MW E50 Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological condition characterized by irresistible urges to move the muscles in the legs and arms, often accompanied by crawling, tingling, or burning sensations. A common sleep disorder affecting around 5% of the population, which translates to approximately 400 million individuals worldwide, its symptoms primarily occur at night, disrupting sleep quality and leading to fatigue.
RLS is linked to genetic factors and iron deficiency in the brain, rather than solely iron deficiency in the blood. The diagnosis of RLS is made through a specialist sleep doctor's evaluation based on symptoms and medical history. While there is no cure for RLS, there are treatment options available - medications targeting calcium channels, increasing dopamine levels, and even opioids may be prescribed. In addition, lifestyle changes such as reducing caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco intake, maintaining a regular sleep schedule, and practicing relaxation techniques, can also help manage symptoms. Dietary adjustments, including consuming iron-rich foods like beans, peas, poultry, seafood, and dark leafy greens, may provide additional support. Overall, seeking medical help from a sleep doctor is crucial for proper diagnosis and treatment of this common sleep disorder.
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