Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
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What is Restless Legs Syndrome? Restless Legs Syndrome is a type of sleep-related movement disorder where you have an irresistible urge to move your legs. Sufferers may feel sensation of pain, tingling, itching, or prickling which is relieved by moving the legs, but returns as soon as the legs are still again, making sleep difficult. The syndrome can be caused by iron deficiency anaemia or folic acid deficiency and there may be a genetic link for some types. Some pregnant women suffer from the condition - especially in the last trimester of pregnancy. The symptoms may also be due to another underlying condition such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, neurological diseases, or Parkinson’s disease. Certain drugs can make RLS worse - these include antidepressants, calcium blockers, anti-nausea medications, some anti-allergy drugs and too much caffeine. RLS may be helped by ensuring your diet contains adequate amounts of iron, folic acid and minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium. Walking, stretching and yoga may also help to relieve the symptoms.