Get a Restful Night's Sleep
Closing your eyes and letting the events of the day fade into the night should never be difficult and painful. But with restless legs syndrome (RLS), it often is. AdventHealth is here to help settle your legs, so you can rediscover more comfortable and energizing sleep.
RLS is a sleep disorder in your nervous system that causes the urge to move your legs. The sensations can include itching or a “pins and needles” feeling, and they’re usually most intense when you’re trying to get some rest. With combined expertise in nutrition, exercise, and drug therapies, our board-certified physicians will look closely at your lifestyle and find the treatment for restless legs syndrome that gives you the best opportunity to achieve the restful sleep you deserve. Together, we'll help you find the optimum balance of activity, nutrition, and spiritual fulfillment you need to rediscover a restful night’s sleep. And wake up ready to seize the day.
Rediscover Restful Nights
- Studying Symptoms and Sleep Patterns
Your legs move. They tingle. You might feel unable to settle in and find a comfort zone. Millions of people live with an undiagnosed sleep disorder, but that doesn’t have to be your path. The dedicated sleep centers at AdventHealth provide a haven in which sleep disorder specialists review your symptoms, medical background, and family history to get to the root of your struggles to achieve full rest. If it’s right for you, we even provide overnight sleep studies, where we'll closely monitor your sleep patterns, heart rate, and breathing. Our diagnosis of RLS is based on International Restless Legs Syndrome Study criteria that specify several defining factors including:
- A Strong Urge to Move Regardless of Experiencing Uncomfortable Sensations
- Discomfort Relieved by Movement and Recurs When Movement Ends
- Symptoms Activated by Rest And Relaxation and During Sleep
- Symptoms That Become Worse at Night and Subside in The Morning
- Testing to Eliminate Other Disorders
By providing the most in-depth neurological and physical exams, we can get you an accurate assessment of your sleep disorder and provide the best solutions. Let us give you a roadmap for rehabilitation so you can stop wondering what’s wrong, and start feeling rejuvenated.
- Discovering the Cause of RLS
When you suffer from RLS, your bed can feel like a torture chamber. There's no reason to suffer through another restless night. The sleep disorder specialists at AdventHealth are here, dedicated to you, connecting the dots, and factoring in every complexity and possibility of your condition. Our goal is to treat the cause of your RLS, not just the symptoms, so it's important to know what's causing your pain. RLS can be attributed to several related conditions including:
- Iron Deficiency
- Kidney Failure
- Peripheral Neuropathy
Once we get to the cause of your RLS, we'll give you a plan to help you sleep better and more peacefully. Our goal is to help you rediscover the comforts of your bed, so you can wake feeling rested and ready for the day.
- Personalized Treatment for Restless Legs Syndrome
It’s not just your legs. When you suffer from RLS, your whole being can feel like it’s not your own. RLS affects everyone in specific ways, so your team of dedicated sleep disorder specialists will work to find the treatment for restless legs syndrome that will provide you with uninterrupted quality sleep.
Studying the lifestyle factors that cause movement disorders. Staying on top of the latest medications. Researching the latest surgical innovations like deep brain stimulation. We’re always leading the charge towards better sleep disorder solutions and can help you manage important lifestyle factors, including:
- Eliminating Alcohol, Caffeine, and Cigarettes
- Getting Moderate Exercise
- Getting Therapeutic Massages
- Maintaining a Healthy Sleep Schedule
- Taking Helpful Nutritional Supplements (Iron, Magnesium, or Folate)
- Taking Hot Baths
- Using Heated Pads and Ice Packs
We can also explore the best medications available to treat restless legs syndrome, including:
- Anticonvulsants (such as pregabalin) to control convulsions by suppressing the excessive rapid firing of neurons.
- Benzodiazepines, which affect the neurotransmitters in the brain to provide anxiety relief.
- Opioids, for powerful pain relief.
- Pramipexole or Ropinirole, which replace dopamine, a natural substance in the brain to help control movement.
- Rotigotine, a once-daily patch that provides a slow and constant supply of dopamine over a 24-hour period.