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.
Sleep has never been easy for Leslie Partridge Sachs, a dancer,
choreographer, and mother of two young girls who lives in Garrison, N.Y. Even
as a child, she says, "I had trouble falling asleep and staying asleep." Once
she became a mother, her insomnia worsened.
"I sleep very lightly -- I hear my daughters even if they turn over in bed.
And most mornings I wake up at 3:30 or 4 and can’t get back to sleep." Her
average night’s shut-eye of four to five hours affects her mood. "I feel