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

Examples of restless legs syndrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and alcohol use can also increase the likelihood of night terrors. Nitun Verma, SELF, "Night Terrors vs. Nightmares: What’s the Difference?," 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,, "Guide to healthy New Year in 2020: These small changes are better than big resolutions," 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, "Electric foot massagers you probably deserve," 27 Aug. 2019 The symptoms of restless legs syndrome sound like the plot of a horror movie. Kristin Auble, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Restless Legs Syndrome," 16 Mar. 2019 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

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First Known Use of restless legs syndrome

1976, in the meaning defined above

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22 Sep 2020

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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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