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Restless Leg/REM Sleep Disorders

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  • Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that causes a strong urge to move one's legs.

  • There is often an unpleasant feeling in the legs that improves somewhat with moving them.

  • This is often described as aching, tingling, or crawling in nature.

  • Occasionally the arms may also be affected.

  • The feelings generally happen when at rest and therefore can make it hard to sleep.

  • Due to the disturbance in sleep, people with RLS may have daytime sleepiness, low energy, irritability, and a depressed mood.

REM (Rapid Eye Movement) Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD) usually refers to a sleep disorder when patients act out their dreams. This can be from as simple as twitching to sleep walking and more involved sleep behaviors.

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