Sometimes you just want to read in bed, or cuddle, or perhaps get an early night of sleep, but your legs are twitching and you just can't. It may be due to a medical condition called
restless leg syndrome (nocturnal myoclonus). Restless leg syndrome is characterized by uncomfortable sensations in the lower legs that persist unless the legs are moved. The symptoms can include numbness or actual cramping. These sensations usually occur shortly after going to bed but may also occur during the daytime. The urge to move the legs can last for an hour or longer, and prolongs the time it takes to fall asleep. Severe cases may cause interruptions in sleep throughout the night. Restless leg syndrome most often occurs in middle-aged and older adults, but there is no specific association with menopause. The cause of the disorder is unknown, but it is a contributing factor in menopausal sleep disturbance for many women. The problem seems to be exacerbated by many factors including low iron and in times of stress. The low iron can be measured by ferritin level which is also a measurement of your iron stores. Iron therapy can be given in pills or by iv treatments. Treatment with muscle relaxants may be helpful. Now there is a newly approved medical device that is approved for non-medication treatment, that is essentially a vibration device.