Do you have aching, creeping, crawling, or prickling sensations in your legs
when you lie down or sit still? Those are the classic symptoms of a common
disorder called restless legs syndrome.
An estimated 5% to 15% of adults have restless legs syndrome (RLS), and up
to 19% of pregnant women develop RLS symptoms during pregnancy. Restless legs
syndrome does not cause serious health problems, but can interfere with sleep
and lead to severe fatigue. Here are tips for a symptom-free lifestyle.
By Karen Springen
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1. To function best, you need to get eight hours.
There's nothing magic about that number. Everyone has different sleep needs,
and you'll know you're getting enough when you don't feel like nodding off in a
boring situation in the afternoon, says New York University psychologist Joyce
Walsleben, Ph.D., co-author of A Woman's Guide to Sleep .
2. If you can get it, more...
SOURCES: EmedicineHealth: Restless Legs Syndrome -- Self Care at Home.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Restless Legs Syndrome
Fact Sheet. WebMD: Restless Legs Syndrome. WebMD Medical News.