restless legs syndrome

noun

: a nervous disorder characterized by aching, crawling, or creeping sensations of the legs that occur especially at night usually when lying down (as before sleep) and cause a compelling urge to move the legs

called also restless legs, restless leg syndrome

Examples of restless legs syndrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About 7% to 10% of people in the United States have restless legs syndrome (RLS), a sleep and movement disorder.1 RLS, also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, may cause symptoms that can sometimes be hard to explain. Health Editorial Team, Health, 15 Mar. 2024 Take restless legs syndrome, which causes an often uncontrollable urge to move your lower extremities. Cindy Kuzma, SELF, 27 Mar. 2024 Leg cramps and restless leg syndrome: Some research has shown a 300 mg supplement of magnesium bisglycinate helps reduce the frequency and intensity of leg cramps during pregnancy.10 Insomnia can be a challenge throughout pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. Casey Seiden, Parents, 24 Feb. 2024 Be aware of restless leg syndrome symptoms: Restless leg syndrome is a disorder that causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs, with the need to move them, generally occurring at night or during rest. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 11 Jan. 2024 Some evidence suggests that restless legs syndrome raises stroke risk. Mara Betsch, Health, 10 June 2023 Sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome, can also cause people to wake up during the night. Melissa Rudy, Fox News, 9 Dec. 2023 High or low dopamine levels are associated with conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and restless leg syndrome. David A. Brenner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Nov. 2023 Common causes of sleep deprivation include sleep apnea, insomnia, nighttime interruptions, fears of the dark, restless leg syndrome and sleep disorders. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of restless legs syndrome was in 1976

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“Restless legs syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/restless%20legs%20syndrome. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

restless legs syndrome

noun
: a neurological disorder of uncertain pathophysiology that is characterized by aching, burning, crawling, or creeping sensations of the legs that occur especially at night usually when lying down (as before sleep) and cause a compelling urge to move the legs and that is often accompanied by difficulty in falling or staying asleep and by involuntary twitching of the legs during sleep

called also restless legs

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