At least 40 million Americans each year suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million experience sleeping problems. Our center's programs are designed to help you start sleeping again.
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a condition that is characterized by an irresistible urge to move one's body to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations. It most commonly affects the legs, but can also affect the arms. Moving the affected body part modulates the sensations, providing temporary relief.
RLS causes a sensation in the legs or arms that can most closely be compared to a burning, itching, or tickling sensation in the muscles. It is a 'spectrum' disease with some people experiencing only a minor annoyance and others experiencing major issues.
It is important to differentiate between RLS and the more common Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) for much controversy exists related to marketing drug treatments for RLS.
Treatment for RLS may include pharmacotherapy and treating any underlying precipitating medical conditions. It is recommended that a board certified sleep physician evaluate and conduct the management of RLS.