Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), a neurological condition affecting up to 10 percent of the U.S. population, is one of the prime causes of sleeplessness. Also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease, RLS is characterized by the uncontrollable urge to move the legs (or other limbs or the torso).
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While medical and behavioral treatments like prescription drugs, exercise and diet modifications can help, RLS can be frustratingly difficult to live with. The following resources may make coping with RLS easier.
Do You Have RLS? This quick questionnaire by the Willis-Ekbom Disease Foundation is the first step to a proper diagnosis.
Find an RLS Healthcare Provider. Simply plug your zip code into this form to find a practitioner who can assist you in your area.
Keep Track of Your Symptoms. A record of your symptoms provides valuable information for you and your doctor in finding the right treatment for you. Follow these guidelines from the National Sleep Foundation.
Find a Clinical Trial. Help researchers get more information about the causes and effective treatments by participating in a clinical trial—check this list from centerwatch.com.