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How can restless legs syndrome cause sleep problems?

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Restless legs syndrome is a creeping, crawling sensation in the legs that creates an irresistible urge to move. It sometimes starts between ages 11 and 20. Not only does it disturb sleep, it is also linked with involuntary jerking movements of the legs during sleep, called periodic leg movements of sleep (PLMS).

From: Common Sleep Disorders in Teens WebMD Medical Reference

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Carskadon M, Rechtshaffen A. in WB Saunders, 1989.  Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine.

Lewy A, Wehr T, Goodwin F, et al, 1980.  Science,

Walters A, Hickey K, Maltzman J, et al. 1996;  Neurology

National Sleep Foundation.

Hysing, M. , Feb. 2, 2015. BMJ Open

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

SOURCES: 

Carskadon M, Rechtshaffen A. in WB Saunders, 1989.  Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine.

Lewy A, Wehr T, Goodwin F, et al, 1980.  Science,

Walters A, Hickey K, Maltzman J, et al. 1996;  Neurology

National Sleep Foundation.

Hysing, M. , Feb. 2, 2015. BMJ Open

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

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