Restless Legs SyndromeMyths

10 Myths About Living With Restless Legs Syndrome

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Young woman on electronic device sitting on the couch at home in the evening.

Myth #1: RLS symptoms occur during sleep

Woman walking the dog in the evening on a sidewalk.

Myth #2: RLS causes involuntary limb movements

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Myth #3: RLS is all in your mind

Man stretching arms sitting on bed.

Myth #4: RLS only affects the legs

Woman with insomnia having trouble sleeping at night.

Myth #5: RLS diagnosis requires a sleep study

Man sitting on bed in pajamas.

Myth #6: RLS is a sign of Parkinson's disease

Stair running, high impact exercise.

Myth #7: Drugs are the only treatment for RLS

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Myth #8: The presence of RLS means you have an iron deficiency

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Myth #9: RLS can be cured

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Myth #10: RLS is a minor annoyance, not a significant condition

Martin Reed

Martin Reed


Martin is the creator of Insomnia Coach, an eight-week course that combines online sleep education with individual sleep coaching. His course helps clients improve their sleep so they can enjoy a better life with more energy and start each day feeling happy, healthy, rested, and refreshed. Martin also runs a free sleep training course that has helped over 5,000 insomniacs. He holds a master’s degree in health and wellness education and studied clinical sleep health at the University of Delaware.