All I want for Christmas is a good night’s sleep.
In this part 4 of the series: “All I want for Christmas is a good night’s sleep”, I’m looking at Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).
Why? Because it’s a terrible sleep problem and often missed for decades.
And you can help. Did you know that:
RLS affects up to 10% of the UK population with symptoms ranging from a minor irritation to intolerable.
Fatigue and sleepiness as a result of disrupted sleep patterns can have a profound impact on the individual’s health and wellbeing.
RLS presents as an irresistible urge to move the legs, which is often at its worst at night.
RLS is mainly idiopathic (Primary RLS) with the mechanism is postulated to be linked to Dopamine.
Starting mainly in women around 40 years of age, primarily RLS is often a progressive condition.
Secondary RLS is less common and occurs where there is a known cause such as Iron Deficiency Anaemia or Kidney Failure. By nature this is mainly a sudden onset condition.
I want you to really take on board that there is no recrimination here. Please realise that sleep is something we ALL do, and the typical healthcare professional knows little about (unless they’ve completed CPD courses).
Sleep doesn’t form very much at all of undergraduate pharmacy or medical education.
So, there’s no ‘pointy finger’ here.