Restless legs syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis Ekbom Disease, is a neurological sleep disorder that causes discomfort in the legs while sitting or lying down. For many, the sensations in the legs cause an overwhelming urge to move. While the symptoms of RLS can occur during the day, most people experience them worse at night, which interrupts sleep. This medical condition, left untreated, can cause sleep deprivation and hurt your quality of life.
Since people with RLS have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, they may feel more exhausted and experience daytime sleepiness. Experiencing these can affect a person’s mood, concentration, professional and educational performance, and personal relationships. If left untreated, RLS may lead to a decrease in work productivity and contribute to depression and anxiety.
Find out more about Restless Legs Syndrome by watching this featured video. The science expert in this video explains the potential causes of RLS. It’s thought that it may be connected to a problem with dopamine imbalances in the brain, or could be linked to iron deficiency. This video also discusses symptoms of RLS, as well as treatment options for those with the condition.
The sleep medicine specialists at Sleep Dynamics can help you get a good night’s rest. Call our sleep disorder clinic in New Jersey at (848) 217-0240 to request an appointment.