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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Other sleep disorders that can affect daily energy levels include narcolepsy and restless legs syndrome, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 10 Aug. 2022 For people with restless legs syndrome, taking iron can help ease their side effects at night. Glamour, 26 May 2022 With restless legs syndrome, a patient typically feels an urge to move in the late afternoon or evening, and symptoms are usually worse at night when someone is resting. Korin Miller, Health.com, 5 Oct. 2021 Restless anal syndrome is a variant of restless legs syndrome. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and alcohol use can also increase the likelihood of night terrors. Nitun Verma, SELF, 14 Sep. 2020 The warm and cozy, cocoon-like feel can help with sleep issues, restless leg syndrome, muscle aches, autism and more. Jean Chen Smith, Cincinnati.com, 31 Dec. 2019 The set has two massage modes with three levels of intensity and is designed to relieve pain from restless leg syndrome or leg edema. Tony Vaz, Popular Science, 27 Aug. 2019 The symptoms of restless legs syndrome sound like the plot of a horror movie. Kristin Auble, SELF, 16 Mar. 2019 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Restless legs syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/restless%20legs%20syndrome. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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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