Restless Leg Syndrome

The restless leg syndrome is well named. Persons who suffer from this condition experience uncomfortable feelings in the legs, which may be difficult to describe. These feelings are relieved by moving the legs or feet or by walking. Thus, the legs seem restless because they are in constant motion to relieve the uncomfortable feeling. The discomfort becomes worse in the late evening and can prevent sleep onset due to the need to move the legs constantly. Leg movement can persist after sleep onset, causing poor quality sleep. This leads to daytime sleepiness.

These abnormal movements are caused by an imbalance of transmitters in the brain.

The greatest health risk from restless leg syndrome is related to accidents from excessive daytime sleepiness.

Medical treatment for this condition often results in dramatic improvement. Evaluation by a sleep specialist is advised if you suspect that you have this condition.