A major culprit of sleep deprivation.
Do you ever get that uncomfortable tingling sensation feeling in your legs? Possibly waking you up at night with pain or the urge to move around? If you said yes, you could be part of the 10 percent of the U.S. population that suffers from Restless Leg Syndrome.
The condition can greatly impact your quality of life, and is one of the major causes of lack of sleep. We’ve compiled a list of 11 things you need to know about Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS).
1- Low iron levels or anemia can contribute to RLS.
2- Women who are pregnant have a higher risk of the condition. And those with RLS while pregnant may see symptoms disappear after they give birth.
3- Exercise could help treat RLS. Why? Exercise can increase dopamine levels in the brain, which can help reduce symptoms.
4- If you are 65 or older, your risk increases for RLS.
5- RLS has been linked to high blood pressure.
6- If you have erectile dysfunction, you could be at risk for RLS.
7- RLS can cause involuntary leg movements, however the unpleasant sensation, often described as creeping, crawling, tingling, or painful, is most common.
8- A blood test cannot test for RLS. Diagnosis is made by a doctor based on your symptoms.
9- Time at the desk could impact your RLS, due to sitting for long periods of time, especially in the afternoon.
10- It is a neurological disorder that affects the nerves.
11- If you love coffee, caffeine could be a culprit of RLS. Decreasing consumption may improve symptoms.
The National Institute of Health indicates more than 40 million Americans deal with chronic, long-term sleep disorders each year, while 20 million report experiencing only occasional sleeping problems. Restless Leg Syndrome is listed as one of the most common sleep disorders, along with insomnia, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy. RLS is not something to ignore. Talk to your doctor about relief from Restless Leg Syndrome.