Restless leg syndrome: Do you have it?

Restless_leg_Dec_1_2015_blogRestless leg syndrome (RLS) is an uncomfortable sensation that gives a person the urge to move their legs. This sensation has been described in many ways; sometimes it can feel like a pain, a tingling or a “creepy-crawling” sensation. It is important to know that RLS happens when a person is awake, not asleep, although many people with RLS may move their legs while asleep. And it gets worse or occurs predominantly at night.

About 14% of people in the U.S. have restless leg. Some people feel that it is difficult to explain to their doctor and may not seek treatment. It is, however, a real sleep disorder that has consequences when it interferes with a person’s quality of life.

With RLS, everyday activities such as sitting down to watch TV in the evening or riding in a car or plane can be difficult.  Continue reading

School success can depend on sleep

A young student in a study group suffering from the exhaustion of finals

If students are not doing well academically, bored in class or feel as if they may have ADD, they may be suffering from poor sleep or a sleep disorder.

According to the National College Health Assessment 2014, sleep is the third biggest barrier to academic success for college students, surpassed only by anxiety and stress.

In our Collegiate Sleep Disorders Clinic, I have seen first hand the importance of identifying and resolving sleep issues. Sleep can have a major impact on grades. Poor sleep or a sleep disorder can mean the difference between dropping out of college or a successful semester. Improving sleep might help a student have the GPA that allows them to go to medical school or graduate school.  Continue reading