9 Things People with Restless Legs Syndrome Should Know

Restless legs syndrome is a real medical condition.

That crawling, itching, pulling feeling deep within your legs at night is not a bad dream. It’s an actual condition that affects approximately 10% of adults in the United States. It’s called restless legs syndrome (RLS), and it’s a neurological disorder that causes an irresistible urge to move your legs. If RLS is pulling at you, here’s what you need to know.

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Medical References

  1. Restless Legs Syndrome. Genetics Home Reference. National Institutes of Health. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/restless-legs-syndrome
  2. Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) and Sleep. National Sleep Foundation. http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems/restless-legs-syndrome
  3. Restless Legs Syndrome. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/restless-legs-syndrome/basics/treatment/con-20031101
  4. Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/restless_legs/detail_restless_legs.htm
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