Do you suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)? If you do, you know that it’s no joke, and it can severely affect your ability to rest.

Individuals with Restless Legs Syndrome find themselves facing a “creepy-crawly,” achy, or even burning feeling when they let their legs sit still–and as a result are constantly pacing, shaking their legs, or rolling in bed.

The Very Real Effects

Besides the fact that Restless Legs Syndrome makes sitting still very difficult and annoying, the degree to which it disturbs sleep is serious — to the point that it’s even calssified as a sleep disorder. Studies show that untreated moderate to severe RLS causes a 20 percent decrease in work productivity.

What causes Restless Leg Syndrome?

Perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects of Restless Legs Syndrome is that it has many pathologies, and the condition isn’t fully understood. For some individuals, resolving an iron deficiency may be sufficient to get rid of their RLS. For others, dopaminergic drugs can help.

And for others, simply putting Lavender soap underneath their bed sheets has been effective.

Whatever the case, individuals with many different conditions ranging from ADHD, to venous insufficiency, to iron deficiency suffer from RLS and no one is quite sure what the cause behind all of it is.

Overall, RLS is enough of an impediment to sleep that it’s considered a sleep disorder and anyone who suffers from it is advised to see a doctor and see what can be done about it. If an individual suffers from venous insufficiency, for example, that’s a serious underlying condition that can be even worse than the RLS.

If it’s something like iron deficiency, perhaps the individual can resolve their Restless Legs Syndrome with relative ease.

If you want to know more about Restless Leg Syndrome, call the Vein Center of Maryland to schedule an appointment. We are conveniently located in Westminster, Eldersburg, Baltimore, Hunt Valley and Bel Air.

We also service Ellicott City and Columbia in Howard County.