Restless Leg Syndrome

The Sleep Center at Christian Hospital specializes in treating restless leg syndrome (RLS) in adults and children.

What is Restless Leg Syndrome?

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a sleep disorder in which a person experiences unpleasant sensations including crawling, tingling, pulling, pain or cramping in the legs.

People with RLS have an irresistible urge to move the affected limb when the sensations occur. Restless legs syndrome can disrupt sleep and cause daytime drowsiness.

To schedule an appointment or for more information please call 314.747.9355 or toll-free 877.747.9355 or email us.

Causes of RLS

The cause of RLS is still unknown. It may be inherited and has been associated with nerve damage in the legs due to diabetes, kidney problems and alcoholism.

Symptoms of RLS

Sensations occur when the person with RLS lies down or sits for prolonged periods of time, causing:

  • The need to move the legs for temporary relief of symptoms by:
    • Stretching or bending
    • Rubbing the legs
    • Tossing or turning in bed
    • Getting up and pacing
  • A definite worsening of the discomfort when lying down, especially when trying to fall asleep at night
  • A tendency to experience the most discomfort late in the day and at night.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Restless leg syndrome can be diagnosed by a primary doctor or sleep medicine specialist using any of the following:

  • Medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Laboratory tests
  • Sleep study

Specific treatment for restless legs syndrome will be determined by your doctor. Treatment options for restless legs syndrome may include:

  • Implementing a good sleep habits program
  • Eliminating activities that worsen symptoms
  • Eliminating caffeine, alcohol and tobacco intake
  • Regular exercise
  • Maintaining a well-balanced diet
  • Treating underlying chronic conditions
  • Medications

To schedule an appointment or for more information please call 314.747.9355 or toll-free 877.747.9355 or email us.