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Restless Legs Syndrome - Self-Tests & Diagnosis


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 restless legs syndrome


Talk to a board certified sleep medicine physician if you think you have restless legs syndrome. The physician will ask you about your medical history and if you are on any medications. He or she can refer you to a sleep medicine physician if necessary.

The sleep physician may ask that you keep a sleep diary for two weeks to show when you sleep and for how long. You may also rate your how sleep is affecting your daily life using the Epworth Sleepiness Scale. Make sure to tell the sleep medicine physician if you or a relative have ever had a sleep disorder.

Your doctor may order blood tests, including measuring iron. In some cases he may recommend a sleep study.

A sleep study may be used to ensure that you do not have obstructive sleep apnea or other sleep disorders that may be causing sleep disruption. This is helpful but is not required to diagnose restless legs syndrome.

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