Restless Legs Syndrome (SPI)

Restless Legs Syndrome (SPI)

Video about Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless Legs Syndrome is a neurological sleep disorder that consists in feeling an urgent and constant need to move your legs. This syndrome makes it very difficult to feel comfortable enough to fall asleep. Symptoms usually get worse at night. The feeling is often difficult to describe for some people. Who suffers it can go to bed and start to feel burning or itching inside the legs. For this reason he feels the urgent need to constantly move his legs or get up and walk so that these symptoms disappear. The discomfort usually returns when you try to go back to sleep.

Approximately one in ten adults suffers from Restless Legs Syndrome (SPI), also know as Willis-Ekbom disease.

Nor is it strange that anyone who suffers from it has trouble sitting for long periods of time. Long trips by car or plane can be difficult.

The SPI can make the person sleep less hours each night. In the most severe cases they can get to sleep less than five hours per night. The milder cases do not alter your sleep so much, although this is usually of worse quality.

The accumulated loss of sleep due to restless legs syndrome can cause affected people to become excessively sleepy during daylight hours, in addition to causing irritation and difficulty concentrating. This can have a great impact on your life both professionally and personally. People with restless legs syndrome are more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety.

Women are almost twice as likely as men to suffer from this disorder. There is also a correlation between close relatives, since more than half of the people with restless legs syndrome have someone in the family who also suffers from it, in these cases the risk is between three and six times greater.

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