Restless Leg Syndrome

Nearly 10% of the American population suffers from restless leg syndrome (RLS), which dramatically impacts quality of life and the ability to get restful sleep. More than 80% of people with RLS are regularly compelled to get out of bed and pace or stretch. As a result of the negative impact on their sleep, people with RLS often experience chronic fatigue and daytime sleepiness. If you are having difficulty sleeping related to your RLS, there is hope for help! At Integra Health, our sleep experts use a variety of tactics to offer you a better night’s sleep.

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Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, is a nervous system disorder that causes an uncomfortable feeling in the legs, including itching, prickling, crawling, or an overpowering urge to move the legs. Many people consider it a sleep disorder because it typically occurs or worsens while people are at rest, such as while attempting to sleep. Because it worsens at periods of rest, it can cause difficulty in sleeping or sitting still, and can lead to daytime drowsiness and inadequate sleep. 

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To help reduce the symptoms and get better sleep, try some of these tips


Maintain a regular sleep schedule — and, stick to it!


Create a bedroom environment that supports high-quality sleep.


Avoid alcohol and caffeine as these can worsen RLS symptoms.


Exercise — physical inactivity is a common trigger for RLS.

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