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Restless Leg Syndrome: Everything You Need To Know

Restless leg syndrome is a very uncomfortable sensation which usually happens in the evening or at night. It is a disorder that can affect your quality of sleep.

Restless Leg Syndrome: Everything You Need To Know

Restless leg syndrome is a kind of sleep disorder

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Restless leg syndrome is also known as Willis-Ekbom disease
  2. This syndrome causes a strong urges to move legs
  3. It can cause sleeplessness

Restless leg syndrome is one of the possible causes of sleeplessness. This is a neurological disorder that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs. It is a very uncomfortable sensation which usually happens in the evening or at night. It is also known as Willis-Ekbom disease. It is a sleep disorder that can be severe or mild depending on the symptoms one is experiencing. Moving your legs while experiencing the unpleasant feeling may give you temporary relief. But is left uncontrolled, restless leg syndrome and insomnia can increase the risk of health conditions.

Restless leg syndrome: Everything you need to know


Symptoms of restless leg syndrome

Strong urges to move legs, especially while sleeping or when at rest. You may experience relief after movement.

Lack of sleep due to this syndrome can impact your overall health causing irritability, mood swings, inability to concentrate and cause other health issues.

What causes restless leg syndrome?

The definite cause of restless leg syndrome is not known. But genetics plays a role. Many women also develop this condition during pregnancy. In some cases, an imbalance of the brain chemical dopamine is also the reason.

Risk factors

Certain factors can put you at a higher risk of restless leg syndrome. Some of these factors are-

  1. Gender- females are at a higher risk
  2. Age i.e. middle age
  3. Chronic diseases like peripheral neuropathy, spinal cord conditions or diabetes
  4. Certain medications
  5. Kidney failure
  6. Iron deficiency
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Restless leg syndrome needs medical attention as it can affect your sleep cycle
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Home remedies

This condition cannot be treated with home remedies but a few can help you get relief from symptoms. All these home remedies include practices that can help you ensure better sleep.

Consume a healthy diet- include foods like leafy greens, nuts, dried fruits and fresh fruits

Follow a fixed sleep schedule

Stay stress-free

Regular exercise, yoga and meditation

Complications


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You should seek medical help if you are experiencing this condition more often. If left uncontrolled, it can severely affect your sleep pattern. Lack of sleep can lead to several chronic diseases.

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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