Physical Activity And Restless Legs Syndrome

Physical Activity And Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a sensory-motor neurological disorder prevalent amongst people with MS. It can cause an uncontrollable urge to move the legs. It usually happens in the night-time or evening when sitting or lying down.
A team of researchers from the University of Illinois in Chicago conducted a study in order to learn the connections between physical activity and RLS severity and whether the time of day makes any difference. 
39 people with MS participated in the study, and most participants (85%) were classified as having moderate-to-severe RLS. 
The study results, recently published in the Sleep Medicine journal, demonstrated that patients with MS might be able to reduce RLS severity through physical activity.  
The time of the day makes a difference, whereas evening light physical activity was linked to lower RLS severity. In contrast, more time spent in the morning on physical activity,
specifically light physical activity, was associated with worse sleep quality.

The researchers suggest that light physical activity in the evenings may help manage RLS symptoms without worsening sleep quality.

For more information:
Does physical activity timing differentially correlate with symptoms of restless legs syndrome in adults with multiple sclerosis?

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