What is Restless Leg Syndrome?
posted: Feb. 13, 2020.
Find out more about restless leg syndrome and how it can be treated.
This sleep movement disorder is surprisingly common, affecting approximately one in ten American adults according to the Sleep Foundation. Restless leg syndrome is a condition that results in sudden and uncontrollable urges to move the legs while at rest. If this is something that’s happening to you our board certified sleep medicine physicians in Portland and Astoria, OR, Dr. Radhika Breaden, and Dr. Jennifer Kim can help you get your symptoms under control.
What causes RLS?
Genetics may play a role, as people with a family history of RLS are more likely to experience RLS symptoms themselves. Low levels of iron may also result in RLS. Certain medications can also trigger symptoms.
There are certain factors that can also increase your risk of RLS. These risk factors include,
- Chronic disorders (e.g. diabetes)
- Age (more common in middle age)
- Gender (women are more likely to develop RLS than men)
What are the symptoms of RLS?
The classic symptom of RLS is an uncomfortable and intense need to move your legs while sleeping or lying down. Symptoms are often worse at night. Along with this sudden urge to move you may also notice a tingling or crawling sensation in your legs. RLS symptoms can range from mild to severe and symptoms can make it difficult for someone to fall asleep or stay asleep. As a result, RLS often leads to poor sleep quality and daytime exhaustion.
When should I see a doctor?
If you are experiencing RLS symptoms regularly and it’s affecting the quality of your sleep then it’s time to consult with one of our sleep physicians. Not only can we diagnose RLS but also we can help manage the condition.
How is RLS treated?
While RLS is not reversible there are ways to manage your symptoms. Sometimes mild RLS symptoms can be reduced through simple lifestyle modifications including,
- Getting regularly exercise
- Soaking in a warm bath at night
- Reducing alcohol and caffeine intake
- Maintaining good sleep hygiene and following a sleep schedule
- Massaging your legs
If RLS is caused by nutritional deficiencies our doctor can talk to you about different supplements to include in your diet. There are also medications that can manage your symptoms.
If you think you’re dealing with restless leg syndrome then call Pacific Sleep Program in Astoria and Portland, OR, today for a proper evaluation. We can work with you to create a treatment plan to reduce uncomfortable RLS symptoms.