Restless Legs Syndrome

Sleep Disorders

Restless Legs Syndrome

Feeling restless at night? Restless Legs Syndrome can disrupt your sleep, making it challenging to find comfort and rest. Do you experience:

If you’re struggling with these symptoms, know that help is available. We’re here to provide support and guidance to help you find relief from Restless Legs Syndrome and improve your sleep quality.

Restless Legs Syndrome

What is Restless Legs Syndrome?

Restless Legs Syndrome is a neurological condition that brings about an overwhelming urge to move the legs, often accompanied by uncomfortable sensations like tingling or crawling. These sensations usually arise when resting or trying to sleep, making it challenging to achieve a restful night’s sleep. Living with Restless Legs Syndrome can be distressing, impacting various aspects of daily life. If you’re grappling with these symptoms, remember that seeking support is an important step toward finding relief and reclaiming your quality of life.

Restless Legs Syndrome

Symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome

Experiencing symptoms of restless legs syndrome can be incredibly distressing and disruptive to your daily life. You may notice:

  • Uncomfortable sensations deep within your legs, described as itching, tingling, crawling, or pulling
  • An irresistible urge to move your legs, especially during periods of rest or inactivity
  • Symptoms worsening in the evening or at night, leading to difficulty falling asleep
  • Disrupted sleep patterns due to the constant need to move your legs
  • Fatigue and exhaustion from insufficient sleep
  • Daytime irritability, mood changes, or difficulty concentrating

 

These symptoms can leave you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, impacting your mood, energy levels, and overall quality of life.

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Causes of Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome can stem from various factors, often intertwining to trigger uncomfortable sensations and disrupt your sleep.

Genetic predisposition

Research suggests that restless legs syndrome may have a genetic component, with a higher likelihood of developing the condition if you have a family history of it.

Dopamine imbalance or sensitivity

Alterations in dopamine levels or how your body responds to dopamine signalling in the brain may play a role in restless legs syndrome symptoms.

Iron deficiency

Low levels of iron in the brain may contribute to the development of restless legs syndrome, as iron is essential for dopamine production and proper nerve function in the legs.

Medical conditions

Underlying health issues such as chronic kidney disease, diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, or anaemia can exacerbate restless legs syndrome symptoms, further disrupting sleep patterns.

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Do You Need To Get Help For Restless Legs Syndrome?

If you’re experiencing persistent discomfort and disruptions to your sleep due to restless legs syndrome, seeking professional help can provide valuable support and guidance. 

This becomes especially important when self-management strategies fail to alleviate symptoms, and you find yourself contending with restless legs syndrome-related challenges on most nights for an extended period. 

If worries about another restless night start to dominate your thoughts, reaching out for assistance is a proactive step toward improving your sleep and overall well-being.

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Restless Legs Syndrome Treatment Options with Dr SH Wong

Our goal is to enhance your sleep quality, improve your daytime functioning, and foster your overall well-being. We aim to address any underlying factors contributing to your sleep disturbances, including other medical conditions, while helping you establish healthy sleep habits and reduce reliance on medications.

Lifestyle Adjustments

Establishing a consistent sleep schedule, creating a comfortable sleep environment, and adopting healthy habits like regular exercise may alleviate restless legs syndrome symptoms.

Lifestyle Adjustments

Establishing a consistent sleep schedule, creating a comfortable sleep environment, and adopting healthy habits like regular exercise may alleviate restless legs syndrome symptoms.

Behavioural Strategies

Relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation, along with cognitive therapy techniques, may help one cope with restless legs syndrome and promote relaxation for improved sleep.

Behavioural Strategies

Relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation, along with cognitive therapy techniques, may help one cope with restless legs syndrome and promote relaxation for improved sleep.

Medical Interventions

Prescription medications may be prescribed to manage moderate to severe restless legs syndrome symptoms and improve sleep quality, while iron supplements may also be recommended for restless legs syndrome associated with iron deficiency.

Medical Interventions

Prescription medications may be prescribed to manage moderate to severe restless legs syndrome symptoms and improve sleep quality, while iron supplements may also be recommended for restless legs syndrome associated with iron deficiency.
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Your Guided Journey with Dr SH Wong

  • Make an Appointment

    Our staff will assist you with making your first appointment with Dr Wong.

  • First Session

    We'll lead you through medical assessments, including a sleep study in some cases, and delve into your medical and personal background during a relaxed conversation with Dr. Wong.

  • Follow-up Sessions

    We'll centre our discussions on exploring lifestyle influences, engaging in therapeutic dialogues, and considering any required medications to aid you on your path to better sleep.

Sleep Specialist & Psychiatrist

Dr SH Wong: Sleep Specialist for Restless Legs Syndrome Treatment in Singapore

Dr. Sheau Hwa Wong, a seasoned sleep specialist with over two decades of expertise, brings a compassionate approach to treating sleep disorders. Recognised for his empathetic demeanour, Dr. Wong is committed to providing holistic psychiatric care, tailored to each patient’s individual needs. Through his unwavering dedication, he empowers individuals to overcome sleep challenges and achieve a restful and fulfilling life.

FAQs

Questions You May Have

The effectiveness of treatment approaches for Restless Legs Syndrome can vary from person to person. While some individuals may experience significant relief from symptoms with certain treatments, others may find that their symptoms are more challenging to manage. It's essential to work closely with your sleep specialist to find the most suitable treatment approach for you, considering your unique symptoms, medical history, and individual needs. Your provider will be able to offer guidance and support throughout your treatment journey, helping you to achieve the best possible outcomes.

While medications for Restless Legs Syndrome can effectively alleviate symptoms, they may also have side effects like drowsiness or nausea. It's important to discuss concerns with your healthcare provider, who will monitor and adjust your treatment plan as needed for your safety and well-being.

Improvements in Restless Legs Syndrome symptoms can vary for each individual, influenced by factors such as the treatment approach, your body's response, and the severity of symptoms. Typically, with medication-based treatment, some relief can be experienced within days to weeks.

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