Sleep Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sleep.

What are the symptoms of restless legs syndrome?

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that causes the overwhelming, often unpleasant, feeling of needing to move your legs, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

People with RLS, according to the NIH, have described the feeling as:

  • Aching
  • Burning
  • Crawling
  • Creeping
  • Electric shocks
  • Itching
  • Pulling
  • Tingling

These symptoms of RLS are worse at night when the body is trying to relax, according to the NIH. Oftentimes, people have a symptoms-free time in the morning that lets them get at least some sleep during that time.

Aside from nighttime, long trips in the car or an airplane, long stretches of sitting in a movie theater or a meeting, and needing to wear a cast, all are situations that seem to trigger RLS symptoms, according to the NIH.

Symptoms can vary from day to day, and they can vary from person to person in severity and frequency, according to the NIH.

For more information about RLS symptoms, talk with your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians

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