What Causes Restless Legs Syndrome?

Possible causes of RLS range from genetics to diet.

Do your legs refuse to stay still at night — so much so that they interfere with your ability to fall and stay asleep? You may be one of the more than 12 million adults in the United States who have restless legs syndrome (RLS), a neurologic sensorimotor disorder that causes bothersome “creepy-crawly” sensations or a sudden urge to move your limbs.

In most cases, the cause of RLS is unknown (referred ...

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Help For Restless Legs Syndrome

If the underlying cause of RLS can be determined, long-term relief is possible.

If you’re one of the 12 million adults in the United States with restless legs syndrome, you know how disruptive the condition can be to both your sleep and your life. Although movement may bring relief for those creepy-crawly sensations, it is generally only temporary. However, RLS can be controlled by finding any possible underlying disorder. Often, treating the associated medical condition, such as peripheral neuropathy or diabetes, ...

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Symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome

Doctors are becoming more familiar with restless legs syndrome, a common, sleep-robbing condition. Restless legs syndrome symptoms include odd sensations in the legs and a strong urge to move them.

Restless legs syndrome affects more than 12 million Americans, and often requires a much larger vocabulary to describe symptoms than merely the word “restless.”

Even if you’re exhausted and it seems that every part of your body needs a good night’s rest, your legs — and your brain — may be ...

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Diagnosing Restless Legs Syndrome

Do you have the urge to move your legs come bedtime? Is this sensation disrupting your sleep? Find out if it’s RLS.

Restless legs syndrome is a common problem, affecting some 12 million Americans in the United States. But research suggests that many people with the condition may go undiagnosed — largely because they either don’t recognize the symptoms or misattribute them to stress, aging, muscle cramps, or arthritis, according to the National Institutes of Health.

As bothersome as the ...

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Could Restless Legs Syndrome Be Linked to Erectile Dysfunction?

A new study finds that men with restless legs syndrome are more likely to have erectile dysfunction as well. Find out the relationship between the two conditions and what can be done.

On the surface, restless legs syndrome and erectile dysfunction (ED) seem to be two unrelated medical conditions — but new research indicates that they may in fact be linked.

A recent study published from Harvard University found that men who had symptoms of restless legs syndrome (RLS) face a ...

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Classic Restless Legs Syndrome Not Linked to Parkinson’s

But many with Parkinson’s disease have daytime ‘leg motor restlessness,’ study found.

People with early Parkinson’s disease are not more likely to have restless legs syndrome, but many people with Parkinson’s do report leg motor restlessness, according to the results of a new Norwegian study.

People with restless legs syndrome, or RLS, have an overwhelming urge to move their legs. This typically occurs at night during rest, and the sensation is relieved by movement. By contrast, leg motor restlessness is characterized ...

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The Genetics of Restless Legs Syndrome

Do your legs refuse to stay still at night? Chances are that your kids and relatives might experience this sleep disorder, too. Here’s what to do if restless legs syndrome runs in your family.

Do you have uncomfortable sensations in your legs or an uncontrollable urge to move around when you’re trying to rest? Is it interfering with your sleep? These are all signs of restless legs syndrome, a type of sleep disorder that often runs in families. About half ...

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What is Restless Legs Syndrome?

Millions of Americans have creepy-crawly sensations at bedtime, and it has nothing to do with bedbugs. Restless legs syndrome creates distracting sensations, making it difficult to sleep.

Your eyes are heavy, your mind is tired, and your entire body is ready for bed — except for your legs. If you have a condition called restless legs syndrome (RLS), your legs seem to become jumpy and active just when you’re ready to fall asleep. This sudden urge to move your limbs may ...

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