8 At-Home Remedies for Restless Legs Syndrome

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Restless legs syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, causes uncomfortable or even painful sensations in the legs as well as an uncontrollable urge to move them. These sensation are unlike anything that occurs outside of the condition, and, most commonly, these symptoms occur later in the afternoon or evening, especially when a person is sitting or lying in bed at night. Additionally, extended periods of inactivity can also trigger RLS symptoms.

This condition is classified as a neurological sensory disorder because the symptoms are produced in the brain, but it's also classified as a sleep disorder, because it can impede a person's ability to fall asleep — and stay asleep. Regardless, RLS plagues millions of Americans every year as well as up to eight percent of the global population, which makes it more common than type 2 diabetes. According to the National Institute of Health, RLS mainly affects adults and occurs more frequently in women than men.