What is known in medical circles as Willis-Ekbom disease, is commonly referred to as Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), or RLS. That syndrome attachment tells you right up front, that what we are dealing with is a condition that no one really understands.
RLS has very broadly defined set of symptoms- likely no two people will report the same exact complaints. The feelings that a sufferer of RLS may experience run the gamut: while some describe it as an intense pain, or ache, others can identify with “that itch that you just cannot scratch.” Some feel it as an unpleasant tickle, while others even perceive it as a crawling sensation.
The common theme is that those of us that have it, spend altogether much time trying to figure out what to do to get rid of it.
It is often described as uncontrollable jumping, twitching, jerky legs, often occurring at the worst possible time- when you are trying to sleep. RLS can lead to a number of consequences, none of them good, to include: depression, sadness, sleep deprivation, trouble remembering things, stress and fatigue.
Most people suffering from RLS have organized a number of things that they would like to improve, with a good night’s sleep on the top of the list! “If only I could get some rest,” they think, “then I could be at my best during the day, I’d have more energy, I would not keep my partner awake with my kicking, I might even learn to look forward to bedtime!”
Since its causes are likely multiple, and largely unknown, and there is no known cure, the best approach is likely to treat the symptoms.