Sleep and Aging

Frequently Asked Questions

24. What are the symptoms of restless legs syndrome?

People with RLS experience uncomfortable feelings in their legs such as tingling, crawling, or pins and needles. It’s worse at night. This often makes it hard for them to fall asleep or stay asleep, and causes them to be sleepy during the day.

Very often, people who suffer from movement disorders during sleep such as restless legs syndrome or periodic limb movement disorder are successfully treated with the same medications used for Parkinson's disease. People with restless legs syndrome often have low levels of iron in their blood. In such cases doctors often prescribe supplements.