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What is restless legs syndrome (RLS)?

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Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder of the part of the nervous system that causes an urge to move the legs. Because it usually interferes with sleep, it also is considered a sleep disorder.

From: Restless Legs Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

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News release, FDA.

The University of Washington Neuroscience for Kids: "Restless Legs Syndrome."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation: "About RLS: Frequently Asked Questions."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 30, 2017

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SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

The University of Washington Neuroscience for Kids: "Restless Legs Syndrome."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation: "About RLS: Frequently Asked Questions."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 30, 2017

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