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Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Legs

Restless leg syndrome is a debilitating medical condition that can prevent sufferers from sleeping properly and getting a good night’s rest. Restless leg syndrome, better known as RLS, is a disorder that is marked by one main symptom – unpleasant or irritating sensations in the legs, which causes the sufferer to move them frequently. It can cause leg jerking movements during sleep, sometimes every 20 to 30 seconds. Although it can happen during the daytime, RLS may happen mostly at night or get worse while the person is sleeping. RLS can interrupt a person’s regular sleep schedule, causing them great distress in the daytime.

Restless leg syndrome can be so bad that it gets to the point of insomnia, or be mistaken for insomnia. It is a fairly common condition, and symptoms include sleep deprivation, fatigue and depression. Although moving the legs fixes the problem, other ways to fix restless leg syndrome can be with supplements such as vitamin B12 and folate. Also, abstaining from sleep disrupting substances such as alcohol, caffeine and nicotine while maintaining a healthy diet and exercise combined with relaxation techniques can go a long way in treating RLS. Certain medications may also interrupt sleep, so talking to your doctor about other remedies can help ease the symptoms of RLS as well.

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