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7 ways to Check If You Have Restless Legs Syndrome and Why You Need to See a Doctor if you do


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Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a condition that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, usually because of an uncomfortable sensation. It typically happens in the evening or nighttime hours when you’re sitting or lying down. Moving eases the unpleasant feeling temporarily.

Restless legs syndrome, now known as restless legs syndrome/Willis-Ekbom disease (RLS/WED), can begin at any age and generally worsens as you age. It can disrupt sleep, which interferes with daily activities.

Simple self-care steps and lifestyle changes may help you. Medications also help many people with restless legs syndrome.

If you ever had weird sensations in your legs that literary won’t let you sleep at night, it is time to check if you have restless legs syndrome. Despite being very annoying, it’s also pretty common and affects up to 15% of the world’s population. Check if you’ve ever experienced the following warning signs in your legs that never let you have any rest.

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Some people with RLS/WED never seek medical attention because they worry they won’t be taken seriously. But RLS/WED can interfere with your sleep and cause daytime drowsiness and affect your quality of life. Talk with your doctor if you think you may have RLS/WED.

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Often, there’s no known cause for RLS/WED. Researchers suspect the condition may be caused by an imbalance of the brain chemical dopamine, which sends messages to control muscle movement.

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