It’s 3 a.m. and you’ve been staring at your bedroom ceiling for nearly 2 hours, unable to sleep or get any rest at all. After what seems an eternity, you begin to feel yourself slip away, and drift off into a blissful slumber. After what feels like a blink, you’re awakened by sharp, agonizing cramps shooting through your legs and feet. Wincing in pain, the only relief you get is when you start moving your legs. Temporary relief comes, but at a cost – now, you’re fully awake again.
For millions of Americans, nightfall brings on the anxiety of another night’s sleep lost to restlessness, and it’s not just a racing mind keeping them awake. RLS, or Restless Leg Syndrome, is just that, a neurological disorder that creates the irresistible urge to move the legs (and sometimes the arms) to relieve uncomfortable sensations like itching, pins and needles, or a crawling sort of sensation in the extremities. While there is no exact cause or specific cure, researchers are seeing undeniable correlations between RLS and CVI, or Chronic Venous Insufficiency. How might these two conditions be connected and what treatments could prove effective for both?