Restless Legs Syndrome

(also known as Willis-Ekbom disease)

Restless legs syndrome is a neurological disorder characterised by an uncontrollable urge to move the legs, often accompanied by uncomfortable sensations. It can disrupt sleep and lead to daytime fatigue and irritability.

You might have restless legs syndrome if you have:

Uncontrollable urge to move your legs
Disrupted sleep due to leg discomfort
Restlessness or discomfort in the legs, especially during periods of inactivity
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Iron deficiency
  • Certain medications
  • Chronic diseases such as kidney failure or peripheral neuropathy
  • Uncontrollable urge to move legs, often accompanied by uncomfortable sensations
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Daytime fatigue and irritability
  • Creepy-crawly or tingling sensations in the legs
  • Engage in regular exercise, but avoid strenuous activity close to bedtime
  • Practice relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation
  • Maintain a consistent sleep schedule
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol, especially in the evening
  • Consider using heat or cold packs on the legs to ease discomfort
A topdown photo of a woman laying on her bed with restless legs syndrome, her legs are blurred to show the constant movement as she tries to sleep.

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