restless legs syndrome


Definition of restless legs syndrome

: 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

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Other types of sleeping disorders that affect teens include restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "How to Tell if You Have a Sleep Disorder," 14 Mar. 2019 Many teens suffer from treatable sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy, insomnia, restless legs syndrome or sleep apnea. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Why it’s ridiculous that high schools start so early in the morning," 6 Apr. 2018 One of the genes had been identified as a risk factor for two sleep disorders: restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movement. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "The Sleepless Seven: First Genes Linked to Insomnia," 1 Feb. 2018 An even smaller study of 10 people done nearly 20 years ago found that taking a magnesium supplement helped people with restless leg syndrome get more sleep. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Does Magnesium Help You Sleep?," 5 Jan. 2018 Sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and alcohol use can also increase the likelihood of sleep terrors. Nitun Verma, SELF, "What's the Difference Between Nightmares and Sleep Terrors?," 3 Nov. 2017 It’s more of a stop-gap that doesn’t always address the issue that is at the root of the problem — which is commonly a sleep disorder like sleep apnea, snoring, insomnia or restless leg syndrome. Scott Muska /, NBC News, "Can Sleeping in Separate Beds Actually Be Good for Your Relationship?," 9 Oct. 2017 Also, some disorders, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, often worsen in old age. Randy Rieland, Smithsonian, "This Device Uses Radio Waves To Track How You’re Sleeping," 13 Sep. 2017

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1976, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of restless legs syndrome

: 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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