Do you struggle to sleep at night, constantly needing to reposition your body in order to be comfortable? You may have Restless Leg Syndrome.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is very common and is a major cause of sleeping problems. Despite this, many people aren’t even aware the condition exists, or that it can be treated fairly easily.
As the name suggests, restless leg syndrome is typified by:
The majority of RLS sufferers are often incorrectly diagnosed as suffering from:
Medical researchers have now discovered that RLS is a metabolic brain disease and that effective treatment is available. People with RLS – one in 10 people – have a shortage of iron in specific areas of the brain which deal with movement. Even if a standard blood test shows normal blood-iron levels, it doesn’t mean iron levels in the brain are normal.
Low iron levels in the brain lead to a shortage of dopamine, which in turn causes those weird sensations in the legs and the uncontrollable urge to move them. Research has also shown the following: more women than men have RLS (particularly during pregnancy); there is a strong genetic factor; it is worse during periods of inactivity; and chances are slim that the condition will improve without treatment.
Answering yes to all of these questions is an indication that you likely have RLS:
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