Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) and Sleep
Can Sleep Deprivation Cause Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)?
Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
No matter how much sleep you need, if you don't get enough, you will suffer the effects of sleep deprivation. Research has shown that in tests of driving ability and hand-eye coordination, people deprived of sleep perform as badly as, or even worse than, people who are intoxicated. It's no wonder that drowsiness is a major cause of traffic accidents and deaths.
Are you getting enough sleep? Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you often feel drowsy during the day?
- Do you usually fall asleep within the first five minutes after lying down in bed?
If you answered yes to either of these, you're likely to be sleep deprived or have a sleep disorder. There are many different types of sleep disorders. Examples include:
- restless legs syndrome (RLS),
- sleep-related breathing disorders such as sleep apnea,
- periodic limb movement disorder, and