Restless leg syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, is a common sleep disorder characterized by an irresistible urge to move the legs or other parts of the body, often accompanied by uncomfortable sensations such as tingling, crawling, or itching.
The exact cause of RLS is not known, but it is believed to be related to an imbalance of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. It can be triggered or worsened by certain medications, such as antidepressants and antipsychotics, as well as by medical conditions such as iron deficiency anemia and kidney disease.
Treatment for RLS may include medications that increase dopamine levels in the brain, as well as lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and taking measures to improve sleep hygiene.
If you are experiencing symptoms of restless leg syndrome, it is important to speak with a healthcare professional who specializes in sleep medicine.Sonoran Sleep Center provides comprehensive evaluations, diagnosis, and treatment options to help manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. If you have questions about narcolepsy and how we can help, or to request an appointment, please call our office at (602) 206-6262 today!