syndrome hinders a person’s ability to fall asleep at night, they may become very tired during the day, which could trigger the onset of narcolepsy.  Restless Leg Syndrome is very uncomfortable and can cause seriously detrimental sleep disorders.  If you believe you are suffering from Restless Leg Syndrome you should contact your physician or a nearby sleep center.


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