Are Restless Legs Depriving You of Much-Needed Sleep?

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological and sleep disorder that causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs, along with an urge to move them. Symptoms tend to strike at rest, worsening at night and interfering with sleep. 

Patients in Los Angeles County with RLS can rely on the knowledge and expertise of our team at Premier Neurology Medical Group, led by esteemed neurology specialist Ravinder Singh, MD. Patients who visit us receive the highest level of care and commitment.

If RLS is impacting your sleep, it’s time to seek our help for medical evaluation and treatment. Learning more about how RLS affects your sleep and how you can finally get a good night’s rest is a proactive step in your health care. 

What is restless legs syndrome?

RLS is poorly understood, and research on the condition is ongoing. It’s thought that people with RLS may have changes to a part of the brain that processes sensory information, according to a study published in the journal Neurology in 2018.

Uncomfortable sensations in the legs with a strong urge to move the legs is the main symptom of RLS. Symptoms are typically worse at night and are relieved with movement. Some people only experience symptoms at night, while others also have symptoms throughout the day.

How does restless legs syndrome impact sleep?

RLS causes crawling, aching sensations that can be painful. Because these symptoms come on at rest, it’s difficult to get a good night’s sleep. As such, sleep problems are very common in people with RLS.

You may find yourself tossing and turning, fidgeting, and either unable to fall asleep or remain asleep. Because RLS causes a strong urge to move, it’s difficult to settle down and sleep restfully. People with RLS find that symptoms are relieved if they get up and walk around, but symptoms quickly return as soon as they return to bed.

Lack of sleep caused by RLS can have a profound impact on your daily life, causing excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, poor concentration, and reduced work productivity. People with RLS report a lower quality of life than people without the condition.

Treating RLS and getting restful sleep

Dr. Singh has extensive experience treating a full range of neurological conditions, including RLS. After a comprehensive evaluation, he recommends a course of treatment to effectively manage your symptoms so that you can rest well.

RLS is often chronic, and many patients require long-term management. Your treatment may include medications approved for other uses, such as seizures, but that also reduce RLS symptoms.

Additionally, some medications are FDA approved to treat RLS. These include:

The first three in the list are dopamine agonists, which are considered a first line of treatment for RLS. Ropinirole, pramipexole, and rotigotine work by increasing dopamine, which significantly reduces the urge to move your legs and helps you sleep better. 

Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant and nerve pain medication helpful for reducing pain associated with RLS.

If you’re struggling to get restful sleep, or your RLS is untreated or undertreated, call our office in Beverly Hills, California, to schedule your appointment or use our convenient online booking form.

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