Restless Legs Syndrome 101

Do you have trouble sleeping due to unpleasant feelings in your legs or because you just can’t seem to make them stop moving? Then you may have restless legs syndrome (RLS). Some common feelings associated with RLS are creeping, crawling, pulling, tingling or just plain painful sensations in the legs. These feelings may be felt anywhere from your thighs to ankles and in one or both legs. Whatever the feeling, chances are you want to know how to stop it.

Here are six tips that may help to relieve RLS sensations:
  • Implement good sleep habits
  • Maintain a well-balanced diet
  • Take a warm bath or shower before getting into bed
  • If symptoms strike in bed, try lightly rubbing or massaging your legs
  • Often, getting out of bed and walking around can make symptoms disappear
  • Try doing a mind-engaging activity before bedtime

If these self-help tips aren’t enough, talk to your physician. There may be medications that can help, or possibly a sleep study is needed to uncover more information. If you don’t have a primary care physician, find one near you at

How GMC Can Help
At the Center for Sleep Disorders at Gwinnett Medical Center, our sleep lab does more than just check for sleep apnea. We offer diagnostic and therapeutic studies for:
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless legs
  • Snoring
  • And, of course, sleep apnea

To learn more or schedule an appointment, visit the Center for Sleep Disorders online or call 678-312-4326.


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