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Restless Legs &
PLMS Information

Restless Legs
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Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a discomfort in the legs which is relieved by moving or stimulating the legs. This feeling is difficult to describe and commonly referred to as a crawling, tingling or prickling sensation. Medications have been found useful.

Most likely situations for symptoms to occur

Riding in a car
Watching TV
Reading
Inactivity, sitting (in a movie theater for example)
Lying in bed trying to fall asleep

Techniques to provide temporary relief of symptoms

Getting up and walking around
Taking a hot shower
Rubbing the legs

Periodic Limb Movements

One variation of RLS is Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep (PLMS). PLMS are characterized by leg movements or jerks which typically occur every 20 to 40 seconds during sleep. PLMS causes sleep to be disrupted. These movements are typically reported by the bed partner. These movements fragment sleep leaving the person with excessive daytime sleepiness.

Simple test for Restless Legs

Do you feel that in some way your sleep is not refreshing or restful?
Do your legs ache prior to bed or when getting up?
Does your bed partner report that you kick them during the night?
If you answer yes to one of these questions you should probably consult with your physician.
To see reviewed and rated RLS sites click here.

Books to read:

Go to The SleepMall and click on Sandman's Bookstore. Most books that focus
on RLS and other movement disorders are located in the General and Misc. Sleep Books Category.


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