Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a sleep-related movement disorder that involves an almost irresistible urge to move the legs at night. This urge tends to be accompanied by unusual feelings or sensations that occur deep in the legs. These uncomfortable sensations often are described as a burning, tingling, prickling or jittery feeling. In some people these unpleasant feelings become painful. The symptoms of RLS worsen when lying or sitting still and can be relieved at least temporarily, and often immediately, by walking or moving the legs. In children, RLS often is misdiagnosed as “growing pains.” It can be especially difficult for young children to describe the unpleasant sensations involved with RLS. Symptoms are most common in the legs but may occur in the arms and other parts of the body.
Periodic Limb Movements
People with RLS often have periodic limb movements, a closely related sleep disorder that occurs when muscles involuntarily tighten, twitch or flex while you are still. A husband or wife may tell their spouse that they kicked them in their sleep all night. Periodic limb movements in sleep occur in 80% to 90% of people who have RLS.
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