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.
Jamesha Edwards, 32, was no stranger to sleepless nights. Her husband,
Lionel, 40, saw to that with his snoring. "The snoring was so loud," she
explains. "And really scary. He was [often] gasping and fighting in his sleep
because he was trying to get air." Edwards, a sales representative who lives in
Pottstown, Pa., alternated between sitting awake worrying about her husband's
health and being forced out of their bedroom in search of peace and quiet.
Hers is a familiar story. A National Sleep...
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.