Restless Legs SyndromeWhat is Restless Legs Syndrome?
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological syndrome where feelings of restlessness or tingling sensations in the legs can make sleep initiation and sleep maintenance very difficult.
The core symptom of RLS is an irresistible urge to continually move and stretch the legs in an attempt to reduce the uncomfortable sensations described by sufferers as feeling ‘tingly’, ‘creepy’, ‘crawly’ or even ‘numb’. Occasionally there are also unusual leg movements associated with trying to keep the legs still where the greater the effort used to keep them still, the stronger the urge to move them. Symptoms are generally worse of an evening or when relaxing.
A range of medication is available to treat RLS. Speaking with your GP or Sleep Physician for advise on the medication best suited to your condition is advised.
Non-pharmaceutical treatments or behaviour changes can also be effective in reducing the symptoms of RLS.
- Increasing physical activity during the day
- Decreasing physical activity before bedtime
- Maintaining good sleep hygiene
- Reducing alcohol and caffeine intake in the evening