Approximately one in 10 adult Americans suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome, also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease; and almost 1 million school-age children have childhood RLS, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
“The patient typically will have some type of an uncomfortable sensation in the legs or less commonly the arms that occurs primarily at night,” says Dr. Daniel Ross, a neurologist and board-certified sleep specialist at Emerald Coast Neurology. “It is associated with an irresistible urge to move the legs or arms. The symptoms improve with movement but return with inactivity.”
In addition to poor quality and short sleep at night, people with RLS generally experience a reduced quality of life in the absence of treatment.
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