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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.
  2. Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) and Sleep. National Sleep Foundation.
  3. Restless Legs Syndrome. Mayo Clinic.
  4. Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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