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Restless Legs SyndromeHow does RLS affect your life?

Impact on sleep

A major feature of restless legs syndrome is that symptoms worsen when an afflicted person is relaxing in the evening. As a result, sufferers may have trouble falling asleep, and will often wake up during the night due to discomfort in the legs.

Sleep-related symptoms as reported by patients

Sources: Allen, R. P. et al: Arch. Intern. Med., 165(11), 1286-1292, 2005
Inoue, Yuichi et al: RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME (RLS) (Alta Publishing) page 74, 2008

Since sufferers cannot sleep properly at night, fatigue builds up. As a result, they feel sleepy in the daytime and/or lose concentration.

Daytime symptoms as reported by patients

Sources: Allen, R. P. et al: Arch. Intern. Med., 165(11), 1286-1292, 2005
Inoue, Yuichi et al: RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME (RLS) (Alta Publishing) page 74, 2008

Impact on daytime activities

In a study conducted outside of Japan, 85% of afflicted people responded that RLS had a negative effect on their daytime activities. It is clear that RLS reduces the quality of life of sufferers.

Impact of RLS on daytime activities

Sources: Allen, R. P. et al: Arch. Intern. Med., 165(11), 1286-1292, 2005
Inoue, Yuichi et al: RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME (RLS) (Alta Publishing) page 74, 2008 (Prepared based on the figure 7)