Do I have restless legs syndrome?
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological sleep disorder characterized by an uncomfortable sensation in the legs that give you an overwhelming urge to move your legs. The symptoms are usually worse at night, and resolve momentarily when the legs are moved. RLS can cause disrupted sleep, both for you and potentially for your bed partner :)
Ask yourself these 4 questions:
- Do you have difficulty falling asleep because you of an urge to move your legs?
- Do you wake up at night because you feel like your legs are on fire?
- Do you feel an itching in your legs when you lie down to go to sleep?
- Do your legs seem to feel better when you walk, stretch or make other movements?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have RLS. Let's discuss when you come to clinic. Remember, treating conditions that disrupt your sleep can improve your energy, help you lose weight, and reduce your blood sugar.
Do I have insomnia?
You probably don't need a questionnaire to answer this one. Insomnia is thought to affect about 70 million people in the US, and can include both problems falling asleep and problems staying asleep. Many conditions and medications can cause insomnia, and the preferred and most effective therapy is not medication, but rather something called CBT-I (cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia).
Have a super week,
Dr. Topher Fox
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