Restless Legs Syndrome, also known as Ekbom Syndrome, is a condition where the sufferer feels an unpleasant sensation in one or both of their legs. This is followed by an urge to move the legs to relieve the feeling. Most who suffer from this find the sensation hard to describe, but say it is a little like burning or similar to a creeping feeling as if there were insects under the skin. It usually happens at rest, so it tends to occur mainly on an evening when the person is in bed. This can cause restless nights, as well as sleep deprivation.
Most people with this disorder find that they feel the need to constantly move their legs, especially whilst in bed. This can result in a constant tossing and turning, and generally they have to get up and pace the floor to alleviate the sensations. Symptoms can vary with each individual and can be mild to severe. It tends to affect more women than men, and is much more common in middle aged people. Many people with this disorder also have Periodic Limb Movements, this is a condition that causes uncontrollable jerks or twitches in the legs. This also tends to happen mainly at night.
Restless Legs Syndrome can be distressing and can cause difficulty in your daily life due to the lack of sleep.