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Restless Legs Syndrome: Getting More Sleep

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Introduction

Having a sleepless night now and then can be annoying. But when you have restless legs syndrome (RLS), going without sleep night after night can make life miserable. You may be so tired that you just feel like crying.

If restless legs are robbing you of sleep, you're not alone. But there may be some things you can do for yourself to make it easier to get a good night's sleep, especially if your symptoms are mild.


How can you make changes to sleep better?

If your RLS symptoms are mild, you may be able to get a good night's sleep most nights by making some changes in your lifestyle. Make sure to follow these general sleep tips.

During the day

At bedtime

During the night

Daily habits

If your symptoms don't get better, talk to your doctor. He or she may prescribe drugs to control your RLS and help you sleep.


Credits for Restless Legs Syndrome: Getting More Sleep

Current as of: November 20, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology


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