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Restless Leg Syndrome
Inspira Health’s Sleep Centers can help identify, diagnose and treat dozens of sleep disorders, including restless leg syndrome, or RLS. Learn more about our sleep services today.
Restless legs syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs, accompanied by a strong urge to move them. Symptoms tend to strike at night, which leads sufferers to lose precious sleep. Over time, sleep deprivation can lead to a range of other health complications, so it’s important to seek medical attention when symptoms like fatigue and anxiety recur or worsen.
Signs and Symptoms
The name itself—restless leg syndrome—is an accurate description of the condition, which is characterized by a persistent, unpleasant feeling in the legs or other extremities. The sensation is often described as crawling, throbbing, aching or pulling, and the severity can vary from patient to patient. Some patients experience symptoms infrequently, while others find themselves overwhelmed with discomfort every time they sleep or sit for an extended period of time. This can make activities such as watching a movie, taking a plane ride or sleeping difficult.
Testing and Treatment
In order to pinpoint the underlying cause of your condition, your doctor will conduct a physical and neurological exam. Depending on your specific symptoms, other tests, such as bloodwork, may be necessary. Your doctor may also refer you to a sleep specialist for a sleep study. A polysomnogram, or sleep study, is a comprehensive test that transmits and records specific physical activities while you sleep, such as your heart rate, brain activity, eye movement and oxygen levels through a series of electronic sensors placed on your legs, head and chest. RLS can only be detected during in-lab sleep studies, so home sleep testing would not be appropriate for this condition.
If the sleep study indicates RLS, treatment will likely involve lifestyle adjustments, medication or both. Different types of drugs, from muscle relaxants to sleep medications, may help alleviate symptoms caused by restless leg syndrome. It’s important to understand that medications affect people in different ways, and it may take several trials for you and your doctor to perfect your treatment regimen.
Why Choose Inspira
With a team of skilled licensed sleep technicians and specialists practicing in South Jersey, there’s no need to travel outside your community to receive exceptional care. All of our local sleep specialists are board-certified in sleep medicine, bring expertise and depth of knowledge to the sleep lab, ensuring you get the comprehensive services you need, whether it’s conducted in the lab or at home.
Each of our five sleep center locations provides high-quality diagnostic and therapeutic services for insomnia and other disorders. Our facilities offer cutting-edge technology in a calm environment to help patients get the most out of their sleep study. By taking a holistic approach to testing and screening, our specialists are able to develop a personalized treatment plan to meet every patient’s unique needs.
At Inspira, we understand that getting a good night’s sleep is about more than just rest—it’s about feeling well and living a longer, healthier life. Our sleep technicians work closely with other Inspira specialists, taking a holistic approach to care to better understand your sleep disorder and other concurrent conditions.
Inspira Sleep Center Locations
Our sleep specialists treat patients around South Jersey from state-of-the-art facilities.