Restless leg syndrome is a common sleep disorder, affecting millions of
Americans. This condition can cause an overwhelming urge to move your
legs, which interferes with your ability to sleep. Restless leg syndrome
can be diagnosed in the
Sleep Center in Atlantis of JFK Medical Center, so you can get the treatment you need to finally
What Is Restless Leg Syndrome?
Restless leg syndrome, or RLS, is a type of neurological disorder. People with RLS experience
sensations in their legs, such as creeping, throbbing, and pulling, which
in turn cause an urge to move the legs. Moving the legs usually relieves
the sensations, which can create a cycle in which the sensations appear
and the movement occurs that interferes with the ability to fall asleep
and stay asleep. Within the broader group of neurological disorders, RLS
is classified as a movement disorder.
What Are the Symptoms?
Uncomfortable sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable urge to move
them are the two main symptoms of RLS. Eventually, sufferers also experience
extreme daytime fatigue associated with sleep loss. Most people experience
their worst RLS symptoms at night and then have no symptoms in the morning.
The symptoms of RLS can be made worse by sleep deprivation and generally
become more severe over time.
What Are the Treatments?
There are a number of different treatment options for RLS. Finding the
right one for you may take trial and error under the supervision of your
neurological services physician. Lifestyle changes, such as reducing caffeine
intake and cutting out tobacco, can help patients with mild and moderate
symptoms. Certain supplements, like magnesium, may help, as may treating
underlying conditions that could be contributing to RSL, such as diabetes.
Several prescription medications may also be effective, but it can take
time to find the right one for you.
At the Sleep Center and
Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center, we diagnose and treat RLS sufferers and make sleep
possible once again. For a referral to the Neuroscience Institute or one
of our other departments, such as orthopedics, call our Consult-A-Nurse
line at (561) 548-4JFK (4535).