Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother’s Day: Restless Legs, Sleepless Moms

Every mom deserves a good night of sleep for Mother’s Day. But good sleep can be especially hard to come by for women with restless legs syndrome.

RLS involves a strong, almost irresistible urge to move your legs. This urge gets worse at night and eases in the morning. The need to move your legs increases when you lie or sit still. Temporary relief can be found by walking or moving the legs.

Often RLS also involves an uncomfortable feeling in the legs. It may be hard to describe what this feels like. It might be a burning, prickling, itching or tingling sensation.

RLS can have a severe effect on your sleep. It may prevent you from falling asleep. It also may keep you from returning to sleep if you wake up during the night.

Women are more likely than men to have RLS. It also is common
during pregnancy.

There are many drugs that can help treat RLS.
Mirapex and Requip are both FDA-approved for RLS. Reuters reported recently that Lyrica also may be a helpful treatment for RLS.

Last week the Dallas Morning News
shared one woman’s story of what it’s like to suffer from RLS. “It's as if everything from the waist down wants to dance when everything from the waist up wants to sleep,” she says.

You can get help for RLS from an AASM-accredited sleep center near you.

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