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Restless Legs Syndrome

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Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a sleep disorder that can begin at any age and cause serious interruptions to critically needed sleep. If you or someone you care about is experiencing RLS, turn to the experienced medical team of the Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center.

Our specialists will work hard to diagnose your condition, performing a thorough evaluation to uncover conditions that may be causing RLS, such as anemia, iron deficiency, certain medications and substances and/or liver or kidney disease.

Treatment of RLS relies on the management of the disorders that might be causing it. For example, treatment of iron deficiency may alleviate RLS and restore restful sleep. If no underlying condition is uncovered, our specialists will find the best methods for relieving your symptoms, which may include certain medications and good sleep hygiene practices such as not consuming caffeine or alcohol.

In certain cases, the specialists of the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health will collaborate by utilizing mindfulness techniques to diminish the impact of RLS.

The Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center was the first such program in the Philadelphia area and is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Restless Legs Syndrome in Children

Children with restless legs syndrome tend to exhibit unpleasant feelings in their legs and an irresistible urge to move their legs or arms while sitting or lying down. Although there is no formal test to diagnose RLS, our physicians who specialize in pediatric sleep disorders will further evaluate your child and recommend proper treatment, which may include lifestyle changes or medication.

Make an Appointment

Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to make an appointment with a Jefferson Health specialist.