Restless Legs Syndrome

RLS is a sleep disorder that causes an almost irresistible urge to move your legs and is typically worse at night compared to in the morning. The urge to move occurs when you’re resting or lying down and is usually due to uncomfortable, tingly, aching, or creeping sensations. These sensations prevent you from falling asleep or staying asleep.

RLS symptoms can involve general discomfort or more specific feelings like tingling, aching or a creepy or crawling sensation. In order to alleviate these feelings, individuals find partial relief by moving their legs or changing sleep posture. Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) is similar to RLS and occurs during sleep. The uncontrolled Periodic Leg Movements of Sleep (PLMS) disrupt your sleep and the sleep of your bed partner. PLMS can cause brief awakenings that you are not aware of. Reduced sleep quality leads to decreased daytime functioning.

Common signs and symptoms of restless legs syndrome include:

  • Uncomfortable sensations deep within the legs accompanied by a strong urge to move them
  • Leg sensations triggered by rest and get worse at night
  • Repetitive cramping or jerking of the legs during sleep
  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS)
  • Insomnia