The Phantom Leg
Simmons Mattress Gallery would like to take a closer look at sleep disorders affecting Canadians. This week’s topic: restless leg syndrome.
Restless leg syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes abnormal sensations in the limbs of the people it affects. These sensations can cause individuals to feel like their limbs are burning or being tugged on. Individuals diagnosed with this disorder tend to need to move around and are often labeled restless.
Sufferers are most affected by the disorder when they are attempting to relax their body. Symptoms may include insomnia and daytime exhaustion.
The disorder occurs in both genders and usually worsens with age.
Restless leg syndrome is also commonly diagnosed with periodic limb movement disorder. This disorder is specific to involuntary limb movement while asleep. If you suffer from both of these ailments, it might be your sleeping partner who is the most disturbed by your condition. In severe cases, separate beds may be the only option for saving the relationship.
Lifestyle may be a contributing factor to the severity of this disorder. Reducing caffeine and alcohol intake and eliminating tobacco can help.
For treatment, doctors may prescribe dopaminergic agents (often prescribed to Parkinson patients), benzodiazepines, opioids or anticonvulsants.