Overview

What Is Restless Legs Syndrome?

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that involves an uncomfortable sensation, such as tingling, burning or aching in the legs. The uncomfortable sensation improves with movement and worsens with rest.

People with RLS often cannot sleep at night due to the sensation and need to walk around to make their legs comfortable. When asleep, their legs can kick and disturb their sleep or a bed partner’s sleep. Leg twitching during sleep can occur without the restless legs symptoms when awake and cause sleep disruption.

Most people develop restless legs syndrome after age 45. Women are nearly twice as likely as men to develop the disorder. If you have a family member with restless legs syndrome, you are more likely to develop the symptoms before you are 45 years old. More than half of people with restless legs syndrome have a pattern of it in their family, as the risk is about three to six times greater.

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Sleep Disorders Center

The Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Sleep Disorders Center provides day and night sleep studies for diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder, nocturnal behaviors (sleep walking, talking and eating in sleep, acting out dreams) disorders and narcolepsy. Patients have the option of completing diagnostic studies at home using ambulatory monitoring technology.

Please call 847.535.8000 to schedule an appointment at our Grayslake location.

The Sleep Disorders Center also sees patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago.

Services and Care at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee and Valley West Sleep Disorder Centers

The Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Sleep Disorder Centers conduct sleep studies to diagnose a variety of disorders in adults. The Sleep Disorder Center in DeKalb, which is an Accredited Member Center of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, also treats children age 3 and older.

Sleep studies are performed overnight using advanced computerized equipment to monitor the brain as it transitions through the stages of sleep and measure the functions of the lungs, heart, and other parts of the body.

The Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Sleep Disorder Centers in DeKalb and Sandwich are trusted medical facilities known for their compassionate and excellent care. Benefits of receiving sleep studies in DeKalb and Sandwich include:

  • Highly trained polysomnographers: Each with more than 10 years of experience
  • Smooth and convenient process: For physicians who are scheduling patients and receiving reports
  • Home-like setting in private rooms: Patients sleep in a regular bed and are free to bring items from home to make bedtime comfortable
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