Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

  • Sleep Center
  • UHC Campus
  • Arnold Building, Level 2
  • 1 South Prospect Street
    Burlington, VT 05401
  • Phone: 802-847-5338
  • Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM
  • Directions

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) are two conditions that can keep you up at night. When you don’t receive the sleep you need it can affect your entire day. The Sleep Center at Fletcher Allen Health Care performs advanced sleep studies and offers comprehensive treatment options for restless leg syndrome.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS): What You Need to Know

Teamwork

Our multidisciplinary team includes sleep medicine-certified physicians and skilled technicians, along with physicians specially trained in neurology, pulmonary disease, otolaryngology, mental health and pediatrics. Our team approach ensures that you receive the most comprehensive care possible.

Personalized Care

Treatment options for restless leg syndrome include lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements and alternative therapies. Fletcher Allen doctors tailor a course of treatment specifically for you depending on specific needs.

Experienced, Trusted Expertise 

Fletcher Allen has the only Sleep Center in Chittenden County that is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, considered the gold standard in the field of sleep care. This accreditation shows that a sleep center maintains the highest standards of care. In addition, you benefit from the clinical and teaching excellence and research-based expertise found only at an academic medical center.

What is Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)?

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a sensory disorder causing an almost irresistible urge to move the legs. The urge to move the legs is usually due to uncomfortable, tingly or creeping sensations that occur when at rest. Movement eases the feelings, but only for a while.

RLS is not necessarily confined to your sleep time, though: 

  • Symptoms most often occur when you are relaxed or lying down. 
  • You may also notice small, jerky movements of the toes, feet, and legs as you are trying to fall asleep.

What is Periodic Limb Disorder (PLMD)?

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) is a related condition involving involuntary, rhythmic limb movements, either while asleep or when awake. While most people who have Restless Legs Syndrome also have PLMD, only some people with PLMD also have RLS. 

Diagnosing Restless Leg Syndrome at Fletcher Allen

The best way for a doctor to diagnose RLS and PLMD is to review your symptoms and medical history. 

Your doctor may also order blood tests or nerve studies to rule out other causes. In some cases, you may be referred to our Sleep Center. Tests performed there may include:

  • Consultation - During a 40-60 minute consultation we will discuss your sleep problem, your medical history and perform a thorough physical examination.
  • Sleep Study - While there is no specific test to diagnose RLS and PLMD, your doctor may use lab tests to identify other disorders or a sleep study to identify other sleep disruptions that may impact the management of RLS and PLMD. 

Take our sleep assessment.

Treatment for Restless Leg Syndrome in Burlington, VT

Medication, alternative therapies, lifestyle changes, and even nutritional supplements, such as iron, have proven helpful for RLS and PLMD sufferers.

Find a Fletcher Allen physician or call 802-847-5338.