Uncomfortable sensation in legs when sleeping

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Unexplained weight loss of 5% or more in 1 month

  • Fainting with loss of consciousness

  • Peripheral cyanosis

Possible Causes

  • Restless foot syndrome

    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) Willis-Ekbom disease is a condition that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, usually because of an uncomfortable sensation. It typically occurs while sitting or lying down. Exact cause is unknown, but could be due to a chemical (dopamine) imbalance in the brain. It can begin at any age and generally worsens with age. It can disrupt sleep, which interferes with daily activities.

  • Anemia

    Anemia is a disorder in which the body's tissues don't get enough oxygen due to insufficient healthy red blood cells. There are several types anemia with various causes, the most common being iron-deficiency anemia which is a result of insufficient iron. Iron is required to produce haemoglobin, a substance in the red blood cells which help carry oxygen.

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  • Do you feel your legs are restless and you can't sleep well?

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