Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Legs Syndrome: Causes, Factors and Treatments

Restless legs syndrome (RLS), aka Willis-Ekbom disease, affects a decent chunk of the population. No matter how hard you try to ignore it, that urge to constantly move or stretch your legs just won’t let up. Estimates vary greatly, but it places 5.7 to 12.3% of the population affected by RLS.

Key Takeaways:

  • Tossing and turning in bed, restless, unable to sleep, a condition called restless leg syndrome (RLS), affects about 40 million Americans.
  • Although dopamine treatment has short-term benefits, in the long-term, it augments restless leg syndrome.
  • Other forms of treatment such as alpha-2-delta calcium ligands and opioids are also not ideal at the moment.

“Magnesium, which most of us are seriously lacking, interacts with calcium in the body to help regulate the nerves and muscles. When serum magnesium levels are low, nerve cells become overactive and can get a bit trigger happy in sending messages to our muscles.”

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