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    A Patient's Guide to Restless Leg Syndrome

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Restless leg syndrome is a disorder of the nervous system that causes someone an overwhelming urge to move his or her legs. This urge to move one’s legs usually interferes with sleep; so restless leg syndrome is classified as a type of sleep disorder. Even though most people with restless leg syndrome are middle-aged or older, people of all ages can potentially develop the condition.   

    Symptoms
    The most common symptom of restless leg syndrome is uncomfortable sensations in the legs or arms. Some people describe this sensation as “itchy,” “pins and needles,” or “creepy crawly.” Typically, these symptoms are worse when lying down or at times of rest. The severity of symptoms depends on the person, as symptoms can range from mild to intolerable. Some people experience symptoms so severe that it significantly impairs their ability to achieve quality sleep each night.

    Causes
    Even though restless leg syndrome affects men and women, it is more common among women. Unfortunately, restless leg syndrome is often unrecognized or misdiagnosed, especially if symptoms are mild. Doctors may not be entirely sure what causes restless leg syndrome, but they believe a genetic link exists. Other factors that can trigger restless leg syndrome include chronic diseases, medications, and pregnancy.

    Treatment
    Treatment for restless leg syndrome focuses on treating the symptoms. Physicians usually recommend lifestyle changes for people with mild or moderate symptoms. For example, doctors may recommend beginning a regular exercise program, establishing regular sleep patterns, and limiting consumption of alcohol or caffeine. In addition, doctors may recommend leg massages or hot baths. If these treatment options are ineffective, doctors may recommend drugs that help relieve symptoms. However, a drug that helps one person with restless leg syndrome may aggravate symptoms in another person.

    At Sleep Services of Maryland, our mission is to increase awareness of various sleep disorders and provide comprehensive care. We have more than 20 years of experience helping Maryland patients restore the energy and vitality needed to enjoy life. For more information about sleep disorder treatment, give us a call at (240) 912-4683.

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    What Your Morning Headaches Could Be Telling You About Your Sleep

    Last updated 3 years ago

    If you commonly wake up with morning headaches, it may be a sign of sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder that disrupts your breathing throughout the night. There are two different types of sleep apnea—Central Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. While Obstructive Sleep Apnea results from blockage in the airway, Central Sleep Apnea occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe.

    Both Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea result in restricted blood flow and oxygen to the muscles and the brain. If you suffer from sleep apnea, this oxygen restriction can cause carbon dioxide to build up in your blood. As the oxygen levels in your blood change, the blood flow to your brain also changes. This can result in morning headaches as well as memory loss and poor mood.

    Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to heart attack or stroke, so it’s important to seek treatment at the first sign of symptoms. If you are experiencing morning headaches, please schedule a consultation with Sleep Services of Maryland by calling (240) 912-4683.

     

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