If you snore, you are very familiar with the impact lack of sleep has on your quality of life. Snoring not only disrupts sleep, it may also be a sign of a serious condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Your snoring may also be affecting your loved ones.
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Common sleep disorders include difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, staying awake, excessive sleepiness, sleepwalking, nightmares, snoring, difficulty breathing during sleep, narcolepsy and restless legs during sleep.
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What is Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)?
Restless Legs Syndrome is a crawling, tingling or painful sensation in the legs that occurs while lying or sitting for an extended period of time. People with the disorder describe an irresistible urge to move their legs when the symptoms occur. The limbs may also move or jerk during sleep. It may affect one or both legs and arms. It affects both men and women, and it is more common among older people.
What are Possible Causes of Restless Leg Syndrome?
- Heredity – be sure to tell your physician if you have a family history
- Chronic diseases – Diabetes, arthritis, peripheral neuropathy and kidney failure may all be associated with RLS
- Low levels of iron or anemia
- Consuming too much caffeine
How Does Atlanta ENT diagnose Restless Leg Syndrome?
Unfortunately, there is no test that can accurately diagnose RLS. Diagnosis is usually based on the symptoms you describe to your physician. Basic lab tests may be done to rule out other causes, such as low levels of iron and anemia. Your physician may even recommend a sleep study, or polysomnography (PSG), during which the patient is observed overnight in a sleep lab.
How is Restless Leg Syndrome Treated?
Simple things like massaging the legs, exercising and reducing caffeine consumption may provide some relief. Medications can also be prescribed to control symptoms, and in more severe cases, electrical stimulation may be used before bedtime on the legs to help reduce leg movement.