Yes, you can have restless legs symptoms during sleep. However, most people with RLS notice symptoms coming on in the evening before going to bed, or whilst sitting still. RLS is the symptom of a feeling of the need to move the legs, or unusual sensations in the legs, usually improved by movement, walking or rubbing. These symptoms can continue on even after going to sleep and cause sleep, particularly in the first part of the night, to be disturbed. Milder cases of RLS will respond to ensuring iron levels are not low, and for more severe cases there are effective medications available that reduce the intensity of the symptoms.
Severe RLS that disturbs sleep has been shown to be associated with high blood pressure, so people with significant RLS symptoms should discuss them with their doctor.
Somewhat different to RLS is another condition, periodic limb movements during sleep. These are movements that occur during the night, that the sleeper may not be aware of, but a partner may notice. These are very common, occurring in up to 30% of people at the age of 60. They usually don't cause sleep disruption and don't require treatment.
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