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How does restless legs syndrome affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

People with restless legs syndrome (RLS) experience uncomfortable feelings in their legs or arms that can make it hard to sit or lie down. The symptoms of RLS are annoying enough, but they can also keep sufferers from falling asleep. When you do fall asleep, RLS can cause leg jerking that wakes you up, leaving you tired and irritable.

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