Classification of Sleep Disorders - Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
Sleep is disturbed, as a result of these abnormal movements. RLS is estimated to affect nearly 5% of the population.
This urge to move the legs is usually, but not always, due to uncomfortable, tingly, aching, or creeping sensations.
Symptoms of restless legs syndrome include-
- Uncomfortable sensations in legs, accompanied by a strong urge to move them.
- The discomfort a person experiences while resting is relieved only on moving the legs, or on stretching, or massaging the legs.
- The sensations are triggered by rest and worsen at night.
- Tiredness and fatigue due to lack of nocturnal sleep.
- Extreme drowsiness during the daytime.
Treatment of restless legs syndrome include-
- Dopamine agonists
- Coren, Stanley. Sleep Thieves: An Eye-Opening Exploration into the Science and Mysteries of Sleep. New York: The Free Press; 1996, p. 287.
- Sleep Disorders - (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sleepdisorders.html)