Because restless leg syndrome is associated with low iron levels, all patients with symptoms should have iron and ferritin levels. Iron supplements are often used as a treatment for restless leg syndrome. In familial cases, folic acid supplements, vitamin E and ginkgo biloba are reported to improve symptoms. Other treatments include dopamine agonists such as ropinirole, levodopa, and pramipexole, opiates, benzodiazepines and gabapentin (Neurontin), compression stockings, mild exercise, heating pads, and yoga. Periodic Limb Movement Disorder Periodic limb movement disorder is a condition characterized by slow repetitive stereotyped jerks of flexions of the affected body part, usually the legs and arms, that occur during sleep and sometimes while awake.
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Can You Really Sleep Too Much? Really?
Researchers found that those who regularly slept more than nine hours per night experienced much more significant decline in cognitive function, almost double that of normal sleepers. About 40 percent of the adults in this group were long sleepers. There is still a great deal more to understand about how abnormal sleep duration, whether short or long, affects health. The more we learn about sleep and its relationship to health and disease, the more it appears that there is an optimal amount of sleep, in the range of seven to nine hours per night.
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