Restless Legs Syndrome, Narcolepsy and Nightmare or Dream Disorders are Serious

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a sleep-related movement disorder that involves a strong urge to move your legs – especially when you relax at night and try to rest or watch TV, or attempt to sleep. You may have uneasy, jittery feelings deep within your legs that can be hard to describe. These sensations might be like prickling, itching, tingling or burning. In a more extreme form it can feel painful. The almost irresistible urge to move the legs tends to ease in the morning and is less noticeable during the day. But during the evening and night hours, leg movements make it very difficult to rest or sleep.

 

People with severe RLS:

  • Tend to be women 1.5 times more than men.
  • May get less than five hours of sleep each night, lower than with almost any other sleep disorder.
  • Feel sleepy or fatigued and have less energy during the day.
  • Are more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety.

 

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a neurological sleep disorder that affects men and women about equally. It’s characterized by a severe level of daytime sleepiness. People with this disorder may dream while awake and often fall asleep suddenly even while eating, working or driving. While naps can be refreshing to a person with narcolepsy, they soon experience sleepiness again. This disorder may also be accompanied by muscle weakness tied to strong emotions or muscle paralysis when falling asleep or on waking.

 

Nightmares and Dream-related Sleep Disorders

Nightmare disorder involves unsettling, visual dream sequences that disturb or interrupt sleep. It can be a self-perpetuating condition for those who experience frequent nightmares by creating a fear of sleeping and further contributing to the negative emotions that cause nightmares. Subsequent loss of sleep can result in even more intense nightmares. These sleep disturbances can result in daytimesleepiness and cause adverse health effects. Some nightmares are accompanied by abnormal movements and behaviors associated with acting out of dreams that can lead to injury to self or a bed partner.

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