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Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet

Symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome

An overwhelming urge to move the legs is the most typical sign of restless legs syndrome, particularly when you lie in bed or sit still. Unusual sensations can also occur in the legs, such as pulling, crawling, or tingling. One or both sides of the body can be affected. In most cases, you can improve these problems with movements. Symptoms might not show up every night in mild cases. In fact, many people often mistake these movements as a result of stress or anxiety. In more serious cases, it can be hard to ignore these problems. Your daily activities can be severely affected. Difficulty falling asleep is common, which subsequently leads to sleep deprivation, extreme fatigue, or daytime sleepiness. If left untreated, restless legs syndrome can harm both emotional and physical health.[2]