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RLS Symptoms

The Effects of RLS Symptoms

The most distinctive or unusual aspect of RLS is that lying down and trying to relax activates symptoms. As a result, most people with the condition have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Left untreated, RLS causes exhaustion and daytime fatigue. Many people with symptoms of RLS report that their job, personal relationships, and activities of daily living are strongly affected as a result of their exhaustion.

Severity and Duration of Symptoms of RLS

RLS symptoms vary from person to person and range from mild to severe:
  • Mild RLS occurs episodically, with only mild disruption of sleep, and causes little distress
  • In moderately severe cases, symptoms occur once or twice a week, but result in significant delay of sleep, with some disruption of daytime function
  • In severe cases of RLS, symptoms occur more than twice a week and result in burdensome interruption of sleep and impairment of daytime function.
Symptoms may begin at any stage of life, although the disorder is more common in people who are older. Symptoms of RLS usually become more severe over time.
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