Restless legs syndrome is a common condition which causes people to feel discomfort or pain in their legs; this causes sleep disturbances. Restless legs syndrome may develop naturally (primary RLS) or it may be caused as a result of other health conditions, including Parkinson’s disease and anaemia (secondary RLS).
Symptoms of restless legs syndrome
Common symptoms of RLS include:
- Uncomfortable sensations in the legs
- An urge to move the legs
- Disturbed sleep patterns
- Involuntary leg movements
Treating restless legs syndrome
If you have secondary RLS treatment for the condition that is causing the syndrome will usually ease symptoms. In cases of primary RLS, a change of lifestyle may benefit patients; this includes avoiding alcohol at night, stopping smoking, exercising regularly and establishing a routine of going to sleep and waking up. You may also be prescribed medication to help ease the symptoms and pain associated with restless legs syndrome.