With Veterans’ Day upon us, we at Singular Sleep would like to express our gratitude to the men and women who have served in uniform and kept the United States safe. As if they haven’t given enough, a startling new scientific study suggests that important insights gleaned from our vets’ health may save many more lives to come.
The Journal of Sleep Research reports that when a group of over 3,700 veterans with Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) were compared to an equal number without RLS, those with RLS were 88% more likely to die over approximately eight years. What’s more, a high correlation was found between RLS and heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. Why are these results important? The more the medical community learns about RLS, the more we are realizing that it’s not just a nuisance that can keep you up at night. This study adds significantly to the growing body of evidence that points to RLS having far-reaching health consequences.
RLS is a neurological sleep disorder that causes sufferers to experience unpleasant sensations in their legs, such as an itching or crawling feeling, or simply the urge to move the legs around. This happens most frequently at night when trying to be still, and may lead to trouble falling or staying asleep.
So if you’ve noticed that your legs sometimes feel like they’re under attack at night, get it checked out! It could be a case of RLS and a potential threat to your longevity. Talk to a sleep doctor online – you can be diagnosed and treated all in the comfort of your own home!
Read more about the study here.
Joseph Krainin, M.D., FAASM is the founder of Singular Sleep, the world's first online sleep center. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and board-certified in both sleep medicine and neurology. He has been practicing medicine for over 10 years.
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