What It Is:

A movement disorder that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs at bedtime. It can vary in symptoms from person to person and be difficult to describe. Some common complaints include a creeping or crawling feeling, tugging, pulling, burning or throbbing sensations in the calves, thighs or feet. It is unlike the feeling of a muscle cramp or numbness, but it always accompanied by the need to move or handle the legs (although it can also affect the arms or other parts of the body). It can be an occasional or a nightly occurrence.


RSL can be a symptom of another underlying medical condition. And not surprisingly, RLS symptoms alone result in poor sleep quality by preventing you from falling or staying asleep. The loss of rest can lead to feeling tired during the day, poor performance at work, difficulty in social situations, as well as anxiety and depression. Many people with RLS also experience periodic limb movements (PLM) - occurring most often during sleep and described as jerks or kicks.


RLS is often treated with behavioral and/or lifestyle changes, supplements to treat an underlying condition for which RLS is a symptom, or medications. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please see your physician to discuss further.  They may recommend further testing including an overnight sleep study.