Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a recognized neurological disorder that can interfere with resting or falling asleep. For a person with restless legs syndrome, a typical night may involve lying down in bed, feeling ready to go to sleep. However, just as the body begins to relax, an uncomfortable sensation begins to overwhelm the legs. Attempts to ignore the crawling, tingling, or itching in the legs, hoping it will go away, only make it worse.
It all starts with an unusual, uncomfortable sensation within the legs. Many describe the sensations like tingling, jitteriness, a creepy crawly feeling, itching, or pulling. These sensations generally occur within the limb rather than on the skin. Sometimes the impressions seem to defy description. Affected people usually don't describe the condition as a muscle cramp or numbness. They do, however, consistently describe the desire to move their legs.
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