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Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Statistics of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Facts about Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) Include:

  • RLS may affect as many as one in 10 people in the U.S.
  • 5 million U.S. adults (about 2-3 percent) have moderate to severe RLS
  • 5 percent of adults have a mild form of RLS
  • 1 million children of school age have restless leg syndrome
  • RLS affects twice as many women as men
  • Moderate cases of RLS present symptoms one to two times per week
  • Severe cases of RLS have symptoms more than twice per week
  • 80 percent of people with RLS also have periodic limb movement of sleep (PLMS)
  • Symptoms continue longer and become more frequent with age
  • The onset of restless leg syndrome does not indicate the presence of other neurological diseases.

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