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What is restless legs syndrome?

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This is usually a temporary condition that can happen if you’ve been sitting, lying down, or resting for a long time. You may feel crawling, creeping, burning, itching, pulling, and twitching sensations deep in your legs. Symptoms usually worsen at night. You may feel better if you get up and walk, or move or rub your legs.

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American Academy of Family Physicians. 

WebMD Medical News: "Trouble Sleeping? It Could Be a Warning Sign of Depression In Older People." 

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

Lucile Packard Children's Health Services. 

Medline Plus: "Narcolepsy." 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on July 23, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

WebMD Medical News: "Trouble Sleeping? It Could Be a Warning Sign of Depression In Older People." 

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

Lucile Packard Children's Health Services. 

Medline Plus: "Narcolepsy." 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on July 23, 2017

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