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Sleep Deprivation: A Serious Consequence of Restless Legs

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by Bradley Gillespie, PharmD

While Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) does not usually directly lead to serious health consequences, that does not mean it is harmless. While it is annoying for everyone afflicted, in many if severe and persistent symptoms result it can lead to considerable mental distress, insomnia and sleepiness throughout the day.

The cornerstone to relieving many of the symptoms of RLS may well be the proper use of Calm Legs.

Calm Legs is made in the USA with all-natural ingredients. Numerous human clinical studies have shown that the active ingredients in the Calm Legs formula can dramatically reduce symptoms of RLS.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the more consequential outcomes that can occur if RLS is not properly managed.

Sleep Deprivation

Most anyone with RLS knows that sleep can be hard to come by. Perhaps the only thing worse than this insomnia is the resultant daytime sleepiness and associated mood disruption. Sadly enough, sleep deprivation is a major contributor to industrial accidents and motor vehicle crashes.

While perhaps not as dangerous, studies also show that sleeplessness can worsen performance of several key behaviors, including:

  • Concentration. Sleep deprivation impairs the brains ability to process information;
  • Task performance. Missed sleep can negatively affect performance levels and mood some say on par with that resulting from alcohol intoxication;
  • Learning. The impact on learning has not been fully characterized. Nonetheless, some studies have shown difficulties in memorization.

Psychiatric Implications and Restless Legs

Clinical research has demonstrated that patients with Restless Legs RLS are more prone to social isolation, frequent headaches, depression, reduced libido and sleepiness. It is a given that RLS contributes to insomnia. Aside from its own problems, insomnia can increase the activity of hormones and pathways in the brain responsible for the emotions. RLS may also lead to heightened anxiety, which may in itself worsen RLS.

These worrisome consequences reinforce the need to successfully manage the symptoms of RLS. Calm Legs is especially formulated with this task in mind.


Restless Legs sufferer Bradley Gillespie, PharmD, is trained as a clinical pharmacist and has practiced in an industrial setting for the past 20-plus years. Currently, he supports efforts at the National Institutes of Health to develop therapeutics for rare and neglected diseases. He remains a registered pharmacist and operates a medical writing business.