About 7 to 10 percent of people in the United States may have restless legs syndrome (RLS), according to estimates from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Individuals with RLS, also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, typically experience an overwhelming urge to move their legs due to an uncomfortable sensation. This feeling gets in the way of daily activities and occurs frequently in the evening and while sitting or lying down, making it more difficult for sufferers to get a good night's sleep.

Symptoms of restless legs syndrome

As the name suggests, the primary symptom of RLS is the persistent and urgent need to move the legs. Individuals with RLS often report this urge is triggered by sitting or lying down for an extended period of time, which can lead to discomfort while riding in a car, working at a desk job,