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Restless Leg Syndrome

Are your legs restless while you sleep?

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a sleep disorder characterized by leg discomfort during sleep, which is only relieved by frequent movements of the legs.

RLS occurs most often in middle-aged and older adults. It is worsened by stress. The cause is not known. RLS may occur more often in patients with peripheral neuropathy, chronic kidney disease, Parkinson's disease, pregnancy or iron deficiency.

RLS can result in a decreased quality of sleep (insomnia) with subsequent daytime sleepiness, anxiety or depression, and confusion or slowed thought processes from lack of sleep.

The disorder consists of sensations in the lower legs that make the person uncomfortable unless the legs are moved. The sensations usually occur shortly after going to bed but may also occur during the daytime.

There are several effective pharmaceutical treatments for restless legs. Your treatment is tailored to meet your specific needs.

If you feel as though you have symptoms related to RLS, please contact your doctor or call (515) 358-9600 to schedule an appointment with a board-certified Mercy Sleep Center physician.

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